International influences but Greek at heart
Like much of Greece and the islands, Kefalonia's history dates back thousands of years and in that time has seen different rulers in the form of the Venetians, Turkish and British across the centuries. Germans and Italians occupied the island in WWII and this escalated into a civil war until 1949. Combine this with the earthquake of 1953 and the remaining ruins of the island became no more. There are some standing structures and ruins around the island but Argostoli in particular shares the most culture and history.
The island has natural Hollywood good looks and is most famous for being the setting of the novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The 2001 film adaption was also shot on location around Kefalonia.
Kefalonia's personality is consistently cool and the nightlife on the island tends to be more about sitting, drinking and chatting rather than jumping and dancing. Each resort offers a great selection of traditional tavernas that turn into awesome places to hang out after you've enjoyed a meal. Often you'll find live music being played in the form of tribute bands, acoustic performers or bouzouki dancers.
Skala and Lassi, on opposite sides of the island, offer a fun bar scene to get social in. Cocktails are taken seriously here and there are a number of trendy surroundings from which to try an array of fruity drinks.
Holidays to Kefalonia enlighten visitors to the culinary delights of Greek food. There are hundreds of traditional dishes to try across the tavernas and restaurants on the island, many of which offer outdoor seating.
There are many styles of food to try to whether it is a quick pita gyro as a snack, some soft tirokafteri cheese as a starter or a variety of meats on your souvlaki stick. Many dishes are best enjoyed accompanied by a glass of wine such as the white Robola or the red Mavrodafne, both produced on the island.
Argostoli shops and markets
Many of the resorts present small souvenir shops where you can grab an island gift or some beach essentials. The islands best source of retail is found within the capital where you'll find a more comprehensive selection to choose from. There is also a daily market held by the harbour where you can grab locally made items as well as home grown foods.
Flying to Kefalonia from the UK will take just under three and a half hours. Kefalonia International Airport is situated on the west coast by Lassi. There are short transfers to Lassi and Soronata but Skala and Lixouri will take around 50 minutes to reach by car.
Hiring a car is recommended as the best way to get around in Kefalonia. There is a bus service that runs to and from the capital from most resorts but there are usually only three services a day. The ferry that runs from Lixouri to Argostoli however is a very convenient commodity that runs twice an hour.