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If you’re seeking a sample of tranquil Greek island life, then Kefalonia is the perfect place to visit. Kefalonia is one of the Ionian Islands in Greece, often referred to by its Italian name Cefalonia or even Kefallinia – the name of the entire area and the airport which services it. It’s a location that is famed for being the setting of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, but thankfully the island has not sold out to movie merchandising and has kept its quaint and charming personality in abundance. 

Being an island you’re never far away from the gorgeous waters of both the Ionian and Mediterranean seas. A mixture of pebbled and sandy beaches await you and are often accompanied by picturesque fishing villages, where the catch of the day can be bought and cooked in Grecian style. Myrtos Beach to the north of the island is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

The four peninsulas of the island host a number of large mountains, creating some outstanding scenery to explore and conceal a number of beautiful caverns and caves that stretch under the entire island. The position of Kefalonia makes it easy to hop over to other Islands that are in the vicinity and sample as many of these beautiful locations as possible. 

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Sightseeing


If you are around in mid-August, look out for special church celebrations for the Assumption of the Holy Virgin on 15th, most famously marked by the extraordinary annual appearance of harmless snakes at the village of Markopoulo.


If you are around over the Easter holidays in mid-April, this year the Orthodox celebration coincides. Don't miss the Epitaphios procession around a local church on Good Friday, the joyful party at midnight on Saturday or the Sunday feast of lamb.


On 1 October the name day of St Spyridon is celebrated with a lively procession that you can follow from his church on Lithostroto down to the Virgin Mary by Drapano Bridge.

Key Areas


The peaceful monastery of the island's patron Saint Gerasimos near Frangata is well worth a visit. Don't miss the underground cave in the crypt, where the holy man meditated and which you can climb into for a brief period of reflection.


A great place to visit for some quality wine tasting and to pick up a liquid souvenir of your trip is the Robola winery (tel 26710 86301; www.robola.gr) in the fertile heart of the island.

Day Trips


It's well worth taking a day trip (or even better an overnight one) across the short patch of sea to visit the Odysseus sites on the rugged neighbouring island of Ithaki, immortalised by Homer in his epic poem.

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