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Kefalonia Holidays

Bursting into your holiday daydreams with a dazzling display of colour, Kefalonia's heart-stealing hues are Hollywood-approved. From secret sandy spots lapped by bluer than blue waters, to showstopping scenery blanketed by bright green forests, spark your wanderlust with this bonafide summer blockbuster!

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Holidays in Kefalonia

Azure waters and towering, limestone cliffs at Myrtos Beach

Mediterranean A-listers, the Greek Islands are used to their fair share of attention. Gracing the covers of travel brochures and topping most bucket lists, their holiday-royalty reign shows no sign of slowing down – and Kefalonia is no exception. Its concoction of carefree charm, ancient treasures and cinematic good looks are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Although thanks to the islands generous size, there's no evidence of crowds, even in the summer months!

Famed for its collection of pinch-me perfect coastal creations, your eyes won't quite believe what they're seeing. Jaw-dropping aquamarine waters lap playfully at golden sands, while secret coves are backed by gravity-defying cliffs soaring skywards. A tried and tested recipe for holiday relaxation, it doesn't get much better than sinking your toes into this exotic slice of paradise.

Spoiler alert! Kefalonia's beauty isn't strictly reserved to sun-drenched shorelines. Venture inland and you'll discover historical hot spots, timeless towns and hills carpeted in sweet-smelling pines. From the depths of eerily beautiful underground lakes to the hallowed heights of majestic Mount Ainos, your holiday to-do list can be as action-packed or laid-back as you like.

Weather

One day melts into the next on this gorgeous Grecian beauty. Delightful 30°C highs mean July and August are heaven for beach bums and sun-seeking sightseers. Roll out your towel and bask under blue skies, or paddle in crystal-clear waters that are near bath-like temperatures. There's no dipping your big toe in first here, so stride into that tide! May to June and September to October are kept refreshingly cool by coastal breezes, offering idyllic climes for lovers of the great outdoors. Highs can vary from 22°C - 27°C depending which month you visit.

Things to do in Kefalonia

Glittering aquamarine waters at Melissani Cave as the sun pours through the cave's collapsed ceiling

The swoon-worthy star of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, this Ionian idyll will have you head over heels in no time. With a whole host of hidden gems waiting in the wings, outdoor enthusiasts, water babies and culture vultures are all well catered for. Beyond its blissful beaches, Kefalonia showcases a medley of must-see natural attractions. Mythical Melissani Lake is among the most iconic, wowing visitors with its dazzling display of blues and greens. Take a boat tour onto the water and you'll feel like you're floating in your very own fairy tale. Stalactites accessorise the underground cavern, while golden rays of sunlight filter through its collapsed ceiling, illuminating the incredible scene.

Nature lovers will delight over the islands wonderfully wild interior. Mount Ainos is the ultimate playground for outdoor adventures, so dust off your hiking boots and set out on enchanting trails that scale the side of Kefalonia's tallest peak. Your walking efforts will be rewarded with first-class views across the Ionian Sea to Zakynthos, Lefkas, Ithika and Peloponnese. If the paradisiacal panoramas leave you staring longingly into the distance, then succumb to seduction and set sail for Ithaka. Near mystical in its ability to slow time, this lovely little islet is where you'll drift deep into holiday bliss.

Bougainvillea decorates the dining area of a traditional taverna in the village of Assos

Traditional villages and time-honoured towns are part and parcel of any authentic Greek Island experience. Wander through waterside works of art, where natural harbours are lined by candy-coloured houses, huddled in a cauldron of sloping hillsides. Sprinkled with swaying palms and cypress trees, there are few spots as sweet as achingly beautiful Assos. Oozing with character, this get-away-from-it-all peninsula is postcard-perfect. Stroll along the bay and gaze at boats bobbing hypnotically on the waves or find a patio café perch and watch as world goes by. The ruins of a 15th Century Venetian castle dominate a nearby rocky outcrop, boasting breathtaking views back across to Assos.

