This organised weekend trip away in Rhodes, Greece was filled with history, gorgeous medieval walls and stunning beaches. I felt like I got to know everyone really well. Some had been on trips before, others had come to our meet ups and one just trusted it was going to be good times and high vibes! There were laughs all round with this bunch of 6 travellers and we managed to get so much done over the weekend.
Kefalonia is part of the Ionian islands in Greece and is filled with amazing beaches, food and people! You can drive around the whole island with amazing hidden beaches and towns.
Transport: There are infrequent local buses. Taxis are available but quite expensive. Your best mode of transport is to hire a car.
Where to stay:
- The main town is in Argostoli. Filled with restaurants, shops, cafes and is by the water. If you don’t have a car this is a good central location to be.
- Lassi is close to the airport and is popular for tourists. There are restaurants and beaches close by, also a good option if you don’t have a car.
- If you have a car, Luxouri requires a small ferry from Argostoli to Luxouri but is a nice smaller and quieter area to stay. I have a friend here who manages houses if you would like to stay in this area.
- Lourdas beach is about 20 minutes from the airport. It has a beautiful beach with restaurants along it. It’s ideal to have a car in this location.
What to do:
- Kefalonia is known for it’s beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular include Mytros beach. You will need a car to access this.
- We did a day drive around the west of the island stopping at Mytros, Assos (a cute town with colourful buildings, a beach and restaurants) Empasili beach and Fiskardo. I’d recommend all of these.
- On the east side of the island is Sami which is another port. You can do day trips from here to other islands, there are also restaurants along the water. Close by is Antisamos beach which has a beach bar, crystal clear water and great vibes!
- If you want to treat yourself, Alexandra is a mobile masseuse and she is amazing. She was very intuitive about areas of my body and able to give me some tips for my pain areas. She lives in Argostoli or can come to you. Will link her in the comments.
- There is horse riding available
- Mountain hikes (Mt Anios) and paragliding over Myrtos beach
- Boat trips to near by caves or islands.
- Zakyanthos is a 1.5 hour boat ride from Kefalonia.
- The ferry runs from Argostoli to Luxouri every half hour in high season. This is a really cute 20 minute ride to the other side of the island. You can drive a car on too and it’s very cheap.
Where to eat:
- There are loads of amazing restaurants!
- Lorraine’s Magic Hill in Lourdas is my #1 pick for restaurants. It has an amazing view over the beach but the food is the real winner. Lorraine owns a farm and most of her produce is her own including the meat, feta and freshly baked bread. It’s a family run business with the best hospitality we have experienced in a long time.
- At Lourdas beach we go to Taverna Lovidis because they have free sun beds and reasonably priced food (and gyros 🥙)
- Luxouri has a really cute square right where you get off at the port. If you don’t have a car this would be cute for a date night. VS restaurant on the left of the square is good. There are a few shops, an ice cream store and a chocolate shop hidden at the back that you should check out.
- Captain Nikolaos is near Luxouri, very secluded with a beautiful view.
- Argostoli has heaps of restaurants along the water and in the square. K63 bar restaurant is good.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Kos and Josh and I got engaged here!
Here are some activities I recommend doing and places I recommend you check out. Kos is part of the Dodecanese cluster of islands in Greece. It has an airport with direct flights from London. It has a port that connects you to other islands within the Dodecanese islands.
Where to stay
Definitely in the main town. There are loads of restaurants along the water between Lampi beach and Kos harbour. Somewhere near there would be central to the bus, supermarkets, restaurants and the port for day trips or to visit other islands.
If you can hire a car, it’s good to get out and see the island but not essential as there are buses. If you have an Australian license you will need an international permit (Greece is very strict on this now). If you want to get a taxi in Kos, a pre booking is essential.
What to do
- Natural thermal beach. It’s cool because the water is so hot but meets the sea that is cold!
- Tigaki beach is a really nice sandy beach with white sand.
- Paradise beach is a long stretch of white sand. You can do organised water sports on there
- Agios Stefanos Beach has beautiful clear water. It’s at the other end of the island.
- Day trips to some islands are good day outings if you have the time. We went to Kamimnos and some other smaller islands i na full day excursion. There vendors selling tickets near the port. I think it was €20-25 for the day and included lunch.
- You can do a day trip to Bodrum in Turkey which is a cute little tourist town. Shops, beach etc. The boat is about 40 minutes.
Where to eat
Lofaki needs to be #1 on your list! You need to go to this restaurant for sunset. It’s the most gorgeous view and where Josh and I got engaged. It’s so perfect!!! You will need a car or get a taxi there.
One thing I didn’t know about Kos is you always need to pre book a taxi. I thought the guy at the hotel was joking but we couldn’t get a taxi to dinner and missed our dinner reservation (and unknowingly our engagement) lol wherever you’re staying, get the taxi number if you’re not getting a car.
I don’t believe in coincidences and here is an example why!
When you reflect back on incredible things that have just fallen into place, when the impossible becomes possible or things align in a way you couldn’t have imagined, do you think it’s a coincidence?
I was recently flying back from Kos, Greece to London with a stop over in Duesseldorf, Germany. I had a full day of travel; 2.5 hour ferry from Patmos to Kos (because it stops at 4 other islands) then my 2 flights to get me home. The other ladies I was travelling with were staying on another night so I was on my own to get from the port to the airport which is about an hour travel. I’ve travelled solo plenty of times before, no problems.
When on the ferry, I began looking at my flights. Maybe because of the time difference or maybe I just forgot but I only had 2 hours to get from the port to my flight, which is 1 hour in travel. I thought, that’s fine, the universe will have a bus waiting for me. I checked the bus schedule and they came every hour… except when I was arriving, there was a 1.5 hour break. I then received an email from the airline about construction at the airport, to arrive earlier than usual and to expect delays (way to add fuel to the fire, thanks universe).
Instead of freaking out, I came to terms with the fact that the €40 taxi was my only option. So I began telling the ladies I was travelling with that I would find a group of people getting in a taxi and ask if I could share the fare with them. With all the ferry stops I figured I would wait til I got off and ask people at the port.
First taxi I went to was full, the second one had 3 people in it; I asked if they were off to the airport but they said no and closed the door! The third taxi had 3 men putting their bags in the boot. I asked if they were going to the airport and they said yes, then I took a breath and asked if I could join them and split the fare. I’m sure they thought I was crazy but with only a slight hesitation, they said yes. The taxi driver, who was even more confused, said “lady where are you going?” In which I replied “to the airport with these guys”!
I’ve solo travelled a lot, I know what feels safe and what doesn’t. I trust my instincts and this felt safe! I waved goodbye to the ladies and off I went.
In the taxi, we got chatting and not only had these 3 men been on the tiny island of Patmos that I was staying on, they were actually Australian and one was living in London. After some more taxi banter, we figured out we were all the same flight AND they were the row in front of me.
They were so lovely sharing their week in Patmos, their travel plans and even how funny it was we all ended up in that taxi together. I actually think it was the taxi driver who was most shocked! So instead of paying for a €40 taxi, it was €10 each and I made some new friends oh and caught my flight on time!
I told the universe exactly what I wanted and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Coincidence? I think not.
The universe is aligning incredible opportunities in your path constantly. Be aware. Be conscious. Look out for them and show gratitude to increase their frequency. What things have you manifested?
Hi, Tessa and Josh here! We are an Australian couple (aged 30 & 31) who are friendly, outgoing and love to travel. We have created a community of like-minded, positive travellers who love to share tips and tricks, travel advice and are passionate about self-awareness called Conscious Travel Community.