Tuesday, 18 April 2017

PLANNING MY SUMMER FAMILY HOLIDAY

Skala Coast

I've been organising and booking my summer family vacation to Greece recently and since so much work has gone into it, I thought I would share the details with you as a sort of checklist for you to go through when planning your next holiday.

Kefalonia Island

Choosing your destination

By the time I get to this holiday, I will have already been away a lot this year on some really fun and busy adventures. Therefore, I wanted this holiday to be one of pure and utter relaxation - sun, sea, sand and food. In the end we opted for the Kefalonia in The Greek Islands. It's very picturesque and clean; with sandy coves, golden beaches and blue sea. It doesn't really get crowded either.

Choosing your accommodation 

Choosing where you are staying is always the hardest part of planning a holiday, as if you make a bad choice, it really affects your enjoyment of the trip. We narrowed it down to Skala and a James Villa Holidays villa there. Skala has some of the best beaches on the island and as all I want to do is lie on the beach and read, this seemed like a good choice. The town of Skala also has some great restaurants for dining at night. The villa itself has its own pool, room for everyone to stay, a chic and colourful design for photos and free WiFi - I don't really need much else.

Skala Beach

What is there to do?

It's important to think about the purpose of your holiday when considering what there is to do at your destination. Although all I want to do is to laze about, I might get bored and want something else to occupy my time. Skala has a beauty salon and spa (check), fashion boutiques (check) and even old historic ruins should I wish to walk up a hill (I doubt it). There are also a good few interesting possible excursions - I really like the look of going to the Robola Wine Cooperative winery to have a tour and a wine tasting. You can also go on boat excursions from the port at Skala to see the coastline and coastal caves. I've bookmarked Captain Kostis Hermes Cruises as its a smaller, family run business with a lot of local knowledge.

Is it easy to get to?

How much effort you are prepared to put in to getting to your destination is also an important factor to consider when planning your holiday. We are flying to direct to Kefalonia island from Manchester with EasyJet, so this means having an overnight stopover in Manchester from Glasgow. When we arrive in Kefalonia, we are hiring a car to drive to our villa and to use to get into the town to eat at night and on any excursions we want to go on. There are taxi companies however, if you want to do this instead.

Are you going away this summer?

Image Credits - Wikimedia Commons

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