Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, but among the least commercialised. The coastline offers mile after mile of sandy beaches and unspoilt rural areas that are waiting to be explored.
The weather on the island of Kefalonia consists of rainy winters and dry, hot summers. With higher winter rainfall, Kefalonia boasts verdant plains, forests and hillsides dotted with grazing mountain goats.
Great food is certainly a feature of Kefalonia. Feta cheeses from goats and ewes milk, olives and fresh fish from the ports at Sami, Poros, Argostoli and Fiskardo are among the islands' specialities served at excellent tavernas across Kefalonia. Our full listing of Kefalonia holiday accommodation includes villas, cottages and apartment options.
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Ai Helis has a lovely sandy beach and enjoys breath taking views across to Zante. This area is renowned for its luxurious villas with spacious gardens that hug the beautiful south coast of the island.
The old fishing harbour of Fiskardo on the northern tip of Kefalonia is the only village that survived the 1953 earthquake intact. Now an attractive cosmopolitan harbour, the numerous shops and tavernas look out over the natural bay where visiting yachts are moored.
Approximately 50km from the island capital of Argostoli, Fiskardo was thankfully cushioned from the 1953 earthquake by the bed of limestone beneath this attractive fishing harbour. Venetian architechure is still prominent and a small museum at the top of the harbour displays pictures charting its history.
The waterfront is home to serveral good tavernas as well as cafe-bars and craft shops. Daily ferries from Fiskardo run to the port of Frikes in Ithaca and to Vassiliki in Lefkas, or hire a boat to explore the coves and lagoons along this pretty coastline.
With some of the best beaches on the island and a plentiful selection of bars, restaurants and shops, Lassi has become one of Kefalonia's most popular resorts and is a favourite family holiday destination.
Motor boat cruising in the area, offers coastal cruising from Makris Yialos beach to Platis Yialos beach and the beach of Torkopothero. Beyond are some coves with dramatic white rocks only accessible by boat. Or you can visit Vardiani island, locally known as the rabbit island. This tiny island, whose only inhabitants are wild rabbits, has an abandoned monastery and is surrounded by rocks which are great for snorkelling. An alternative coastal cruise would be hugging the coastline towards Argosoli, past the famous lighthouse and water wheel at Katavothres. Opposite Lassi you can see the Pali Peninsula famous for its red sand beaches. Take a motor-boat to cruise over to Meggas Lakas or Xi beach famous for its red sand and mud-baths.
The area is good for couples and families whose ideal holiday is spent centred around the beach with a local taverna meal in the evening. There is usually some low key entertainment in the form of a Greek night or live band playing in one or more of the Lassi tavernas throughout the summer and the bars stay open late with sound-proofed doors to keep the sleeping neighbours happy. It's just a short taxi ride or 25 to 45 minutes' walk into the lively Greek town and port of Argostoli so Lassi makes an ideal base for exploring the rest of the island as well as visiting the capital and transfer time is only 15 minutes by taxi from the airport.
A delightful place in which to spend a quiet, relaxing and totally enjoyable Greek island holiday. Set against the impressive backdrop of Mount Aenos, Lourdas Bay boasts some of the best sandy beaches on Kefalonia.
Lourdas Bay is one of the largest bays of Kefalonia and is fringed by over two miles of sand and pebble beach. It is a wonderful place for walkers and hikers. With the backdrop of the pine forest and cypress trees of Mount Ainos, this makes a wonderful walk through the local village and down to the beach for swimming, in the amazingly blue sea.
The few tavernas situated by the beach at Lourdas, offer locally caught fish and the vegetables are grown on their own plots of fertile land, alongside the beach.
With its own uncrowded beach and a small fishing harbour, Minies is a place to relax and really escape from it all. Although quiet it is not isolated, as there are a choice of larger beaches and resorts within a short drive.
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. Minies remains largely untouched by hotels and villas; however, it boasts a fantastic long sandy beach and offers pretty countryside and coastal walks. The resort of Lassi can be found within a ten minute drive, where the majority of tavernas, bars and shops can be found, however, a small scattering of amenities can be reached within a shorter drive.
This is one of the places to consider if you are looking for a beach holiday in Kefalonia. Miles of golden sand sprinkled with tiny white pebbles and lapped by crystal clear waters provide safe swimming for the whole family.
Around Skala, you will find some of the best beaches on Kefalonia - with golden sand stretching along the coast, backed by lush pine trees. If you’re prepared to walk a little further, it’s possible to find a spot almost to yourself. The town itself boasts an excellent selection of restaurants and tavernas serving local and more international cuisine, as well as a small choice of shops. You can also discover some of the town’s past by taking a walk up into the hills to explore the ruins of the old pre-earthquake village of Skala
The sunny bay of Spartia is situated at the bottom of a flowery hillside and protected by outcrops of rock. There is a pretty beach with clear aquamarine water and soft white sand and a small jetty and harbour.
Set on the south coast of the island, between the airport and St Thomas, this pretty little village is slightly inland from the coast where our villas are located. Spartia enjoys several wonderful tavernas, cafés and a mini-market, of which have various opening times outside peak season. Further down along the coast from Spartia, a small ferry port connects Kefalonia with its neighbouring island, Zakynthos.
The charming village of Svoronata has everything - fine beaches, beautiful surroundings and good food - Svoronata is a sleepy resort that will hold particular appeal for those wanting a peaceful holiday on Kefalonia.
The small resort of Svoronata lies between Lassi and St. Thomas Bay. This sleepy village retains much of its traditional Greek charm and offers a handful of bars, tavernas and mini-markets scattered around the countryside of which some may have various opening times outside peak months. With its rocky shoreline and inland olive groves, Svoronata is a very scenic and unspoilt location – the perfect place to relax and unwind. This picturesque coastal village offers a convenient location close to the airport which can be found within a 10 minute drive.
Situated between the tiny harbour of Pessada and Lourdas is the fertile valley of Trapezaki which is home to some of the best beaches on Kefalonia and makes a perfect base for exploring this stunning Ionian Island.
Trapezaki is 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 - with a stunning backdrop of Mount Énos. A small selection of mini-markets and tavernas can be found scattered around the resort. Unspoilt and undeveloped, Trapezaki beach is just one kilometre away. Set in a rocky cove, here you will find fine sand and crystal clear waters.
Vlakhata (full name Vlakhata Ikossimias) is a traditional village located in the southern part of the island of Kefalonia, 15km from the capital Argostoli. The surrounding countryside is grazing land for goats and sheep kept by local herdsmen, while the beaches of Lourdas and Trapezaki are just 2km away.
Zola has a choice of deserted golden beaches lapped by azure waters. The traditional village has a selection of cafes and tavernas, and the sophisticated island capital of Argostoli is just a twenty minute drive away.
Zola is located on the west part of Keflonia on the north side of the Paliki penisnula. It is part of a cluster of 8 villages that constitute the area of Thinia. It is located 2 kilometers off the main road that connects Argostoli with Lixouri.
Flights to Kefalonia are available from the following UK airports:
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle.
The majority of flights depart on Sundays or Tuesdays and the flight time is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes. Daily flights to Kefalonia are available from Athens airport.
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