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The little harbour at Agia Kyriaki (Zola), Kefalonia, Greece


Zola, Kefalonia, Greece .... Zola is a typically Greek little village located on the north-west of the island of Kefalonia, approximately 30 minutes away from the capital, Argostoli and about 20 minutes drive from the town of Lixouri on the Paliki Peninsula. Zola is a peaceful village, although the locals are quietly getting on with their traditional ways and earning a living either fishing from the small working harbour or tending their land. There are also a few holiday properties tucked discreetly into the hillside which a small number of the locals are involved with during the summer months.

Zola harbour, Kefalonia

There are two beaches at Zola - the long stretch at Agia Kyriaki where motor boats are available to rent, and a smaller beach called Vouti beach. Both beaches are a mixture of fine pebble/shingle and sand.

Zola is home to the lovely and very traditional fish taverna whose owners are fishermen (Spiros and son, Metaxa) and Mum, Sofia who does most of the cooking. Spiros and Metaxa are out in their fishing boat most days - fish doesn't come any fresher than this! The salad vegetables and the potatoes are all homegrown and consequently it is very popular with Greek people visiting from the mainland. It really is like stepping back in time - part of old Greece, the way it used to be before burgers and pizzas took over menus in Greek Taverna's! There is no menu, it's fish, (you choose) salad and chips. Everything except the beer and soft drinks are locally produced, mostly by Spiros, Sofia and Metaxa, even down to the wine, beautifully decanted into Vimto bottles..... beware it packs a punch!

The restaurant was opened by Spiros and Sofia over 30 years ago, and still retains that old world charm, and by the way the fish is charged for by weight. Beautiful!

The traditional fresh fish taverna at Zola, Kefalonia, Greece

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