The isle of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Kefalonia’s claim to fame came back in 2000, when it played a starring role alongside Nicholas Cage in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It’s not hard to see why the island won Hollywood over – the scenery here ticks off pine-coated hills, stripy vineyards and straight-off-a-postcard beaches.


Set on a peninsula on the eastern side of the island is Lixouri. It’s the island’s second-biggest town, but the tempo here is still set to slow. The main square is the hub of the town, with the full line-up of cafés, shops and bars, and the beach just outside of town one of the best on the island. It’s just across the water from Argostoli, too, so daytrips to the capital are nice and easy.

Daytrips to Myrtos Bay

Kefalonia might be the biggest of the Ionian Islands, but it’s still relatively easy to explore. Put Myrtos Bay on your to-see list – this chalk-white beach springs up on dozens of Greece holiday brochure covers. And set aside an afternoon to explore the ancient chambers at Drogorati Caves, or take a boat trip across electric-blue Melissani Lake.

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Although Lixouri’s one of the biggest towns on the island, life here still sits in the slow lane. The town square is where most of the action happens, with a clutch of bars, shops and pavement cafés. There are a couple of guidebook-worthy sights – like the museum and the lighthouse – but it’s the beaches that really steal the spotlight.


South-easterly Skala once made its living as a fishing village, but these days it’s all about the 3-kilometre-long beach. The rest of the town fans out from its forested edge. Along the main road, there’s a haul of restaurants and tavernas, while Roman ruins and hiking trails scatter the surrounding hills. To top things off, some seriously popular Kefalonia icons are within daytripping distance, including ancient Drogarati Cave and Hollywood starlet, Antisamos Beach.

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