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In the first week of October we booked a villa with Ionian Island Holidays on the island of Kefalonia – where ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ was based. We went with our friends Joy and Ron. Our villa was in the north of the island near Fiscardo in a hamlet called Touliata.
The weather was perfect all week and we visited much of the island in our hire car (unusually we were transferred from the airport in a coach and our hire car was waiting close to our villa).
We liked Fiscardo with its marina and many restaurants. The route south from our villa took us along one of the most spectacular roads we have ever driven, with views of the coastline and the town of Assos from a height of 1500ft.
There are few tourist attractions apart from mountains and beaches but we visited caves, a monastery and a winery.
The island was devastated by an earthquake in 1953 and has been rebuilt. Everywhere are ruins of the original buildings. They experience an earth tremor every four or five days – but we did not notice one.
We liked this island better than Corfu as it was quieter and the scenery was amazing.