Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian group of islands. Lying midway between Corfu and Zakynthos, it is an island that rewards exploration many times over with its dramatic scenery, distinctive traditions, fine beaches, and unspoiled way of life. The sheer variety Kefalonia offers the visitor is one reason why so many return.
The Kefalonian landscape is stunning. Mountains soar to over 1600 metres; beaches range from long stretches of the finest golden sand to tiny white-pebble coves; pine forests swathe the hillsides; whilst in the fertile valleys, olive and citrus are cultivated. The whole is lapped by the bluest of seas. like all the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is at its best in the springtime and early summer when the wild flowers are literally brilliant.
Holidays In Kefalonia
There is so much to see on the island that car hire is almost essential at some stage as the local bus services are limited. Sleepy Agia Efimia on the north-east coast remains authentically Greek. It has some fine tavernas and a good choice of sheltered, pretty pebble beaches nearby. It is close to the small town of Sami, from where the ferry-boat runs to Ithaca.
The north-western coastal road is currently closed for repair (entailing a detour via the hill villages) but when open it reveals dizzy vistas of cliff and sea, the classic view being of glistening Myrtos Beach far below. (Watch out for goats on the road here!).
Assos in the north-west is another photo-stop with village, small beach and crumbling Venetian Fortress on the pine clad hillside opposite guarding the pretty bay. On the northern tip is the chocolate-box fishing village of Fiscardo, facing Ithaca.
The south is dominated by Mount Aenos, the highest peak on the island, although the coastal views here are gentler. A myriad of small villages skirts the lower slopes of the mountain, and the road eventually brings you to the burgeoning resort of Scala with its long sandy beach. The capital, Argostoli, is a modern, bustling town with wide streets lined with palms, a wonderful main square and some excellent restaurants. The museum here is worth visiting.
Kefalonia’s second town (and Argostoli’s arch rival), Lixouri, lies across the strait and is best reached by one of the frequent ferry boats which ply between the two. Elsewhere there are underground caves to explore, hidden monasteries to seek out, and numerous simple village tavernas to sample (along with the excellent local wine!).
Of course, beaches are never far away, but we stress that Kefalonia should be explored to get the most from your holiday.
Saturday day flight from Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester to Kefalonia. Then 30 - 90 mins by coach or taxi.
We can arrange prebooked car hire in Kefalonia and motorboats from Fiscardo. Please note that due to high delivery charges, we recommend car hire for Fiscardo and Assos is booked from/to the airport. If required for only part of your holiday then it is best to book locally through our representative.
Our resident representatives are based in Argostoli and Fiscardo - they visit all our resort areas.
Holiday Tips from local representative, Carole Fortune:
- St George's Castle area: Kastro / Agios Yiorgios (The Castle of St George) provided a safe haven against pirate attacks and was the Venetian capital of Kefalonia until 1757. Re-opened in 2002 after several years of substantial renovation, it’s well worth a visit. Although the remains are only ruins they are largely Venetian it is almost certain that they dates back to the Byzantine era and maybe before that. Natural growth has been allowed throughout the ruins making a beautiful sight, especially when the wild flowers are in season. The views from the Kastro down to the now capital Argostoli and across to the Lixouri peninsula are fantastic. Another special treat is the small taverna just outside the gates of the castle. Called Kastro after the castle itself it is a true gem of a find. The hosts Nicky and her husband Spiros are truly charming and they fully appreciate that you may need a glass of water after walking around the castle in the heat of the day and that is what they will present you with on your arrival before anything else. A local family run business, where I have to say the homemade cakes are to die for!! Even Spiros’ mum is involved, she sells lace that she has made in the taverna as well.
- Mount Enos: The 3rd highest mountain in Greece. Standing 1623m above sea level the mountain, sprawling the south of Kefalonia is amazing. The width often distracts from the height and until you visit the top of the mountain it is hard to visualize how tall it actually is. The area of Mount Enos is National Parkland and therefore protected and maintained. A picnic area can be found amongst the woodland. Driving to the submit you may be lucky enough to pass the wild horses that live on the mountain. The views from the peak are second to none, views down onto the south of Kefalonia and also views across to the eastern side of the island. The air is also completely different at the top, very clean and fresh, ideal when it just gets too hot down on the beach!! In the winter the mountain is always covered in snow, again hard to imagine when you are there in the heat of the summer.