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The Perfect 3, 4 or 5 Days in Kefalonia Itinerary

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Planning a Kefalonia itinerary is one of the highlights when mapping out a Greek island escape. Holding the title of some of the best beaches in the world and with stunning scenery, the island of Kefalonia is still under the radar for most travelers, yet is a mesmerising gem in the Ionian Sea.

On this Kefalonia itinerary, immerse yourself in the wonders of this captivating Greek island, prepare to be enchanted by its pristine beaches, picturesque landscapes, vibrant culture, and enjoy 3, 4, or 5 days in Kefalonia.

Explore the turquoise waters of Myrtos Beach, discover the hidden gems of the island’s villages, eat delectable food, and witness the natural wonders of Kefalonia.

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How Many Days in Kefalonia?

As the largest island located in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is one of the largest Greek islands known to visitors. Because of this, when it comes to deciding how many days to spend in Kefalonia, you’ll want to plan to spend at least 3 days in Kefalonia.

With 3 days, you’ll have enough time to visit at least a few of the island’s famed beaches, enjoy the island’s culture by visiting at least one of Kefalonia’s towns or villages and ultimately get a good taste of what life is like in Kefalonia.

Beyond 3 days, with 4 days in Kefalonia, you’ll have the opportunity to see the island more holistically, visiting different areas of the island with different things to offer.

5 days in Kefalonia will do the island justice, offering you the opportunity to discover the full depth of Kefalonia along with the chance to also visit the nearby islands of either Ithaca or Zakynthos.

Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia

Getting To & Around Kefalonia

Kefalonia is one of the most conveniently located Greek islands, with easy ferry transportation from the Greek mainland as well as an international airport serving both Greece and elsewhere in Europe.

If you plan to fly into Kefalonia, the Kefalonia airport is located just 8 km from the island’s capital city, Argostoli.

Due to the convenience of the island having its own airport, Kefalonia is an excellent Greek island destination for those searching for an island off the beaten path, yet still accessible by air. You can organise airport transfers here.

In the summer, you’ll find flights to Kefalonia from Athens, as well as various European countries such as the UK, France, Netherlands, Italy, and more.

For those already in Greece and who would like to visit Kefalonia by ferry, the island has two ports; Poros and Sami.

If you’re traveling to Kefalonia from the mainland, you have the option to travel from the southern Greek cities of either Patras or Kyllini, with the ferry route from Kyllini being the shortest travel time, taking around 1 ½ hours. You can view ferry schedules here.

While it isn’t possible to take a direct ferry from Athens to Kefalonia, if traveling by car is an option for you, enjoying a Peloponnese and Southern Greece road trip before heading to Kefalonia is worth the time.

There are also direct ferries to the island from other neighbouring islands like Corfu and Zakynthos along with direct routes from as far afield as Brindisi and Bari in Italy.

When it comes to getting around Kefalonia, traveling by car is undoubtedly the most convenient and enjoyable way to get around the island. With your own car, a Kefalonia road trip will give you the flexibility to move at your own place and discover offbeat parts of the island.

It’s important to also note that if you plan to rent a car for your time in Kefalonia and will be traveling from the mainland, make sure to rent a car from the mainland rather than the island as costs will be higher. You can browse car hire options here.

If you’re unable to rent a car to travel around Kefalonia, Kefalonia is a great island to travel to if you’ll be depending on public transportation.

The island has an extensive public transportation system, with bus routes through the entirety of the island, except for more mountainous and remote areas in the center of the island.

Alternatively, you will need to rely on organised tours to get around the island such as this half-day tour or this private tour.

As for walkability on the island, when spending time in various towns, it’s easy and enjoyable to walk around while taking in the stunning backdrops of this lush Ionian island.

Melissani Cave

3, 4 or 5 Days in Kefalonia Itinerary

While neighbors Corfu and Zakynthos are easily the most well-known Ionian islands, Kefalonia is surprisingly an unknown island to most international travelers, which makes it a bit less busy than hotspots like Mykonos or Santorini even if you’re traveling in high season.

Throughout this Kefalonia itinerary, you’ll enjoy some of the island’s best beaches, dig into the rich culture of the island, and even explore further into the Ionian if you’re spending 5 days in Kefalonia.

Day 1 – Petani Beach & Argostoli

Petani beach.

