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Anyone who's seen the blockbuster movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin will know that Kefalonia boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Greek islands. There's something for everyone here from family friendly sandy stretches with watersports and other tourist facilities to hidden coves only accessible by boat.

The main port of Sami on the east coast has a long sandy beach stretching round the bay but a more scenic spot can be found at Antisamos four kilometres north east of the town. Locals and visitors alike flock to this lovely pebble beach reached via a winding road with wonderful views of lush mountainous countryside and the neighbouring island of Ithaca. The crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling but the stones and shingle can make getting in and out a tricky affair so invest in some plastic sandals.

Package holidaymakers tend to congregate in the coastal resorts at the southern end of the island. Poros, south east along the coast from Sami, was one of the first areas of the island to be developed as a tourist resort and its pebble beach is flanked by bars, tavernas, hotels and apartment blocks. A more scenic sand and shingle beach can be found at Skala, at the south east tip of the island 12 kilometres from Poros. The beach is backed by a pine wood and seems to stretch forever so if you're prepared to walk a bit you'll have no trouble finding a quiet spot to yourself.

The coastline around Kato Katelios at the southern end of the island is a key breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles which lay their eggs in the sand after sunset. These beautiful creatures are under serious threat from the burgeoning tourist trade so it's important to follow local guidelines such as avoiding the use of sunshades in the marked nesting zones. You should never try to carry the newly hatched turtles to the water as it's vital for their development and survival that they reach the sea under their own steam.

The one kilometre long sand and shingle beach of Lourdhata, in the middle of the south coast, is one of the most popular beaches on the island or head for quieter Trapezaki where soft sand gently shelves into crystal clear water. The beach is in a beautiful setting with a mountain backdrop and it rarely gets crowded even in high season.

Many package holidaymakers base themselves in the south west corner of the island near Makrys Yialos and Platys Yialos two good sandy beaches well served with all manner of tourist facilities.

Make at least one visit to magnificent Myrtos Beach on the north west coastline because it has rightly earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. You reach it via a winding four kilometre road leading down from the main coastal road. You'll be rewarded with a stunningly beautiful strip of pure white pebbles backed by towering limestone cliffs and lapped by water which is as clear as glass. Be warned that there are strong currents here on occasions and there have been a number of drownings.