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.
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You can expect luxurious accommodation that doesn't break the budget in sunny Fiskardo, with sea views and classical architecture surrounding you at all times. The rolling hills and famous hospitality of this destination speak to the rich tapestry of history around every corner, so make sure you soak plenty of it in alongside those sunny rays.
Shining white villas and comfortable hotels grace Katelios in abundance, each with easy access to the area's rolling hills, laid-back streets and, of course, those irresistible beaches. With such consistently welcome sunshine all day every day, make sure you pick somewhere to stay that's close to your favourite sunbathing spots.
Close to the capital of Argostoli, Lassi is a popular town because it's close to airports and major tourism hubs, while still being secluded enough that it retains its traditional charm and character. The sprawling beaches, sunkissed and sublime, certainly help its reputation too. Villas, hotels and cosy resorts make Lassi a superb spot to hide from the world.
As the second largest city on the island of Kefalonia, you can expect a rich variety of hotels and villas that will suit all budgets when you go to Lixouri. They'll also suit all styles of stay, whether you're immersed in a cultural city trip or after lazy days by the sea.
The south coast of Kefalonia is mostly untouched by high-scale urban or tourist development, which means that Lourdas is a beautifully traditional town. Beaches are interlinked across a sprawling landscape ripe with sun and exploration potential, so expect quiet accommodation with good links to shops and quaint nightlife down at the taverna.
Tranquil and idyllic, Sami is a popular destination for those of you looking to leave the worries of the world behind. It's a close knit community, but don't think you won't be welcome in the many shops and tavernas here, not to mention those rolling white beaches. Hotels here are inexpensive, but they don't skimp on the personal touches.
This pretty village has benefited from a renewed tourism focus, which has made it both secluded yet modern. Skala welcomes visitors to its hidden beaches and rolling countryside, while the high street has all the essentials, and ruins outside of town will slake your cultural thirst. Stays in town are inexpensive, with cosy hotels and villas to choose from.
Hotels and villas in Svoronata cater to everyone, from families and couples to adventurous spirits. The accommodation options are pretty spread out over this historic town, giving you the choice of a city centre stay, close to facilities, or an opulent suite with glorious views of the beach you'll soon be reclining on.