Upmarket harbour towns and white-pebble beaches
Known as Captain Corelli’s Island, Kefalonia is a treasure chest of secret beaches, hidden coves, majestic mountains and picturesque countryside with a laid-back charm. There is something for all tastes and needs with exciting water sports and outdoor pursuits for adrenaline junkies, sand and pebble beaches for family swimming and paddling, and hideaway beach gems doted along the coastline for couples. Add to this year-round sunshine and holidays in Kefalonia provide the ideal opportunity to relax, unwind and get away from it all.
Enjoy a picnic in the poppy fields, or head to Fiskardo to experience a quaint fishing village with a main square and a few tavernas offering Greek specialities including Kefalonia Meat Pie and the fresh catch of the day. Popular Lassi attracts visitors to its golden sands and is also within easy reach of the island's southern capital Argostoli. Here there are underground lakes to be discovered, and Skala offers a pine-backed sand and shingle beach and lively nightlife with clubs and bars open into the early hours.
The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is renowned for providing the stunning backdrop in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin thanks to its powdery sands, azure waters and never-ending vineyards. Be sure not to miss the pristine white beach at Myrtos Bay and step back in time into the mesmerising Drogorati Caves. Sami and Lassi are a mecca for shopaholics while Fiskardo provides an oasis of luxury and sophistication. Stylish waterfront bars and eateries border a beautiful harbour full of priceless yachts, and from there you can either take a boat or stroll to uncover secret, tranquil coves where you can relax and watch the sunset.
If you fancy a spot of island hopping then neighbouring Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, is accessible from Fiskardo, where you can gain an insight into inspiring history and sample the sprinkling of local tavernas and shops. Our collection of luxury hotels in Kefalonia are fully equipped with stylish rooms, infinity pools, deluxe spas and landscaped gardens offering exceptional views of this beautiful island, in addition to warm Greek charm and hospitality.
Flight time from the UK to Kefalonia is around 3 hours.
Like the rest of the Greek islands, Kefalonia promises near-perfect beach weather. July and August are when the mercury reaches its peak, with temperatures often reaching the low 30s. For something a little cooler, you can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the early to mid-20s in May and October.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.