Escape the crowds with holidays to Katelios, a pretty Greek fishing village in southern Kefalonia. Set against a backdrop of unspoilt scenery, tucked away between pine-covered hills and a sun-soaked sandy coast, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful island break. Katelios is brimming with traditional Greek charm, think quaint taverns and a bustling harbour, and its Mediterranean beaches are ideal for a spot of relaxation. When you’re ready to explore beyond the shoreline, you can head into the lush countryside and trek through the hills. It’s a great place to get away from it all.
This holiday hotspot is a year-round destination with beautifully long, warm summers and mild winters.
Kefalonia International Airport (EFL)
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Katelios for blissful relaxation in the pine-filled countryside, where you can fish, swim and dine on the catch of the day.
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Tranquil beaches, crystal-clear waters and Mediterranean sunshine are all part of Katelios’ appeal. You can make the most of Kefalonia’s stunning natural landscape from here, by trekking through the eucalyptus and verdant pine trees. Keen hikers won’t be able to resist heading uphill to enjoy panoramic views across the coast. If water sports are more your thing, it’s well worth taking a water taxi over to the lively village of Skala, where you can try everything from scuba diving to windsurfing. When the sun goes down, you’ll be more than ready for mouth-watering fresh seafood at a local taverna. Oh, and a glass of Robola wine, too.
There are a couple of beaches to choose from in Katelios Kefalonia. The main beach (Agia Varvara) is a curve of soft sand and shingle, lined by fragrant eucalyptus trees. It’s a great place to lounge around in the sunshine, with umbrellas to rent if you need some shade. You’ll find a cluster of beachfront cafés nearby when it’s time for lunch. Agia Barbara is the village’s second beach; it’s a short stroll away past the river. Head a little further (just over a mile) and you’ll reach Kaminia, otherwise known as Turtle Beach, where rare loggerhead turtles come to nest. Grab a snorkel from a local water sports centre and you’ll be able to spot them underwater.
Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful of the Ionian Islands, as one of the main attractions it’s still unspoilt with lots of natural beauty. It’s set in a largely rural region, with a wealth of hilly trails and rugged scenery that are just made for exploring. Hikers will adore the nature walks on the outskirts of the village, and you’ll discover lots of hideaways hidden in the hills. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can head back to the village and refuel in a local taverna. If traditional Greek food is your bag, you’ll find lots of lovely options on the waterfront, and the fresh seafood is a real highlight. After your meal, sit back and relax with a glass of dry, white Robola. Indulge in a piece of pastel to finish (that’s a local dessert made with sesame seeds and Kefalonian honey).
It’s only a short water taxi ride away from Skala, which is home to one of Kefalonia’s finest Blue Flag beaches. Skala Beach is the go-to place around here for thrilling water sports; the local centres offer everything from water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and doughnut rides. If culture is your bag, you might want to take a trip to Argostoli, the island capital. It’s less than 30 miles away, and twice-daily buses will take you there. Head to the palm-lined promenade for dramatic views of the 19th century Drapanos Bridge, before heading to the archaeological museum and old theatre.
Couples: If you want a quiet retreat with a loved one, Katelios holidays will surely appeal; you’ll love the stunning scenery, charming waterfront and laid-back nightlife.
Foodies: Discover an array of local restaurants serving up fresh, flavoursome Greek food; tuck into freshly-caught fish or local lamb marinated in rosemary and olive oil.
Outdoor enthusiasts: Try snorkelling in the sea and hiking in the lush green landscape of Katelios, Kefalionia.
Language: The language spoken here is Greek.
Currency: The currency used in Katelios is the Euro (€).
Local time: Katelios is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport. The transfer time to Katelios is 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Katelios is 3.5 hours.
Tourist information: Find more tourist information at www.visitgreece.gr ahead of your Katelios holidays.
Visa & health: Before you travel to Katelios Kefalonia, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations.
Temperature: 12 to 27 (°C)
If you like it hot, you’ll love a holiday here in summer. Glorious highs of 30 (°C) are common, which is ideal beach weather. You can always cool off by taking a dip in the sea. If you’re more of an explorer, book your Katelios holidays for spring or autumn. It’s cooler and the village is much quieter. As for winter, it’s the wettest time of year, but you can still expect plenty of sunshine. Temperatures rarely drop below 12 (°C) throughout the season, so pick an off-peak season if you really want some peace and quiet.
By car: Pick up a hire car at the airport and explore Kefalonia in your own time. It’s the best way to get around the island, and it’ll give you easy access to the beaches, too. Kefalonia is small and simple to navigate from Katelios, and you’ll enjoy beautiful coastal views from the comfort of your car.
By water taxi: This is a fun and speedy way of reaching nearby resorts from Katelios, so how about a trip to Skala or Poros.
By taxi: They’re readily available in Kefalonia, and can be a good option for short journeys and airport transfers. But it’s always best to call in advance.
Wine festival: In August, the village of Fragata hosts the annual Robola Wine Festival. It’s a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate the fruits of the island, and you can enjoy three delicious days of free wine tasting and food, with a side of music.
Carnival: It’s a brilliant place to celebrate Carnival, which is traditionally held on the last day before Lent. You’ll find colourful parades and floats across the island, plus lots of activities for kids.