Live your own Captain Corelli’s Mandolin fantasy in Argostoli, the busy capital on the Greek island of Kefalonia. A newish pier for cruise ships is just a 10-minute walk from the town, where the central square is full of cafés, and the pedestrianised streets around it have good shopping. Freshly caught fish are sold from boats in the floating fish market and just north of the town is Myrtos, the island’s best beach. Kefalonia was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1953, so much of the architecture is quite modern, but you should still be able to get a feel for Louis de Bernières’ novel, set during the Second World War.
Fred. Olsen has a 28-night Venice and the Beauty of the Adriatic cruise on Braemar on 12 September in a round trip from Dover calling at Argostoli as well as Trapani in Sicily, Split in Croatia and Koper, Slovenia, among other places from £2,654pp, based on two people sharing. Visit fredolsencruises.com or call 0800 0355 242.