For unbeatable beaches, some laid-back nightlife and the chance to explore, Lixouri holidays are just the ticket. Kefalonia’s second-biggest town is located on its western peninsula, and is the gateway to some of the island’s most sought-after stretches of sand, from the eye-catching, orange-coloured sweep at Xi beach to the creamy pebbles of Petani. The town itself is bustling with locals and holidaymakers, yet remains relaxed.
A gently shelving beach makes it great for families, as does nearby Lepeda Beach, which is a fun spot for late-afternoon rock-pooling. Couples and friends on holidays to Lixouri can either laze on the beach or set about exploring – there are ancient monasteries, and it’s a short ferry hop to the capital, Argostoli. Cafés, bars and restaurants dot the promenade and main square so, after a day on the sand, why not sit back and watch the world go by over a glass of something chilled?
Have a relaxed drink
Nightlife here is wonderfully relaxed. Listen to traditional Greek music in one of the outdoor bars while enjoying a glass or two of local Robola wine.
Visit Lakovatios Library
For a change of scene, this 18th-century mansion, just outside Lixouri, has a landscaped garden and a library with books dating from the 16th century.
Go beach hopping
The peninsula is home to some of the island’s best beaches. The famous rust-orange sands of Xi beach are lined with beach bars and water sports huts.