A pleasant start to a trip to this island begins at Petani Beach, a beautiful beach in Kefalonia nestled on the west coast between rugged green mountains and pristine aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea.

Adored and known as one of the island’s most picturesque and enchanting destinations, Petani Beach is the perfect start to a relaxing and interesting stay in Kefalonia.

On Petani Beach you’ll find chairs and umbrellas available to rent for the day, along with a few taverns along the beach to keep you satisfied with local dishes and whatever you may need during your time at the beach.

An important and practical note regarding the beaches in Kefalonia: Make sure to have water shoes with you during most beach visits (except for Makris Gialos), as the majority of beaches on Kefalonia are made up of large rocks, making it quite difficult to get around as well as unpleasant without appropriate footwear.

After spending the morning and afternoon at alluring Petani Beach, move forward with your day by heading to the island’s capital city, Argostoli. While most time spent in Kefalonia is typically at its picturesque beaches, there are a handful of towns and villages worth wandering around, with Argostoli being one of them in this part of Kefalonia.

Known for its waterfront, atmosphere, and resilience after the island’s devastating earthquake in 1953, Argostoli captures the essence of Kefalonia and its people.

Spend your time in Argostoli by walking along the charming promenade along the water, dotted with cafes and local shops filled with Kefalonian specialties.

To delve into the island’s rich history while in Argostoli, make sure to visit the Archaeological Museum as well as the iconic Drapano Bridge, the world’s longest stone bridge over a sea.

After spending time exploring the town itself, indulge in local cuisine at a traditional tavern such as Tzogias Taverna, to experience the delicious and culinary side of Kefalonia

Lighthouse in Argostoli

Day 2 – Myrtos Beach & Asos Village

Myrtos beach.

There’s no place in Kefalonia like Myrtos Beach, the island’s famed jewel located on the northwestern side of the island.

For ten consecutive years, Myrtos Beach has earned its spot among the greatest beaches in the world. With its outstanding views, clear turquoise blue water, and serene ambience, it’s no surprise why.

To begin your day, spend at least a few hours basking in the Kefalonia sun, swimming in the fresh waters of Myrtos Beach, and taking in the unforgettable views of the beach, sea, and surrounding areas. There is no doubt that visiting this beautiful beach is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia.

Topping off the enjoyable experience at Myrtos Beach, is the affordable cost of sun chairs and umbrellas to rent for the day. While other beaches on other islands charge upwards of €40 for a set of chairs, you can expect to pay around €15 for a set of chairs at Myrtos Beach.

Lunch at Alexandros

After a blissful beach day, you’ll likely have built up an appetite and be ready for a hearty lunch.

As there aren’t many options for restaurants around Myrtos Beach or at the next and final stop of the day, I suggest heading to the restaurant, “Alexandros”, just a short 2 km away from Myrtos Beach. Here you’ll find savoury Greek tavern classics, with friendly service and local ingredients and flavours.

Assos Village

While already on the northwestern side of Kefalonia, you have the perfect opportunity at your hands to visit one of the most idyllic spots of Kefalonia, the fishing village of Assos.

Assos village is the perfect example of resilience, particularly in the face of the devastating Kefalonia earthquake. Despite being significantly affected by the earthquake, the village has risen from the rubble, showcasing the unwavering spirit of its people through the rebuilding of its buildings back to their original charm.

Perched upon the edge of the water, Assos truly feels like a village stopped in time, in a blissful and picturesque bubble. Walk around the village, admire the quaint fishing boats and shops, sip a coffee by the sea and enjoy the ambience of Assos.

While in Assos, it’s also worth making the trek to Assos Castle, typically taking around 30 minutes to an hour depending on the time of year and heat.

A Venetian fortification built in 1593, Assos Castle is now a collection of ruins, free for visitors to explore, with the most impeccable views of Assos and the surrounding areas during your ascent and descent.

If you’re interested in visiting another nearby village, consider heading a bit north to explore tranquil Fiskardo, as well, which is located only about 30 minutes from Assos.

Assos Village

Day 3 – Enjoy Kefalonia’s Stunning Landscape

Melissani cave.

Begin your 3rd day in Kefalonia at one of the island’s most remarkable natural wonders, the Melissani Cave. Located near the town of Sami, this natural wonder enchants all who visit with its stunning underground lake.

