Hotels in Kefalonia
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Holiday resorts in Kefalonia
Escape the crowds with holidays to Katelios, a pretty Greek fishing village in southern Kefalonia. Set against a backdrop of unspoilt scenery, tucked away between pine-covered hills and a sun-soaked sandy coast, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful island break. Katelios is brimming with traditional Greek charm, think quaint taverns and a bustling harbour, and its Mediterranean beaches are ideal for a spot of relaxation. When you’re ready to explore beyond the shoreline, you can head into the lush countryside and trek through the hills. It’s a great place to get away from it all.
Things to do
Tranquil beaches, crystal-clear waters and Mediterranean sunshine are all part of Katelios’ appeal. You can make the most of Kefalonia’s stunning natural landscape from here, by trekking through the eucalyptus and verdant pine trees. Keen hikers won’t be able to resist heading uphill to enjoy panoramic views across the coast.
If water sports are more your thing, it’s well worth taking a water taxi over to the lively village of Skala, where you can try everything from scuba diving to windsurfing. When the sun goes down, you’ll be more than ready for mouth-watering fresh seafood at a local taverna. Oh, and a glass of Robola wine, too.
There are several beaches near to Katelios. Its closest has crystal clear waters and is a mix of sand and shingle. If you want something a little sandier, then Mounda Beach is not far away and has a long stretch of soft white sand. Mounda Beach is also protected, as it’s a popular loggerhead turtle nesting area. If you’re lucky enough, you could witness the newborn turtles’ first steps and watch their natural instincts take over as they flee for the water.
History and culture
The charming resort was originally a busy fishing village and although a couple of boats still work from here today, the development of tourism in the area has seen the village grow in size. From the coast you can see the island of Zante, whilst views inland are nestled with thick, green agriculture. Katelios has a relaxed atmosphere, with great maritime traditions set into their way of life.
Food and drink
As well as its serene setting, Katelios is a place where fish are caught daily and the local cuisine is not only fresh, but also delicious. There are some amazing restaurants and bars in the area, all with a chilled, feel-good atmosphere. Dine at the contemporary Rosebud Bistro for fabulous food and spotless surroundings.
Nemesis is popular for its fruity cocktails, exceptionally friendly service and beautiful beachside location and it’s among the many bars that are open till late throughout high season.
The Cozy Bar & Restaurant is excellent value for both food and drink. Its unique décor and lively music adds to the welcoming smile you receive on entry by staff and leave with at the end of a well-cooked meal.
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With its pretty port, sandy beach and dramatic scenery, Sami is a jewel on Kefalonia’s eastern coast. This charming seaside ¬village is against a stunning backdrop of rolling hills clad with fragrant pine trees, and there’s something for every kind of holidaymaker here.
If you want to simply chill out, you can sit back and relax on the sandy beach, while thrill-seekers take to the sea for a water sports adventure.
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Beautiful beaches are a big draw for visitors on holidays to Sami. Stunning white pebbles and turquoise waters are just waiting for you over at Antisamos Beach, which is considered as one of the most beautiful spots in Kefalonia; it’s the perfect place to sunbathe, swim and snorkel.
But Sami holidays aren’t just about sun, sea and sand; there’s so much more to them than that! When you’re feeling up for a spot of adventure, you can head off on a trek through the hills on horseback, and admire views along the way.
Or, you could pay a visit to of some of the famous sites. Take a trip to the acropolis, one of the most important fortified cities in Bronze Age Greece, and the 150-million-year-old Drogarati Cave.
Sami boasts some amazing views and stunning scenery all around the resort. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the different things to do in order to make the most of it all. There’s a wide range of horse riding trips available where you can experience the surrounding area for yourself, including one that will guide you to the top of the highest peak for some incredible views.
Take in the history
Sami has a rich history and you can see evidence of its past all around you. A great Bronze Age city can be found on the cliff and looks over the clear blue sea. During the month of August, the Monastery of Argillon hosts a belly bursting feast followed by some rustic dancing and music to help wash the meal down.
For those wanting to explore further afield, you can take a trip to the small island of Ithaca that played a big part in Greek mythology. During your trip you can find many different restaurants and shops to visit, making for the perfect day out.
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If you’re looking for unspoilt scenery, consider the southern tip of Kefalonia for your next holiday. Holidays to Skala are ideal for relaxing, indulging in fantastic food, and exploring the many wonders that this fascinating location offers. This former fishing village has transformed into a contemporary seaside town, brimming with bustling tavernas and restaurants leading up to a three‐kilometre stretch of golden sand.
