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Kefalonia Holidays

Kefalonia holidays offer the chance to enjoy a variety of relaxing resorts while basking in a superb climate that rivals any resort in the world.

Regions

Relaxing getaways

Superb beaches are found along the coastline of Kefalonia and right along to the peninsula hanging off the west of the island. Inland you'll find miles of flush green areas as well as large mountain ranges such as Mount Ainos.

Many of the resorts here are relatively modern since a major earthquake practically levelled the island in the fifties. Now tourists can enjoy a fantastic selection of accommodation throughout the resorts as well as a wonderful choice of bars and tavernas.

Peace and quiet is a given across the beaches and towns of Kefalonia with just a couple of resorts offering a bustling nightlife. Holidays to Kefalonia are great for the couples and families who are in need of a laidback getaway with the option to explore some of this beautiful island's surroundings.

Quick Tips

Argostoli
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A natural island

Each Kefalonia resort offers a fantastic amount of beach space to choose from. Lixouri and Lassi provide visitors with the opportunity to choose from a selection of beaches while Skala and Svoronata are home to single large beaches that are many kilometres long.

Some of the beaches are directly backed by wooded areas while the majority of towns are surrounded by miles of natural areas that are part forested and part rocky.

The variety of natural terrain allows for exciting opportunities to see the island in style. From Argostoli, Lixouri and Lassi you can head out onto the waves via boat cruises or scuba excursions. Svoronata on the other hand is a fantastic base from which to head inland and hike around the forests and mountains.

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.

Musical evenings

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.

Kefalonian cuisine

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.

Getting there

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.

Where to stay in Kefalonia

Location

Monthly Temperature

January
9°C
February
10°C
March
12°C
April
15°C
May
18°C
June
23°C
July
26°C
August
26°C
September
22°C
October
18°C
November
14°C
December
13°C

Best time of year to visit

Kefalonia is an island that is delightfully hot during the summer but tourists can tan themselves on the beaches here from April to November when the average highs are 20C or above. The island is busiest when the weather is warmest when average highs of 32C are enjoyed in July and August.

Whichever resort you choose, make sure to head towards the capital for the Festival of Argostoli. This two week long celebration starts from the 15th July and there are many traditional forms of entertainment held around the town at this time.

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