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Solo Travel-Islands Not Just for Honeymooners-
Try Cephalonia! Travel west from Athens to the Ionian Sea.
Solo Travel-Islands Not Just for Honeymooners: The “Other” Greek Isle:
I first heard about the “other” Greek Isles from an Athens friend. Cephalonia has been on my radar for some time. It is an affordable Greek Island even in high season. Even in May we have seen lodging at the 4-star level at less than $100/night.
Cephalonia is located in the Ionian Sea west of the Greek peninsula. Most tourists travel to the higher profile Mykonos and Santorini. This is a quieter destination with lots of intriguing natural terrain and archaeological sites. If you like to explore ancient castles, monasteries and uncrowded beaches, this could be the destination for you!
Solo Travel-Islands Not Just for Honeymooners: Cephalonia’s History:
Cephalonia has an ancient history. It was previously conquered by the Turks, the Venetians, the French and the British. Cephalonia is a relatively “new” member of the unified Greek nation since the mid-19th century.
Solo Travel-Islands Not Just for Honeymooners: Things to Do in Cephalonia:
Besides, the affordable pricing for a European holiday, consider the following:
-Whether you are a pro or an amateur archaeologist, this island offers finds dating back tens of thousands of years. The capital of Argostoli is the focal point for Greek scholars of the Mycenaean period.
-Natural caves abound for exploration
-Looking for a more active vacation? Take a hike, go diving , including in caves or try your hand at windsurfing.
-Learn to dive or improve your existing skills.
For history buffs, there are sights such as St. George’s Castle, Evangelistria Church and a chance to learn about the Ottoman Empire and its subsequent replacement by the Venetians and successive European countries.
Cephalonia has had its share of challenges from earthquakes much like California on San Andreas Fault.
Solo Travel-Islands Not Just for Honeymooners: 4-Star Leivatho Hotel:
The 4-star Leivatho Hotel is a good value. It is just 5 minutes walk from the beach. It has received rave verified reviews, including from solo travelers. For other lodging options, go to our unique solo search tool, the Solo Travel Pricing Tracker, or go back to our home page at SoloTrekker4U for over one million lodging options.