Holidays in Katelios lend themselves perfectly for those looking for a quiet and peaceful getaway in 2020. 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.
Katelios at a glance
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Things to do in Katelios
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.
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.
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