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The adventure of driving on Kefalonia island

Argostolion kefalonias ● Ionian islands ● Kefalonia ● 31 October 2016
 

The adventure of driving on Kefalonia island

Kefalonia, one the largest islands of the Ionian Islands, is a charming place with beautiful exotic beaches, like Myrtos, Antisamos and Skala, as well as picturesque traditional villages and cosmopolitan places with an Italian style, like Fiskardo, Argostolion and Assos. This island is really a top vacation destination for everyone who loves the beaches with trees and turquoise waters and wants to feel like he is in Italy on his summer holidays.

Myrtos Beach

However, the road network of the island is not so good. In fact, it is like the road network of most Greek islands, but the problem is that Kefalonia is a large island. The roads are narrow, with dangerous turns near cliffs. Of course, you don’t have to worry if you drive carefully and you are not in a hurry. You have to keep in mind that from one side of the island to another, namely from Skala to Fiskardo, you need at least 2 hours drive, although the distance is 80 kilometres.

But when I was on Kefalonia, in Skala for my vacations after having found an amazing ferry deal, I didn’t know that. I wanted to visit a friend of mine, who was in Fiskardo. So, I looked on the map, and I saw that the distance was 80 kilometres. I had no car, so I decided to rent a motorbike. I thought that this mean of transport was perfect for an island and a small distance like this. So, I woke up in the morning, swam in the sea and then, around 4 o’clock in the evening I took the motorbike to visit my friend and drink a coffee with her in Fiscardo.

Fiskardo

I imagined it was that easy. I said to her I would be there at 5 o’clock. She was neither aware of the difficult road network. So, she didn’t advise me not to be so optimistic and told me only that she was waiting for me. The rest was a nightmare. Soon I realised that I could not keep a speed higher than 40 kilometres per hour, whereas my mobile phone ran out of battery. I was driving and thinking that this route was endless. I had a headache, but I was trying to stay focused and not to see my watch because I knew that I would be late. In every turn, I was telling to myself that I would not take the decision for a coffee in Fiskardo if I knew how difficult the road was. But now I was on my way, and there was nothing I could do.

I finally arrived in Fiskardo at 6:30 o’clock. I was tired and nervous. And I couldn’t even think the possibility to drive again back home at night. 5 hours drive for a round trip was too much. I drank a cocktail to relax and then I asked my friend to sleep in her home for the night. She agreed immediately. She was worried about me because, during my delay, she was trying to reach me, but my phone had no battery.

Despite of this small adventure I have however to admit that Fiskardo is one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kefalonia, Greece Mirabel City Center Hotel
Mirabel City Center Hotel
Vallianou Square, Argostoli, 28100 Kefalonia, Greece

Mirabel Hotel is located in Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. Kefalonia International Airport is a 15-minute drive. Poros Port is 40 km away.


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