One of the largest Islands in the Greek Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is filled with rugged natural beauty, home to the largest mountain in the island group, this Greek Island has it all.From pretty fishing villages to vibrant holiday resorts Kefalonia offers the relaxation of a beautiful island holiday with a hidden night time sense of fun.
Enjoy the bustling bars, restaurants and nightlife, the Greek hospitality extends far into the evening, the beautiful beaches giving you the opportunity to soak up the glorious sunshine and relax after the excesses of the night before. The crystal clear seas of kefalonia are perfect for snorkelling, with water sports available at all the resorts, making this island much more than just a beach holiday.
Where to Stay
A mid budget hotel that offers good value for money is the Princess Hotel in the popular beach resort of Lassi. With various sports facilities including swimming pools and access to tennis courts and water sports, the Princess Hotel offers an activity filled holiday. The rooms all have air conditioning and great views overlooking the sea or the hotel pool. The modern white architecture gives this hotel a sense of space with a clean fresh feel.
At the top of the luxury scale is the 5 star Kefalonia Bay Palace, this hotel offers unrivalled opulence; decadent rooms, suites and villas with private pools are all available. Each room has hand crafted furniture, 24 hour room service and a large balcony or terrace overlooking the sea. This beautiful hotel is spacious, modern and luxurious enough to satisfy the most discerning of visitors.
The budget range of accommodation in Kefalonia ranges from small family run guest houses to self catering villas, many of these are perfect as a simple clean base for your holiday. Family run accommodation may often surprise you with it’s welcoming charm and traditional feel.
Where to Eat
As an island Kefalonia is renown for it’s fish and seafood, however recent legislations have sadly pushed the prices up and the best way now to enjoy these gems from the sea is to find quayside restaurants that serve the catch of the day. The Paradise Beach in Ayia Efimia can be relied on to serve you the best quality fish of the day, cooked simply but perfectly.For local specialities head to Porta, this restaurant just off the square in the town of Argostoli serves local food cooked amazingly. The local vegetarian dish of Strapatsada – a mix of tomato and peppers is particularly recommended.
Kefalonia is known for it’s local dishes and like all the Greek islands it is known for it’s local lamb. Served in many different ways, slow cooked in foil or griddled in a marinade of lemon, garlic and oregano, the lamb is always fresh and amazing.
The atmosphere of this beautiful Greek island enhances the dining experience, making every meal a meal to remember.
What to Do
Sightsee across the island, visit the prehistoric stalagmites and stalactites of the Drogarati cave. Lunch at the pretty fishing village of Fiskardo and enjoy the catch of the day whilst admiring the Venetian architecture that is particularly evident. Finally visit Myrtos beach, used in the filming of the visually stunning Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Kefalonia is famed for it’s churches and monasteries, make sure you take the time to visit at least one. The Kipouria monastery has incredible views from it’s cliff top position overlooking the perfectly blue sea. Open to the public it has beautiful gardens, vineyards and a sense of tranquillity that will stay with you.
Take a boat cruise around the island, stop for a swim in the quiet waters of one of the many hidden coves whilst the crew prepare a traditional Greek meal. Relax and enjoy the hospitality on board whilst the sun goes down over the beautiful island landscape.
When to Visit
The long hot summer of Kefalonia makes it a perfect time to visit and with up to 12 hours sunshine each day you can’t fail to be impressed by the summer sun. Stretching from Spring right through to Autumn the sunny season can offer up to 9 hours sunshine even on the most overcast of days. The winter season may be mild but it is also very wet, making it less than ideal for a winter holiday.