24 Things to do in Kefalonia

Boasting beautiful landscapes, chalk-white beaches and pretty island towns, it's no surprise that Kefalonia inspires thousands of holidaymakers to visit each year. Lush green scenery and glorious natural beauty make this island one of the most popular destinations in Greece. And whether you want to spend your whole time on the beach, or make your way around the island during your holiday, there's certainly no shortage of things to do in Kefalonia.

If you're looking to head out beyond the beaches and experience local culture, the island capital of Argostoli Town is home to a wealth of fascinating sights. Here you'll find the dramatic Drapano Bridge, the pretty Saint Theodori lighthouse and the island’s best shopping and nightlife.

Wherever you go, you'll never be too far away from lush countryside; so it's easy to get out and about for a nature walk or an uphill trek. How about a trip to a family-run vineyard? After all, the island is known for its famous Robola wine.

Or perhaps a water sports adventure is more your kind of thing. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, sea kayaking is your chance to see the coastline from a different perspective. Kefalonia's spectacular caves are another highlight. Prepare to be mesmerised with a trip to Melissani Lake, where you can take a guided tour around the cave's sunlit, open-roof chamber.

If you're looking for things to do in Kefalonia, check out our handy guide below. We've put together a few insider hints and tips to help you make the most of your holiday.

1. Gentilini Winery & Vineyards

For an afternoon with a difference, head for the family-run Gentilini Winery and Vineyards. Here you can enjoy a fascinating tour of stunning scenery and find out how organic Kefalonian wines are made. Of course, you won't want to miss out on the free samples along the way, so make sure you book a taxi to get you back to your hotel or villa!

2. Argostoli Town

Spend a day in charming Argostoli Town shopping for souvenirs and soaking up the waterfront views as you stroll along the palm-lined promenade. By the end of the day, you'll surely be ready for a bite to eat (and a glass of the local wine) in the bustling town square.

3. Sea kayaking

Why not try something new on holiday? If you're feeling adventurous, take to the waves and learn how to glide across the Ionian Sea in a kayak. Sea kayaking is a unique way to explore Kefalonia, and you'll get to see the magnificent coastline from a different angle. It's a great trip for the whole family, but may not be suitable for very young children.

4. Sail across Melissani Lake

The mystical Melissani Lake is a breathtaking spot and should be right at the top of your list of things to do in Kefalonia. This spectacular underground cavern is one of Kefalonia's most famous attractions, and one of the most stunning spots anywhere on the Greek islands. With its luminous water and dazzling setting, it has to be seen to be believed.

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