Kefalonia Holidays

A rugged Greek island

Prepare to be wowed. Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands in Greece, is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. On Kefalonia holidays you can expect to wonder at towering mountains and national parks filled with wild goats and horses and dramatic bays lapped by crystal-clear waters. And you can spend your days exploring historic harbour towns packed with mesmerising architecture.

Holidays to Kefalonia offer adventure as well as relaxation. Whether it’s hiking off the beaten track, taking a Jeep safari through the island’s rugged and remote interior or hiring a small boat to discover peaceful hidden bays and empty beaches, Kefalonia’s natural beauty always takes centre stage. Beach lovers will be pleased too, as there are many to choose from – long bar-lined sweeps and smaller sandy curves set away from the crowds, as well as plenty of family-friendly options in the resort towns of the south.

Part of the charm of holidays to Kefalonia is the slow-paced atmosphere and rustic surrounds. Evenings mostly centre around meals of freshly caught seafood, plates piled high with pasta and generous glasses of local Robola wine – enjoyed at a leisurely pace at the water’s edge in one of its pretty towns. With sensational seaside vistas and wild natural beauty, Kefalonia has to be seen to be believed.

Three tips for a top trip

Hire a car

Kefalonia is all about exploring, so be sure to hire a car to allow you to venture to its furthest corners, remote mountain villages and hidden beaches.

Try the local cheeses

Be sure to sample Kefalonia’s excellent local cheeses, which include ricotta-like mizithra and kefalotyri, a hard cheese made from either sheep or goat’s milk.

Go boating

One of the most thrilling ways to see the island is on a tiny private motor boat. You can hire them for the day in Fiscardo, and drop anchor wherever you fancy.

Best attractions to see in Kefalonia

Myrtos Beach

It looks gorgeous from sea level, but the view from the switchback road leading down to Myrtos Beach is one of the best in the country.

Melissani Cave

This subterranean cave gets flooded with light from a large hole above. Clamber into a rowing boat to see the spectacular pool of turquoise water up close.

Assos

Assos is a picture-perfect sleepy seaside village on Kefalonia’s west coast. Marvel at its 16th-century church then take a stroll along its sandy beach at sunset.

Your Kefalonia questions, answered

Hiking in the national park, sea kayaking along the coast and sunbathing to your heart’s content on one of Kefalonia’s many beaches are just a few of the highlights.
Things get wonderfully warm in the summer months (don’t worry, there are plenty of places to cool off), while springtime is slightly cooler, making it ideal for hikers and cyclists.
From spring through to autumn, you’ll enjoy warm weather in Kefalonia. Temperatures tend to hit their peak during the summer months, drawing the beach lovers to the pretty coastline. Sightseers may prefer the spring and autumn temperatures for travelling about. If exploring the natural world is top of your list, you will enjoy the snow-capped mountains and flora of the wintertime.
Just about everyone. Adventurous beach lovers will enjoy discovering its wilder spots by car, while the relaxed and friendly south coast is a good choice for families.
With beautiful beaches all around the island’s coast, you may find it impossible to choose just one to visit. You’ll find lovely sandy beaches and clear waters at Skala, Trapezaki and Platis Gialos. The white pebble beach at Poros is surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of trees and hills. And, for a bit of natural shade, you might like the olive trees at Foki beach near Fiskardo. There’s no doubt you’ll find your favourite location, whether it’s lounging on golden sands, enjoying a few watersports or simply admiring the view.
Kefalonia has many highlights, and a lively nightlife is one of them. The main towns all have their top spots for bars and clubs. You’ll be able to enjoy a sociable vibe until the early hours. However, an evening wining and dining on the excellent local drinks and expertly cooked cuisine is one of the island’s real assets. With sea views and plenty of outdoor seating, it’s hard not to take a table at one of the restaurants or tavernas.
This picturesque Greek island is renowned the world over for its wealth of culture, traditional cuisine and pretty beaches. But perhaps Kefalonia is most famous for its sea turtles. These wonderful creatures come to the island for much the same reason as everyone else – the beaches. If you’re heading to the island, keep your eye out for these cheeky characters as they follow the local fishermen to shore. This was also the setting for Louis de Berniere's Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
With safe, clean beaches, as well as caves, castles and museums to explore, there’s much to fit in on a family holiday. You might choose to stay near the beach, playing on the sands or trying a spot of snorkelling. Or you might go exploring, discovering the archaeology that makes this island so special. Of course, you can do all of these activities whether you have little ones or not. And there’s plenty of places to take the weight off your feet and enjoy the Robola wine when you’re ready to relax.
Sightseeing on this scenic Greek island is something that’s going to be high on your list. Thankfully, you don’t have to hire a car. Part of the beauty of Kefalonia is the ease with which you can hop on and off the local buses. Discovering the island by bus is great for leisurely journeys around the beaches and landmarks.