Gorgeous countryside, Hollywood-endorsed beaches and traditional towns are all up for grabs on holidays to Kefalonia.
Silver birch trees, breathtaking mountain drops and a beautiful coastline make up Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands. Explore its winding roads and you'll find hidden coves, bustling little tavernas and friendly locals.
Retrace the steps of Captain Corelli and Pelagia in Sami and the stunning Antisamos and Myrtos bays, where the tale of their love was captured in a film starring Nicolas Cage.
Kefalonia’s beachesThe beaches in Kefalonia are seriously photogenic, ticking off everything from golden sands and smooth white pebbles to backdrops of bottle-green pines. Beaches near resorts tend to come with all the trimmings, but hop in a hire car and head out on your own and it won’t be long until you uncover a near-deserted cove.
Here's a little taste of what's on offer: for more excursion ideas, speak to your Rep.
Beach BBQ Cruise
Experience beautiful views of the island on this glass-bottomed boat tour. A great opportunity to top up your tan and try a mud face pack from a clay beach; you'll arrive back looking ten years younger!
Three Island Paradise
This is your chance to visit a millionaire's paradise, where Aristotle Onassis once courted Jackie Kennedy. You will also visit neighbouring Meganassi and Lefkas, with a stop for shopping and lunch.
Walking in the footsteps of Hollywood celebs on your Kefalonia holiday: scenes from blockbuster movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed in Sami and at the bays of Antisamos and Myrtos
Breathing in the cool air at the top of Mount Ainos, which is covered in a type of fir tree unique to the island
Counting the different shades of blue in the water at Melissani cave on a leisurely boat trip
Seeing incredible stalactites and stalagmites at Drogarati Cave, near Sami
Visiting Assos village, left in a magical unspoilt time warp, where you’ll find pretty whitewashed houses and the remains of a Venetian castle
Wandering around Fiskardo, a charming fishing village with pastel-coloured Venetian buildings, boats bobbing in the water and lots of restaurants and tavernas
Exploring Kefalonia’s capital, Argostoli, with its famous bell tower, Drapano Bridge, re-built by the British in 1813; Archaeological Museum and bustling main square
Sipping a well-deserved drink after walking around Kastro, Kefalonia’s ruined castle and medieval capital, with its panoramic views and welcoming bars and tavernas
Sailing to Ithaka, just like Odysseus did on his ten year voyage home from Troy; where you can wander around sleepy towns and enjoy eating in peaceful tavernas
Tasting Kefalonia’s famous Robola wines at the winery in Omala Valley, miles of lush green vineyards at the bottom of Mount Ainos
Visiting Omala Valley’s Monastery of St Gerasimos, Kefalonia’s patron saint; he’s so popular people come to kiss the feet of his mummified body and see where he lived
Kefalonia’s speciality is meat pie, guaranteed to please even the biggest appetite. It’s usually made with beef, lamb and pork, all mixed with rice, onion and garlic and topped with pastry.
You should also find time for traditional Greek Mezedes: look out for colourful Greek salads; butter beans cooked in tomato sauce and Dolmades, which are vine leaves stuffed with herb- flavoured rice and marinated in olive oil and lemon juice.
To enjoy your meal in true holiday style, try Kefalonia’s famous Robola wine while you eat and a tipple of fiery Ouzo after dinner.
Kefalonia holidays offer a real mix of upbeat and quiet nights; you’ll find the liveliest bars and clubs around Valliano Square in cosmopolitan Argostoli, where occasional free concerts are held in the summer.
Lassi and Skala also offer a fun nightlife, with plenty of restaurants and music bars along their main streets.
For something more laid-back, Poros is the largest of the villages in the south and its busy port area is full of tavernas, making it easy to slip into relaxation mode.
If you’re into textiles, look out for Greek rag rugs, called kourelia, in a choice of colours and designs, which will really brighten up your home.
To find the perfect souvenir from your Kefalonia holiday, go to one of the many art galleries for beautiful paintings of the island.
For an excuse to really hit the shops, Argostoli has an amazing choice, with places selling leather shoes, bags and belts, handmade jewellery and ceramic pots and vases.
Around mid to late August, the Robola Wine Festival in Frangata, 8km east of Argostoli, is the place to go for a taste of Kefalonia, with plenty of wine, traditional dishes on show and Greek dancing.
Look out for loggerhead turtles as they nest their babies at Mounda Beach, near Katelios – you can catch these little creatures in action between June and August.
Make tracks for Skala’s golden sandy shores and pine-shaded playground for a dose of all-round family fun.
Learn about the legend behind the huge Cyclopean Walls – they’re believed to have been built by one-eyed giants known as the Cyclops. Definitely one for the kids.
Delve into the island’s prehistoric past at Drogarati Cave – a stalagmite-filled secret hideaway.
Hop on a glass-bottomed boat tour for a barbecue and some sea-life spotting.
You can get commission-free foreign exchange on currency notes and travellers cheques at most First Choice Travel Shops and Holiday Hypermarkets.
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