Upon arrival, you’ll board a small boat with a local guide and glide through the mesmerising cave, where sunlight filters through the collapsed ceiling, creating a spellbinding play of light and shadows on the turquoise waters below.

During the summer season, the cave is open to visit daily from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, but to have the most enhanced experience during your time in the cave, it’s best to visit around 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, where the sun shines the strongest through the roof of the cave. You can also go on a guided tour here.

Antisamos Beach

After visiting the Melissani Cave, make your way about 7 km away to one of the most unique beaches on the island, Antisamos Beach.

Antisamos offers a picturesque setting framed by lush green hills and rugged cliffs, along with multiple beach bars to choose to spend your day at, all with affordable chairs/umbrellas and delicious food.

Surrounded by abundant greenery of pine trees and vegetation, Antisamos Beach feels like a pocket somewhere far off in a tropical or Amazonian land, along with a stunning contrast to the turquoise waters.

Antisamos Beach gained fame as a filming location for the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” and once at the beach yourself, you’ll see why they drew inspiration for the film in this remarkable location.

Antisamos Beach

After spending time at the nearby, loved beach of Antisamos, head just 4 km away to the town of Sami.

While Sami is a small town in comparison to the larger size of the capital city, Argostoli, it holds a captivating charm, making it worth the stop to have a wander and enjoy an ice cream while exploring the town’s harbour, with locals coming and going about in their daily lives.

If you have a keen interest in visiting monasteries, make sure to visit the Agrilion Monastery in Sami, an 18th-century monastery with gorgeous grounds as well as close-to-perfect views of the Kefalonian peninsula.

Day 4 – Gentilini Winery & Makris Gialos Beach

Gentilini winery.

Throughout Greece, you’ll find that most islands and regions of the country have unique wine varieties to the area. Kefalonia is no different, with an impressive wine production and a range of exceptional wines, capturing the heart and land of the island.

If you’re spending 4 days in Kefalonia, a great way to spend a large chunk of your 4th day on the island is by visiting a local winery or going on a wine tour to learn more about the wine production on the island, explore the vines and taste local varieties such as Robola and dry Mavrodaphne.

Gentilini Winery is a family-run boutique winery located on the southwest side of the island, producing top-quality wines from Kefalonia. The winery offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere reflected in its guided tours and wine tastings at the winery.

The winery is open from Orthodox Easter to late October every year, with affordable wine tastings and tours starting at €10, with prices increasing depending on the number of wines you wish to try during your visit.

Makris Gialos Beach

After a morning and early afternoon of wine tasting, continue a short journey of 2 km away to Makris Gialos Beach, a must for beach lovers in Kefalonia looking to enjoy a classic Greek beach experience.

Located near the town of Argostoli, this beach boasts golden sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters with a large stretch of sand available to just lay your towel if you’re not interested in paying for chairs/umbrellas.

Otherwise, Makris Gialos Beach is well-equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, and beachside taverns, offering comfort and convenience. Whether you’re looking to relax under the Mediterranean sun, swim in the refreshing waters, or indulge in delicious Greek cuisine, Makris Gialos Beach promises a delightful experience that will leave you rejuvenated and relaxed.

If you’re not keen to hang out on the beach, then consider heading further west from Argostoli to explore the charming little village of Lixouri instead.

Makris Gialos Beach

Day 5 – Mount Ainos or Day Trip to Ithaca

For those lucky enough to spend 5 days in Kefalonia, I recommend one of two options for your 5th and final day; a day spent hiking on the island’s Mount Ainos National Park or venturing out on a day trip to the nearby island of Ithaca.

Mount Ainos National Park

Mount Ainos, the only national park located on a Greek island, is a captivating experience for nature enthusiasts visiting the island of Kefalonia. The national park offers several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, with the most popular trail being the marked circular path that leads to the summit.

Upon arrival at the national park, stop by the visitor center at the park entrance to get information, maps, and valuable insights into the flora and conservation efforts on the mountain.

A paradise for hikers, Mount Ainos National Park is not only full of invigorating trails but also abundant wildlife and outstanding views of Kefalonia and the surrounding Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Ithaca. Make sure to keep an eye out for the mystical wild horses of Mount Ainos, typically found free roaming as herds close to the summit of the mountain.

To visit, you can visit independently by car or take part in a guided group tour of the park, as it’s not possible to visit the national park by public transportation.

