Luxury Kefalonia Holidays

Upmarket harbour towns and white-pebble beaches

Kefalonia

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. Scala, 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. 

Ellen Pickover

When visiting Kefalonia, I would recommend hiring a car and exploring some of the beautiful beaches the island has to offer. My personal favourite was Myrtos Beach, a picture-perfect, semi-circular beach with crystal-clear waters - perfect for paddling and relaxing in the afternoon sun. Make sure you stop to take a picture of the dramatic scenery and coastline before or after your visit to the beach from the road above.

Destinations in Kefalonia
Fiskardo
Stylish Fiskardo crowns the northern tip of Kefalonia, where the coastline wriggles around a smart fishing harbour, historic lighthouses and pint-sized beaches. It’s all sequestered behind green pine forests.
Lassi
Lassi stars some of the best beaches in Kefalonia. In fact, it was the island’s original beach resort, springing up just south of the capital, Argostoli, back in the 1980s. 
Scala
Scala sits in the south-east of Kefalonia. The sand-side hotels and bars of the beach are the main event, but there’s also an old town tucked away in the hills.

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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Kefalonia is around 3 hours. 

When to go

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.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece. 

Tipping

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. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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Our pick of the top hotels in Kefalonia
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Emelisse Art Hotel

Kefalonia, Fiskardo

Enalion Suites

Kefalonia, Lassi

Villa Costa

Kefalonia, Scala
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