Skala also makes an excellent base for exploring Kefalonia, with a wealth of sights to see nearby; you won’t want to miss the Temple of Apollo and the Drogarati Cave. The rolling countryside is ready and waiting to be explored. Whatever you’re looking for from your getaway, discover Skala holidays today.
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If you want to top up your tan, then summer holidays to Skala Kefalonia are in order. Make the most of Kefalonia’s gorgeous Mediterranean climate over on Skala Beach; it’s a long sweep of soft sand with a great water sports centre. Here you can relax with a good book whilst sipping on a cocktail or two, or paddle in the clear waters and take in the picturesque scenery around you.
If you want a change of scenery, you could also take the short trip over to Sami to experience Antisamos Beach’s famous good looks. While you’re there, try a tour of the breathtaking Drogarati Cave. This ancient natural formation is about 150 million years old and is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive attractions.
Here, you can witness the incredible rock formations, and a spectacular hall called the ‘Sala of Apotheosis’ where the natural acoustics are truly mesmerising. After your day trip, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat; the waterfront is the place to go to tuck into the catch of the day.
For a memorable day out, venture to the north-west of Kefalonia where you can explore the spectacular ruins of the Castle of Assos. This impressive structure was built in the 16th century. Visitors are free to explore the Church of Agios Markos and the Venetian High Commissioner’s house which lie inside.
And for those who like to keep active on holiday, spend a day in Assos village and walk the Venetian castle trail. Rise early in the morning and climb to the peak where you can witness beautiful views of the Assos port and beaches. Or take a walk between Poros and Old Skala’s hills over to Paleocastro where you can uncover breathtaking natural scenery and relish in the tranquil atmosphere.
Skala is a traditional seaside location with a mixture of sand and shingle beach. It offers a spot of relaxation with views of glimmering, crystal‐clear waters that stretch over the horizon. Inland views are also pleasing as the cove is surrounded by thick green agriculture.
If you want a break from lounging and need a splash of excitement, there is a good selection of water sports to try, from jet skis to parasailing. Renowned for its cleanliness and organisation, Skala’s fabulous beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and is a place many people flock to in the summer.
Kaminia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Kefalonia and offers a peaceful place to kick back and unwind. Located close to Skala village, it’s home to a vast expanse of soft, white sand and glistening shallow waters that are perfect for children to paddle in. This beach is also a breeding ground for the endangered Caretta sea turtle. If you’re lucky, you might be able to witness these sea creatures hatching from their eggs here.
And suppose you fancy venturing away from Kefalonia for a little while. In that case, you can always hop on one of the many boat excursions which frequently operate. Explore neighbouring islands like Zante for even more fun‐filled adventures.
From outstanding beaches to exhilarating water sports and activities, Skala boasts a range of attractions to keep you relaxed and entertained during your holiday. When you’ve finished basking in the glorious sunshine on the soft sands, take a trip into Skala Old Town where you can explore the many historical buildings and churches.
Stop for lunch at one of the garden restaurants before strolling down to Fountain Square, a popular location among locals and visitors.
For those seeking exciting thrills and spills, take to the water in a speed boat or try your hand at wakeboarding, parasailing and much more. You can even hire out your own boat if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
History and culture
Skala was once a small, working fishing village that has expanded to accommodate tourism growth in the area. Today you can walk along the sand-shingle beach into the centre for fresh seafood and beautiful buildings. The resort is located around historical and natural marvels which make staying here all the more magical. Walk around Skala Old Town to gain an insight into the fascinating fishing ethos that still shapes the locals’ way of life.
And to learn more about the history of the town, head down to the edge of Skala village where you can explore the remains of a 3rd‐century Roman Villa. Witness the remarkable mosaics and gain an insight into Roman life as you stroll through the walkways and excavated rooms.
There’s a choice of restaurants and tavernas here, making it a perfect destination for those laid-back holidays. Captain’s Bar is a popular haunt for visitors and locals alike, thanks to its lively atmosphere and delicious cocktails.
Or sit outside and shade under the straw roof of Akri’s Seaside Bar, where you can order a variety of fruity drinks and look over at the tranquil sea setting. Although a lot of bars stay open until the early hours and play music to get you dancing, there are only a few options when it comes to nightclubs.
Holidays to Skala are ideal for those who like to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.
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Popular with couples and families looking for a peaceful island break, Lassi is a scenic holiday spot in Kefalonia. The beaches are this town’s biggest draw card, but guests who aren’t soaking up the rays can look forward to impressive historic and natural attractions in the neighbouring towns. Good transport links and a short drive to the airport makes holidays in Lassi a good choice for those planning to explore the Ionian Islands.