If you prefer to skip a day of hiking up Kefalonia’s Mount Ainos and would like to explore further, another option for day 5 is to take a day trip to the neighboring island of Ithaca, the home of Odysseus.

Ithaca is easily reached by ferry in just 30 minutes from the Port of Sami, making it the perfect addition to any Kefalonia itinerary for those hoping to visit this legendary island, known from Homer’s Odyssey in Greek mythology. Alternatively, you can go on a boat tour.

While Kefalonia has a hefty heart of tourism, Ithaca in comparison still feels quite wild, with a strong authenticity thanks to the lack of tourists visiting, which is why it’s included in this travel guide.

While in Ithaca, explore the picturesque port of Vathi, the Cave of Nymphs, the renowned archaeological site of Odysseus’ Palace, where history and myth intertwine, and enjoy the refreshing waters of one of the island’s tranquil beaches, such as Gidaki beach.

All in all, a day trip to Ithaca from Kefalonia is the ideal way to explore Greek mythology and experience another side of the Ionian islands.

Port on Ithaca

Where to Stay on Kefalonia

Mouikis Hotel Kefalonia – Located in Argostoli, this 3-star hotel is a great base for mid-range visitors to Kefalonia. They have a number of great rooms to choose from, a perfect location for exploring the island and lots of amenities for guests to enjoy. Click here to check availability

Thalassa Boutique Hotel – Those looking for a luxury escape while visiting Kefalonia will love this adults-only hotel. Boasting two beautiful swimming pools, plenty of gorgeous rooms and a great location in the town of Lassi, you’re sure to want for nothing during your stay. Click here to check availability

Staggia Studios – If you’re looking for a self-catering option on Kefalonia you’re sure to love these studios in the town of Sami. Fully equipped with everything you may need during your time on the island, there are a number of different flats to choose from. Click here to check availability

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Kefalonia hotels!

Kefalonia is an enchanting and vibrant island with much to offer visitors, whether you’re searching for a strict beach getaway, cultural exploration, or wholesome Greek tavern classics. After 3, 4, or 5 days in Kefalonia, you’ll undoubtedly be captured by its charm and be ready to visit next year.

Are you planning to visit Kefalonia Island? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Kefalonia Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Panoramic view of the lighthouse at sunset.

Last updated on May 13th, 2024 at 09:09 am

The allure of the Ionian Sea is indisputable and our comprehensive Kefalonia Travel Guide is all you need to plan the perfect vacation to the largest of the Ionian Islands, a treasure trove of stunning beaches, natural wonders, lush forests and picturesque towns and villages steeped in history.

Complete with all the practical information you need to plan your trip to Kefalonia, recommendations for the best places to stay in Kefalonia, historical facts about the island, and the best beaches and top things to do in Kefalonia, this guide has everything you need to know about Kefalonia in one place.

Not to mention that our knowledge of Kefalonia is an almost-local one. Blessed with dear friends and their open invitation to visit them in their summer home in Kefalonia, we know the island pretty well. Welcome to our ultimate Kefalonia travel guide!

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Where Is Kefalonia Greece

Kefalonia or Cephalonia is one of the largest Greek islands and the biggest Ionian Island. It’s in the heart of the Ionian Sea, off the coast of the Peloponnese and Western Greece. Similar to the rest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is well-known for its gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water, lush vegetation and marvellous mountainous scenery.

Argostoli is Kefalonia’s capital and largest town. West of Argostoli, on the other side of the bay, is Lixouri, the main town on the Paliki Peninsula. Poros and Sami on the eastern side of the island are Kefalonia’s two main ports connecting Kefalonia to mainland Greece.

Panoramic view of Poros village. The buildings are rooftiled and there is a long square in front of the beach.

Best Time To Visit Kefalonia

Like most places in Greece , Kefalonia enjoys good weather with warm temperatures throughout the year. However, despite its mild temperatures, the island of Kefalonia sees a lot of rainfall for the better part of the year.

The best time to visit Kefalonia to enjoy more sunshine and avoid rain is during the summer months when the maximum temperature is around 30°C. Although June to September is the high season in Greece, Kefalonia doesn’t feel crowded, thanks to its big size.

View of Skala beach from eye level. There are several colourful umbrellas near the sea on Skala beach.

