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Calm Kefalonia

Situated off the western coast of the Greek mainland and almost parallel with Athens, the Greek capital over 200 miles to the east, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands and a stunning holiday destination.

Kefalonia has its own airport, making it easy to access, there are also a number of excellent resorts stretched along its sandy shores. The beautiful island achieved international recognition after one of its beaches was featured in the hit Hollywood film Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Kefalonia holidays offer a chance to luxuriate along the calm waters and incredible vistas, don’t miss an opportunity to experience this paradise.

Where to stay and go in Kefalonia

Holidays to Kefalonia offer a variety of exquisite accommodation. Skala is one of the most popular resort areas and is located in the southeast of the island. The beach here is backed by fragrant pine trees and the views are as picturesque as they come. Originally a quiet village, Skala’s popularity has seen it expand into a major hotspot for visitors.

The biggest resort in on the island is Lassi, in the west. Close to not only the beach, but the town and the airport, Lassi is perfectly located to explore the island. Many of the excursions leave from Lassi, making it the first port of call for many visitors.

The second biggest town on the island is Lixouri, a quiet part of Kefalonia where the atmosphere is distinctly laid-back. Relax in the many shops and bars or explore the many local attractions, such as the lighthouse, museums and the sandy shores.

Explore Kefalonia

As the summer season starts to get under way on Kefalonia in early June, temperatures begin to rise, and rise – until they hit a sizzling 30C and keep on going. Holidays in Kefalonia during the cooler months around springtime can still bring warm temperatures that can dip below 20C, but not much.

When you're not busy luxuriating on gorgeous beaches and soaking up all that glorious sunshine, those seeking adventure and activities are well catered for. In the capital, Argostoli, there are plenty of heritage buildings and cultural activities to take in, as well as some great cafés where you can enjoy divine local cuisine; ideal for history buffs and culture vultures.

For activities, try your hand at sea kayaking and see the island from a different perspective. Scuba diving is a popular activity in the area and the offers the opportunity to see the huge array of life beneath the surf up close. Scuba diving is especially popular in the area due to the crystal clear water, which often boasts visibility of over 40 metres.

At night, live it up, at top restaurants, bars and clubs all over the island. Outside of Fiskardo there are some thriving nightclubs, or Stevento, a beachside bar where all the locals hang out. If you are only seeking a romantic meal and to watch the sun set, try Lourdas Bay, where even the locals rave about the incredible food and peaceful sea views.

Out and About in Kefalonia

If there is one thing you must see on your Kefalonia holidays, it’s Myrtos Beach in the northwest of the island. This breathtaking white-pebble beach lapped by cobalt and turquoise waters is considered one of the most beautiful of all of Greece's many beaches, and has sheer cliffs as its backdrop. It was also one of the famous scenes for a sequence in the major film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Another top place to visit is the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, which allows you to get a sense of the island and its long, long history. The museum has a large collection of artefacts dating back to prehistoric times as well as from the Roman era. Ancient jewellery and pottery are also on display, as are historical 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 for any visitor to the island. Located near to the village of Chaliotata these caves have an astonishing array of stalagmites and stalactites to discover.

For more inspiration on things to do on your Kefalonia holiday, check out our guide.

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.