A stunning island situated off the western coast of the Greek mainland, Kefalonia holidays encompass everything that invades your fantasies of a Greek island escape, from unfettered beaches and tasty food to smiling locals and immense culture and history. Located more or less parallel to Athens, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is a popular holidaying destination for both locals and foreigners alike given its immense range of attractions and appeal.
Countless resorts stretch along the expanse of the island’s coastline, offering calm and clear waters, soft sands, top amenities and entertainment, and plenty of eateries and bars in which to spend your evenings in Greece. The island shot to fame after serving as the backdrop for much of the hit Hollywood film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, capitalising on Kefalonia’s diverse and dramatic landscapes to create an idyllic setting for the big screen. If it’s beach scenes and unbeatable vistas you’re after, many can’t look beyond Skala during their holidays to Kefalonia. The beach here is backed by fragrant pine trees and the views are as picturesque as they come, while top infrastructure will make your stay as comfortable and luxurious as you desire.
Sunshine and Water Sports
If it’s an active, exciting or relaxing beach retreat you’re in search of, you’ll be blessed when setting foot on this engrossing island. The weather will be the first treat, hitting a sizzling 30C in the summer months, promising that you get your tan coming along nicely as you spread out on the soft sands with nothing but a good book for company. Among the countless beach resorts available to those embarking on Kefalonia holidays, it is Myrtos Beach that grabs the headlines. This breath-taking white-pebble beach lapped by cobalt and turquoise waters is considered one of the most beautiful of all of Greece's many beaches, defined by its backdrop of sheer cliffs and green mountainous inclines.
If sitting on the sand isn’t for you, there are countless things to do around the beach resorts that can get you active during your stay. Try your hand at sea kayaking and see the island from a different perspective, or get beneath the water on a remarkable scuba diving trip to the depths, introducing you to the diverse life that dwells in the waters. At night, live it up across a range of top restaurants, bars and clubs dotted all over the island. Outside of Fiskardo there are some thriving nightclubs, while Stevento is home to a beachside bar popular with locals and tourists. If you are seeking a romantic meal during your holidays in Kefalonia where you can watch the sun set, try Lourdas Bay, blessed with incredible food and peaceful sea views.
History and Discovery
When you're not busy luxuriating on gorgeous beaches and soaking up all that glorious sunshine, those seeking a window into the history and culture of Greece will find that there are many opportunities on offer across the island. Within the island’s capital, Argostoli, there are plenty of heritage buildings and cultural activities to explore in addition to some great eateries where you can enjoy divine local cuisine; an ideal combination for history buffs and culture vultures. Another great place to drop in on during your holidays to Kefalonia is the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, providing a wonderful insight into the heritage and progression of the island’s history. The museum has a large collection of artefacts dating back to prehistoric times as well as from the Roman era, including ancient jewellery and pottery on display, as well as beautiful mosaics and tombstones.
Another big attraction in Kefalonia is the Drogorati Caves. Discovered 300 years ago and descending to around 60 metres, these impressive caves are a must-see if you fancy delving somewhere slightly out of your comfort zone during your time on the island. Located near to the village of Chaliotata, these caves possess an astonishing array of stalagmites and stalactites to discover, featuring breath-taking formations and chambers, providing a great alternative way of entertaining travellers on holidays in Kefalonia.