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Kefalonia is best for...

Beach lovers:

Myrtos Beach with its white sand and pebbles, azure waters and lush forest.

Movie fans

Sami, the seafront town that starred in Captain Correli’s Mandolin.

Island hoppers

Visit Lefkas island, see the breathtaking views from Meganissi and visit the famous cave of Papanikolis.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Kefalonia is Greek.

Currency: The currency used in Kefalonia is Euro (€).

Local time: Kefalonia is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport (LGKF / EFL), located 8 km from Kefalonia’s capital, Argostoli.

Flight time from UK: Just under 3.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Kefalonia tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kefalonia.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Heating up to the low 30s (°C) in July and August.

Best time to visit Kefalonia: Spring when you’ll be spoilt with dry, mild weather (18-20°C) and a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine.

Kefalonia’s typically Mediterranean climate and weather ensures that summers are hot and dry. Its waters also maintain a warm average of 20°C, making its sea ideal for kids and watersports fans. The island’s lush, green scenery is all thanks to some significant rainfall in winter; but temperatures remain mild.

Getting Around

By car: The best way to explore Kefalonia’s 237km-long coastline is by car.

By motor-cruiser: Another fun alternative is hopping onto a traditional motor-cruiser which will take you around the island’s secret spots and untouched beaches.

By boat: Vatsa Bay on the southern tip also offers traditional fishing trips while daily boat safaris are available from Lixouri harbour.

Events

15th August: The 15th of August is the biggest religious holiday in Greece. Kefalonians celebrate with an excess of dancing, drinking and eating as they gather together in tavernas and squares. Head to Markopoulo in the south-east and witness the mysterious phenomenon of the “sacred” baby snakes that appear around the village church every year.

Robola wine: Pencil in the third weekend of August when the island’s regional wine, Robola, gets its own festival, attracting thousands of visitors each year – free Robola, local delicacies and live music for everyone.

Music festival: Head to Argostoli, the island’s capital, for the International Music Festival held in various music venues, at the end of August.

Holidays in Kefalonia

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Paradise for beach enthusiasts with an array of beaches set against aquamarine seas. Dramatic mountain landscapes and pine forests serve as a backdrop to fishing villages with traditional tavernas and modern resorts with a lively pace. A popular choice with couples and families all around the world, Kefalonia holidays still manage to maintain a quiet, traditional charm.

Prices start from £254

Just 3km from the island’s lively capital town Argostoli, you’ll find the purpose-built resort of Lassi. Take your pick from the sandy, untouched beaches nearby or just head straight to Lassi’s Blue Flag beach. The peaceful fishing village of Katelios remains a nature-lover’s favourite: it’s ringed by the turquoise-coloured sea on one side and a green hiking trail on the other, complete with old water mills and natural springs. Sunset in harbour-side Sami gathers couples and families together at its pretty lighthouse. The orange-coloured horizon and swimming dolphins steal the show here, right before the sun dips into the waters off Kefalonia’s west coast.

Lassi

Lassi in Kefalonia

Lassi stretches along five sandy bays and offers plenty in the way of bars and tavernas. The gently sloping, soft-sand beaches provide the perfect spot for families to enjoy fun in the sun. Stay in a Lassi hotel, and experience the buzz of Kefalonia’s largest resort.

Katelios

Katelios in Kefalonia

This fishing village sits amongst lush, green valleys and has a small sand-and-shingle beach. With traditional tavernas and seafood restaurants alongside a few local bars, visitors return here year after year. Book a Katelios hotel for a traditional Greek stay.

Sami

Sami in Kefalonia

Sami is truly tranquil. This resort rests in lush green countryside and offers easy access to some superb beaches and unspoilt countryside. For a quick preview, watch the movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', which was filmed here. Choose a Sami hotel and look out for locals that appeared in the movie when you’re there.



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