Kefalonia

Kefalonia holidays

With its rugged green mountains, lush vineyards and golden beaches, Kefalonia’s a picture-book island paradise with mythical Greek history at its heart. Lakes and caves will draw you into this oh-so scenic setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, while feta-covered foods are the local must-eats. Here, days are all about kicking back on the vine-shaded terrace of a taverna or pitching up on a blissful beach and waiting for sunset. Romantic beach retreat with captivating culture, anyone? Kefalonia will steal your heart.

Olive Garden Apartments
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£326pp
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  • London Stansted, Sat 07 May 2022
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Olive Garden Apartments

Lassi, Kefalonia

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Based on 365 reviews

  • Newly renovated rooms
  • Spectacular views
  • Great outdoor pool area
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Friendly service
Ionis Hotel
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£406pp
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  • London Stansted, Mon 27 Jun 2022
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Ionis Hotel

Peratata, Kefalonia

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Based on 123 reviews

  • Great for local charm
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Quiet location
Pacifae Golden Village
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£348pp
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  • London Stansted, Sat 07 May 2022
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Pacifae Golden Village

Katelios, Kefalonia

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Based on 482 reviews

  • Beautiful mountain backdrop
  • Family-run hotel
  • Spacious rooms
  • Large pool area
  • Traditional decor
White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia
Luxe Collection
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  • London Stansted, Sat 07 May 2022
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia

Lassi, Kefalonia

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Based on 1624 reviews

  • Modern style
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Direct access to the beach
Pelagos Studios
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£417pp
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  • London Stansted, Sat 07 May 2022
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Pelagos Studios

Skala, Kefalonia

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Based on 230 reviews

  • Small and friendly
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Traditional charm
Livadaki Village Hotel
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£327pp
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  • London Stansted, Sat 07 May 2022
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Livadaki Village Hotel

Skala, Kefalonia

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Based on 304 reviews

  • Small and friendly
  • Great pool area
  • Traditional charm
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

around €3.75

3 course meal

around €35

Flight times

3.5hrs

Hollywood looks

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia's also one of the most unspoiled. Its coast is lined with sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs, while the middle of the island is covered in mountains, wandering goats and vineyards. No wonder it was used as a major film backdrop! First stop: Myrtos Beach.

A laid-back break

Life in Kefalonia moves at a relaxed pace. Skala’s one of the liveliest spots on the island, but even here the evenings tend to revolve around sunset cocktails rather than full-on club crawls. Daytimes are devoted to countryside strolls, cultural adventures or soaking up the sun on the island’s ample sands.

Sublime sights

Some of Kefalonia’s most popular sights are all thanks to Mother Nature – the stalagmite-filled Drogarati Cave is one of the biggest and most dazzling highlights while Melissani Lake is out of this world. But you’ll also find Roman ruins, Venetian castles and medieval monasteries to potter around, or simply explore the rugged scenery of this remarkable region.

Svoronata

Lying on the south-western coast of Kefalonia, Svoronata is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Lassi Holidays

Lassi

Enjoy Lassi’s mix of laid-back and lively vibes.

Skala Holidays

Skala

With its traditional tavernas and beautiful beach, it’s no wonder Skala is one of the most sought-after resorts in Kefalonia.

Lourdas Holidays

Lourdas

You’ll always have the opportunity to unwind in Lourdas.

Lixouri

Embrace laid-back life in the charming town of Lixouri.

Trapezaki

This rural, relaxed resort is all about showing off its tranquil bay of eye-popping blue waters.

Sami

Along the eastern edge of Kefalonia, seafront Sami is a stone’s throw from one of Kefalonia’s most iconic and beautiful beaches – Antisamos.

Lakithra

This popular spot in the Livathos area is a great base for exploring, as you can easily get out and about to most of the south from here.

Spartia

Embrace the local pace on a relaxing getaway in Spartia.

Karavados

This teeny-tiny toy-box Greek village is a real display of traditional island life, with its colourful church, glowing gardens and handful of fresh food joints.