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With its stunning blue skies, pine forest landscape and warm Mediterranean climate, Lassi has all the right conditions for a relaxing holiday. Travellers who aren’t lounging on the famous Makris Gialos Beach can enjoy several remarkable attractions, including a historic cave and the ruins of an ancient fortress. Arrive in the summer for a range of cultural festivals and celebrations.
It all starts at the beach in Lassi, and there’s some lovely ones that you can choose from. Kefalonia’s scenery is so incredible that the island was used as the setting for a Hollywood blockbuster, and it’s easy to see why. Spend the day basking in the golden sunshine at Makris Gialos or Platis Gialos Beach, or head to nearby Myrtos Beach, which was featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
After you’ve recharged your batteries at the beach, it’s time to set sail on an adventure. Explore more of Kefalonia’s fabulous coastline, or journey across to other islands in the sparkling Ionian Sea. The warm, crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving trips, although you may prefer to go kayaking and caving. For a real thrill, take a jeep safari through the island’s lush countryside and soaring mountains.
Lassi is ideal for all manner of holidays, whether you’re going away with your friends, family or partner. Make sandcastles with your little ones all day, go for drinks with your mates in the evening, or take a few loved-up photos while you watch a romantic sunset at the beach. Explore capital Argostoli, other parts of picturesque Kefalonia, or stick to Lassi itself as you make the most of this wonderful destination.
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Holidays to Skiathos combine teal-tinted waters with a vibrant cosmopolitan nightlife. It's the greenest island in the Sporades archipelago, sporting over 60 stunning beaches along a sun-drenched coastline. Soft, golden sands stretch back from the shallow shores before lush-scented pine forests, and aromatic olive groves take over the landscape. Skiathos is also an ideal destination for families, with its laid-back atmosphere and calm shores.
Things to do
The island is ideal for couples, groups of friends, and fashion-conscious clubbers who want to be seen on the scene. However, there's plenty to do for those looking to experience the quieter side of Greece. You can spend a day sightseeing in the sleepy villages of Troulos, wander through the cobbled streets of Skiathos Town or hike the walking trails at Koukounaries forest. Wherever you go, Skiathos holidays offer picture-perfect views around every corner.
Skiathos holidays are incomplete without a trip to the old town and port, the most popular attractions across the Sporades Islands. The town's authentic way of life inspired the movie, Mamma Mia. For a brilliant day out, hop aboard one of the themed Skiathos Sailing Trips from the Old Port to explore neighbouring Skopelos. You'll visit the film's most iconic locations where those classic anthems were filmed.
Wander through the sugar-cube streets of Skiathos Town and discover a wealth of designer shops, restaurants, and bars. A hit with celebrities, the cosmopolitan centre is fronted with two yacht harbours, gourmet eateries and classy boutiques. For bargain-hunting, turn down the narrow roads off Papadiamantis Street. Order your travel money before you go, and you can treat yourself to some traditional pottery and embroidery from its small independent shops.
For a lively night, head to Skiathos Town and grab a drink along Bar Street, the best hangout for live music. Then make your way on the disco strip, running east along the coast. Here you'll find plenty of clubs open until the early hours. Stroll into the trendy cocktail lounges on the seafront for a more laid-back vibe. Another glorious spot for cocktails and music is La Bussola Bar in Koukounaries. You can watch the latest sporting events on the screens, too.
History & Culture
Skiathos has a fascinating medieval past, with impressive religious sites dotted throughout the island. Explore sacred Skiathos with a trip to the Church of Three Hierarchs, the Church of the Archangel and the Church of the Virgin Mary. The Skiathos Castle is also a must-see and home to the theatre, with cultural events held throughout the year.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you'll find a wealth of things to do on your family holiday to Skiathos. Pop on a water taxi from Koukounaries beach to Old Port and explore the pebbled streets of Skiathos Town together. Pavement cafes and boutiques line the narrow alleyways. You can also enjoy kid-friendly scuba diving, or watch a film at the open-air cinema, Akkiton.
The island is just under 7 miles long, with many Walking Trails starting from the ring road around Skiathos Town. With 26 signposted routes, totalling 200 km, it’s a hiker's paradise. Trek through shady forests with medicinal herbs, babbling brooks and historical sites.
Places to stay
There is so much to love about this island wherever you choose to stay. With its laid-back lifestyle, unspoiled beaches and spectacular landscapes, you will find your own slice of Greek paradise here.
A 10-minute drive outside the island capital Skiathos Town, the little resort of Achladies packs a real punch for its southern coast location. The resort is the perfect choice for families looking for a quiet spot outside the hustle and bustle of the capital while still being within easy reach of its attractions.
