A wealth of hidden gems and lush trails await you on this far-reaching coastline. Experience the best of both worlds on Kefalonia holidays, with sublime beaches and opportunities for infinite adventures on land and sea.
Kefalonia is an enchanting sun kissed island of contrasts. Bursting with untouched, scenic beauty, it is a delightful mixture of old and new. A tranquil place for total relaxation, the island still offers a multitude of activities and adventures for couples and families alike. The largest in the Ionian chain in western Greece, made famous as the setting for the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefalonia boasts the third largest mountain range in Greece which provides a majestic backdrop to the spectacular and diverse landscape of the island that includes underground lakes, pretty pebbled beaches, sandy bays and crystal clear waters.
Tear yourself away from the beach to experience the amazing caves of Angalaki and Melissani & Drogarati, whose ancient formations have extraordinary underground lakes which change colour during the day and are an unmissable spectacle.
By night, meander the endless backstreets; with gift and craft shops, cafes and tavernas at every turn and then treat yourself to a refreshing drink at the sophisticated harbour-side town of Fiskardo. Bursting with yachts, this is Greece’s version of St Tropez. Dine on barbecued seafood at Vatsa Beach’s amazing taverna, or drink in the natural splendours at the Agrilliean Monastery, high above Sami. Those seeking some lively nightlife on their island paradise will be in for a treat too. Kefalonian cities such as Argostoli and Lixouri are cosmopolitan and dynamic in equal measure and although a far cry from the party islands are still full of life. Listen to the locals sing and play their instruments as you take your time exploring the many inviting bars and restaurants.
It’s easy to see why so many visitors choose to return to Kefalonia again and again. Breathtaking scenery combines effortlessly with great beaches, clear blue waters and picturesque resorts. The warm blue waters are home to a treasure trove of marine wildlife, which includes dolphins, rare monk seals and loggerhead turtles and on land you can get up close to some of Kefalonia’s wildlife in the national park, with wild ponies, golden eagles, ospreys and other protected species.
Whether you’re seeking nature, culture or looking to spend time above or below the sea, Kefalonia has it all in abundance. It’s time to stop dreaming and to uncover the paradise island of Kefalonia on your next holiday.
Make the most of your trip Things to see & do
Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Kefalonia holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility.
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.
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.
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The best beaches in Kefalonia
Kefalonia's abundant beaches will keep you busy. With something for everyone, the island delivers numerous beaches of every description. Mostly uncrowded, due to the size of the island, take your pick from tranquil, isolated or lively and sand, pebbles or shingle, with the best of the Island's 39 beaches scattered along the south coast. With 237 kilometres of coastline, each of Kefalonia's beaches provide a magical setting so whatever choice you make you'll create the perfect holiday memories.
Myrtos Beach is one of the most photographed places in Greece. Picture postcard perfect, it's easy to see why. Don’t forget your camera as you'll want to take some panoramic shots of the gorgeous white chalk beach from the top, before you descend down the steep road hugging the cliffside to the infinity of blue sea that will greet you there. Arguably one of the main stars of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the beach consists of polished white pebbles, but don't let that put you off. The limestone cliff backdrop and vibrant coloured aquamarine sea are a sight to behold. Take to the waters of the Ionian Sea, here on Myrtos Beach and don't leave until you've watched the stunning sunset.
Whoever said blue and green don't go together, hasn't been to Antisamos Beach. Made famous by Captain Corelli's Mandolin, this blue flag beach is only a few short kilometres from the port of Sami and the green landscape stretches almost down on to the beach, combining every shade of blue and green. Perfect for nature lovers and romantics.
Makris and Platis Gialos Beach
Makris and Platis Gialos are two popular beaches, which can be found in the area of Lassi, just four kilometres outside Argostoli. Separated by just a few rocks, you can move between the sands quite easily to experience all that is on offer, from beach bars and watersports, on these beautiful beaches. There are no rocks and pebbles here, it's fine goldens, azure waters and a stunning green surround of tall pine trees and lush vegetation all the way. This combined with the proximity to the airport and capital city of Argostoli, are what make these beaches a popular choice with visitors and locals alike.
Aghia Efimia Beach
Small shingle beaches with white pebble bays, crystal waters and green hillsides can be found at Aghia Efimia. Loved by families due to its shallow waters, you'll find restaurants serving fresh fish along the main road and a marina close by where you can rent a boat to explore the countless little gulfs nestled along the coast between Aghia Efimia Beach and Sami Beach.
Skala is home to Kefalonia's finest beach, a heavenly mix of both tranquil and lively on a three kilometre stretch of mixed sand and pebbles, with shady trees to escape from the midday sun. There are plenty of places to eat or, for the more adventurous, try your hand at watersports on this lovely beach, with everything from kayaking to speed boats. A lively destination in its own right, the village of Skala is well worth exploring. It has lots of bars near to the beach and can get busy, however there are lots of sun loungers and umbrellas and you can easily escape the crowds if you wish to. A popular beach with families of all ages, we do however recommend you take care, as the beach drops quite steeply into the sea.
Sink your feet into the golden sand on Vatsa Beach. A well-kept secret, this gem of a beach can be found just outside Lassi, in the tranquil village of Lixouri. The amazing open-air beach taverna is the perfect place to sample the catch of the day, with everything from freshly grilled lobster and octopus available from the barbecue.