Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian group of islands. Its beautiful and much photographed beaches may not come as a surprise and you may have heard of its scenic pine clad mountains, you may already be familiar with Greek hospitality and perhaps have experience of the Mediterranean climate but this is one island that far exceeds its reputation and really is as pretty as a picture or should we say the picture.
Opportunities for cycling, walking, windsurfing, riding and caving will keep the active busy. But if you prefer to explore in a more leisurely manner then regular pleasure boats make the short ‘hop’ over to the mythical Island of Ithaca or go ‘island hopping’ taking in Lefkas, Meganissi and Skorpidi (owned by the Onassis family). If you get hooked by seafaring then you can hire a small boat and take off to discover your own beach. By car you can drive between pine clad hillsides where monasteries dot the countryside or along scenic coastal routes stopping at picturesque harbours where yachts gently bob at anchor and pastel tinted houses line the quaysides.more +
The island is a natural wonderland; home to wild horses that roam the natural park on the slopes of Mount Aenos, its highest mountain, and nesting ground to loggerhead turtles that come to bury their eggs in the soft warm sand of its beaches. There are underground lakes and limestone caves and all along its 250 kms of coast where azure sea meets limestone cliffs or pine clad hills in a wash of turquoise at an abundance of small undeveloped bays.
Many of the long sandy south and east coast beaches have grown into small and sophisticated beach resorts but with no building over 3 stories permitted, tourism has been contained, maintaining a pleasant laid back atmosphere.
For those with an interest in the past, Kefalonia has a diverse history which can be explored in the Museum in Argostoli the capital and whilst there, the walk across the 900 m bridge to Drapano is a must or the short ferry ride across to the Lixouri peninsular from which you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins in the bay. Stop for a coffee or something more substantial at one of the tavernas on the elegant waterfront or amongst the palm tree lined streets.
The Kefalonians themselves are known for their hospitality so that wherever you go you’ll be greeted by a hardly discernable nod of the head and a ‘yassou’ and very soon you’ll find yourself answering and relaxing into the Greek way of life.
This picturesque Venetian fishing harbour has, of recent years, become a fashionable stopping point for some of the smarter pleasure boats sailing the Ionian. Fishing boats, selling freshly caught fish in the mornings will be seen tied up cheek by jowl along the harbour front with the most indulgent of sailing boats, play things of the rich and occasionally, famous .
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A laid back seaside village with a gently shelving sand and pebble beach, known for its excellent choice of fish tavernas.
The village settles into the bottom of a wide south facing valley that runs down to the coast, where fertile fields yield a variety of fruit and vegetables. As the valley runs into the sea there's a scattering of private Villas and houses, spread out across the valley floor. A quiet resort in the evening where trawling the beachside road to select a table at a taverna is the predominant activity, during the day visitors swell the number of holidaymakers brought in by car, a local bus and a water taxi service from Skala to enjoy the pretty bay....More about Katelios >>
Lakithra is one of a network of small villages and hamlets strung along a hillside clothed in olive and lemon trees overlooking the west coast. Not just a tourist village, although there are a couple of small hotels and a few villas but home to many and thus a thriving village. It�s just a ten minute drive into Argostoli...More about Lakithra >>
It's easy to see why this village, amongst the pine trees on the foothills of Mount Aenos and overlooking a beautiful sandy beach, has grown of recent years into a select holiday resort. With a handful of tavernas offering traditional Greek hospitality...More about Lourdas >>
This small seaside town has been a main port of call from ancient times to the present day for ships & boats. Sami has grown to be a favourite spot for yachts to pull into it�s harbour after having a lovely sail around the Sami Bay with Ithaki to one side and the tree clad mountains surrounding....More about Sami >>
An exceedingly pleasant and laid back family resort with an excellent choice of tavernas and bars, the village of Skala is in the south east of the island. On the outskirts of the village itself a grove of shady pine trees...More about Skala >>
Cape Liakas extends to south of the island, finishing in white limestone cliffs that plunge down into the Ionian sea in a kaleidoscope of shades of blue from the palest turquoise to the deepest cobalt . Atop, the land is a fertile landscape of lemon trees and olive groves, with occasional church bell towers punctuating the skyline...More about Spartia >>