To venture even further into Skiathos' lush countryside, choose Troulos. Located in the southwest, in rolling fruit groves and forest, it's the best place for couples and families seeking some peace. It's also only a 30-minute bus ride to the magnificent Monastery of Evangelistria, where the first Greek flag was raised in 1807. As well as scenic trails and cultural hotspots, you're only a 19-minute drive to Skiathos Town, with its swanky cocktails bars and quirky boutiques.
Koukounaries is famous for its beach. The coast runs between fragrant pine trees and the Aegean Sea's shallow shore, a golden arc of spotless white sand. It's a popular spot with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes. Book a tour bus or one of the boat trips to the Castle of Skiathos. The medieval fortification is perched on a rocky cliff, offering the most spectacular panoramic views.
Beaches to visit
The many beautiful beaches scattered across the island make holidays to Skiathos even more memorable. From stretches of soft, golden sand to pebble-strewn shallow bays, they are perfect for swimming. And while some famously deliver a lively atmosphere, you’ll find many spaces to relax and recharge in total tranquillity.
An excellent spot for nature lovers, Koukounaries Beach, backs onto the lush green Mandraki Pine Forest. This gently curving arc of powder-soft sand, lined with rows of cypress and eucalyptus trees swaying softly in the breeze. One of the most popular hotspots on the island, you can hop aboard water taxis or take a dip in the azure waters. You can also grab a bite at one of the wooden beach bars and tavernas.
Big Banana Beach
Sheltered by a mass of rocky hills, Big Banana Beach takes its name from its crescent shape. It's the most popular spot on the west coast and a favourite among sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. Away from the shore, you'll find pine forests and wildlife reserves. It also gets sun later in the day, so it's the ideal spot for sunsets.
Skiathos has some of the most impressive beaches across all the Greek islands. Hidden Beach, aka Krifi Ammos, is the most secluded. This wild bay has a 200m stretch of soft sand and luscious hills sheltering it from the world. Kick back, relax, and forget your troubles as you watch the waves lapping gently against the smooth ivory-white shoreline. There's also a tiny tavern in case you get a bit hungry.
Lalaria Beach made Skiathos famous for its iconic arch and blue caves, only reachable by boat. Totally unspoilt, you won't find any shops, bars or cafes here, so bring a bottle of water with you! Cruise around the island before taking a dip amongst the string of secret sea grottos that line the cliff face. You can also dry off with a sunbathe on the unique white pebble beach.
Peaceful Achladies Bay
One of our favourite places to visit in Skiathos is sleepy Achladies Bay. Set along the east coast, it's surrounded by lush green countryside. The old fishing town has kept its natural charm, making it a peaceful escape.
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Holidays to Santorini (or Thira) are one for the bucket-list. Part of Greece’s Cyclades island group, do not miss a trip to the hilltop heaven, Oia. Topped with whitewashed buildings and set against the sparkling Aegean, most people head here for one reason, and one reason only! To catch one of the world’s best sunsets! While, its volcanic sights are just as impressive.
From its multi-coloured beaches in the east to its sunken caldera in the west, you’ll find glimpses of the island’s eruptive past right across its landscape.
Things to do
This island’s unique terrain has something to suit all tastes. Whether your Greece holidays are about a relaxing week soaking up the sun or you want to tick-off its bucket-list attractions. First on everyone’s itinerary is a sunset sitting, and you won’t be disappointed! Located on Oia’s highest peak, head to the Byzantine Castle ruins to witness one of the island’s most jaw-dropping views. Or, if you want to see this glowing spectacle while sipping Santorini’s best wine, Santo Wines Winery in Pyrgos promises both.
And when you’re done hunting down the best sunset spots, you could be hiking to the top of a volcano with a day in Nea Kameni. Only accessible via boat, the tough climb will be worth it once you see its incredible lava formations. For more volcanic beauty, take a cruise around the famous caldera. Not only will this take you right to the base, but you can also book a sailing which stops by some of its most famous beaches, like Red Beach at the ancient site of Akrotiri. Surrounded by crimson cliffs, this pebble-strewn cove is one of the island’s rarest natural wonders, after the caldera of course.
There’s just as much going on in the evening too! When you’re not grabbing a cocktail in one of Fira’s many atmospheric bars, you could be catching a film under the stars at an open-air cinema - one of the top things to do in Kamari.
But no trip to Greece would be complete without trying some traditional fare. From spots specialising in seafood to humble family-run tavernas, its restaurant scene is pretty impressive. Oh and don’t forget to try a Santorini salad! Made from capers, sun-dried tomatoes and cucumbers, it’s the island’s twist on a Greek salad.
