Holidays in Katelios lend themselves perfectly for those looking for a quiet and peaceful getaway in 2017. Located in the south east of Kefalonia, this tranquil tourist resort was once originally a fishing village made up of just a handful of cottages. However, it is now a popular holiday spot, thanks to its stunning sandy beaches which overlook the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. While it may be a small village, Katelios has some truly stunning sights to offer including vivid wild flowers, rare birds and not forgetting its infamous turtle nesting dunes which can be found in the western end. One of the best spots on the whole island if you enjoy observing nature, you’ll be able to trace its footpaths and catch a glimpse of stunning birdlife. Split between the more modern resort of Ano Katelios and Kato Katelios, it creates a welcome mixture of old and new. Fancy a chance to relax and unwind while exploring the ancient history of this picturesque haven? Consider Katelios for your next getaway.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 35m
When to go
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Holidaying in Katelios make for a memorable experience, with many opportunities for sightseeing. While the village itself has just a handful of attractions to offer, you won’t have to venture far to discover the hidden gems of Kefalonia. In 1953, virtually all of Kefalonia was destroyed by an earthquake which left the ruins of an old church and bell tower. This can be found in Ano Katelios which isn’t far from the ancient Roman ruins of Agia Varvara. The famous nesting spot for the Loggerhead turtles is approximately 2km away in Ratzikli and can be reached by foot. Eggs usually start hatching around the month of June and while these areas are usually cordoned off to protect the species, there is a chance to learn all about these beautiful creatures by contacting ‘The Katelios Group’, an organisation founded for the protection of these fascinating reptiles. The town of Mavrata lies nearby and it has been said that in WW11, Mounda bay was once a port during the Venetian and Roman period. Apparently, a British Submarine sank here and the locals found and rescued the only living survivor.
Wine and Dine
The various restaurants and bars in Katelios are bound to keep you coming back for more, serving everything from fresh sea food to traditional Greek dishes. The local owners are very welcoming and invite you to spend the evening on the quiet waterfront eating and drinking while watching the sun set over the sparkling ocean. The village of Katelios is much less commercial than other parts of Kefalonia and presents a warm and laid back atmosphere. For the catch of the day, why not pay Captain Jerry’s a visit for fresh lobster and spaghetti. The locally-caught seafood platters are to die for, not to mention the juicy king prawns and fresh sardines. Stop off for a tasty cocktail or a chocolatey frappe at Nemisis for a mid- afternoon treat. This bar is located right on the beach front and not only serves ice cold drinks but mouth-watering breakfast pancakes and crepes. Drop by for a crunchy potato salad or a succulent beef burger with fries after a swim. Cocktails on the beach never tasted so good!
Holidays in Katelios are ideal for families due to its relaxed nature and peaceful atmosphere. Restaurants and bars are extremely family friendly and cater to children and adults of all ages. The variety of sandy shingle beaches give choice to families whether you are looking to take the children on an activity or simply want to spend the day in your own little bubble away from the busier areas. The village prides itself on its traditional and friendly characteristics making it the perfect destination for those seeking escape from the busy city life. Spend the day in stunning Argostoli scouring the pretty little boutiques for souvenirs before heading back to Persa’s taverna to watch the freshly made bread cook in the wood burning stove. Take a hike through the olive and citrus groves whilst breathing in the fresh sea air. Kefalonia is great for hiking so don’t forget to bring your walking boots!
Action and Adventure
The many ancient ruins in Kefalonia offer a fascinating insight into the history of this island. A well preserved Mycenaean tomb can be visited in Tzanata, just a short twenty minute journey from Katelios. The tomb was discovered in 1992 and is said to be one of the largest in the area. When the ruins were discovered, archaeologists stumbled upon many hidden relics including jewellery, gold and clay figurines all of which are on display at the Archeological Museum of Argostoli. The remains of eighteen Roman water Mills can also be found along the river from Ano Katelios to Pastra. The Roman villa in Skala invites you to look at some real roman mosaics, an opportunity that is well worth a visit. Boat trip excursions make for a fabulous day out for the whole family. Departing early, you will spend your day sailing around the coast with a handful of stops which enable you to jump off into the sea to cool down. A dinner of fresh seafood, meats and salad is then served before arriving safely back at the shore. With a photographer on board, you won’t forget this experience!
Life's a Beach
The beach in Katelios, known as Agia Varvara, is simply picturesque. Local tavernas and quaint souvenir shops can be found lined up along the narrow strip of sand and shallow waters. This particular beach is ideal for families or couples who would like to spend time relaxing in a peaceful environment. However, the neighbouring town of Skala is less than 20 minutes away and provides a much livelier beach. Skala beach is fantastic for snorkelling and why not take an excursion boat to discover mysterious coves and islets. Kaminia beach lends itself perfectly for those looking for time away from the hustle and bustle of the day. One of the longest beaches in Kefalonia, it is ideal for families with small children who can enjoy spending the day paddling in the shallow crystal waters under the glorious rays of the sun. There are also a couple of local beach bars offering ice cold beverages and a bite to eat after a lazy day of relaxation.
With just a handful of local restaurants and cocktail bars, nightlife in Katelios is quite relaxed and a typical evening would usually consist of a quiet evening meal followed by a bottle of wine at the local bar. However, the village of Skala offers a much more lively evening with a selection of bars playing the latest music with performances from live bands and acts. Holidays in Kefalonia are mostly aimed at families and couples looking for a romantic getaway so the nightlife isn’t exactly a hedonistic experience. Argostoli is the cosmopolitan capital of Kefalonia and is home to plenty of nightclubs and bars that are open until the sun comes up. It is a 40 minute drive away from Katelios but here you’ll be sure to have a great night. Bass Club is a café in the day and a club by night and is described as ‘the hottest entertainment spot in Kefalonia’. The popular nightclub plays the latest international and Greek tracks until the early hours.
If you want to spend time with your partner this year, a holiday in Katelios is the way forward. Here you will find many couples getting away to spend time in this lazy, idyllic town. Choose from an array of excursions including an island cruise taking you on a tour of the coastline before stopping off for a traditional lunch and even a swim in the serene waters. Skala beach is brilliant for water sports so why not rent a jet ski or glide around on a water donut. Nature lovers will find great comfort in Katelios as there are many footpaths to stroll through to see rare birds and stunning colourful flowers. Enjoy a candlelit romantic dinner at the Katelios Grill House followed by a mojito or two at Alexis Cocktail Bar. You’re sure to find a space for a sweet shot of Raki to end the night!
This charming village on the sea welcomes back visitors year after year thanks to its beautiful scenery and traditional way of life. Even the Loggerhead turtles return to the pebbly shores to lay their eggs every spring. Katelios holidays provide tourists with an experience they will cherish for a lifetime. Spend time hiking around the island as you pass old water mills and church ruins dating back as far as the 12th century. Rare plants and trees can be seen as well as the breath-taking views of the surrounding island. The month of August sees a festival created by The Katelios Group to raise funds for the turtle related work they do. The whole family can spend the day joining in with educational games and events hosted by the wonderful group of volunteers.