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Holidays in Katelios
Katelios is a pretty Greek fishing village in southern Kefalonia. Set in unspoilt scenery between pine-covered hills and a sandy coast, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful breakthis. Fill your days with country walks,, trips to the beach, and boat trips around the island. In the evenings, settle in a local taverna and tuck into plates of grilled lamb and fresh fish – perfect with a bottle of local Kefalonian wine.
Katelios is a year-round destination with beautifully long, warm summers and mild winters.
Kefalonia International Airport (EFL) which is about 25km from Katelios.
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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Make the most of Kefalonia’s Mediterranean sunshine with a walk through Katelios’ landscape, rich in eucalyptus and, green pine treess. Perfect for hikers, the hills provide beautiful views across the coast and Katelios’ beach. When you need a rest, the beach is the place to relax and take a dip in the clear waters. Snorkelling is popular, and keen fisherman will love this part of the island. It’s worth jumping in a water taxi for a day in nearby Skala, a water sports hotspot and a great place for boat trips. When the sun goes down, pick a local taverna for mouth-watering fresh seafood and Robola wine beside the sea.
Katelios’ main beach is a curve of soft sand and shingle, laid out against a backdrop of, fragrant eucalyptus trees. Peaceful and perfect for sunbathing, the beach has a cluster of beachfront cafes and tavernas to visit for lunch. Take a stroll up the coast to visit Turtle Beach, where of rare loggerhead turtles come to nest. One of the most popular things to do in Katelios is snorkelling. Hire your gear from a local snorkelling centre and dive into the waters to , spot turtles and other marine life.
One of Katelios’ attractions is its unspoilt natural beauty. The region is largely rural, with hilly trails and rugged scenery that’s great for hiking. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to the town for lunch in a local taverna. If you’re after traditional Greek food, some of the best places in Katelios are by the waterfront, where you can tuck into fresh seafood. After your meal, relax with a glass of dry, white Robola wine and a piece of pastel – a local sweet made with sesame seeds and Kefalonian honey.
Katelios is a quick water taxi ride away from Skala, home to one of Kefalonia’s finest Blue Flag beaches. Skala Beach is the best place to go in Katelios for water sports, with a centre providing water skiing, parasailing and doughnut rides. Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful of the Ionian Islands, and Skala is the ideal jump-off point for boat excursions around the coast. Katelios has a long history of fishing, with a bustling harbour that is still in use today. Whether you’re a fishing pro or newbie, it’s is a great place to sit back and throw out a line.
Couples: Katelios is a beautiful and peaceful part of Kefalonia, with a charming waterfront and low-key nightlife ideal for a couple’s getaway.
Foodies: Tuck into freshly-caught fish and local lamb marinated in rosemary and olive oil.
Active types: Try snorkelling in the sea and hiking in the lush green landscape.
Language: The language spoken in Katelios 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 (EFL) which is about 25km from Katelios.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Katelios tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Katelios
Temperature: 12-27 (°C)
Beach-lovers can’t resist Katelios in the summer, when glorious highs of 30 (°C) provide the perfect conditions for swimming, watersports and boat excursions. If you’re planning on exploring, book your holiday for spring or autumn, when the weather is a little cooler and the village is less crowded. Winter is the wettest time of the year in Katelios, but you can still enjoy plenty of sunshine. Temperatures very rarely drop below 12 throughout the season, so it’s a great time to visit if you want a more peaceful holiday.
By car: Driving is the best way to get around in Kefalonia. You’ll get , to explore the island at your own leisure pace and you’ll have easy access to the beaches. The island is small and easy to navigate, with beautiful coastal views. You’ll find plenty of car hire companies at the airport.
By water taxi: The local water taxi service is a fun and speedy way of visiting nearby resorts. Water taxis connect Katelios to popular spots like Skala and Poros.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Kefalonia, and are a good option for short journeys and airport transfers. Taxis are best called in advance.
Wine festival: In August, the village of Fragata hosts the annual Robola Wine Festival. The festival is a chance for locals and visitors to enjoy the fruits of the island with three days of free wine tasting, food and music.
Carnival: Kefalonia is a fantastic place to celebrate Carnival, traditionally held on the last day before Lent. You’ll find parades and , floats across the island, , with a mix of traditional elements and lots of activities for kids