Upmarket harbour towns and white-pebble beaches
Kefalonia – Captain Corelli's island – is the biggest isle in the Ionian chain. Pebbled beaches and sandy bays skirt its edges, while inland you'll find dramatic mountains, rolling countryside and underground lakes.
Up in the north is fashionable Fiskardo. With its sophisticated bars and restaurants and a yacht-filled harbour (the jumping-off point for day trips to neighbouring Ithaca), it's Greece's answer to St Tropez. Take a boat a little way along the coast, though (or walk, if you’re feeling energetic) and you’ll find unspoilt coves to while away afternoons on.
On the west coast is Lassi, one of the island’s most popular holiday spots thanks to its sandy beaches and close proximity to Argostoli, Kefalonia’s southerly capital. Skala, is home to a generous sprinkling of restaurants and bars, and also has a beach worth mentioning – it's a long ribbon of sand and shingle.
Exclusive to Sovereign in the UK, the elegant Villa Costa is a small, family-run boutique hotel set in beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Within these tranquil surroundings, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation and bespoke service.
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.