Argostoli

Modern and cosmopolitan, Argostoli provides the culture of an island capital together with the local warmth of a smaller resort – it’s a real treasure trove.

Peratata

Nestled on the southern tip of Kefalonia, this chilled-out village isn’t far from the capital.

Beaches

In Kefalonia, you’ll have your pick of blissful beaches. Think chalk-white sands and pebbled plots backed by a rolling forest, as well as sun-kissed spots filled with water sports, beach bars and natural charm. Regardless of where you drape your towel, you’ll see some of the best sunsets in the Med.

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Sights

Descend into the amazing Drogarati Caves to marvel at the vast network of bristling stalagmites and stalactites. Other unmissable attractions include the medieval Castle of St George, the views from the top of Mount Ainos, and the underground lake at Melissani. There’s just so much to see!

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Cave Hermitage Agios Gerasimos

Cave Hermitage Agios Gerasimos

Lassi, Kefalonia

On a hill overlooking Lassi you’ll find the Cave of Agios Gerasimos, where the patron saint of the island once lived for five years. A small church has been built here in his honour, a tranquil place of worship...
St.George's Castle

St.George's Castle

Peratata, Kefalonia

Perched above the village of Peratata you’ll discover the Castle of Saint George, originally built in the 12th century. The castle has Byzantine and Venetian features and although it stands mostly in ruins, it...

Activities

Hiking and horse riding are high on the list of activities in Kefalonia. Both are brilliant ways to discover the island’s spectacular countryside. Why not stop off at a vineyard or two to sample the local wines? You could even go sailing, or simply stick to pottering around the pretty harbour.

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Koutavos Lagoon

Koutavos Lagoon

Argostoli, Kefalonia

The lagoon at the head of Argostoli Bay is a nature reserve and a lovely place to hang out and escape the hustle and bustle. You can hire a small boat or pedalo and take in the beauty of the lagoon at your...
Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia

Kefalonia

This pretty harbour village surrounded by pebbly beaches has an atmosphere of traditional Greek hospitality. It’s a popular stop off for sailing boats and there are some great waterside cafes and tavernas. You...

Eating and drinking

Kefalonia prides itself on unique cuisine. You’ll find plenty of places where you can tuck into regular Greek dishes like moussaka and stifado, but make sure you leave room for some of the local specialities too. The island’s trademark dish is kreatopita, a tasty meat pie wrapped in special pastry.

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Vallianos Square

Vallianos Square

Argostoli, Kefalonia

In the beating heart of Argostoli is the pleasant Vallianos Square, named after the local shipping magnate and benefactor Panagis Vallianos. There’s a statue of him at the top end, which is where locals come to...
A nice selection of bars and restaurants

A nice selection of bars and restaurants

Skala, Kefalonia

This Greek resort was once a sleepy fishing village, and as such you can still expect to feast on delicious fresh fish at its many great tavernas. Authentic Greek delicacies are, of course, a given too. Plus,...

Shopping

Leather goods and gold and silver jewellery are just some of the local handicrafts to look out for on the island. Make sure you take home a bottle of two of the local Kefalonian tipple – Robola wine is one of the best. The thyme honey is also delicious.

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A souvenir hunter's dream

A souvenir hunter's dream

Skala, Kefalonia

If you’re looking for souvenirs, you won’t go home empty-handed. The shops along the main street will sort you out with local specialities like handmade ceramics, embroidered linen, leather goods and olive oil...
Beachside essentials

Beachside essentials

Lixouri, Kefalonia

Whether it’s sun cream, toothpaste or a beach towel, there’s always something you forget to bring on holiday. You can easily find these everyday items and more on Lixouri’s main street. But explore the...

Nightlife

Skala's the closest Kefalonia comes to a party town. In the evenings, its main street gently thrums with live music, and there’s an open-air club just outside. On the rest of the island, make like the locals and settle into a cosy taverna with carafe of Kefalonian wine.

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