Assos on the Island of Kefalonia in Greece

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This Greek island is part of the Ionian Islands in the west of Greece, with the warm waters of the Ionian Sea lapping the shoreline. With steep cliffs and gorgeous beaches, this is one of the best destinations in the country for a relaxing and high quality summer holiday for British travellers.

Why go?

With regular flights from the UK during the summer season, Kefalonia is easily accessible for your holiday...

On arrival at Kefalonia Airport (EFL) collect your pre-booked hire car to ensure you have the ultimate freedom on your break. Some people refer to the island as Cephalonia and even Keffalonnia, but don't get confused by the multiple spellings.

The island is dominated by the highest mountain in this area of Greece, Mount Einos, reaching over 1,600m high and providing stunning views across the neighbouring islands of Corfu, Zante and Ithaca.

The scenic views continue across the whole island as it is covered in hills and cliffs plunging into the sea, picturesque fishing villages, and beaches with beautiful vistas. The island was the setting for Captain Corelli's Mandolin and it certainly has a romantic element to its setting and feel. You'll also find ancient churches and settlements as you discover the back roads of Kefalonia.

Greek hospitality is very evident on the island, with traditional taverns and bars found all over the island in unspoilt resorts and villages.

Where to explore?

With many resorts to discover, use your hire car to really explore the whole island of Kefalonia on your holiday...

The best known resorts on the island are Lassi, Poros, Skala and Sami. These are well established, well run resorts, with a wide choice of accommodation from self-catering to all-inclusive. They offer many bars and restaurants to drink and eat in. Don't expect full on nightlife though - an evening out on Kefalonia is a lot more restrained and understated.

Smaller, more laidback resorts such as Lourdata, Katelios, Assos, Argostoli, Lixouri and Fiscardo offer real peace and quiet and a complete escape from the constant rush of day to day life back here in the UK.

If you enjoy caves, then head to the stalactites of Drogarati Caves. There are many monasteries to visit, including Kipporia, Sissia and Artros, and everyone should ensure they see Myrtos Bay with its white beach as shown in the film of Captain Corelli.

Shopping is confined to a few boutiques in Argostoli, as well as many local shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Look out for locally produced honey and Robola wine, as well as olive oil from one of the many olive groves on the island.