The Mediterranean Sea counts thousands of islands and Kefalonia, or Cephalonia, is the eleventh largest with 781 sq. km. The island was the home of the Homeric hero Odysseus, or Ulysses, and is the place where the filming of 'Captain Corelli’s Mandolin took place.
Kefalonia belongs to the Ionian Islands which lie off the coast of Western Greece and is famous for its natural diversity, high mountains and beautiful beaches, and is an ideal island for holiday makers. The landscape is dominated by colour: The dark green fir trees of Mount Ainos, the turquoise blue of the sea and the incredible hues of bushes and vegetation that change colour with the seasons. The colours and fragrances of these alternating and unique contrasts of the landscape impress themselves irreversibly on the visitor's mind.
From place to place the Kefalonian scenery is different. The Island is well known for its rare geological phenomena. You can visit the mysterious underground Melissani Lake, and also Drogarati caves, with their stalactites and stalagmites.
The vast forests of the National Park of Mount Ainos contrast with the endless, long sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded the 'Blue Flag', an international award for clean swimming water and good beach facilities. You can also find private little hidden bays surrounded by evergreen pine trees and the emerald blue of the sea.
Villa Yasmina's location gives you the chance to explore many of the fine beaches nearby, such as Lourdas, Trapezaki, Skala, Makris Gialos, and Avithos.
The Island offers a great variety of activities and sight-seeing rangeing from Ancient sites and medieval castles, to traditional villages and elegant coastal resorts.
Argostoli, the capital, has a vibrant night life and offers a plentiful choice of restaurants and bars, and is also the perfect place for museum visiting or shopping.
The mythical island of Ithaka shelters a natural harbour on the north east coast of Kefalonia overlooking the calm waters of Sami Bay. Two beaches lead gently down to the warm sea for perfect bathing. A short stroll beyond the harbour, seemingly to nowhere, brings you to Paradise Beach.