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Kefalonia

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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.

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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.

Where to stay in Kefalonia

Quick Tips

  • Greek Orthadox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 36,000
  • GMT +2

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.