Located on the western coast of Kefalonia (Cephalonia), holiday rentals at Xi are at the southern tip of the Paliki peninsula. Located at the foot of high white cliffs and just east of Vatsa Bay, the area is scenic and quiet.
The beach is the main attraction for those enjoying holiday rentals in Xi. The orange sand and shallow blue flag waters make this beach different from other beaches on the island. It rarely gets crowded and visitors can sunbathe, read and relax, play ball games, go swimming and snorkeling or enjoy the watersports on offer. Water skis, jet skis and other equipment is all available for rent. Soft clay, known as argil, can be found at the foot of the cliffs. It is mixed into a clay mask and is used by locals as a beauty treatment which is fun to try. The area around Xi is flat and easy to explore for walkers and cyclists.
A pleasant way to reach the offshore island of Vardiani is on a boat trip or water taxi. If you want a change of scenery from your Xi holiday apartment, Megas Lakkos Beach is nearby and it has sunbeds and a snack bar. Livelier beach entertainment and nightlife can be found at Lepada Beach and it offers good snorkelling. From here you can walk along the beach to the cave and abandoned monastery of Aghia Paraskevi which was founded in 1688. Further afield the island has splendid natural beauty, castles and historic monuments. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Argostolian or head for the Folklore and History Museum. The nearby Napier Garden and Sakkos Cave are also worth a visit.
Holiday rentals at Xi enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot sunny summers and mild, damp winters. Expect average daytime highs in August to reach 32°C (90°F) while in spring and autumn it ranges from 22-28°C (72-82°F). Winter days remain pleasantly warm, averaging 14-16°C (57-61°F) between December and February. The area has almost no rainfall from May to September with more showers from November to March.
The nearest airport to Xi holiday rentals is Kefalonia (EFL) Airport. Flights are cheap and frequent as the airport is served by many scheduled airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomson and Thomas Cook Airlines. The airport is 47km by road from Xi and the journey takes about one hour. Those wanting to arrive at Kefalonia by sea will find the nearest ferry at Poros. A car is recommended for exploring the relatively isolated area around your Xi holiday rental.