Located to the west of mainland Greece, Kefalonia is the biggest Ionian Island and also one of the most beautiful. As such, it’s a ideal choice for a luxury holiday, with pristine white beaches, inviting turquoise waters, spectacular scenery and delightful weather. Kefalonia is also home to a variety of wildlife, as well as offering an array of culinary delights, lively nightlife and a rich history. All of these features make this wonderful island a perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon, a magical family escape, or a relaxing break with friends. Choose from a range of superb hotels and resort and get ready to take flight for a sensational Kefalonia holiday.
Immerse yourself in Greek island life with a wonderful holiday at the Avithos Resort, Kefalonia. Sitting in a peaceful location, within walking distance of the beach, this delightful apartment complex is a superb spot for anyone craving a carefree...
Embrace pure serenity on the Greek island of Kefalonia with a unforgettable holiday at the Melmar View Hotel. Enveloped by nature, this traditional abode provides a perfect sanctuary for relaxation only a short drive away from the harbour village of...
Discover a world of Grecian bliss on the beautiful island of Kefalonia at the Apollonion Asterias Resort & Spa, a romantic, family-friendly retreat set among grounds of verdant foliage and olive groves. Located within walking distance of the beach...
The Apostolata Island Resort & Spa is a delightful choice for a Greek holiday in Kefalonia, sitting on a gently sloping hillside beside the picture-perfect waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Ideal for relaxation and recreation, this excellent hotel ...
The beautiful Ionian Emerald Resort invites you to enjoy impeccable hospitality and service alongside sun-drenched relaxation on the wonderful Greek island of Kefalonia. An ideal choice for families and couples, this splendid 5-star property features...
Looking out over the glistening Ionian Sea, the FZeen Boutique Hotel is a unique retreat nestled among the verdant hillsides of Lourdata, Kefalonia. Set about on split levels, with serene accommodation in contemporary, neutral tones, it is the...
Holidays to Kefalonia offer an abundance of options for relaxation, recreation and entertainment.
A major part of Kefalonia’s attraction is its spectacular beaches. As well as being great places to soak up the gorgeous Greek sunshine, visitors will also find an array of water sports to enjoy. Myrtos is considered Kefalonia’s most beautiful beach, with soft white sand and glistening turquoise water. Another beach to seek out during your holiday is Antisamos. Surrounded by lush greenery, this captivating stretch of sand formed the backdrop for scenes in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Kefalonia is also a superb destination for snorkelling and diving, with the chance to encounter rare sea turtles and monk seals in the waters surrounding the island.
Back on dry land and there are plenty of pretty villages, ancient landmarks and historic churches to discover, while exploring one of the hilltop castles is a great idea for a family day out.
Kefalonia’s spectacular scenery is also not to be missed, especially the stunning green mountains, where pine-clad slopes flow downwards to merge with the charming vineyards below.
Those who prefer a bit more bustle, may like to hit the shop, bars and cafes in the island’s capital, Argostoli. In the evening, why not seek out a taste of traditional Kefalonia in a harbour-side restaurant? You’ll also find a range of venues serving delicious international dishes, along with an array of nightlife and entertainment options.
Kefalonia holidays can be enjoyed all year through, with the best time to visit depending on what you plan to do during your stay.
The summer months from July to August are the hottest and driest, with the average temperatures topping 31°C and up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. Late spring and early autumn are also great times for sunseekers to visit Kefalonia, with temperatures in May reaching the mid-20s and an average of 28°C in September.
During the winter months, the weather in Kefalonia is considered mild with temperatures in the mid-teens. However, rainfall becomes more likely and there is also a chance of snow on the island’s highest mountains.
The magical island of Kefalonia is steeped in beauty with its stunning landscapes, rolling mountain ranges, sensational sandy beaches and inviting crystal-clear waters.
If you are looking for an unforgettable beach holiday in an amazing Mediterranean getaway, look no further than this wonderful haven of relaxation in the sun.
Myrtos is the most popular beach on the island with its stunning golden sands, lush surrounding landscape and impressive towering hills. It's no wonder this fabulous beach, which is nestled between the feet of two mountains, is a big hit with holidaymakers seeking some fun in the sun.
Makris Gialos Beach is packed with facilities including beach volleyball and tennis and a host of water sports. This charming sandy expanse, near to the island capital of Argostoli, has clear blue waters, golden sands and plenty of beach bars for enjoying a relaxing snack and drink.
Skala Beach is located in the south east of Kefalonia and features a long golden sandy expanse which is bordered by bush hills. This Blue Flag beach is a real crowd-puller and is a great place for snorkelling, water sports and swimming. There are plenty of beach bars, mini markets and restaurants nearby
Emblisi Beach is more secluded and is ideal for couples wanting a relaxing time with each other. Snorkelling is popular here as the crystal-clear waters allow you to explore the myriad of marine life.
Foki Fiskardo beach is a gorgeous spot where the clear blue waters are surrounded by awe-inspiring olive tree forests. The tranquillity and beauty is incredible and this little gem is a popular mooring location for luxury yachts.
Other excellent beaches in Kefalonia include Xi Beach with its reddish-brown sands, Avithos Beach on the south of the island and Agios Thomas Beach, a quaint little hideaway near the village of Karavados.
As with most other Greek islands, Kefalonia has many festivals and special events throughout the year. Here are some of the most popular ones.
This is an exciting music and arts festival in August which is held in the village of Old Vlachata, near to Sami. It attracts large crowds and features many leading Greek bands and artists.
This is a major event which features a huge parade the day before the start of Lent in Argostoli and Lixouri. Residents dress as masquerades and take part in dancing and satirical sketches. Dozens of colourful floats and plenty of music make this a feast of fun for all.
This takes place in July and is held in Lakithra Hill. It features a packed programme of activities including live music, a circus, a bazaar, music workshops for children and interactive fairy tales.
This event is held in the third weekend of August in Fragata. It attracts thousands of visitors who are treated to free Robola wine and food. Dancing and singing goes on into the early hours.
There are plenty of tasty delicacies and traditional meals in Kefalonia which will delight your taste buds. Here are a few gastronomic pleasures which are worth trying out during your holiday.
Kefalonia meat pie is a speciality that’s definitely worth sampling. This is made with a mix of cubed beef, goat, lamb or pork. Other ingredients include feta cheese, onions, rice, marjoram, garlic and olive oil.
Bourbourelia is a scrumptious vegetarian soup which includes a variety of beans and pulses, salt and olive oil. This is a hearty and satisfying favourite on the island.
Other popular dishes on Kefalonia include a flavoursome cod pie called bakaliaropita, hare with red sauce and chicken in wine and tomato sauce which is prepared in a special pot called a tserepa.
The island is renowned for its wonderful honey which can be bought in many outlets and markets. Visitors can also visit local apiaries where the golden nectar can be purchased.
Mandolato is a delicious sweet nougat-like treat which consists of almonds, sugar, honey and egg- whites for a light meringue base. Amigdalopita is a traditional almond cake and galaktoboureko is a chilled custard between layers of filo pastry soaked in syrup.
There’s an abundance of top-quality restaurants in Kefalonia - among those of note are Mirella's in Fiskardo, Spiros on the harbour front at Agia Efimia, Andromeda in Lourdas and Apostolis in Skala.