I have worked in the marketing department at Sunvil for a year now and last month I was lucky enough to visit the largest of the Greek Ionian islands, Kefalonia on a familiarisation trip. Prior to working for the company, I already had a great passion for Greece, her islands and ancient history as well as taken holidays in Athens, Corfu, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Santorini. A large part of my working week involves updating content and images for the Greece pages on our website or putting together promotional email newsletters, so I’m very familiar with the names of the various resorts and properties on Kefalonia as well as the iconic images of cobalt blue seas, pine clad mountains and small colourful fishing boats in the harbour.
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands, west of mainland Greece. It’s marked by sandy coves and contrasting landscapes – dry and rugged along with vast mountains carpeted with cypress trees. Its capital, Argostoli, is built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbour. Kefalonia’s indented coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach in the north. Many beaches are only accessible on foot or via narrow twisting roads.
When the invitation to join my colleagues Claire and Allister on a familiarisation (FAM) trip came through, I was both delighted and apprehensive. Delighted because I was going back to Greece, to explore an island that I only knew through work projects and brochures, apprehensive because after so many years travelling to other parts of the world, would the ‘Greek island magic’ still be there? Would I still have the same emotive feelings from hearing the sounds of the cicadas coming from the olive groves, the clang of bells worn by the goats as they roam nonchalantly across stony roads and barren fields? Would the taste of a real Greek salad drizzled with gold-green olive oil, freshly caught grilled calamari or a bowl of tzatziki in a traditional taverna send me back to a place in time where you would never dream of photographing your food?
Only time would tell, my 06:30am flight was about to board…..
Details of your favourite property and why?
The Waterfront Apartments are located in a quiet street just five minutes’ walk from Fiscardo harbour. The honey-coloured stone facade with its vibrant green doors were a welcome sight set against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. The building was once the oldest and grandest Venetian building in Fiscardo and once inside the simple but comfortable charm of my apartment (No.3), it instantly felt like ‘coming home’.