Holidays in Kefalonia
Kefalonia draws many visitors to its shores because of its unspoiled natural beauty. The fertile green slopes of its mountains, pristine fine sand or small pebble beaches and crystal clear warm Ionian Sea, make Kefalonia special. The largest of the islands, Kefalonia is part of the Ionian Islands, the only island group lying in the Ionian Sea, and sitting between Zante and Lefkada.
The Ionian Islands are located close to the Central Greece and enjoy a mild, pleasant climate throughout the year. The mountains of central Greece provide much needed protection from the cold northern winds during the winter whilst summers are warm with gentle sea breeze.
The island was the memorable setting for the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin movie which was filmed in the summer of 2000 - and with almost guaranteed sunshine, excellent water sport, fabulous Greek food and well-known Greek hospitality, it is no surprise that Kefalonia has captured hearts of many holidaymakers over the years.
250km of pristine coastline, interesting sights, pretty beaches, magnificent mountains and rich cultural heritage are hugely important - but what really makes Kefalonia unique is the local people and their genuine hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble, and the islanders happily share their stories and introduce their beautiful island to holidaymakers.
Argostali is the lively capital of Kefalonia. It is built ‘amphitheatrically’ with a gorgeous view of the Koutavous lagoon. This modern city has many neoclassical buildings, buzzing squares, churches and outstanding cultural activities. The Archaeological Museum and the Folklore and History Museums are worth a visit whilst in Argostali - as well as the Napier Garden, which was aptly named after British Governor Napier.
The Enos Forest National Park is home to Mount Ainos, which at 1,600m is the highest mountain in the area and is well-known for its dense Kefalonian fir trees. In the west of the island at Assos are the ruins of a 16th century once a magnificent Venetian castle. Al-fresco summer concerts are held in the cave at Drogorati near Sami - which without a doubt is a unique setting with excellent acoustics. The town of Voskopoula is famous for its handmade boiled sweets - and other famous Kefalonian produces include cheese, pastries and almond cake.
Although the resorts have numerous tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants with a fabulous range of culinary delights from freshly caught and simply cooked fish to surprising crisp wine from the island’s vineyards, Kefalonia lacks lively nightlife. Some of the larger resorts have nightclubs, but generally the nightlife could be described as low-key with relaxing tavernas at the waterfront.
Some of Kefalonia’s beaches, such as Scala, have been awarded a ‘Blue Flag’ for their cleanliness and the facilities that are on offer. The orange coloured beach at Amnos features very shallow water making it fantastic for families with younger children. The village of Fiscardo is said to be the most beautiful in Kefalonia - and the only one to remain intact during the earthquake in 1953. It is a picturesque fishing community which oozes peace and tranquillity.
This lively and popular resort is a hot holiday spot for both families and couples. Magnificent white sandy beaches, an array of water-sports and plenty of entertainment on offer Lassi is a perfect resort for a relaxing and fun-packed holiday. There is no shortage of shops, bars, tavernas and restaurants, but if you are in the mood for more sophistication Argostoli is a 15 minutes drive away.
1hr (by taxi)
A spectacular backdrop of mountain scenery complemented by 6kms of sandy/shingle beach are the hallmark of Skala. A small but still lively resort surrounded by pine-scented forests, there's a good selection of shops, restaurants, bars and tavernas. Charming, traditional and simply breathtaking can best describe Skala.
1hr 30.ms (by taxi)
Retaining its original charm and character Fiscardo is not an over-developed resort. Amazingly beautiful and embraced in lush green forests contrasted with the blue-green waters of the sea, many of its beautiful beaches are only accessible by sea making this part of Kefalonia so unique. The picturesque and colourful harbour is dotted with chic restaurants, bars cafes and shops and although the resort gets busy in high season, this place manages to keep its magic. Foki bay, a pleasant 20 minutes walk from the harbour is one of the few beaches where you can actually access without taking a boat to get to the beach.
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What To See
Kefalonia Greece is one of the most popular destinations of the Ionian Islands and sits off the west coast of mainland Greece, surrounded by the Ionian Sea.
Kefalonia is served by Kefalonia Airport.
Kefalonia is home to a glorious Mediterranean climate, perfect for relaxing on the golden sandy beaches or taking a dip in the sea.
· A large island, Kefalonia has diverse and impressive scenery. The unusual shape of the island is formed due to its many bays and inlets.
·The northern coastline has small and clean, pebble beaches while the southern coastline is long and sandy.
·Kefalonia is a great island for walking, cycling and horse riding.
·Water sports like scuba diving and sea kayaking are also very popular on the island
·St George castle, Assos castle and the monasteries and churches are worth a visit.
Currency: € Euros
Local time: GMT/BST +3
Local airport: Kefalonia
Flight time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Fiscardo is a picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village on the Northern tip of Kefalonia, largest of the seven Ionian islands.
Lixouri is the second largest town on Kefalonia and lies on a peninsula built around a port and opposite the towns of Argostoli and Lassi. In the south of Lixouri is a small cove with a stunning sandy beach with all the essential facilities you will need, making it a very popular destination
Skala is one of Kefalonia’s most popular resorts, the 4km stretch of golden sand is perfect to take a strol or simply soack up the sun. There are a range of watersports on offer and the resort has enough bars, restuarants and shopping facilities to make evenings memorable.
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