Enjoy the Mediterranean sun for less
Not only is the stunning Greek island of Kefalonia a superb example of good value, it’s also just three and a half hours away via direct flights from UK airports.
The people of Kefalonia know they’ve got it good, but they’re willing to share it with you for surprisingly cheap. The purpose-built resort town of Lassi gives you sun, sea, sand and smiles, while Katelios boasts affordable cocktails by the shore, far from the crowds. These two locations – known for their laid-back quality of life – mean you can enjoy Kefalonia away from the standard tourism buzz.
True relaxation comes surprisingly cheap, especially if you visit the Blue Flag beach of Skala. It’s a dreamy destination during any season, but visit in springtime and you might meet the local loggerhead turtles who make cheap coastal days super cute.
Cheap days out in Kefalonia
A great way to spend time without spending money is to lounge on the beaches of Kefalonia. Lassi and Skala offer some of the best beaches on the island, together with family-run tavernas. Kefalonia’s status as Greece’s best kept secret island means prices for food and drink aren’t pumped up in the high season.
Further inland, nature trails wind from the coast of Katelios through lemon groves and past medieval churches and windmills. A visit here in mid-August lets you take part in the environmental festival, with quizzes, talks and walks that won’t break the bank, and plenty of interesting facts behind all this beauty. If coastal strolls are more your style, the boats and old fashioned buildings along the shoreline remind holidaymakers of the beginnings of Katelios as a fishing village. The catch of the day is often on the menu at fair prices, so fill up on fresh seafood in one of the seaside restaurants.
Other popular holidays in Greece
You won’t just find cheap holiday offerings in Kefalonia – Greece is bustling with affordable opportunities. Other islands like Crete and Corfu offer plenty of cheap holiday options. But if your heart is set on Kefalonia, take a look at our travel guide for more information on planning a budget trip to this slice of Greece. To get you started, here are three top choices for cheap hotels in Kefalonia.
Magnolia Resort in Katelios proves that an adults-only retreat can still allow you to stick to your budget. A big pool at the centre of the sun terrace garners the most attention, although you'll also get access to a sauna, spa and gym for no additional cost. Bed and Breakfast is the standard, so you're free to plan other meals to maximise your savings. With shops, cute local cafes and restaurants just 10 minutes' walk away, you've got plenty of freedom and a free lounge on the beach at your fingertips as well.