We found it difficult to peel ourselves away from the villa and our mesmerising views, but there was much more of the area to discover. First up, the food!
What We Ate
There wasn't much choice in the city for halal food.
We tried La Pasta Premier Restaurant in the town square. They've got a great outdoor seating area right in the square that accommodated our table.
Our server, Ilyas, has been in Kefalonia for the last 26 years and is from Albania. He visits when he can, but prefers the islands heat and relaxed environment. I can see why.
I order a Fresh Margerita pizza to subside the hunger and a glass of fresh juice. As plain as it is, it tastes great and the atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. It's definitely not prone to the odd cat rubbing your leg looking for scraps. If you drop food too, expect a flood of pigeons to pounce and congregate around. Good luck getting rid of them once they learn you are weak!!
We stocked up our fridge with everything our eyes recognise from Tiritompas Mini Market - a quaint little place not too far from the airport.
We also make a stop at the Grill House Restaurant ΤΟ ΨΗΣΤΗΡΙ in Lakithra at one point, to order the traditional Greek Gyro dish. It is a sandwich traditionally made using lamb, beef, or pork combined with tomato, onion, and a yogurt sauce in pita bread. It's fairly similar and in fact derived from the lamb-based doner kebab we all know and love. The Greek dish is made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie like a Shawarma or tacos el pastor. We all order one to go, and obviously the meat is replaced with chips and pink sauce. We take 10 home and I kid you not, it's so heavy on the stomach and large in portion that 72 hours later, remnants were still in the fridge.
The Grill House is open from 4:00PM onward until late and even offers free delivery to nearby areas.
We also had a great home-cooked meal of mac and cheese and pasta bake. The feeling is surreal when your sitting at a table with your friends, with what feels like the tranquillity of the city and mountains at your doorstep. Needless to say, I put my only skills to use and took charge of the washing up and cleaning. Top tip: travel with people who can cook. Or follow a YouTube video LOL!
What We Did
72 hours of relaxation was the goal and intention.
72 hours of deep, raw conversations, laughter and lounging in the sun ensued.
I definitely wanted to go Scuba Diving but Fiskaro is a 50-minute drive from Argostoli and for only one driver in the group, it proved difficult. I'll be back in 2020 to do this though - hold me to it! Even if I go alone! I wanted to see the famous Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi too and see if there was a way to perhaps climb it. If you've read my Barcelona post, you'll know I am obsessed with the sea. The real sea.