Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionians and is regarded as one of the most beautiful. This scenic Greek island has an impressive rugged landscape with lush green valleys, beautiful beaches, bays and inlets. The island is popular with families and couples looking for the ideal destination for their package holidays to the Greek islands. The deserted beaches, mountains, sweet smelling pine-clad forests and quaint
fishing villages add to the islands charm. The book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was set on Kefalonia. Kefalonia plays host to many festivals, religious and cultural events during the year including the Feasts of the Virgin Mary and Agios Gerassimos, the Robola Wine Festival and many musical and theatrical events.
A holiday on Kefalonia can be as restful or as energetic as you wish. You can laze on the long sandy beaches or spend your days exploring the islands traditional villages, archaeological ruins, Venetian castles, orthodox churches and visiting Kefalonia’s atmospheric capital.
Surrounded by vertical rock cliffs, Myrtos is the island’s most popular beach with glorious golden sands and crystal clear blue waters. Surrounded by crystal clear blue water, Kefalonia offers excellent scuba diving facilities for both beginners and experienced divers. The island also offers snorkelling and great sailing opportunities around Kefalonia and the other Ionian Islands. Wakeboarding, parasailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, banana boats and ringos are among the activities offered at the larger resorts on the island.
Walkers and hikers are attracted to Kefalonia for its amazing scenery. Wander around the island following the ancient footpaths found criss-crossing the landscape which will give you an insight into the history of Kefalonia. Cycling is also very popular on the island with many quiet roads, back roads and tracks for you to follow. Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful unspoilt countryside or speed through the forest-clad mountainous terrain. Stop off on your ride for some relaxation and a refreshing swim at the deserted beaches along the way. Another way to discover the wonders of this beautiful island is on horseback. There are many trails that will lead riders through the olive groves, hills and countryside to the beautiful beaches where both horse and rider can enjoy a relaxing ride. A great way to explore the coastline is by sea-kayak. Discover remote beaches and amazing caves and rock formations as you glide through the crystal-clear blue waters of
the Kefalonia coastline.
Not to be missed is a visit to Kefalonia’s National Park for the protection of the islands flora and fauna. Other places to visit on your cheap holidays to Kefalonia include the harbour town of Sami where the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed, picturesque Fiskado, the caves at Melissani and Drogorati and the island of Ithaca.
With a typically Mediterranean climate, Kefalonia enjoys long hot sunny summers and mild wet winters. Summers are virtually rain free with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day and temperatures often reaching 30C. Winters see plenty of rain with temperatures reaching lows of 9C.