Sun, ocean and mountains. If those three words get you excited then you and I have something in common. Many of my dream travel locations all seem to include those three components too, coincidence eh?
So you can imagine my excitement when I arrived in Greece and decided that for a full weekend we should both quad bike and trek through glorious Cephalonia mountains. I mentioned them on my blog before however in this post I thought I could discuss the way I personally feel is the most interesting way to get around the island, and how to make the most of the experience.
We were based in Lassi, however we were keen to leave the tourist areas for a while… I believe you can find even more beautiful places when you go off the beaten track.
Public transport is yet to take up residence here, almost making the place a paradise away from the modern world.
Therefore, to travel through as much of the mountains as we could in a weekend we had three options… I felt that by driving a car we wouldn’t appreciate the full experience, and by biking or walking we wouldn’t really get very far in this vast wilderness. So, what better way to do this than to hire a speedy Quad and have the wind blowing through your hair as you ride around the mountains themselves?
The islands are filled with picturesque villages and secret, magical coves just waiting to be discovered. My highlight of the mountain riding was probably Myrtos beach. The views there were absolutely stunning and just looking down onto the beach was like looking at a photograph in a travel brochure.
We began our ride in Lassi, and travelled through Argostili towards the mountains. As we made our way towards the verdant mountains the views were stunning, with the turquoise sea just glimmering in contrast to the rich, deep greenery covering the huge mountains.
We left with no directions, no sat nav; not even a map. I had my boyfriend with me and he is much better with directions than myself so he pretty much led the way, however we did find at times we were both very lost with where we were. But even at the time, it was all part of the excitement and made us at least feel more spontaneous.
At one point we found ourselves at a beautiful harbour village between the mountains and we stopped off for breakfast, thinking we had reached our destination of Fiskardo… however we could only spot sailing boats and the place was pretty small so we soon started to doubt ourselves. Plucking up the courage, I casually strolled over to a Greek lady hanging out laundry on her sailing boat to ask: “Do you know what this village is called?”… “Umm… where are we right now?” Yes. This did evoke slightly funny looks. But it turns out we were still an hour away from Fiscardo. This place was a nice accidental find though, and we had a traditional Greek breakfast here for 10 euros between us: orange juice, tea, coffee, fresh bread, tomatoes with egg and feta cheese and chips. Everything you find here really is this cheap!
As we carried on to Fiscardo some of the roads were shut due to a recent earthquake, and the alternative routes were much longer but also much more stunning. The rough tracks took you thousands of feet high up the mountains and it really was like nothing I had seen before.
We spent two entire days, dawn until dusk just travelling around on the quad in the mountains, and overall the quad rental hire was under 100 euros from Lassi. We only had to refill the gas in the bike once as far as I can remember.
Definitely necessary to bring extra suncream and water, as driving through this direct heat for hours could get real bad real quickly without it! Hence why my skin is quite red in some of my photos here…
This is the quad that we rented from a small rental place in Lassi, however we saw many places like this in other locations such as Argostoli. NOTE: my boyfriend in the background of this with his shirt on his head like a really peculiar-looking turban…
For more amazing views, get your hiking boots on and attempt Mount Ainos.