How Many Days in Kefalonia

Unlike the Cyclades Islands , which are all compact and fairly easy to explore in a handful of days, there are also several big islands in Greece. One of them is Kefalonia. So, if you have experience with the smaller Greek Islands you visited before, expect the exact opposite in Kefalonia.

Long distances leave you less time relaxing on the beach as the main Kefalonia attractions are scattered all over the island. Therefore, we recommend staying at least one week in Kefalonia to check out some of the best things to do in Kefalonia and have some free time, too. If you plan to stay for fewer days, it’s better to focus on one part of this beautiful island instead of trying to see everything.

Panoramic view of a coastal road in Eastern Kefalonia. Taken from a drone.

How To Get To Kefalonia

The best way to get to Kefalonia is by plane. There are plenty of direct flights from major European cities in the summer. Kefalonia’s airport is a 15-minute drive from Argostoli, the island’s capital.

If you can’t find a direct flight to Kefalonia International Airport, the next best option is to book a flight to Athens and then continue to Kefalonia either by car or bus.

By Car & Ferry From Athens

If you fly to Athens, rent a car at the airport and drive directly to Kyllini Port in the Peloponnese, where the ferries to Kefalonia depart from. The drive from Athens Airport to Kyllini Port takes about three and a half hours via the E94 and A8 Motorways, while the ferry ride from Kyllini to Poros Port on Kefalonia Island lasts about one hour and a half.

By Bus & Ferry From Athens

Alternatively, from Athens Airport, take Bus X93 to the Athens KTEL Bus Station , where the long-distance bus to Kefalonia departs. The KTEL bus ticket includes the Kyllini to Poros ferry ride. Check out the Kefalonia KTEL Bus schedule here .

Like all the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is no longer connected to Piraeus, the largest port in Greece. By ferry, you can reach Kefalonia from the Greek mainland ports of Kyllini and Patras in Western Peloponnese or other Ionian Islands, like Zante (or Zakynthos) .

Ferries from Kyllini Port go to Poros Port in Kefalonia all year round while ferries from Patras Port go to Sami Port in Kefalonia in the summer months. From Patras, you can continue your trip to Italy , with daily ferries to Bari or Ancona.

Sami Port in Kefalonia is well-connected to Ithaca Island in the summer, too. In the peak season, you can also reach Kefalonia from Lefkada Island after a short ferry ride to the village of Fiskardo in the northern part of Kefalonia.

PRO TIP: Ferry schedules are subject to change, so make sure you double-check before booking your ferry tickets to Kefalonia.

The ferry coming from Kyllini arrives at Poros port. The yellow-white ferry has Levante Ferries written on it in black letters.

How To Get Around Kefalonia

Public transport.

Public transport in Kefalonia is run by the KTEL bus company. Buses are frequent and connect the island’s main towns and villages. During the peak season, expect to find more itineraries on the timetable. Although not the best way to get around the island, if renting a car is not an option for you, public buses will take you to most of the island’s highlights.

Check out the KTEL Bus timetable for local routes here .

Local Ferry

A local ferry connects Kefalonia’s two main towns, Argostoli and Lixouri, throughout the year. This is the best way to commute between the two towns, especially if you’re not driving. Check out the local ferry itineraries here .

A local ferry on its way to Argostoli. Our Kefalonia travel guide has all the details for the local ferry that connects Argostoli to Lixouri.

From fantastic exotic beaches with crystal clear waters to hidden lakes in the forest and abandoned villages in the mountains, Kefalonia boasts unique scenery. The most hassle-free way to appreciate the island’s beauty is by car.

Kefalonia’s main road network is in very good condition. There aren’t any highways, only local roads that make distances look longer when driving from one side of the island to the other. Be careful of the steep narrow roads that lead to the beaches. Also, you may come across the occasional dirt road but nothing too strenuous.

If you don’t drive to Kefalonia in your car, make sure to book a rental car in advance as they quickly disappear in the high season.

Where To Stay in Kefalonia

Argostoli for first-timers.

With plenty of fantastic things to do in and around Argostoli, the island’s capital city is the best place to stay for your first time in Kefalonia.

Featuring an excellent location on Argostoli’s seafront, the 4-star Kefalonia Grand Hotel offers sparklingly clean modern rooms with sea views. Situated right on Argostoli’s central square, Aenos Hotel features gorgeous comfortable rooms in a prime location in the heart of Kefalonia’s capital.

Panoramic view of the De Bosset Bridge and Argostoli in the background.

