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 laid-back 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 on Kefalonia, tourism almost shuts down for the winter, with the time from October until the following Easter 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.
As in the rest of Greece, religious festivals are big events on Kefalonia. At Easter time, the churches are covered with garlands of colourful flowers and fragrant bay leaves. A meal of lamb and eggs, dyed red, is eaten by locals at this time.
On May 21 each year, a festival takes place to celebrate the union of the Ionian Islands in 1864. If you visit later in the year, then the Robola wine festival, held in Fragata, is worth a look.
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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.