From deep oxblood-reds to zesty citrus yellows to luscious rainforest greens, this small village in the south of Kefalonia is incredibly easy on the eye. Split your time between Karavados' traditional town and its hidden beaches – and save a few days for venturing out to Zante and Argostoli.
From snorkelling with turtles to partying like a Greek, the small town of Karavados is waiting for you to discover its secrets. Located among the sprawling pine forests and citrus groves of south Kefalonia, this traditional Greek town is postcard-perfect. Enjoy its tiny tavernas and rustic houses, and make sure to explore its mountains, plains, and miles of coastline.
Time it right for wine!
Try to plan your visit for the end of August, where you can join in with the region's Robola Wine Festival. The celebration of Kefalonia's adored white wine sees all the local farmers and producers get together for free tastings, huge spreads of food, and dancing all through the night. The main festival happens in Fragata, a 20-minute drive from Karavados.
Get acquainted with turtles
If you're in Karavados between June and August, head to nearby Agios Thomas Beach to meet the local celebrities. Loggerhead turtles swim through on their way to Trapezaki Beach, giving you the perfect opportunity to see the brilliant aquatic animals. Back on the beach, don't settle for staying on the first cove you get to. Follow the path to the end, and you'll find a hidden beach with its own sun loungers and parasols. If you're up for more of an adventure, pack sturdy shoes and keep walking west – at low tide you'll stumble across a coastline that resembles something from another galaxy.
Join the party
After spending tranquil days relaxing in Karavados, party like the Greeks at night at the nearby town of Lassi. This big resort town takes 15 minutes to drive to, and there are plenty of taxis to hire. Live music and energetic dancing spill out of the tavernas and bars, while a number of more chilled-out venues offer solo guitarists and a more casual mood.
Commit to a cave adventure
Karavados is perfectly placed for a day trip Zante. Take the 10-minute drive to Pesada then jump on a ferry over to Agios Nikolas. This peaceful harbour has a pebble beach and a range of tavernas serving delicious food. Plus, if you want to explore the famous Blue Caves you'll find many trips departing from here. The bright-white sea arches and glittering aquamarine waters of the Blue Caves are one of the island's most popular sites.
How to get to Karavados
Kefalonia International Airport – 5.6 miles
Take a taxi or rented car from Kefalonia Airport, and you'll be in Karavados in 15 minutes.