Kefalonia (Cefalonia) Island, Greece
Experience the majestic scenery and the exotic beaches
Kefalonia (Cefalonia) is an ideal vacation destination due to the fact that it is a cosmopolitan island and a popular resort with traditional features and naturally beautiful sites. The hospitable inhabitants with the unique island mentality in combination with the gifted landscape, create an irresistible holiday hot spot that will enchant you.
The island of Kefalonia (Cefalonia) Greece belongs to the Ionian Islands cluster and is situated at between Lefkada and Zakynthos, at a close distance to the western coastline of Central Greece. Furthermore, Kefalonia covers an area of 781 sq. km., it has a coastline of 254 km and has approximately 32,500 inhabitants.
Kefalonia is characterized by verdant mountainous regions, pristine coasts and superb sightseeing. The dark fir trees, the natural caves, the impressive sinkholes, the carved rocks, the verdant slopes, and the golden and silver coasts are absolutely breathtaking.
Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, is a very beautiful town with spacious squares and imposing buildings that follow the renowned Ionian tradition.
Set adrift on a magnificent journey around the island of Kefalonia Greece and enjoy a vacation of a lifetime.
Touring around the island of Kefalonia (Cefalonia) Greece you will come across various interesting settlements. Asos is one of the most scenic regions of the island, with two bays, a peninsula with a castle and a cave with seals. Poros is a beautiful tourist settlement and central port of the island, while Sami is the largest port of the island blessed with amazing archaeological findings. Fiskardo is a much frequented traditional settlement of exquisite attraction that reflects the nobility of the old profile of Kefalonia. In the south of Kefalonia is the picturesque area of Spartia, lying in a lush scenic bay with marvellous beaches.
These settlements, together with many others scattered around the island, can provide you with various types of including rooms, studios and apartments for rent, offering high-standard facilities and services, satisfying even the most demanding guests, while the staff is always helpful and friendly.
Kefalonia Greece Beaches
The Island of Kefalonia (Cefalonia) is renowned for its extremely beautiful beaches with the clear azure waters, the amazing sandy shores and their idyllic surroundings.
Towards the north of the island, there are some breathtaking beaches, including Emblysi, Foki and Asos. At close proximity to Asos you will find Myrtos, the most enchanting beach in Kefalonia, and one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. It is considered one of the best beaches worldwide.
In the south of Kefalonia, nearby Argostoli, you will find the wonderful beaches of Platis Gialos and Makris Gialos, which are much-frequented and offer a plethora of facilities. At the beach of Xi you will be impressed by its red sand. Megas Lakkos and Lepeda are amazing beaches, lying in the northwest. Along the eastern part of Kefalonia lie the beautiful beaches of Sami, Agia Efimia, Agia Paraskevi and Antisamos, which are famed for their crystal-clear waters and verdant shores.
The island possesses plenty other beaches, as well, which you may visit by touring around in your own car. Get a map of Kefalonia and spot all the wonderful beaches you would like to visit. Alternatively you may rent a car or a motorbike in one of the island’s well organised Kefalonia .
Kefalonia Greece Nightlife & Events
Kefalonia (Cefalonia) is a popular holiday destination and constitutes a meeting spot for tourists both from Greece and from all over the world. There is a lively atmosphere in most of the settlements, as people come and go to the plethora of fish taverns and restaurants serving local and Greek cuisine, scenic seaside bars and cafés, as well as clubs for those of you who cannot help spending exciting nights out.
All around the island, special cultural events are organized throughout the year paying tribute to tradition and customs. We suggest you attend the “Robola Festival” at Fraggata, one of the biggest Kefalonia festivals organized late August. The local wine Robola is offered and people dance traditional Ionian dances until late at night. During the summer, there is a plethora of cultural events organized in Lixouri, Argostoli, Poros, Sami etc. including concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, athletic events and lots more.
Kefalonia Greece Sightseeing
Kefalonia (Cefalonia) offers many options for sightseeing as there is a considerable number of attractions both of historical and natural interest, enthusing all visitors. For history buff’s, we suggest the Ancient Sami archaeological site and the Roman baths in Sami, the Roman ruins in Agia Efimia and Skala, the ancient graves in Tzanata, the Minoan tombs in Mandarakata, the ancient washbasins and the lighthouse in Fiskardo, the Venetian castle in Asos and the monastery of Atrou in Poros. There are also interesting museums all around the island, such as the Maritime and Environmental Museum in Fiskardo, the Archaeological, Historical and Natural History Museums in Argostoli and the public library collection and Archaeological Museum in Lixouri, all displaying interesting exhibits.
If you are a romantic soul or a nature lover, you will be thrilled when you take a boat ride in Melissani Cave Lake, whose bottom remains undiscovered until nowadays. Part of its roof has collapsed and thus rays of light create a unique atmosphere. The Drogarati Cave is a wonderful sight displaying impressive stalactites and stalagmites. It constitutes the only cave in which concerts are organised due to its great acoustics. Both caves are in the greater area of Sami. Also, you can visit the National Natural Reserve on Mount Ainos, where you can see the unique indigenous fir species Abies Cephalonica. You will be definitely impressed by its dark green color. The reserve offers a 15 km hiking path for those of you who love walking in a natural setting of exquisite beauty. Purchase a map of Kefalonia to see the exact location of the areas with some of the best sights in Kefalonia.
You can get transferred from one settlement to the other by public buses if you do not own a car. However, it is more convenient to rent a car or a motorbike in one of the in Kefalonia, so that you can easily go round the beautiful attractions.
Kefalonia Greece Weather & Climate
Kefalonia (Cefalonia) constitutes an all year round holiday destination, pleasing visitors with its mild weather almost throughout the year. The climate can be characterized as Mediterranean with temperate winter weather and cool summers.
During wintertime there is a high level of rainfall, making Kefalonia, as well as the rest of the Ionian Islands, some of the most verdant islands in Greece. The temperature ranges between 10°C and 14°C. If you are visiting Kefalonia during the summer, you will have an enjoyable vacation, as temperatures range from the mid 20s to the low 30s, ideal for swimming and sunbathing, as well as other outdoor activities. However, we recommend that you bring a light jacket with you, in case of chilly night breeze.
How to Get to Kefalonia Greece
Kefalonia (Cefalonia) Greece can be easily reached with a number of ways from various places. If Athens is your starting point, you can travel to Kefalonia either in your own car or an intercity bus to the Patras or Kyllini Port and catch the ferry boat to Kefalonia. Alternatively, you may travel by plane from the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and the Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia”. Kefalonia is connected by ferry boat with other Ionian Islands, such as Ithaki, Zakynthos (Zante) and Lefkada, as well as with Bari and Brindisi, Italy.