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Kefalonia holidays

With its rugged mountains, lush vineyards and golden beaches, Kefalonia is a picture-book island paradise. Lakes and caves will draw you in, with the promise of immersing yourself within the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, while feta-covered foods and traditional snacks are must-eat local sources of fuel.

Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

from €3 a bottle

3 course meal

around €25

Flight times

3.5hrs

Hollywood looks

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is 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 and vineyards. No wonder it was used as a major film backdrop!

A laid-back break

Life in Kefalonia moves at a relaxed pace. Skala’s the liveliest spot 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 or soaking up the sun on the island’s ample sands.

Sublime sights

Some of the island’s most popular sights are naturally occurring – the stalagmite-filled Drogarati Cave is one of the biggest and most dazzling highlights. But you’ll also find Roman ruins, Venetian castles and medieval monasteries to potter around, or simply explore the rugged scenery coating this remarkable region.

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Fiscardo

With authentic charm and a fishing village appeal, this chic Greek harbourfront resort is right on the northern tip of Kefalonia.

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Katelios

Sink your toes into the soft sands of Katelios’ curved beach. Past the harbour, this traditional fishing village is the essence of Greece.

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Lassi

Enjoy the laid-back vibes of Lassi – set up camp and begin to explore the island of Kefalonia.

Beaches

In Kefalonia, you’ll have your pick of blissful beaches. Think chalk-white sands backed by a rolling forest, as well as sun-kissed spots filled with watersports facilities, 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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Agios Thomas Beach

Agios Thomas Beach

Karavados, Kefalonia

A 25-minute walk from Karavados is the sandy beach of Agios Thomas. It’s made up of two coves, both backed by lush greenery. The main cove has a car park and snack bar where you can chill out and enjoy the...
Ai Helis Beach

Ai Helis Beach

Svoronata, Kefalonia

This soft, sandy beach is sheltered on both sides by headlands, which makes it ideal for a spot of volleyball. There are two courts here, and it’s also a popular place for watersports and family swimming....

Sights

Descend into the wowing 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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3rd-century Roman villa

3rd-century Roman villa

Skala, Kefalonia

Soak up a little bit of history by visiting this third-century Roman villa. It's free to visit and displays three rooms of beautifully preserved mosaics, which were excavated in 1957. They're now protected by...
Agios Gerasimos

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 as well as the monastery of...

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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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...
Assos Fortress

Assos Fortress

Kefalonia

The sprawling Venetian fortress in Assos was built in 16th century to protect the townspeople from pirates and Turks. You can take a walk up from the village through along a steep and winding track through...

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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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-quality restaurants. Authentic Greek delicacies are, of course, a given...
A quaint central square

A quaint central square

Spartia, Kefalonia

The village of Spartia may be small, but it isn’t short of options when it comes to dining. You’ll find many tempting tavernas in the village square, serving traditional lamb kleftiko and moussaka as well as...

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 drop – 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 is 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 bottle of Kefalonian wine.

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A low-key nightlife scene

A low-key nightlife scene

Svoronata, Kefalonia

Nightlife in Svoronata is very low key. It revolves around evenings lingering over delicious Greek food and drink in the rustic tavernas. There are no nightclubs or discos, but there is one British-style pub –...
An atmospheric night out

An atmospheric night out

Skala, Kefalonia

As one of Kefalonia's most popular modern resorts, Skala is home to some of the best nightlife. The small but lively Captain's Bar is a favourite among tourists for its friendly staff and excellent cocktails....
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