Local Area

Location | Out & about | Beaches | Activities | Island Excursions | Relaxation
Maps | Weather

Oleander Villa is situated in the traditional Greek village of Spartia in the Livatho region only a few miles south east of the airport.
The village centre is slightly inland (5 mins drive) from the small sheltered south facing sandy bay and harbour.
Larger sandy beaches can be reached by car within 15 minutes.


Approximate Distances -

    Walking:
  • 2 mins to a snack bar
  • 20-30 mins walk (estimate) down the steep winding road to the beach.
  • 5 mins to the village centre with
    - 2 mini markets
    - 1 restaurant
    - large church in the square

    By car:
  • Spartia beach & harbour with restaurant 'Waterway', very scenic setting 2kms
  • Pesada (ferry to Zante) 10 minute drive
  • Kefalonia Airport 7 kms
  • Argostoli Port & town 10 kms
  • Sami Port and Town 12 kms
  • Poros Town 12 kms

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Local Restaurant, Cavo Liakas

Bell tower in Spartia Square

One of the two mini-markets

View from cliff top at Spartia Beach

Out & about

To really appreciate this wonderful island, car hire is recommended.

Mount Ainos is the place to go to view the beautiful Island of Kefalonia, see if you can spot Oleander Villa from the summit!

The main routes up the mountain have very good roads (for Greece, anyway), but if you want to go off the beaten track there's plenty of opportunity to do so with many a windy bumpy track to explore, we've done it in a small Panda car but I think really a 4 wheel drive is recommended for that! Top of page

Beaches

Kefalonia has many wonderful beaches and no two alike!
Here are a few that we have used, therefore we can recommend you drive to.
( There are many more on the island.)

  • Spartia - 5 mins - small, sandy, rocks, gentle sloping sea bed, safe for kids.
  • Trapezaki - 10 mins - has 3 coves, sandy, gentle sloping sea bed, safe for kids, beach bar.
  • St. Thomas beach near Karavados - 10 mins - 2 sandy coves, rocks, gentle sloping sea bed, 3 restaurants.
  • Lourdas - 15 mins - long fine sand/shingle beach, lots of bars & restaurants.
  • Antisamos - spectacular looking beach as you approach from high up, white pebbles, beach bar.
  • Myrtos - most photographed on the Island because of the vivid turquoise blue waters and white sand, waters can be dangerous at times with under currents, seabed slopes quickly, keep an eye on the kids!
  • Makris Gialos, Lassi - Main beach is lively, beach bar, watersports, or another cove around the corner which is quieter & has 2 bars. Top of page

Activities

There are many activities on the island. I'm sure you will find something below you enjoy or would like to try.

  • Outdoor Activities with Kefalonia Elements
    - Jeep Safari
    - Kayaking
    - Stand Up Paddling
  • Water sports - visit some of the more popular beach resorts such as:
    - Lassi - (Makris Gialos beach)
    - Poros
    - Skala
    - Fiscardo
  • Boat trips - from the many ports around the island
  • Snorkeling - any of the many beaches
  • Scuba diving - Aquatic world, Agia Efimia
  • Sea Trek Adventures - specialise in quality Sailing holidays and Walking holidays in Greece.
  • Sea Kayaking Kefalonia
    - Sea kayaking
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    Trekking
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    Village walks
    -
    Mountain biking
    - and more
  • Horse Riding - there are a few horse riding centres on the island.
    The one at Sami is the Bavarian Riding Stables, contact:
    Cornelia Schimpfky
    Koulourata
    Sami 28080
    Kefalonia
    Greece
    Tel: 003 0977 533203
    or email cornelia
  • Photography - With the amount of amazing sights and scenery in Kefalonia it is a photographers paradise, so don't forget to pack your camera! Top of page

Island Excursions

We would also like to recommend Panem Tours for island excursions and mini cruises as well as car hire. They concentrate a great deal on maintaining and improving the standards of all aspects of their trips; enjoyment, safety and value for money. They have great confidence in the quality of their tours and frequently review the excursion programme. Please visit their website for more information www.panem-tours.com Top of page

Relaxation

Apart from relaxing at our wonderful villa, by the pool, looking at the beautiful view, with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other.......!
You may like to try one of the following treatments.

  • Beauty therapist - specialising in facials, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc who will visit the villa at your request, please Mary on contact 0030 26710 68386. Top of page

Maps

Kefalonia, one of the Ionian Islands

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Location of Oleander Villa on Kefalonia

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Weather

Average temperatures (C)
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"It's been a tough 2 weeks! All the pool swimming, cake eating and sand castle building - at least the parents have relaxed in this lovely place. I don't think they want to go home. Alice, age 1 yr 10 months."

Visited Oleander - September 2007
Sanderson family,
Dumfries

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