Fiskardo For Couples

Located in the north of Kefalonia, this renowned quaint village is home to some of the best hotels for a romantic getaway. Nestled in the heart of Fiskardo, both Faros Suites and Balhambra Suites are ideal for a romantic laid-back stay in one of the most beautiful villages in Kefalonia.

A restaurant with blue tables and chairs at Fiskardo's harbour.

Sami For Exploration

For those who want to explore Kefalonia by car, there is no better place to use as a base than Sami. Thanks to its central location, Sami is easily accessible from the rest of the island.

Some of the best places to visit in Kefalonia, such as the beaches of Myrtos and Antisamos, the villages of Assos and Fiskardo and Melissani Cave, are within easy driving distance from Sami, while Argostoli is a mere 35-minute drive from there. On top of that, ferries to Ithaca (or Ithaki) run daily from Sami Port in the summer, making it easy to plan a day trip to the neighbouring island.

Situated in a convenient location with easy parking, Mary’s Studios and Apartment offers fully equipped studios with spacious terraces, ideal for a perfect stay in Kefalonia.

Skala For Families

Away from the hustle and bustle of the island’s more popular locations, Skala remains a small touristic seaside town ideal for families and relaxing holidays. Skala is home to many hotels, restaurants, cafés and beach bars, usually frequented by a lot of people. However, you can always find a great spot on the beach to enjoy the sun and the sea away from the crowds, even in August.

Situated in the heart of the town, Skala Hotel is a family-run hotel with modern refurbished rooms with sea views. The comfortable suites are ideal for families while the sandy beach – a true paradise for the little ones – is only a few steps from the hotel.

Panoramic view of Skala beach and village from a drone. There are several sets of umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach. The main coastal road is between the beach and the village.

5 Things To Know Before Visiting Kefalonia

1. the 1953 great kefalonia earthquake.

This Kefalonia travel guide wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t mention an event that marked the island’s rich history. On the 12th of August, 1953, Kefalonia was hit by one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of modern Greece. It was the third big earthquake in four consecutive days that flattened Zakynthos, Ithaki and Kefalonia, claiming between 445 and 800 lives.

Fiskardo was the only village in Kefalonia that wasn’t razed to the ground. The catastrophic quake of 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale resulted in a big migration flow to Athens and abroad. An inevitable economic decline ensued. It took a long time for Kefalonia to stand back on its feet. It wasn’t before the late 1980s that Kefalonia started emerging as one of the main touristic destinations in Greece.

Nowadays, Kefalonia is still hit by earthquakes. Yet, there is nothing to be afraid of anymore as structural engineering has evolved since and because of the 1953 earthquake. Most of the buildings are now protected according to modern anti-seismic regulations.

A severely damaged building in Assos. It has a collapsed roof and several cracks on the facade.

2. The Island’s Mysterious Underground Waters

A short drive from Argostoli, a 19th-century water mill rolls the waters that vanish in the depths of the earth through one of the island’s sinkholes.

In 1963, scientists managed to prove that underground waters traverse Kefalonia from west to east. They did so by pouring red paint into the Argostoli Sinkholes. After two weeks, the water in Melissani Cave and Sami turned red, explaining a unique geological phenomenon that used to be a mystery in the past.

View of the sinkhole and watermill in Argostoli.

3. The Magic of Ainos Mountain

Considering that Kefalonia is popular for its fantastic beaches, the island’s splendid mountainous landscape comes as a pleasant surprise. With its highest peak at 1628 metres, Mount Ainos is the tallest mountain in Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands. The most exciting part is that Ainos Mountain is home to a black-pine forest, the natural habitat of wild horses.

In the summer, Mount Ainos National Park is ideal for outdoor activities, especially hiking. You can drive through Mount Ainos and leave your car at the parking next to the Transmitter Station. From there, follow the trails to explore the island’s national park. If you are lucky, you might catch glimpses of the forest’s beautiful inhabitants.

4. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Was Filmed in Kefalonia

Starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is one of the most popular films set in Greece. The film, based on a novel by Louis de Bernières , is the love story of a music-lover Italian army captain and a local Greek woman who fell in love in Kefalonia when the island was under Italian and German occupation.

For more inspiration before visiting Greece, you can check out our list of 20 novels set in Greece.

Panoramic view of Antisamos bay. The beach is surrounded by lush green vegetation. A big luxury boat is moored away from the beach.

