Kefalonia is a Greek island, located in the Ionian Sea. Its mountainous cliffs, peaceful woodlands, exceptional beaches, and Mediterranean pace of life make it a wonderful place to relax. It still retains a traditional feel and is a firm favourite for Brits looking for a summer holiday in the sun.
As one of the larger Greek islands, there are plenty of holiday options during the summer months and value for money is good...
Most people make their way onto Kefalonia by flying there. Flights operate directly from the UK and there are plentiful transfers available from Athens, the Greek capital. During the busy summer months, charter flights to the island are very frequent indeed.
The island was also the setting for the famous novel 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' and many people like to visit for that reason. Perhaps the main reason for taking Kefalonia holidays though is the landscape and the laidback vibe. With pine woods on its slopes, beautiful beaches and many good tavernas, there are few places better to enjoy the Greek lifestyle. Eating, drinking, chatting and having a good time are all very easy on this magical island. With deserted beaches to enjoy, as well as pristine ocean to swim in, this is a super place to relax and forget the stresses of your life.
At the Melissani underground lake, visitors can marvel at the subterranean features in a cave which was the legendary home of the Nymphs. An especially spectacular cave is known as the Drogarati Cave. The tiny, secluded village of Assos is well worth a visit, not least because of its Venetian castle.
While the holiday season is busy in Kefalonia, tourism almost shuts down for the winter, so summer is the time to visit...
The time from October until the following Easter is very quiet indeed in terms of the kind of services on offer. It is therefore advisable to visit during the summer months.
The weather is typical of a Mediterranean island, with warm sun dominating for much of the year. The warmest months are June, July and August, when temperatures average in the late 20s celsius and rainfall is limited to a handful of days.
If you are looking for something more to do than enjoy the sun, beaches, and great food, then consider one of our recommendations...
Relaxing: The hairpin bends and steep gradient that lead down to Myrtos Beach may not sound like the recipe for a relaxing day - but the view when you reach the bay will make it all worthwhile.
Towering limestone cliffs, breathtaking white sands and a sparkling sea showcase Kefalonian beauty at its very best.
Romance: Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two in idyllic Fiskardo with its picture-perfect harbour and rows of pastel coloured houses. Or head to authentic Assos and enjoy walks on its shingle beach before hiring a motor boat to explore the surrounding coves.
Kids and teens: A boat trip through beautiful Melissani Cave is an unforgettable experience that all the family will enjoy. A deep turquoise pool lit by sunlight casts a magical glow throughout the cave.
There are a number of annual events that take place throughout Kefalonia. Why not join in the fun?
Robola Wine Festival, August: This event attracts numerous visitors and you can enjoy Robola wine, music and dancing - what better way to spend a day of your holiday?
International Music Festival, August: Held in the capital of Kefalonia, this music festival showcases both local Greek artists and those from further afield.
Feast Day of the Virgin Mary; August 15: An important and solemn religious festival in Kefalonia, this day sees the island come to a standstill with special services being held in churches throughout the day.