Of course if all else fails, there's always the promise of lazy days spent lounging by your own private pool…

Best Beaches in Kefalonia

Kefalonia's captivating coastline is undoubtedly the top traveller draw to this idyllic island. Countless coves, blissful bays and Blue Flag beauties line its shores – so rest assured, there's more than enough sand to go around! Switch off from the world next to sparkling seas, or settle in for an evening of second-to-none sunsets. From well-known seaside resorts, to off-the-beaten-track inlets best explored by boat, you'll be scratching your head as to how you'll fit it all in!

Newly hatched sea turtles make the journey from their nest to the sea

Award-winning Myrtos beach sets the scene with a pristine strip of powder-white sand and picturesque pebbles. Deep turquoise waters disappear into an endless horizon, while spectacularly steep cliffs stand proudly in the background. Nestled at the feet of two mountains, feel the wind in your hair as you cruise the winding road and drink in the dazzling views.

Trade the nature-focused north for the sought-after south and set your sights on the small fishing village of Skala. Stretching out for 7km, there's ample room for sunbathers, watersport aficionados and those simply looking for a little peace and quiet. Fantastic for families, you'll find a huge selection of first-class facilities are at your fingertips. Southern shores don't just play host to holidaymakers, so keep your eyes peeled for Loggerhead sea turtles who've come to lay their eggs. Sweeping sand dunes, a gentle incline and shallow waters make perfect conditions for little hatchlings – can you spot them making their way back to the water?

Dolling out unforgettable holiday moments left, right and centre – you'll soon see you're spoilt for choice by Kefalonia's blissful beaches. We've barely scratched the sandy surface, so take a closer look at the island's irresistible coastline with our handy guide…

Traditional Souvlaki, served with Tzatziki sauce

Eating in Kefalonia

Gorging in Greece is a given, especially seeing as it's not unheard of for people to eat five times a day here! Going hungry is off the table, so loosen those belt buckles and get ready for a multitude of Mediterranean masterpieces hot off the stove…

Mouth-watering mezes are a great way to try as many different flavours as possible. Tuck in to mountains of courgette balls, falafels and small keftedakia meatballs, as well as bolder culinary creations. Pull up a chair in traditional tavernas and mingle with some of the loveliest locals – where you'll also find the truest taste, authentic atmosphere and pocket-friendly prices. Freshly caught fish, scrumptious seasonable vegetables and melt in your mouth meats are among the main ingredients in Kefalonia's much-loved dishes. Famous cheeses often pop up on menus too, from feta to teleme, they're the perfect salad topping or side. For big eats, Souvlaki and Gyros are the food of the masses. Chow down on your favourite grilled meat skewered on a stick or stuffed into pitta-like wraps, it's no surprise this tasty treat is such a crowd pleaser.

If delightful desserts are what you've been holding out for, then Kefalonia doesn't disappoint. Satisfy your sweet tooth with beloved Baklava, a binge-worthy wonder made of nuts, butter and sugar. Crispy layers of phyllo pastry are doused in generous lashings of syrup, you'll start salivating just thinking about it… For something a little more familiar, look no further than Loukoumades. The name might sound a little strange, but this bad boy is the Greek take on a dessert-lovers favourite – the donut. These bite-size, golden balls of fried dough are just as addictive as you might imagine!

A winding coastal road on the Kefalonian coastline

Shopping in Kefalonia

If retail therapy is how you relax, then Kefalonia's capital, Argostoli has got you covered. The charming, pedestrianised street of Lithostroto is basically an outdoor shopping centre. Whether you're after artisan crafts, boutique clothes or unique jewellery pieces, there's a store or stall for almost anything you can imagine. Quintessential villages are where you'll find authentic local craft shops, stocked with one-of-a-kind finds and keepsakes. The busier seaside resorts of Skala and Lassi are specifically geared for tourists, with a mix of popular mini markets, home-made goods and souvenir hotspots.

Driving in Kefalonia

Road tripping and island living go hand in hand. (After all, it's hard to be care-free when you're car-less and relying on local transport.) Put yourself in the driving seat and make the most of Kefalonia's uncrowded roads and unspoiled scenery. With the freedom to explore as much or as little as you like, those four wheels will blow your ideal itinerary wide open. Go from ancient sights to romantic retreats, or 18th century Venetian villages to mountain trails all in a matter of hours. Whether you're chasing sunsets, hunting down beach hideaways or simply want to do things at your own pace, there's no better feeling than taking your holiday into your own hands.

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