Kefalonia Holidays 2015

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Captivating Kefalonia

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.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Greek (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 Hours
Local airport: Kefalonia
Flight time: 3 hours 20 minutes

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Fishing

One of Kefalonia’s most thriving local industries is the fishing industry, and the reason for this is the multitude of fish all around the island. The northern villages are the best place to take a fishing trip, with the village of Fiscardo in particular is a great place to try out. It is possible to book daily excursions out in the local fishing boats.

Caving

A great way to get out of the sun for the day is to visit one of the stunning caves on the Island. The Melissani cave is known locally as the Cave of the Nymphs, was excavated in 1962 to find some important Minoan relics including an ancient lamp that is now on display in the Achaelogical Museum of Argostoli. The cave can be visited by a boat trip that will take in the open topped hall as well as the second chamber full of stalagmites and stalagtites.

Kayaking

One of the best ways to check out the stunning scenery of the island is to go on a kayaking trip. There are several companies offering different trips to cater to different fitness levels. One popular trip starts at Agios Kiriaki bay and offers a seven hour paddle of the local caves and deserted coves, giving plenty of time to stop for breaks or have a gentle swim to cool down. If you are really lucky, you may even see a seal or two swimming by. It’s an exhausting trip but is a great opportunity to see a side of the island that is completely unspoilt by tourism.

Kefalonia Mountains

The lush green scenery of the island means it is the perfect place to engage in a hiking or walking trip. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along one of the idyllic harbours or want to climb one of Greece’s highest mountains, there is something for all abilities. Mount Ainos National Park hosts the third highest mountain in Greece at 1632 metres high. This may sound daunting, but the well laid out paths mean it is quite an easy climb, and once you’ve reached the top you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning views on the island. There are also a large number of different birds to spot, which nature lovers will enjoy.