Published on: 12 November 2014
Kefalonia, made famous as the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, is one of the most beautiful villa holiday settings in the Ionian Sea. With its supremely panoramic views from the towering Mount Énos, Kefalonia reveals a glimpse of paradise at every turn. From churches and monasteries perched precariously on cliff tops to secluded sandy coves and timeless, untouched villages - you’ll find an abundance of spectacular scenery, traditional tavernas, perfumed pine forests, stunning white beaches and warm, friendly Greek Island hospitality. Along with all of this, the idyllic island of Ithaka lies off Kefalonia's north-eastern coast, ideal for a multi-centre holiday or to spend the day visiting.Learn more about Kefalonia »
Trapezaki, the perfect place for a laid-back, away-from-it-all holiday. Set in beautiful countryside halfway between the resorts of Lassi and Skala, our villas are located on a hill surrounded by olive groves.17 villas 35mins Kefalonia
Around Skala, you will find some of the best beaches on Kefalonia - with golden sand stretching along the coast, backed by lush pine trees - it’s even possible to find a spot almost to yourself.12 villas 55mins Kefalonia
Set on the south coast of the island, between the airport and St Thomas, the pretty little village of Spartia is slightly inland from the coast where our villas are located.10 villas 20mins Kefalonia
Sitting along the fantastically scenic coastline and flourishing countryside is the traditional village of Svoronata. Enjoy the convenient location between the equally lovely villages of St Thomas and Lassi.9 villas 10mins Kefalonia
The unspoilt fishing village of Katelios is perched on the south coast of the island retaining its traditional Greek charm with its small harbour welcoming boats of all shapes and sizes.7 villas 45mins Kefalonia
The small, secluded resort of Lourdas lies on a steep hill below rugged Mount Aenos, with stunning views out to the sea and over to Zakynthos, which along with Ithaca is easily accessible by boat.6 villas 30mins Kefalonia
The charming fishing village and harbour of Sami, lies on the east coast of Kefalonia and is the gateway to the mythical island of Ithaka which sits in directly opposite.6 villas 45mins Kefalonia
St Thomas provides a central location for those wishing to explore the south of the island. You will find several local tavernas and mini-markets scattered around the surrounding countryside.5 villas 25mins Kefalonia
Aghia Kyriaki is a small hillside village presenting excellent seascape and countryside views. Just a five minute drive down the coast is the upbeat resort of Lassi, offering a selection of bars and tavernas.3 villas 15mins Kefalonia
The rural area of Antipata offers a tranquil villa holiday location just five minutes’ drive from Fiskardo - a beautiful harbour town adorned with pastel coloured restaurants and tavernas.2 villas 1hr Kefalonia
Nestled within the hills a few kilometres above Fiskardo, the quaint, low key village of Matsoukata enjoys a peaceful setting amongst olive groves and cypress trees.2 villas 1hr Kefalonia
The small village of Minies is conveniently located only a short drive from the airport in the south of the island and therefore ideal for those looking for a short transfer from the airport.2 villas 5mins Kefalonia
Mounda is a little sandy beach nestled on the outskirts of Skala and close to the small village of Ratzakli backing onto groves and lush green countryside.2 villas 45mins Kefalonia
Situated in the northernmost part of the island, the enchanting, picturesque fishing village of Fiskardo captivates visitors with its fabulous, pastel coloured tavernas and cafés lining the harbour promenade.1 villa 1hr Kefalonia
Katsarata is a tiny rural village just outside Fiskardo, an enchanting picturesque fishing village, which captivates its visitors with fabulous pastel coloured tavernas and cafes lining the harbour’s promenade.1 villa 1hr Kefalonia
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Kefalonia. Find the perfect villa below:
St. Thomas, Kefalonia
Aghia Kyriaki, Kefalonia
St. Thomas, Kefalonia
St. Thomas, Kefalonia
St. Thomas, Kefalonia
Kefalonia boasts some of the best beaches in the Greek Islands, with waters considered amongst the cleanest in the world. Explore the picturesque golden sandy shores and vertical cliffs in the north of the island on your villa holiday. Secluded sandy coves offer beautiful views over small bays to the west, while many of Kefalonia’s Blue Flag beaches offer clean, well-organised facilities ideal for a family holiday. Drive around the coast, especially the east and stumble across small beaches scattered amongst rocks and trees, under the main coastal road.
Acres of inland forest-covered mountains provide captivating views of Kefalonia and its stunning scenery, neighbouring Greek Island Zakynthos can even be spotted on a clear blue-sky day. Spend the day visiting tiny isolated beaches and coves all along Kefalonia’s pretty coastline on a boat trip, observe the sea-turtles nesting on the beach and visit natural wonders like sinkholes that make sea water disappear then reappear across the island. Horseback riding is found at several holiday resorts, as well as watersports facilities, cycle hire and bird watching hotspots.
Archaeological finds suggest that humans have lived in Kefalonia since Neolithic times 7,000 years ago. For the explorer, many ancient sites of unrivalled beauty still reside here. These range from Venetian fortresses and monasteries, Byzantine churches and underground Mycenaean tombs dating back to 1200 BC, to the remains of a Roman villa and its fascinating mosaics from the second century AD. More recently, visitors flock to this Greek Island for its connection to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – the book and subsequent film, inspired by World War II.
Much of the busy nightlife in Kefalonia is concentrated in the main holiday resort of Lassi and the island’s capital, Argostoli, where the central square is lined with many restaurants, cafés and bars and on a warm summer night, local people take their traditional evening walk here. Kefalonia’s larger harbour side resorts also offer bustling entertainment, including traditional dancing and live Greek music – a good way to observe the local way of life on your villa holiday. In the smaller, more rural villages you’ll find local tavernas and nightspots offering a quieter, relaxing and romantic evening retreat.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Whether swimming in the sea or sunbathing on the sand, take advantage of a property located close to the beach.View Villas
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
Enjoy a location close to the heart of the action with plenty of amenities nearby, perfect if you prefer not to hire a car.View Villas
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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