Kefalonia travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 9-30°C 

Summer is the best time to explore the island’s stunning beaches. Temperatures regularly hit 30°C in July and August, when the sea is also at its warmest. It’s also worth bearing in mind that this is the busiest time of year. As we move through the autumn, the island starts to cool down slightly (and the crowds start to disappear), but the sea is still warm enough to swim in throughout October. Kefalonia’s lush, green scenery is all thanks to significant rainfall in winter, but temperatures very rarely drop below 9°C during this season. If you’re keen on hiking or caving, it’s a good idea to book your holiday for spring; you’ll be spoilt with a dry, mild climate and an average of eight hours of sunshine a day. 

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Kefalonia is best for…

Beach lovers: With its pure-white sand and pebbles, azure waters and lush forest, Myrtos Bay is one of Greece’s most spectacular beaches. 

Couples: Watch the sun go down from a waterfront restaurant in Lassi and sample some fresh Greek cuisine, while sipping on a glass (or two) of local Robola wine. 

Explorers: Go for a hike in the hills near Katelios, or go island hopping to Lefkas, Meganissi and Paanikolis; there’s a wealth of stunning scenery to explore here.

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Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken is Greek.

Currency: The currency used is Euro (€).

Local time: Kefalonia is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport with transfers of up to 2 hours to the main resorts.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Kefalonia is 3.5 hours.

Tourist information: For more tourist information about your Kefalonia holidays, visit www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/kefalonia

Visa and health: Before your holiday, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations and advice.

Holiday destinations related to Kefalonia:

  • Katelios
  • Lassi
  • Sami
  • Skala
  • Getting around

    By car: It’s the way to explore the island’s 237km-long coastline, so why not pick up a hire car at the airport? That way you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace.  

    By motor-cruiser: Head out to sea on one of these small motor boats; they’ll get you around to some of the island’s secret spots and untouched beaches.

    By boat: From Vatsa Bay on the southern tip, you can take a traditional fishing trip to see what you can catch; or book a daily boat safari from Lixouri harbour.

    Events

    15 August: Did you know that 15 August is Greece’s biggest religious holiday? Kefalonians gather in tavernas and squares across the island to eat, drink and dance. Head to Markopoulo to see the ‘sacred’ baby snakes that appear around the village church every year.

    Wine Festival: Pencil in the third weekend of August to celebrate the island’s famous Robola wine. It gets its own festival, which is held in the village of Fragata, and attracts thousands of visitors every year. How does free Robola, local delicacies and live music sound? 

    International Music Festival: Head to the island capital of Argostoli for the International Music Festival, held across many music venues at the end of August.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Kefalonia, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/safety-and-security