Caretta Caretta Turtles

The Loggerhead sea turtles (or also known as Caretta-caretta) are the only marine turtles nesting in Greece and the Mediterranean. They can be distinguished from other turtles by their large heads, reddish-brown shells and yellow/brown skin, while they are considered to be one of the oldest species in the world. An adult Loggerhead grows to a length of 1.0-1.2m, weights between 100-350 kg and can live for around 65 years.

Females appear to nest an average of three to five times in one breeding season, while the procedure of nesting occurs mainly at night throughout the summer, as they drag themselves out onto beaches beyond the high-tide mark and dig nests, into which around 100 eggs are laid. After approximately 60-70 days the eggs are hatched and the new born turtles emerge, mostly at night when risk from predators is lower. Then they are attracted by the light of the moon, and gravity, into the sea.

On the island of Kefalonia there are quite a few beaches where someone could spot both Loggerheads and nesting points. The island is one of the northernmost nesting sites of sea turtles in the world. The principal nesting site is below Ratzakli at Mounda Bay, between Skala and Katelios, whereas many others are spread throughout the beaches of the island, like Megali Ammos and Ammes beach at Minies, Makris Gialos at Lassi or Mega Lakos at Lixouri.

But if you actually want to see a live breathing adult Loggerhead sea turtle you can go at the Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli. You can locate them near the De Bosset Bridge and alongside the harbour where sometimes they follow the fishermen and their boats and swim around in search for food.


Also, we can accomodate special occasions like:

  • Honeymoons
  • Engagements
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries

In occasions like the above please inform us in advance

Villa Mandola and Villa Kantrillies, Lakithra Kefalonia

How to arrive

By airplane

from Athens and Thessaloniki (with between stations in Kerkyra and Aktio)

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By Boat

  • from Patra to the port of Sami
  • from Kylini to the port of Poros
  • from Kylini to Argostoli
  • from Zakynthos to the port of Pessada
  • from the port of Vassili-Lefkada to Fiskardo
  • from Italy (ports of Ancona and Bari) to the port of Sami (or to Patra and then Sami)

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Villa Mandola and Villa Kantrillies, Lakithra Kefalonia

Nearby Beaches

  • Makris Gialos: 10min
  • Platis Gialos: 10min
  • Avithos beach: 10min
  • Ai Helis beach: 10min
  • Minies beach: 10min
  • Agios Thomas beach: 10min
  • Ammes beach: 15min
  • Antisamos beach: 30min
  • Lourdas beach: 30min
  • Kaminia beach: 40min
  • Myrtos beach: 40min
  • Petanoi beach: 40min
  • Xi beach: 50min
  • Kounopetra beach: 50min

Villa Mandola & Kantrillies at Lakithra Kefalonia

EOT - Hellenic Tourism Association

Approved by the
Hellenic Tourism Organization (E.O.T.)
MHTE (Mandola): 0458K91000372601
MHTE (Kantrillies): 0458k91000426201