Situated just three kilometers from the islands capital Argostoli,
Lassi is a good base to explore more of Kefalonia. Lassi was the first
resort to be developed on Kefalonia and has attracted visitors for several
decades. It has great views out to sea and over to the Lixouri peninsular
which has been sadly scarred with the vulgar development of the Kefalonia
Aqua Beach Club, an all-inclusive vast complex which has yet to open.
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
Unfortunately in high season Lassi can become very busy and
may not be an ideal location if you want to experience a more traditional Kefalonia
holiday. This is due to its lovely sandy beaches and also some
large hotels, which are built nearby. Makris Yialos and Plati Yialos both
have good facilities that include watersports, sun beds and cafes. Please
see Lassi beaches for more details.
The resort has developed quite
considerably with a wide selection of rooms to rent, hotels and other
accommodation. There is no village square to speak of most of the
tavernas, restaurants shops and car hire offices are squeezed into a line
on the main busy road which runs through Lassi hence this resort can feel
charmless and not very Greek compared to others such as Assos or Fiskardo.
Locals like Lassi for it's eateries and beaches so you can find some good
traditional Greek food in the tavernas and restraints along the strip.
Much of the accommodation is hidden away between and behind the pine trees
that characterise this area. Hidden down side streets accommodation is plentiful
and also apartments can be found 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.
The 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.
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 the best place from which
to undertake a thorough exploration of the island, including various
undeveloped sandy beaches along Kefalonia's peaceful south coast only
15-20 minute drive away.
Car hire is a bonus in order to explore, although
through experience I would recommend you order via online direct with the
hire company of your choice and not through a tour operator who will
inflate the price considerably. You can observe the wonderful sunsets from
this the coast and there is always a good photographic opportunity to
capture that "fantastic picture"