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Mykonos holidays promise sandy beaches, whitewashed villages and a cosmopolitan nightlife. Part of the Cyclades, which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios, you’ll find this group of islands on the southern coast. Days here usually revolve around the golden beaches and swimming in the Aegean Sea, before heading to a waterfront restaurant for a laid-back dinner.
And if you’re not ready to call it a night after that, you can always stop by one of the many trendy cocktail spots, or perhaps a late-night club by the beach. This Greek hotspot is ideal whether you’re here with the kids, having a group break with friends, or want to fire up the romance with your partner.
This little island paradise offers plenty to see and do too. For an afternoon of tranquility, take a stroll to the seafront and witness yachts and fishing boats decorating the glistening Aegean. Or soak up the culture in town, renowned for its stunning architecture and colourful shopping streets. And remember to pack a camera – you’ll need it!
If your Mykonos holidays are all about sun, sand, and sea, you won’t be disappointed. The summer months are drenched in golden Mediterranean sunshine, blowing the UK’s unpredictable weather out of the water. Make the most of the warm temperatures at a range of beaches, from party hotspots to relaxing little coves where you can have a peaceful day with the little ones. Make sandcastles and paddle in the crystal‐clear sea to your heart’s content as you create memories to last a lifetime
Thrill‐seekers can unlock unique underwater ecosystems with action‐packed snorkeling and diving or try their hand at windsurfing on one of the island’s secluded beaches.
For a sample of the island party atmosphere, head down to Paradise Beach, where you’ll find world‐renowned clubs and a selection of bustling bars and restaurants. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mykonos Town, this open‐air clubbing venue promises non‐stop fun and entertainment for the younger generation.
Or make your way to Elia Beach and enjoy complete tranquility as you unwind on the soft, white sands and let your troubles slowly slip away. Renowned for being the longest beach in Mykonos, this fantastic location offers the ideal backdrop to your days in the sun. Here you can try out a range of watersports, enjoy a calm walk along the water’s edge, or simply relax in the shade on a sunbed.
When the time comes to explore, there are lots of things to see and do in the heart of Mykonos Town. If you’re staying there, you’ll have plenty of great attractions on your doorstep. From shopping at designer boutiques to visiting historic churches and art galleries, it’s ideal if you like to keep on the move when you go away. Spend your days basking in the glorious sunshine or wandering through the streets and discovering the island’s many hidden gems
Mykonos’ shops and boutiques offer a little slice of luxury and an incredible shopping experience. Meander through a maze of designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Dew, and many other favourites. Make time to explore the individual Greek shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to exquisite local produce.
When it’s time for a quick rest, stop for a bite to eat at one of the traditional restaurants and cafés and sample mouth‐watering delicacies to sate your appetite. Holidays to Mykonos promise a shopping haven you’re sure to fall in love with.
History and culture
Venture away from the shopping streets’ hustle and bustle and take a trip to the Mykonos windmills, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the town centre and beyond. One of the island’s most recognised landscapes, these whitewashed windmills sit atop a scenic hill, an iconic symbol of Mykonos’ rich agricultural history.
Head to the windmills at sunset to experience a mesmerising wash of colours over the Aegean Sea, the perfect way to share a romantic moment. Learn all about the island’s vibrant past with a guided tour of the mills, where you can discover everything there is to know about this beautiful location.
Whatever you’re hoping to find, holidays to Mykonos have so much to offer.
Mykonos has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife. Whether you stick to the capital’s hotspots or have some fun in the sun at a beach bar, you won’t be short of options. Take in the electric nightlife and enjoy an exciting selection of clubbing venues. If you wake up feeling a bit worse for wear, there’s nothing better than going for a refreshing dip in the sea, with the beautiful scenery as a bonus.
Mykonos is known all over the world for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. After the island began attracting gay artists in the 1970s, it’s slowly built up a reputation as one of the most glamorous and inclusive places to holiday. The island is diverse and welcoming, so you’re free to relax, unwind, and be yourself wherever you go.
By day, you can soak up the sun on one of the many gay beaches scattered across the island. For a relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque view of the bay, head down to Super Paradise Beach which offers an exclusive gay enclosure and plenty to keep you occupied. Sip on a cocktail or two and dip your toes in the clear, azure waters to cool down.
By night, you can make the most of non‐stop partying in prime locations such as Jackie O’ and Babylon. The central cluster of gay restaurants and bars are located in Mykonos Old Town. Still, it’s also worth a trip to Little Venice where you can party on into the night and enjoy the full summer celebration experience. On this island in Greece, everyone is welcome.
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