5. Kefalonia Has Its Local Dialect

Similar to the other Ionian Islands, Kefalonia’s dialect is influenced by the Italian language. Occupied by the Venetians for several centuries, the locals use alternated Italian words until today. It’s hard to notice the difference if you don’t speak Greek. That said, you may pick up some words if you speak Italian.

3 Best Places To Visit in Kefalonia

Situated in the northern part of Kefalonia, about an hour’s drive from Argostoli, Assos (or Asos) is the indisputable gem of the island. This small seaside village is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Greece and for good reason

Three people are strolling along Assos' harbour.

For a perfect day in Assos, leave your car at the small public parking space in the narrowest part of the peninsula. Spend a relaxing day by the turquoise waters of the village’s beach, have lunch at one of the seafront restaurants and take a stroll along the quaint harbour.

Before leaving Assos, walk along the scenic path that leads to the 16th-century Venetian Castle for incredible views of the picturesque village.

Panoramic view of Assos village from a drone.

2. Fiskardo

A 35-minute drive north of Assos, Fiskardo (or Fiscardo) is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kefalonia. As Fiskardo was the only village that survived the 1953 Great Kefalonia earthquake, this is the perfect place to have a look at the island’s pre-earthquake traditional architecture, as most buildings in Fiskardo still retain original elements.

A balcony of a neoclassical mansion. The small balcony has blue railings matched with the blue shutters. The walls are pink.

Start your walk marvelling at the ancient ruins of a Roman cemetery at the edge of the once sleepy fishing village.

The seaside path next to the Roman cemetery in Fiskardo.

Walk along the promenade that passes through the charming harbour and leads to the trail for the Old Venetian Lighthouse of Fiskardo and the enchanting ruins of an early Christian Basilica.

Panoramic view of the Venetian lighthouse in Fiskardo from a drone. The lighthouse stands on the edge of the peninsula and behind there is Fiskardo village and several boats in the harbour.

Although the village has kept its traditional features, Fiskardo is renowned for its fine dining and cosmopolitan vibes. The former hidden gem is now a top destination for the rich and famous. Therefore, don’t be surprised if there are more luxury yachts than fishing boats at the harbour. Also, taxi boats never stop bringing VIP guests to Fiskardo for a luxury dinner.

Panoramic view of two yachts moored in Fiskardo bay with the village in the background.

3. Argostoli

With its beautiful architecture, elegant air and authentic vibes, Argostoli is one of the best places to visit in Kefalonia. The vibrant capital of the island boasts several squares and pedestrianised streets, ideal for people-watching. A great way to be immersed in the unique atmosphere of Argostoli is to grab an ice cream and mingle with the locals as you walk along the lively main street.

The indisputable highlight of Argostoli is the seemingly endless De Bosset Bridge while a special mention should be made to the adorable loggerhead turtles that inhabit the port.

Kampana Square in Argostoli. The square is home to several cafés and a clock tower.

5 Best Beaches in Kefalonia

1. myrtos beach.

Kefalonia is mostly known for its beaches. This is why we’re starting this section of our Kefalonia travel guide with one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and certainly the most famous beach in Kefalonia. Myrtos will dazzle you with its beauty. It’s one of those places that never fail to astonish, even if you’ve seen a zillion photos of the beach before you actually get there.

First, enjoy panoramic views of Myrtos from this viewpoint . Then drive the downhill road to the beach to swim in mind-blowingly turquoise waters and lie on otherworldily white pebbles.

Thanks to its western orientation, Myrtos is ideal for epic sunsets. Therefore, it’s worth sticking around until the golden hour. However, if you plan to spend the whole day there, bring a beach umbrella as those offered by beach bars are hard to come by.

Keep in mind that when the weather is windy, it’s best to refrain from getting into the water as the waves can get pretty high. Myrtos is also infamous for its strong currents. Therefore, it might be a good idea to check the weather forecast before going to Myrtos Beach to make sure you pick a windless day.

View of Myrtos beach from a drone. There are several sets of sunbeds and umbrellas in front of the beach. The water is deep blue. You can learn everything you need about Myrtos in our Kefalonia travel guide.

