Kefalonia holidays

Full of quiet nooks, hidden bays and rocky headlands, visit Kefalonia if you prefer wildflowers to wild nights out. It’s the largest island in the Ionian chain, on the western side of Greece – and it’s the sixth largest island in the country. But for its size – and despite being so very easy to reach from the UK and neighbouring Italy – the atmosphere is perfectly peaceful.

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Kefalonia is the famous setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – a book and film based on WWII events on the island. The film has given the island’s beautiful Myrtos Beach and popular Antisammos Beach near-celebrity status. The Melissani sea cave is another star attraction - and then there’s Sami, with its evocative Greek acropolis. With so much to do, the island is perfect for adventurous types – especially older families. Plus, the nightlife ends at a civilised time, so teens won’t be staying out at all hours.

But for all its attractions, everyone comes back from Kefalonia completely besotted with one thing: the colour of the water. It’s exceptional – even for Greece – a precious, almost milky turquoise, thanks to sediment washing off the white pebble beaches and into the sea. You’ll struggle to keep your mouth shut about this hidden treasure. British Airways operates seasonal flights to Kefalonia in the summer months, so book your flight and holiday package with us today.

Kefalonia hotels for every traveller

We’ve got hotels and villas in every corner of Kefalonia, from sunny Skala to sleepy Fiscardo.

In the south of the island you’ll find White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia, a lovely, family-run hotel with a small private beach, and two blue flag beaches nearby. It’s charming – but it’s also convenient. You can drive here from the airport in less than ten minutes, and it has free parking on site.

In the south east, near the popular town of Skala, you’ll find Louis Apostolata Island Resort, a spacious four-star resort built onto the hillside. If the sweeping sea views aren’t distraction enough, the hotel has plenty of activities, a hard-working animation team, and evening entertainment. For an adults-only holiday, book into Petani Bay on the western peninsula. With its romantic terraces and amazing infinity pool, it’s somewhere really special.

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Make the most of your Kefalonia holiday

Shaped rather like a jigsaw puzzle piece, Kefalonia is full of bays and beaches. Its terrain ranges from the sociable southern towns to the quieter northern coast, where many of the island’s villas sit in sun-baked solitude. Here’s a run-down of the island’s most famous towns:

  • Take a break on the south east shores of Skala, Kefalonia. This area has everything on your doorstep – a choice of bars and restaurants, golden beaches and cobalt seas. For an unforgettable evening, venture to Potamaki Beach where turtles appear at night-time in their natural habitat.
  • Close to the capital of Argostoli, Lassi, Kefalonia, is a popular destination. Enjoy some of the island’s best beaches here. Although some Greek authenticity is missing, you can still find little pockets of Greek culture tucked away in this electric town, which is stuffed full of eateries and shops.
  • Assos is quite possibly the most beautiful village on the island. It sits on a narrow strip of land between two shining bodies of water, tucked away on the western coast. A huge fortress sits above the town, affording spectacular views, and you’re in reach of Myrtos beach and Fiscardo.
  • A small-town port on the north coast, Sami, Kefalonia, is a great place for boat trips. Discover the magic of the nearby Cave of Drongorat and Cave of Melissani. Along the shores from Sami, you can dive into perfect snorkelling waters. Walk along the harbour edge at night to see the twinkling lights.
  • Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and jaw-dropping scenery at Katelios, Kefalonia. Bask on pretty beaches, where you can often spot Caretta turtles. If you want a livelier night or two, it’s just a short journey from this charming village to the energetic Skala.
  • Visit the authentic Greek port town of Poros, Kefalonia. Spend relaxing afternoons in this quieter resort area. There are shingle beaches, so rent a lounger or bring a couple of extra towels for comfort. Venture to the nearby Antisammos beach, and in the evening, dine in elegant tavernas and watch the sky catch fire at sunset.
  • Tucked away on the northernmost shore, the authentic fishing village of Fiscardo has a little harbour where sailboats swing on their anchors and fish restaurants spill out onto the waterfront. It’s become popular with the yachtie crowd, and so you’ll find boutiques, fancy restaurants and a few glamorous visitors. If you haven’t got your own yacht to moor, you can enjoy the lovely drive up to the town through the Kefalonia countryside instead.

Explore characterful coastal villages, intriguing caves, ancient ruins and laid-back beaches on your next summer holiday. Make the most out of Kefalonia with these top five recommendations.

  1. • Visit the small harbour town of Assos
  2. • Make a trip to the Ancient Acropolis in Sami
  3. • Explore Melissani and Drogarati caves
  4. • Spend a day at Myrtos and Antisamos beach
  5. • Enjoy waterfront walks and taverna dining in Fiscardo

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