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Family Holidays to Kefalonia

Families head to Kefalonia for peaceful and indulgent breaks amid the stunning scenery. Activities allow you to be at one with nature and embrace the seas, before heading back to your hotel to relax.

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The luxuries of Kefalonia are just as accessible to families

One of the closest Greek islands, Kefalonia can be reached in under three and a half hours. After that transfers will take around an hour and a half to the family resorts of Skala, Sami and Lixouri, with an exciting ferry ride to get to Lixouri if you don't want to drive around the peninsula.

In the south of the island, Skala has one of Kefalonia's best beaches – a three-kilometre sand and shingle strip, plus the ruins of a 3rd-century BCE Roman Villa. Sami in the east is a pretty town with a working port and natural caves to visit, and is famed for being close to the beach featured in the film, Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Then on a peninsula to the west is Lixouri, the second largest town in Kefalonia, with views across the bay to the capital Argostoli. There's more to do here and a plentiful supply of tavernas. What all Kefalonia's family-focused resorts have in common is the high quality hotels, with a large proportion being 5* rated.

Best family friendly beaches

Starting with the best known beach in Kefalonia – Antisamos Beach – in a bay just east of Sami, is where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed in 2001 and is a long, scenic sand and pebble number. The Monastery of Agrillion up on the hill is worth a visit, as is Aghia Efimia Beach and Monastery to the north.

Skala in the south has one of best Blue Flag beaches on the island. The three kilometres of sand and some shingle is quiet as there aren't many watersports, but there are a few cafes and plenty of sunloungers and parasols. The nearby conservation area of Potamaki Beach is home to rare loggerhead turtles.

Though the Lixouri area isn't so well-known for its beaches, red sand Xi Beach – so called due to its X-shaped cove – has shallow waters and watersports, or Lepeda Beach to the south of town has a secret church carved into a cave.

Best family activities in Kefalonia

As a large town, Lixouri has plenty of things to do to keep the family amused. Among its museums are those on archaeology and folklore, you can explore the ancient at the Monastery of Ki Poureon or nature at the bird sanctuary.

Sami also has a number of monasteries at hand, but it's the geological features here that make it a unique place to visit. Drogkarati Caves are thought to be over 150 million years old and house a concert hall. In nearby Karavomilos is Melissani Lake within an underground cave that you can take rowing boat tours over, or for overground boat trips head to the lakes of Karavomilos. Skala in the south is much quieter but a must-do experience is a night-time organised turtle watch on Potamaki Beach.

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If you're thinking of taking a family holiday in Greece but not sure which island to choose, then read our guides to Kos, Corfu and Crete. Or if you're set on the luxurious destination of Kefalonia, take a look at our comprehensive Kefalonia travel guide or find out about three of its excellent 5* family hotels below.

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