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The biggest of the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia was catapulted to fame in the movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Take just a look at Kefalonia and you will see why its landscape was so deserving of the Hollywood attention and why Kefalonia holidays are so popular. Tree-covered hills loom over vast vineyards, and honey-coloured sand is lapped by turquoise water.
Skala, in the island’s south-east, is the leader far as the holiday resorts are concerned. Its long sweeping beach is backed by pine trees, and its nightlife is among the most vibrant on the island. Futher west is the popular Lourdas where life revolves around the quiet main square, and the village is fringed by more than 3 kilometres (2 miles) of coastline. Then there is Lassi, where people go from far and wide to watch spectacular sunsets.
Wherever you stay, the island’s main attractions are all within day-trip distance on holidays in Kefalonia. Do not miss Myrtos Bay, a spectacular chalk-white beach which the team behind Captain Corelli’s Mandolin could not resist putting in the movie.
Kefalonia’s hottest month is July with average temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) and the coldest is January at 9 degrees Celsius (48 Fahrenheit) with the most sunshine hours daily at 14 in July. The best month for swimming in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit).
There is a good reason the purpose-built town of Lassi has become most popular spot of Kefalonia holidays. It has excellent sandy beaches and a main street filled with restaurants and bars, all excursions start and stop from here, making it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the island. It is just 3 kilometres 1.8 miles from the island’s capital, Argostoli.
Skala has transformed from small fishing village to modern seaside town. There are cafes, restaurants and tavernas along the main street, which leads to a long sandy beach. Roman ruins nearby include a 7th century BC Temple of Apollo.
Svoronata on the south-west coast is set among the Livathos region’s lush valleys and rolling hills. The village has kept much of its old-world charm, so it should be definitely visited on holidays to Kefalonia. Homely holiday villas stand on the outskirts, surrounded by olive groves and fruit orchards.
Fiscardo on the northern tip of Kefalonia is known as the St Tropez of Greece. The likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Demi Moore have been spotted here and it Fiskardo’s beauty and history that attracts the A-list.
Kefalonia is the largest Ionian island and with that comes a wealth of things to see and do on holidays in Kefalonia.
Kefalonia is home to diverse and dramatic scenery such as underground lakes and caves saturated in both Greek mythology and contemporary culture. Cave Drogarati’s incredible acoustics and its sheer size offers a surreal experience for up to 500 people during musical events held inside its special chamber. Mount Ainos is home to some of Greece’s most incredible mountain caves, as well as wildlife and scenery. The mountain is perfect for hiking and exploring its forest on Kefalonia holidays.
Visit the island’s many wonderful bays and inlets which help to form Kefalonia’s unusual shape. The northern coastline is rocky small and clean, pebbled beaches, while those on the southern shores are long swathes of sand.
Hire a car, Kefalonia is just waiting for you to explore it and with a decent road network the island is perfect for driving.
With the Greek islands of Ithaca, Lefkas and Zante nearby, you can board a ferry, motor-boat, or yacht to explore other Ionian shores during your holidays to Kefalonia. Or if you just want to unwind Kefalonia’s gorgeous beaches await.
Do not miss a traditional ‘kantada night’ where you can eat and drink at seafront tavernas, accompanied by folk songs and mandolin melodies. Homemade pies are Kefalonia’s speciality and signature dish: freshly baked spinach pies, meat pies, and the local favourite cod-pie, bakaliaropita, will make your taste buds dance. For a real culinary treat, head to the village of Fiskardo in the north; yachts from across the globe drop anchor here in order to try garido-makaronada made with spaghetti, giant prawns all bound together with a sundried tomato and ouzo sauce.