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 and an annual international music festival. 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 or tasting local wine at a local taverna. Take a stroll along the palm-lined promenade on the waterfront. By the end of the day, you’ll surely be ready for a bite to eat (and a glass of 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 Keflonia. 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.

4. La Bussola Bar Greece

For an evening of fun at an atmospheric local bar, pay a visit to La Bussola Bar in Koukounaries. Close to bus stop 24, the bar’s a great place to go no matter how old you are.
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5. Koukounaries Beach

Get ready to soak up some golden Greek sunshine and recharge your batteries on Koukounaries Beach. It’s impossible to miss the beach, which is the centrepiece of this part of Skiathos and one of the longest on the island.
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6. Hidden Beach Greece

If you’re looking for a relaxing beach break in the sun, then Skiathos is the perfect place for you to go. There are some fantastic sandy stretches for you to choose from
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7. Pirate Divers Club

Explore the secrets of the deep with the Pirate Divers Club in Lassi. Based at the Mediterranee Hotel which fronts onto the Ionian Sea in the heart of Lassi
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8. Eden Bar Greece

Pay a visit to Eden Bar and enjoy a few drinks and a bite in a unique setting. As you’re walking from Lassi to Argostoli, it’s one of the last bars on the right
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11. Makris Gialos Beach Greece

Get ready for a day in the warm Mediterranean sunshine at Makris Gialos Beach. Translating from Greek as ‘long sandy beach’, it’s the perfect place for you to relax and recharge your batteries.
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12. Roman Villa of Skala

Uncover the secrets of 3rd century Greece with a visit to the ancient Roman Villa at Skala village. Once the home of a wealthy family, the villa gives a fascinating insight into Roman life as you wander across purpose built walkways around the six excavated rooms and outdoor courtyard.
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13. Kaminia Beach Greece

To enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters and hot Greek sunshine, make sure you spend a day or two on Kaminia Beach. Around six kilometres from Argassi and just a short walk from Skala
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14. Gentilini Winery Greece

For an afternoon with a difference, visit the family-run Gentilini Winery and Vineyards where you’ll be taken on a fascinating tour. Find out how organic Kefalonian wines are made
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16. Spend the day island hopping

Skala is a fantastic base to explore the surrounding beauty that is found on the isolated beaches. To experience these for yourself, take a cruise to Ithaca and learn about the mythologies that shaped the island.
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17. Skala Old Town Greece

Skala Old Town is based further up the hillside with specular views overlooking the Ionian coast and the nearby island of Zante. Travelling here is easy as there’s a regular bus service
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21. Antisamos Beach Greece

It’s not only holidaymakers that have realised the beauty of this Greek gem. You may recognise it as being the backdrop for the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
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22. Kayaking In Kefalonia Greece

The best possible way to explore Kefalonia’s detailed coastline is by taking to the waters in a sea kayak. The family-run Sea Kayaking Kefalonia operates kayaking trips from Lourdas to Katelios.
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