Holidays in the Ionian’s largest and most diverse island.
ith bewitching turquoise and cerulean blue waters lapping up against white pebble beaches, and pine-scented limestone mountains slashed by lush, green fertile valleys, Kefalonia (Cephalonia) is the largest, and one of the most beautiful, of Greece's Ionian Islands. Plan your trip with our list of the top things to do on Kefalonia.
Unquestionably Kefalonia’s prettiest village, Fiskardo lies on the northeastern tip of the island and is the only settlement to have retained its 18th-century Venetian-style architecture from before the earthquake. Backed by a dense cypress glade and built around a sheltered bay, it is popular with sailing crews who moor up their yachts here on summer nights. Most of the houses around the harbor now host upmarket seafood eateries, cafés, and holiday homes.
Ássos is a peaceful little village on the island’s northwest coast, 10-kilometers from the popular village of Fiskardo. It is built on a causeway linking a hilly peninsula to the mainland. To reach it, you drive down a series of hairpin bends to where the village nestles in a quaint harbor, rimmed by seafood taverns. The peninsula is capped by the ruins of a 16th-century Venetian castle, which you can walk up to for a closer look (allow about 40 minutes), and there are a couple of pebble beaches close to the village, where you can swim.
One of the most photographed beaches in all of Greece is on Kefalonia. On the island’s northwest coast, near Assos, Myrtos is beautiful. The two-kilometer-long beach is backed by dramatic limestone cliffs and fringes an amazing turquoise-blue sea. It’s made of smooth white pebbles that, from afar, resemble sand. The view from the road above is stunning. The beach itself is a little wild — there’s no natural shade from the afternoon sun, and the seabed shelves suddenly into deep water with strong currents, so you need to be a confident swimmer.
On a peninsula on Kefalonia's southwest coast is the capital city of Argostóli. Although its history predates the 1950s, the old town was almost completely obliterated in an earthquake in 1953 and was rebuilt in modern style, following the original town plan. As a result, today it is a picturesque place, with a palm-lined seafront promenade, where local fishing boats moor up. While in town, check out the small archaeological museum, which displays finds from the Mycenaean, Hellenistic, and Roman periods.
Located on the east coast, some 24 kilometers east from Argostóli, Sámi is the island's main port, served by regular ferries to and from Patras on the Greek mainland. The ancient town of Sami lay to the south of the modern town, on the slopes of the double-topped hill — the remains of the acropolis can still be seen, and from here, you have fine views down onto the bay
In a deep, curving bay on the east coast, three kilometers from the port town of Sámi, Antisamos is one of the most popular beaches on Kefalonia. Like Myrtos Beach, it is made up of white pebbles and backed by hills planted with pine woods. It has limited facilities with just a taverna plus sun-loungers and umbrellas for hire. The sea is warm and clear and ideal for snorkeling, and the beach scenes in Captain Corelli's Mandolin were filmed here.
LocationThe hotel is located on the south-east side of the island in the lively village of Skala. Distances from the hotel : Skala Sandy Beach: 300m International Airport of Kefalonia (EFL): 34km Port or Poros: 12km Port of Pesada: 29km Port of Sami: 38km Fiskardo: 74km
Kefalonia – How to reachBY AIR: There are many direct flights from major European airports to Kefalonia International Airport (EFL). Alternatively, you may take a transit flight via Athens International Airport (ATH) to Kefalonia with several flights per day, especially during summer season. Click here to view all direct flight connections to Kefalonia: https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-to-kefalonia-efl
BY SEA or CAR: Killini Port is located on the west coast of Peloponnese (continental Greece). Daily ferry schedules to Port or Poros operate via Levante Ferries. The ferries issue tickets both for passengers & vehicles.