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Kefalonia Hotel - Odyssey Hotel Agia Efimia Kefalonia
AGIA EFIMIA KEFALONIA
Agia Efimia is centrally placed on the island and makes an excellent base from which to explore - all the sights and the best beaches are no more than about an hour's drive away.
Before the 1953 earthquake this seaside village was one of the island's more important centres of trade, with stately homes, like the mansion still standing on the right-hand side of town. Agia Efimia was totally rebuilt with assistance from the French, and today it is a picturesque provincial town with a small harbour for yachts and ferry-boats.
The town boasts a fine selection of restaurants and tavernas, coffee shops, cafes and snack bars, as well as bakeries, supermarkets, a bank and a post office. Whilst not over commercialised (yet!), this friendly town offers plenty of amenities - it's where the Greek people come on holiday during August. There is plenty to do - there are many water sports nearby and you can hire boats and explore nearby bays and unspoilt coves, or hike a bike, moped or car and explore. Whilst Agia Efimia offers a number of beaches in and around the town, they tend to be pebble rather than sand (ideal for snorkelling!). However, the world famous Myrtos Beach is only a few minutes' drive away.
In Agia Efimia's harbour and on the coast road to Sami there are dozens of small beaches with pebbles and stratified rocks. The largest and most popular is that of Agia Paraskevi. The town owes its name to the small white Church of Agia Efimia near the harbour. It celebrates its Saint's day on July 11 with a procession and festival, where the local dance ensemble performs traditional dances. It's great fun to watch - or join in with the snaking lines of dancers if you have the energy!
There are ancient ruins above the village and some great walking trails in the nearby valley and hills - you can even walk the beautiful 8km to Myrtos Beach if you feel so inclined.
The Odyssey hotel overlooks the Ionian Sea, Sami bay and Ithaca...