Holidays In Kefalonia
Kefalonia Holidays at a glance
Whether you've visited the Greek islands before or it's your first trip to the region, you'll find plenty to delight on a holiday to Kefalonia. The awe-inspiring landscapes of Kefalonia have delighted tourists from all over the world, as well as movie watchers as it was the setting for the Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli's Mandolin. In fact such is the aesthetic quality of the island it was once voted tenth in a world scenic beauty league.
There is little wonder why most visitors choose to repeat the experience again and again. Breathtaking scenery combines effortlessly with great beaches, clear blue waters and picturesque resorts making this a gem of the Ionian Islands. The warm blue waters are also home to treasure trove of marine wildlife such as dolphins, rare monk seals and the loggerhead turtles. Combine all these factors with excellent tavernas, restaurants and a wide variety of accommodation and you are left with the perfect holiday destination for couples, families and singles who really appreciate scenic beauty. So why not uncover the paradise island of Kefalonia on your next holiday?
Who holidays in Kefalonia?
Holidays to Kefalonia are ideal for anyone who enjoys breathtaking scenery and stunning sea views at every turn. Kefalonia is the ideal destination for charming romantic breaks and laid back family holidays.
Key Facts - Kefalonia
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportKefalonia (EFL)
Kefalonia Holidays - Destination Profile
Blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery in the region, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is blessed with an amazing photo opportunity around every corner.
Discover the treasures of Kefalonia on your next holiday
Kefalonia boasts the third largest mountain range in Greece, providing a majestic backdrop to the exceptional landscape of the island and spectacular caves ripe for discovery. What's more, holidaymakers hoping to get a little closer to Kefalonia's wildlife will have the opportunity to enjoy a splendid national park - home to wild ponies, golden eagles, ospreys and other protected species.
If you want to get your toes wet on holiday in Kefalonia, then choose between one of the islands' many beautiful beaches - including the world renowned Myrtos Beach - and submerge yourself in clear, warm waters.
With its 4 kms of shingle and sandy beach the relaxed resort of Skala has a number of great bars and tavernas but has managed to retain its village atmosphere
Just 2 kms from the capital of the island, Lassi has a number of quiet coves as well as two long beaches and also plays host to a wide choice of bars and tavernas.
At the northern tip of the island is the sophisticated resort of Fiskardo which exudes a refined atmosphere and with its picturesque harbour and pastel painted houses it is one of the villages that escaped the 1953 earthquake largely untouched.
Located on the eastern side of the island is the relatively undeveloped seaside village of Katelios. With its two small beaches and a sprinkling of tavernas it is the place to sample local life.
A cosmopolitan nightlife can also be found on this stunning island. Dynamic Kefalonian cities such as Argostoli and Lixouri will delight holidaymakers hoping to discover tavernas and bars to complement a warm evening in paradise.
Holidays in Kefalonia - Things to see
Melissani Cave: Thought to be at least 30000 years old and containing an underground lake which is eerily lit via a whole in the cave roof caused by the 1953 earthquake. Taking a boat trip on this underground lake where the colours appear to change throughout the day is truly an unforgettable experience.
Cave of Drogarati: Located just 5 kms south of Sami and very close to the cave of Melissani is this large imposing cavern is a sight of rare beauty and is also known as the 'Concert Cave', the large chamber situated 150ft below the ground has fantastic acoustics and can accommodation 500 people.
Robolla Winery: Located close to Frangata in a beautiful location this is the best place to sample Kefalonia's world famous wine.
Mosaics at Skala: Contained within a glass and wood structure in a small Roman villa on a path above the beach at Skala are two well preserved mosaics - one of a man being attacked by wild cats and another of a scene around a sacrificial altar.
Archaeological Museum at Argostoli: Containing a collection of antiquities to rival any others within the Ionian Islands.
Mount Ednos: This vast mountain that dominates the scenery in the south of the island and has been designated a National Park contains a wide variety of wildlife.
The Tomb of Odysseus: Shrouded in myth and mystery and still being excavated many locals believe this Mycenaean tomb to be that of Odysseus. Whatever the claims, it is still one of the most important historical finds on Kefalonia. The archaeological site can be easily be found near Tzanata village and is sign-posted from Poros.
