Cheap flights to Kefalonia
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.
If you are on the island for the Assumption of the Holy Virgin on 14 - 15 August, you can witness the extraordinary appearance of hundreds of small harmless snakes at the church in Markopoulo. These reptiles are revered by locals and tended to by the priests.
Orthodox Easter, which is late this year on 1 May, is a special time in Greece. You can take part in the Good Friday Epitaphios procession, the lively Anastasi celebrations on Saturday night and try one of the Sunday feasts.
The best area on the whole island to hunt for souvenirs and other bargains is the pedestrianised Lithostroto street that runs south from the main square in the capital, Argostoli. You can find leather goods, clothes, natural produce and an array of souvenirs.
Origin of Sound (44 Lithostroto, Argostoli; 26710 24841) is a good place to look for some Greek music to take home with you, whether that is the modern pop you hear in the bars of older traditional folk, more likely to be found in a taverna.
One of the most rewarding areas to explore is right in the centre of the island, off the road to Sami, where the atmospheric monastery of patron Saint Gerasimos and the Rombola Winery lie in close proximity.
There is no better place to head for a day trip or, even better, an overnight stay than the neighbouring island of Ithaki, accessible by the small ferry from Sami. The mountainous island offers rugged beauty and a number of sites associated with Odysseus.