A pretty jumble of ice-cream coloured houses arranged around a picture-postcard bay, Aghia Efimia on the blissful island Kefalonia is the ideal destination for a relaxed holiday by the sea. It’s located just a 15-minute drive from the elegant little harbour town of Sami, which you might recognise from the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, along with gorgeous Myrtos Beach (also only 15 minutes away by car). The crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, and you can take boat trips to other magical coves and beaches. Inland, the lush hills invite exploration, and are dotted with traditional villages, vineyards and olive groves.
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Dreamy little Aghia Efimia is arranged around a pretty boat-filled harbour, and boasts small coves and a main beach. Life is slow and tranquil: you can soak up the sun on the beach, have a dip in the azure sea, perhaps take a boat trip around the coast, and linger over a fresh seafood dinner at one of the harbour-front tavernas. You could make a day trip to nearby Sami, an exquisite town crowned by a ruined acropolis, which featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, or head to the island capital of Argostoli, for some shopping and nightlife. There are lots of water sports on offer, particularly snorkelling and scuba diving, and you can also head to the hills for some excellent walking.
The main beach in Aghia Efimia is a pretty stretch of white pebbles, and slopes gently into turquoise waters. Ideal for young children, it has plenty of facilities including sunbeds and parasol rental. There are several smaller coves around the coast, most with a tavern. You can rent a boat to find several smaller (mainly pebbly) coves, each lovelier than the last, which dot the coast around the town. One of the island’s most famous beaches, Myrtos, immortalised in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, is located a 15-minute drive away. Stunningly set between pine-fringed cliffs, this beautiful beach regularly tops the polls for one of the most beautiful in the world.
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