Kefalonia Holidays 2024/2025

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 the lakes and caves. You can sample Kefalonia’s unique cuisine and charming traditions, like the August snake festival, and make the most of the gorgeous Greek climate, all for less than you’d expect.

Bag one of our amazing cheap holidays to Kefalonia and experience all the wonders, without breaking the bank.

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Unspoilt natural beauty

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 handy tourist infrastructure, with restaurants and hotels aplenty. The purpose built resort of Lassi tends to be the popular pick for tourists as it’s just 20 minutes from the airport and a good base for exploring more of the island.

All Inclusive holidays to Kefalonia are proving more popular with couples and families than singles or party-goers, it’s the tranquil destination you dream of for that much needed R&R. 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 some delicious signature dishes that you must try, plus, a selection of bars and clubs to dance the night away.

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Recline on one of the most famous beaches in Europe

Antisamos beach has caught the eye of beach-lovers worldwide after it was used as the backdrop to the 2001 film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Visitors to the island can grab a snapshot of the famous location, or simply lie back and soak up the rays in this sun-kissed idyll.

Due to the impressive number of beaches from which to choose, you can choose whether to be among the holiday hustle and bustle, or escape and top up your tan in solitude. You can check out the natural skin-enhancing properties of the clay found on Xi, or see the loggerhead turtles which pay yearly visits to Kaminia and Skala. Meanwhile, the north-western oasis of Atheras Beach is the perfect place to dig out your snorkel and check out life beneath the waves. One thing’s for sure, in Kefalonia there’s a stretch of sand with your name on it.

For those visiting Kefalonia on a budget, the beaches are the perfect place for low-spend days, simply pack up a picnic, pick your spot and admire the views – even if you’re not on a budget, it’s the place to be! Buses and taxis are always available to get you between resorts in Kefalonia and are only low-cost.

Gorge yourself on Ionian cuisine

The Ionian Isles have their own particular method of cookery, distinct from the more traditional Greek styles found on the mainland and in other parts of the archipelago. Heavily influenced by Austrian and Italian – and particularly Venetian – styles, the cuisine uses simple recipes fortified with fresh ingredients and a selection of herbs and spices. A holiday to Kefalonia without trying its kreatopita meat pie would be a crying shame.

Restaurants vary from authentic and traditional Greek tavernas to beachfront restaurants with a view, or even alfresco courtyard dining for a bit of romance. You’ll also find plenty of your international favourites emerging across the island, including Chinese, Mexican, Italian, American and British. There will be something for everyone – even the fussiest of eaters!

Despite not being specifically know for its nightlife, there are more than enough late-night drinking dens to keep you entertained after dark. From cocktail bars to outdoor gardens and live bands and DJs, Kefalonia’s charm continues through the night and being Greece’s best kept secret, prices don’t go up with the high season either, so your evenings are very affordable.

Whether you’re wanting to make the most of your All Inclusive stay, indulge in all the luxuries possible or keeping your cheap Kefalonia holiday in budget, it’s definitely worth getting out and exploring for a night or two – just to experience the charming atmosphere and of course, delicious dishes.

A land of forgotten lakes and caves

The perimeter of Kefalonia might dazzle with its stunning selection of beaches, but its interior is every bit as impressive – and there’s plenty to do. Take Melissani Lake, for example, just 5km from Aghia Efimia. This underground body of water was only discovered when the cavernous roof stretching above it caved in after an earthquake hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, you can take a gondola ride right across its placid waters and gaze in awe through the cavity above. A top tip is if you see the caves around midday, the sun will beam through the opening hitting the mesmerising turquoise water.

The Drogarati Caves are another awe-inspiring attraction and you can find them in Sami. They contain an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years (150 thousand to be precise), providing a fascinating look into the rocky history of the island. To explore the caves the admission fee is very reasonable so it’s really worth a visit, even if exploring Kefalonia on a budget. If you’re looking for guided tours, there’s a selection of tours that will combine these two sights together, so your whole day will be full of incredible views.

Live the high life

The northern town of Fiskardo is the only part of the island left unblemished by the catastrophic Ionian earthquake of 1953. In the following half century, the preserved Venetian architecture has proved a beacon for the rich and famous around the globe, earning the town the nickname of the ‘St. Tropez of Greece‘. Wander among the opulent marina and you’ll soon see why.

Katelios is the place to be if you enjoy scenic walks – and in Kefalonia, we’re talking seriously scenic! There’s many different trails that will take you among lemon and olive groves, and through the luscious green hills above the beaches. Plus, you’ll see tons of rare plants, wildlife and even turtles on your strolls.

Meanwhile, if you visit Kefalonia in the peak summer, there’s a good chance you’ll get to witness one of the island’s incredible historic festivals. The feast of the Assumption of Mary happens in August and you can head to the town of Markopoulo to witness the snake festival. On the 14th of the month, a sea of small, non-venomous snakes slithers towards the local chapel, where a banquet greets their arrival. This symbolic event kicks off a week of dancing, singing and feasting across the island. As a visitor you’ll be encouraged to touch the snakes – even put them on your head or chest, but if that’s a bit out your comfort zone, joining in for the signing and dancing is another way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Cheap holidays to Kefalonia don’t mean you have to miss out, there’s tons of things across the island that you can do and explore without breaking the bank. Get booking your trip today.