Spartia, on the southwest side of Kefalonia, has authentic Greece written all over it. In this sleepy hillside village, you get narrow streets lined with rustic houses, a church with a bell-tower, and a little square with just a few traditional tavernas. It’s the sort of place where you can really set your watch to go-slow and enjoy the peace and quiet.
It’s just 10 minutes’ drive to the coast – though many visitors enjoy walking down from the village through the lush countryside. Here, there’s a duo of sheltered beaches either side of a little fishing jetty. They’re a mix of sand and shingle, with some rocky areas that are great for snorkelling. You’re also in good windsurfing and sailing territory. Meanwhile, the beachfront restaurant is great for lunch with a sea view.
The village of Spartia is only about 20 minutes’ drive to the capital, Argostoli. There are great views from the top of the bell-tower on Kabanas Square, and the folklore museum with its costumes and household utensils offers a fascinating look back in time. Over near Sami, about 40 minutes’ away, you’ve got Kefalonia’s top 2 sights – the Drogarati Cave and Lake Melissani, which between them serve up a host of colourful stalactites.