Embrace a slower pace on holidays to Ratzakli, where fuss-free Greek living goes hand in hand with peaceful natural surroundings.

Pretty as a picture

Sitting off the beaten path, this sleepy village in the south of Greece's Ionian Island of Kefalonia is postcard-perfect. From the whitewashed houses to the rolling countryside, Ratzakli wows from all angles – panoramic views sweep across the bay and out to sea. Add a glass of wine and a good book, and you're ready to relax.

Coast with the most

The star attraction here's local favourite Kaminia Beach – a vast span of golden sand and crystal-clear shallows. It's only a 20-minute walk away from the village and neighbours the slightly livelier Mounda Beach, giving you the best of both worlds. Go during nesting season and you might even spot a loggerhead turtle.

Quiet life to nightlife

To up the pace, head to nearby Skala for buzzing bars and fairy-lit al fresco tavernas – just five minutes' drive away. Further afield, Argostoli offers even more hustle and bustle, with a marina, a busy square and shops selling everything from swimwear to souvenirs.

Southern hospitality

This chilled-out Kefalonian region's full of family-run restaurants and friendly bars. Whether you prefer leisurely seaside strolls and quiet nights or laughing with locals until the wee hours, this south-eastern gem's sure to leave a warm impression.

At a Glance

  • Roam countryside trails to find the best ocean view
  • Splash in the turquoise shallows of Kaminia Beach
  • Mingle with locals at the bars of nearby Skala

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