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The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia found fame when it featured in the Hollywood film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. This is a truly stunning location, with verdant vineyards and leafy forests forming the backdrop the real stars of the show - the mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches and warm azure waters.

Located on the south east of the island, the resort of Scala is one of the most popular. Its seemingly endless beach is backed by fragrant pine trees, and it boasts the best night scene on the whole of Kafalonia, with a hug variety of cool bars and clubs. The village started life as a diminutive fishing village, but has gown and developed over recent years, and is now a thoroughly modern resort that has retained all its old school charm. The main street is lined with plenty of tavernas, cafes and restaurants. Venture into the hills behind the newer part of town and you will come across town are the ruins of the original village. There are also some wonderful Roman ruins in this area - including a Temple of Apollo that dates to the 7th-century BC. This is an area that is particularly popular with hikers, with its great variety of both inland and coastal treks.

Another popular destination is Lourdas, to the west. Here, life is mostly centred about the pretty main square, and the village is within easy reach of many great beaches.

For a truly luxurious break, head to Fiskardo in the north. Known as the ‘St Tropez of Greece’, this location has welcomed many A-listers over the years and offers the perfect combination of history and beauty.

Svoronata, a village on the south-west coast, nestles among the green valleys and hills of the Livathos part of the island. This is a truly charming location, with a feel of ‘Old Greece’ that emanates from the traditional buildings and wonderful natural setting.

The village of Lassi is renowned for its spectacular sunsets, which attract visitors from all over the globe. There are a number of reasons this purpose-built resort has become the biggest tourist hotspot on the island. It has some wonderful family friendly beaches, a well-equipped main street and as a bonus is located just twenty minutes from the airport.

Wherever you opt to base yourself, the main attractions of the island are all easy to reach as a day tripper. Myrtos Bay is a must-visit location - with its stunning bright white beach, which was a key setting in the film adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Another site not to be missed is the ancient and awe inspiring Drogorati Caves.

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