Kefalonia is a stunning holiday destination, boasting abundant chalk-white beaches and a wealth of picturesque landscapes. Thousands of travellers are inspired to visit every year to sample a slice of Greek island life, and it’s ready and waiting for you to explore.

So, where is Kefalonia? It’s located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, in the Ionian Sea. Look at a map of Kefalonia and you’ll see that it’s the biggest of the cluster of Ionian Islands. Discover Kefalonia on foot as you hike through the verdant hillsides; take a boat trip to the underground Melissani Lake or even rent a sea kayak and make your way around the coastline.

You’ll find plenty to keep you busy on a holiday to Kefalonia, including all kinds of cultural and archaeological sites. Don’t forget to make the most of authentic Greek cuisine; you’ll find lots of lovely local tavernas and restaurants serving up fresh seafood

Kefalonia’s chalk-white beaches

Surrounded by bottle green pine forests and calm turquoise water, the white beaches on Kefalonia’s coastline are among the most beautiful across all of the Ionian Islands. Perfect for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling or diving there’s plenty of reasons to take a holiday to one of Kefalonia’s beach resorts next summer.

Rich culture in Argostoli

The island capital of Kefalonia is also its cultural centre. The main town of Argostoli (on the east coast) is the place to go to experience colourful festivals, parades and outdoor performances throughout the year; the annual International Music Festival of Argostoli is one of the highlights. It’s also home to a fascinating archaeological museum (with artefacts from the Trojan Wars) and a folklore museum. The town square is bursting with charming tavernas, open-air cafés and quaint hotels, and there’s a great atmosphere here in summer. Don’t forget to sample a glass of the famous robola wine of Kefalonia.

Skala resort town

Take a trip to the south-east of the island and head for lively Skala Town. This former fishing village is brimming with authentic Greek charm, and it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery. The 3km beach is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, or you can grab a sun lounger if you’re taking things at a slower pace. Either way, you’ll be ready for a hearty dinner at the end of the day; choose one of the tavernas and restaurants lining the seafront for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. There are plenty hiking trails nearby that lead into the mountains, along with an ancient Roman ruins like the 3rd century Roman villa.

Day trips to Myrtos Bay

Often described as one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece, Myrtos Bay is a mile-long arc of dazzling white pebble stones and striking limestone cliffs. The bay is a truly unspoilt spot (watersports aren’t even allowed), so it’s a great place to go if you want to get away from it all. You can sit back and work on your sun tan in total peace and quiet.