Famous for the exotic beaches and the picturesque seaside villages, Kefalonia is an island ideal for family and romantic holidays. Although it is a tourist developed island, it keeps intact its traditional style.
Things to see and do
The island of Kefalonia is one of the Greek islands of the Ionian Sea and it belongs to the Ionian islands group. The largest of the Ionian islands, located between Lefkada and Zante, Kefalonia island provides a wonderful place for family vacations. The exotic beaches are probably the top reason to visit Kefalonia, with the crystal blue water and the relaxing atmosphere. Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas and Skala are the nicest beaches, however visitors will also find numerous other gorgeous places to swim. Fiscardo, Argostoli and Assos are fine villages to walk around with traditional architecture, cosmopolitan style and delicious restaurants.
Interesting sightseeings on this Greek island include the cave of Drogarati with the interesting stalactites and stalagmites, the lake cave of Melissani, the Medieval Castles of Saint George and Assos and the lovely monasteries scattered in the inland. On the southern part of Kefalonia island, there is Mount Ainos with the distinctive dark fir forest that has been declared National Park. This guide of Kefalonia offers all useful information about vacations there. Due to its location, Kefalonia can be combined with holidays to other Greek islands, including Lefkada, Corfu, Ithaca and Zante.
Because of its large size, Kefalonia has many tourist places with a wide variety of accommodation. The larger towns of Kefalonia, Argostoli and Lixouri, have nice city hotels, but the majority of accommodation is concentrated in the coastal regions. On the southern side of Kefalonia, Skala, Sami, Lourdas, Lassi and Svoronata have many hotels in close distance to the beach.
Most accommodations on the northern side are found in Fiscardo and Assos, while nice places to stay in the peninsula of Lixouri is the beach of Xi. Generally accommodations in Kefalonia are family and traditional venues. Few resorts have upscale facilities, like pools, jacuzzi and spa treatments. Nice private villas with view to the Ionian Sea are also found, particularly in the region between Skala and Poros.
Highlights in Kefalonia
Myrtos is the most photographed beach in Kefalonia. Famous for its exotic waters with the different shades of blue, this is a fabulous place to spend a day at the sun.
Located on the northern side of Kefalonia, Fiscardo is a lovely port village surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous beaches. Its port receives many private yachts in summer.
Assos is a lovely seaside village with colorful houses and a strong Venetian castle on top. Its fishing port is lined up with cozy cafeterias and restaurants.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Kefalonia, Antisamos is a large bay with much greenery. The beach is partly organized with a water sports centre and a beach bar.
The wonderful beach of Lourdas is located on the southern side of Kefalonia. With crystal and shallow waters, this is a popular family place on the island.
In short drive from Sami is the wonderful lake cave of Melissani, discovered accidentally after an earthquake. Small boats make the tour of the cave.
The cave of Drogarati is located a short drive from Sami and makes an impressive sight with stalactites and stalagmites. This cave has wonderful acoustics.
On the south eastern side of Kefalonia is the beach of Skala, a large coast with both organized and unorganized parts. Skala is a popular tourist place on the island.
On a hill top above the village of Peratata, there is a large Medieval Castle with great view to Levatho Valley and the Ionian Sea. It is known as the Castle of Saint George.
Diving is gradually developing in Kefalonia over the last years. Particularly on the northern side of the island, there are many interesting reefs and diving spots to explore.