Though it's the largest of the Ionian Islands, holidays to Kefalonia enjoy a lack of crowds. Visitors come for the island's understated beauty and quiet beaches, as well as inland natural wonders such as lakes and caves. You can sample Kefalonia's unique cuisine and traditions on cheap package holidays to Greece, including the August snake festival.
Those familiar with Kefalonia will most likely have struck upon its name either due to the book Captain Corelli's Mandolin or the subsequent film that were both based here. Indeed, prior to the movie's release in 2001, very few visitors troubled the island's shores at all.
Even now, Kefalonia still doesn't receive anything like the number of tourists visiting nearby Corfu. The island is a pleasing middle ground between undiscovered natural charm and tourist infrastructure, with restaurants and hotels meeting demand.
All inclusive holidays to Kefalonia are proving more popular with couples and families than singles or party-goers. The plethora of beaches which encircle this pretty island offer ample opportunity to hit the sand. 11 of them are Blue Flag accredited, while the turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Inland, a variety of different natural attractions keep visitors coming back for more. And to round it off, the island has its own brand of Ionian cooking, complete with enough bars and clubs to keep holidaymakers going into the early hours.
A longstanding holiday destination just outside of the capital of Kefalonia, Lassi is a resort that knows exactly what tourists want out of their holiday.
Days are spent on one of four nearby beaches and the evenings are spent embracing Lassi's cool bar scene. If you're in search of activity and excitement then you can try one of many water sports on the coastline.
Argostoli is just 3km away and the capital is full of shops, restaurants and tavernas to enjoy.
Lixouri is a unique resort in Kefalonia that sits solitary on a peninsula but just a short ferry ride away from the capital and mainland part of the island.
Lixouri is fortunate enough to be surrounded by a long coastline of phenomenal beaches that are all easy to reach via short drives. The town itself is an upbeat community that is famous for being home to one of Greece's best orchestras.
After you've tried out a new water sport on one of the many beaches you can sight-see along the coastline with a lighthouse and monastery on display.
Get away from it all in this untouched gem of a resort. Lourdas offers relaxation at its finest in a small beach village that is surrounded by miles of beautiful terrain.
The 2km beach of Lourdas is where most visitors will choose to spend their time as it's a perfect rejuvenation spot to ease stress. Across the waves you'll see paddle boats and kayaks cruising by. Not far from the resort you can grab the opportunity to climb Mount Ainos.
Between here and the nearby town of Trapezaki you'll find a good selection of quaint souvenir shops and some terrific tavernas.
This versatile beach resort that has been converted from a sleepy fishing village into a fun holiday hotspot found in the south east of Kefalonia.
The resort's beach proudly waves a European Blue Flag and the space is also full of water sport opportunities and day trips out onto the waves.
By night there is a lively nightlife to enjoy in the bars and tavernas of Skala with a good number of venues found down the main street. You'll also find a good selection of shops with plenty of souvenir opportunities too.
One of the island's quietest resorts offers the best collection of beaches in Kefalonia. Svoronata is a peaceful destination for a stress-free getaway and the settings couldn't be any better.
The resort claims three awesome beaches with the most popular, Ai Helis Beach, being found after a steep walk down the scenic headlands. The popular area looks great and is well serviced by the nearby snack bars too.
Svoronata enjoys an ideal placement on the island at just 2km away from the airport and within 10km of the capital and Lassi.