Situated just three kilometers from the island's capital Argostoli, Lassi is a good base from which to explore more of Kefalonia. Lassi was the first resort to be developed on Kefalonia and has attracted visitors for several decades. It has great views out to sea and over to the Lixouri peninsular. The Airport is only minutes away so transfer to the resort is short. If based in Lassi, aircraft noise is no real concern as the International Airport of Kefalonia is quite a low-key airport, and not in the “Heathrow league”.
Unfortunately during the high season Lassi can become very busy and may not be an ideal location if you want to experience a more traditional Kefalonian holiday. This is due to its lovely sandy beaches and also some large hotels, which are built nearby. Makris Yialos and Plati Yialos both have good facilities that include watersports, sun beds and cafes.
The resort has developed quite considerably with a wide selection of rooms to rent, hotels and other accommodation. There is no village square to speak of most of and the taverns, restaurants, shops and car hire offices are squeezed into a line on the main busy road which runs through Lassi.
Locals like Lassi for its eateries and beaches, so you can find some good traditional Greek food in the taverns and restaurants along the strip. Much of the accommodation is hidden away between and behind the pine trees that characterise this area. Hidden down side streets accommodation is plentiful and also apartments can be found in the hills at the back of the resort.
The cave of St Gerasimos (patron saint of Kefalonia) can be found in Lassi. When St Gerasimos arrived on Kefalonia, he spent his first five years living in a cave beneath the small hermitage on the hills overlooking Lassi. There is now a church next to the cave dedicated to him and rejoices under the name of Odos Spileou Agiou Gerasimou (St Gerasimos’ ).
You can visit the church and the cave which is situated towards the right hand side at the back of the building. The interior of the church is ornate, decorated with iconic objects and can hold a small number of people. In the actual cave compartment there is a small selection of relics; it is quite dark inside the tiny cavern but you are able to see, appreciate and absorb your surroundings. Photographs taken with flash seem to come out well.
Lassi has managed to remain low key despite being well developed, and is popular with families due to the fact that it has good facilities. The resort is the best place from which to undertake a thorough exploration of the island, including various undeveloped sandy beaches along Kefalonia’s peaceful south coast only a 15-20 minute drive away.
You can observe the wonderful sunsets from this the coast and there is always a good photographic opportunity to capture that “fantastic image”