A traditional beachside resort, Lassi displays luscious golden sands, verdant backdrop, and shimmering blue waters—all of which are befitting of relaxation and tranquillity, as you look to get away from the world and unwind during your 2018 holidays. As you begin to settle into the area, you’ll gain a sense of peace as you bask in the almost ever-present sunshine and bathe in the clear blue waters enveloping Crocodile Beach. With plenty of activities on offer too, you can look forward to getting involved with a range of entertainment options, including jet-skiing and water-skiing in the bays surrounding Kefalonia.
To sea-lovers, Lassi offers two quiet, well-kept sand beaches, Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos, that promise to keep you entertained with water sports, snack bars, volley courts, and sun decks. When you're ready to visit the surrounding areas, fairly priced transportation is readily available to take you around the island.
Lovers of culture won't be dissatisfied: the small church dedicated to St. Gerasimos, the island's Patron Saint, offers a charming example of the island's architectural heritage, and in the St Gerasimos cave – where the patron saint of Kefalonia spent his first five years on the island – a number of ancient relics will provide sustenance to any amateur historian. You can also visit the Moorish Castle of St George and the Koutavos Lagoon, whereas a trip to Argostoli will acquaint you with some ancient sites, including Valianou Square and the Government House.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 25m
When to go
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Located a short distance away from the capital of Argostoli, and burrowed in the midst of Mediterranean nature, Lassi is sure to delight adventurers, explorers, and sun-bathers wanting leisurely entertainment.
Beach lovers will want to make sure they get a chance to visit Myrtos Beach, a mile and a half expanse of white cobblestones elected Greece's best beach 12 times and featured in the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin. If you're keen to squeeze every drop of nature themed entertainment out of your 2018 holidays, make sure to head to Argostoli, where the Koutavos Lagoon, with its wildlife, sea turtles, and forest of eucalyptus and pine trees, offers a spectacular immersion in Kefalonia's wildlife. From here head just outside Argostoli, northeast of Sami, and you'll find the Melissani Lake, referenced throughout Greek mythology as the cave of the nymphs, and the Drogarati Caves, a 300-year-old natural masterwork. From Sami you can easily book boat trips to Ithaca and Zante.
For a chance to savour the picturesque nature and traditional architecture of the typical Kafalonian village, do not miss a trek to Fiscardi and Assos.
Wine and Dine
With a special eye to high quality and warmth, Kefalonia's culinary offering, both Greek and International, can be enjoyed in any of the many cafés, bars, shops and restaurants overlooking the Ionian Sea. Owners and chefs in the area are renowned for their friendliness, prompt service, and reasonable prices.
Kefalonia's peace and friendliness makes it the ideal spot for children and families. It's not just beaches and sunbathing in Lassi—head to Argostoli Bay for a chance to see and feed the giant Loggerhead sea turtles that nestle in the Lagoon. To enjoy Kefalonia's landscape at its best, plan a trek to Skala and book a boat trip—you'll be able to enjoy Friskardo, Ag. Sofias, Karavomylos, Koutsoupia, and Makrya Petra, stopping along the way to explore the beaches, lakes, caves, and vegetation Kefalonia can offer.
During the day you will be able to take in the outstanding shoreline beauty by walking along the Fanari coastal road, taking in sights that are unique to holidays in Lassi, such as St Theodore’s Lighthouse and views of Kalamia Bay.
Action and Adventure
Tourists seeking action and adventure from their 2018 holiday can head out to Stavento Beach Bar, where a water sports centre offers equipment and lessons. Alternatively, you can visit Gradakia Beach, renowned as a favourite spot for snorkelers.
Make sure not to miss a glimpse of Kefalonia's famous Snake Festival, held on the 14th and 15th of August: bags and jars of snakes will be left near the icon of the Virgin of Snakes at the Church of the Virgin in Markopoulo.
Life's a Beach
For travellers wanting to spend their 2018 holidays sunbathing and engaging in summer sports, Lassi is the ideal destination. The 600 metre long beach of Makris Yialos, one of the most popular tourist beaches in Kefalonia, is a well-kept expanse of sand offering sun beds and umbrellas as well water sports, bars, and restaurants, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the pine forest stretching behind the beach. Makris Yiakos' tranquillity and shallow waters make it the ideal spot for families and couples looking for a safe place for their children.
Showers, changing rooms, bars, and a volley beach court can also be found in Platis Yialos, Lassi's second beach, separated by Makris Yakos only by a small promontory.
For tourists willing to venture outside Lassi, Vatsa Beach, near Sami, is a 200 meters long sandy beach of rare rural beauty near which a river, used as a harbour by small boats, flows into the sea. If you're wanting to experience Kefalonia at its most rural, do not miss the opportunity to rent a chalet here.
It’s in the evenings that you will see this beachside resort come to life, with Greek tavernas and bars revealing colourful costumes and dancing in the later hours, whereas those who would prefer a quieter time can visit a restaurant and indulge in Greece’s flavoursome cuisine.
While quiet and tranquillity are most often associated with Lassi, party-goers will only have to head towards the near capital of Argostoli for a chance to dance all night in clubs like the Bass Club, where live music and DJs will entertain you throughout the night, or to drink and enjoy music in one of the many bars of the city. Set off to Fiskardo for a visit to the unique Kastro Club, an amphitheatre-shaped club built in stone that was once an old mine.
With turquoise waters, Greek sunsets, delicious food, and more than 30 bars and restaurants, Lassi is the perfect destination for lovers wishing to spend their 2018 holidays relaxing in an undisturbed heaven. With Kefalonia being home to the most important vineyards in Greece, visitors will want to tear themselves away from the beach for a trip to the Omala Valley. Just 20 minutes away from Lassi and open every week day, the Robola winery of the Omala Valley offers free tastings as well as the possibility to purchase Kefalonia's finest white wine.
Couples sojourning in Kefalonia in August 2018 will also want to take part in some of the biggest celebrations in the island. Traditional music, dancing, food, and free wine will keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning during the Wine Festival of Fragata, and more live music will be played at the International Music Festival.
With its earliest archaeological sites dating back to the Palaeolithic period, Kefalonia is riddled with enough history and culture to fill your entire 2018 holiday.
Sample Kefalonia's natural beauty by heading towards Sami where nestled near the mountains of Evmorfia and Agia Dynati lies the Melissani Cave: its forest, lake, and mythological importance, make this a favourite destination of historians, explorers and tourists alike. Or head off to the Drogarati Cave, a 60m deep cave discovered 300 years ago and reputed to be 150 million years old, striking not just for its history, but for the beauty of its stalactites and stalagmites formations!
For more insights into Kefalonia's architecture make sure to visit Valsamata and stop at the Monastery of Agios Gerassimos, dedicated to the protector saint of Kefalonia, with its hidden 2-rooms cave where the Saint used to live. Then head off to Castle of Agios Georgios for an example of the kind of Venetian fortification art the island can offer: located on a 300m high hill 5km away from Argostoli, above the village of Peratata, the castle dates back to the Byzantine Empire of the 12th century AD and was the capital of Kefalonia until 1757.
End your evening at the Monastery of Kipoureon, a 17th century monastery dedicated to the Holy Cross and the Annunciation of the Virgin constructed on top of a rock 90 meters above the sea. Surrounded by pine and fir trees, the monastery offers an unparalleled view of the Ionian coast and is the ideal vantage point from which to admire the setting sun.