Myrtos Beach: One of the most photographed spots in the Ioanians and best viewed from the cliff top where the breathtaking crescent of white pebbles next to a turquoise sea can be most appreciated.
Things to do on a Holiday in Kefalonia
Those on holiday in Kefalonia will be very pleased with the selection of activities available, popular activities include:-
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Boat trips
- Horse riding
Kefalonia Holidays Excursions
Island Delights: This is your chance to discover the stunning island of Kefalonia. Sample wine at Kefalonia's finest winery. Have yourself blessed by the patron saint of Gerassimos. Take time for a memorable photo stop at Myrtos bay and spend time in the untouched village of Fiskardo. A guaranteed fantastic day out!!
3 Islands Cruise: Island hopping at its best. Enter the world of the rich and famous and discover why Onassis put the island of Skorpios on his shopping list. We'll cruise the Ionian sea to the lovely island of Meganisi , where we'll take our boat inside the Cave of Pananikolis. We then tuck into the coastline of Skorpios, a mere reflection of Onassis's lifestyle. Cruising onto the Island of Lefkas which is a surfers paradise...an absolute must!!
BBQ Beach Cruise: An excellent insight into marine life on our glass bottom cruise. Snorkeling, champagne diving, games on the beach or just relax and soak up the sun. The choice is yours, but always look out for dolphins. A BBQ lunch is included in the price.
Ithaca Island Tour: We'll take you by boat to our sister island of Ithaca, home to mythological Odysseys. Tour around the island in one of our air conditioned coaches exploring the unspoilt villages, including the picturesque capital.
Vathy . A beautiful day out and a great opportunity to see Kefalonia's famous sister island.
Sami by Night: Visit the beautiful keyside of Sami. The picturesque town is charming, pretty and intriguing which all contributes to the reason why it was chosen for the filming of 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. Take a stroll by the harbour and marvel at the stunning sunset whilst enjoying your evening meal in one of numerous harbour from tavernas.
Argostoli by Night: Explore the capital of this beautiful island. This is your chance to experience the hustle and bustle of the island's capital whether you are shopping, people watching, or just relaxing in one of the many cafes and bars. A great place for all those souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home.
Eating/Drinking During Kefalonia Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Kefalonia Holidays
Boat: There are boat connections with the neighbouring islands (Corfu, Ithaca, Lefkas) as well as the mainland (Patras, Igoumenitsa and Kyllini) from Argostoli, Sami and Poros. There is a ferry boat between Argostoli and car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.
Bus: There are local buses connecting the main villages. You can get to almost any point on Kefalonia - even remote beaches, villages, and monasteries - by KTEL bus. Schedules, however, are quite flexible. The KTEL station is on Leoforos A. Tritsi, at the far end of the harbour road, 200m (656 ft.) past the Trapano Bridge.
Taxi: For those who don't enjoy driving twisting mountain roads, taxis are the best alternative but you should negotiate the fare prior to commencing the journey.
Kefalonia Holidays Shopping
Bargain purchases for those on Kefalonia holidays include:-
- Pralines (Mandoles)
- White wine ("Robola")
- Quince paste
- Locally made ceramics and pottery
- Embroidered Linen and Crochet work.
Holidays in Kefalonia - Beaches
Antisamos: Antisamos beach is a gorgeous, golden sandy beach surrounded by lush greenery where many scenes from the film 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' were filmed.
Makris Gialos: Close to Argostoli and Lassi this popular, golden sandy beach is great for water sports enthusiasts.
Lourdas: A white sand and shingle beach that stretches for 4 kms on the south side of the island, Lourdas Beach also plays host to a sprinkling of bars and tavernas.
Skala: Skala Beach is a sand and shingle beach with a good array of water sports facilities and tavernas close by.
Petani Beach: Tucked away on the Lixouri peninsular and 14 kms away from Lixouri is one of the finest beaches on the island.
Myrtos Beach: The most instantly recognisable and stunning beach on Kefalonia where the crescent of white pebbles next to the turquoise sea is breathtaking.
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