Lassi was the first resort to be developed on Kefalonia and has attracted visitors for decades. Situated just three kilometers from the islands capital Argostoli, Lassi is a good base to explore more of Kefalonia. It has great views out to sea and over to the Paliki peninsula with evening sunsets awaiting to be captured by the camera.
Sunset from lassi to Paliki Pennisula
The Airport is only minutes away so transfer to the resort is short. If based in Lassi Aircraft noise is no real concern as Kefalonia International Airport is quite a low-key airport, and not in the “Heathrow league”. Lassi has lovely sandy beaches and also some large hotels. There are plenty of smaller types accommodation throughout Lassi with the choice of room only, bed and breakfast and hotels offering a selection of board basis. The two main beaches Makris Yialos and Platis Gialos both have good facilities that include watersports, sun beds and cafes. The beaches are accessed at a range of points by steps or slopes and these are well sign-posted from the lanes that run parallel to the main road which runs from Lassi to the capital Argostoli. There are a number of smaller beaches in and near to Lassi.
Much of the accommodation is hidden away. Some are between and behind the pine trees that characterise this area. There is accommodation hidden down side streets and in the hills at the back of the resort, so double check the position of your accommodation and be for warned some rooms and apartments are in an elevated position and it can be a long hike up steep tracks/roads which may not suit some people.
There is no village square to speak of most of the tavernas, restaurants, shops, gift shops, supermarkets and car hire offices sit side by side on the main road which runs through Lassi hence this resort can feel charmless and not very Greek compared to others such as Assos or Fiskardo.
Along the strip there are plenty of eateries to choose from. While the action in the day is centred around the beaches in the area, in the evenings the strip awakens and becomes busy with people relaxing in the bars, tavernas and restaurants.
The church and cave of St Gerasimos (patron saint of Kefalonia) can be found in Lassi. When St Gerasimos arrived on Kefalonia he spent his first five years living in a cave beneath the small hermitage on the hills overlooking Lassi. There is now a church next to the cave dedicated to him and rejoices under the name of Odos Spiliou Agios Gerasimou (St Gerasimos’ )
You can visit the church and the cave which is situated towards the right hand side at the back of the building. The interior of the church is ornate, decorated with iconic objects and can hold a small number of people. In the actual cave compartment there is a small selection of relics, is quite dark inside the tiny cavern but you are able to see and appreciate and absorb your surroundings. Photographs with flash seem to come out well.
The pretty Fanari coastal road to Argostoli starts in Lassi and provides beautiful views and small secluded bays. Things to see in Lassi can include; St. Theodoros lighthouse and the Katavothres water wheel with its strange phenomenon. Along this coastal road you’ll pass the area which is dedicated to the memory of the Italian soldiers and officers who served on the island in World War 2. In a pit a plaque marks the grave of soldiers of the Acqui Division who were executed here by the Germans in September 1943.
Lassi has managed to remain low key despite being well developed, and is popular with families due to the fact it has good facilities. The resort is a good best base from which to undertake a thorough exploration of the island, including various undeveloped sandy beaches along Kefalonias’ wonderful south coast only 15-20 minute drive away.
Car hire is a bonus in order to explore, usually cheaper, you can order via online direct with the hire company of your choice and not through a tour operator who inflate the price. Explore the various vehicle hire company websites and email them to arrange your vehicle hire. Crossing the main road in Lassi can be precarious so head caution. A torch may be useful if your accommodation is off the main strip.