Peaceful beaches and a rugged natural landscape
Flights from UK airports to Kefalonia will have you in the air for around three and a half hours, so you could be heading to golden beaches in no time.
There’s only one word to describe holidays in Kefalonia – easy-going. It didn’t really shoot onto the holiday radar until the release of the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin took place here. With beautiful beaches, bustling squares and nature parks, Kefalonia features activities that are best floated between, taken at the slow pace this laid-back island has grown accustomed to.
For the most versatile of last minute holidays, there are resorts like Lixouri, the second biggest on the island. While staying here gives you access to its cafe-lined square and beaches, you’re also just across the bay from the museums of Kefalonia’s capital Argostoli. Skala was once a fishing village now known for its Blue Flag award-winning beach, while no-fuss Katelios is blanketed with pine trees and cut with trails through olive groves.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Our deals are constantly on the move, which means we’ve always a great deal lurking around the corner. If it’s serious sunshine you’re after, you’ll want to stick to summers in Kefalonia, though it’s worth nothing that this little Greek island sees warmth even in the winter. To book a last minute holiday, it’s recommended you do so no farther in advance than eight weeks for the best deals, which leaves you booking either in April or May for summer holidays.
The off season here generally runs from October to May, where some restaurants and activities will shut down, but prices will dip and crowds are virtually non-existent. For deals this time of year, you’re best off waiting until September for early off season deals.
Other popular holidays in Kefalonia
If you love the idea of booking a last minute deal but are still weighing up your options, there are plenty of other places you’ll love in Greece. Take a look at similar destinations, like Halkidiki or Crete. Or if you’re set on a holiday to Kefalonia, take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect last minute holiday in the Mediterranean sun. Here are the top last minute Kefalonia hotels for you to check out.
This seaside hotel has all the vibes of an understated palace with a big pool scene lined with funky loungers. Grassy patches and palms make up the rest of the grounds, though the beach is about a minute away. On offer here are water polo and volleyball, plus a playground, souvenir shop and buffet restaurant. To make matters even simpler, transportation is included with holiday packages to the Kefalonia Palace, either by road or the ferry from Argostoli in the high season.
The Marietta Studios are a small, family-run property less than a 10-minute walk from Skala beach and even less to the resort's centre. It's located up on a hill, so the views are bound to be top notch. At this hotel, you've got a swimming pool and snack bar on hand, as well as the option to go Bed and Breakfast or Self Catering. The latter is made doable by the fact that each of the studios comes with a kitchenette.