2. Petani Beach

Located on the other side of the island, on the Paliki Peninsula, the smaller Petani Beach has something of Myrtos’ splendour. The surrounding exotic landscape and the beach’s turquoise waters will take you aback before you even start descending the hill to the beach. Petani Beach is organised with beach bars and restaurants and it’s perfect for idyllic sunsets.

Like with Myrtos Beach, pick a windless day for your trip to Petani Beach for an unforgettable – and safe – experience.

Panoramic view of Petani beach from the top of the hill. The surrounding landscape is lush green and the water is turquoise.

3. Antisamos Beach

A 10-minute drive from Sami, Antisamos Beach is one of the best beaches in Kefalonia. Alongside Sami, Antisamos was one of Captain Corelli Mandolin’s filming locations that made the island known to the world. Antisamos stands out for its lush green scenery and somewhat eerily emerald waters.

The beach is fully organised with beach bars, restaurants, showers, sunbeds and umbrellas you can rent for the day. Parking is quite easy even in the peak season. For the more adventurous, there are also water sports to try. Antisamos isn’t the best for families as the beach has large pebbles and the waters are deep.

View of Antisamos Beach from eye level. The beach has white pebbles and deep green waters.

4. Xi Beach

Kefalonia has no shortage of unique landscapes and Xi Beach is one of them. With a red-sanded shoreline and crystal clear waters surrounded by clay rock formations, Xi Beach is out of this world.

A 13-minute drive from Lixouri, Xi Beach can be overly crowded, especially in the high season. The swallow waters and the amenities make Xi one of the most family-friendly beaches in Kefalonia.

View of Xi beach from eye level. The beach has red sand and swallow crystal clear waters. The surrounding cliffs are made of clay.

5. Skala Beach

If there’s a happy place for us in Kefalonia, it’s the long sandy Skala Beach. Maybe it’s because we have so many fond memories of having a great time with our dear friends there, but Skala Beach has won a very special place in our hearts.

Situated in eastern Kefalonia, just a 20-minute drive from Poros Port, laid-back Skala is ideal for everyone. Families with small kids who can make the most of the facilities offered by beach bars and restaurants, groups of friends eager to do water sports and sip cocktails, couples in love and loners who want to enjoy reading a book at one of many quiet spots on the sand.

A top-down view of Skala beach from a drone. Four rows of umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach.

7 Best Things To Do in Kefalonia

No Kefalonia travel guide is complete without a mention of the top things to do in Kefalonia. However, in this article, we tried to keep this list short. For the full list of the best things to do in Kefalonia, watch our Kefalonia YouTube video:

1. Get Into The Depths of Melissani & Drogarati Caves

Situated near Sami and a 10-minute drive from Agia Efimia , Melissani Cave with its underground lake is the ultimate highlight of Kefalonia. The water of Melissani Lake comes from the Sinkholes in Argostoli as we mentioned above. As opposed to Diros Cave in Mani, the roof of Melissani Cave has collapsed, creating an impressive shaft over the lake.

The cave is accessible via an underground tunnel. At the end of the tunnel, you embark on small rowing boats to enjoy a memorable boat ride among stalagmites and stalactites. Try to visit the Cave of Melissani at noon on a bright sunny day when the sunlight hits the lake and the boats look as if they’re hovering over the deep blue waters.

View of Melissani lake from the rowing boat. There are several small blue boats in the lake. The daylight hits the water through the shaft.

Often overlooked, the nearby Drogarati Cave is another cave worth visiting in Kefalonia. The 95-metre-deep Drogarati Cave is famous for its excellent acoustics. In the past, it even hosted live performances. The over 100-million-year cave boasts numerous impressive formations of stalagmites and stalactites. If you plan to visit both caves, you can buy a combined ticket, available at either site.

View of Drogarati Cave's interior. A few people are walking under the stalactites.

2. Step Inside Agios Gerasimos Monastery

Canonised in 1622, Saint Gerasimos is Kefalonia’s patron saint. Saint Gerasimos was renowned for the miracles he performed for people with mental issues. Situated in a gorgeous landscape, a 20-minute drive from Argostoli, the sacred Monastery of Saint Gerasimos is home to his relics, which have remained intact throughout the centuries. You can check them out yourselves if you want.

If you happen to be in Kefalonia on the 16th of August, don’t miss the big feast of the Saint in the monastery. Saint Gerasimos is the locals’ beloved Saint. That explains why almost every male on the island is called Gerasimos or Makis (short for Gerasimos).

The big church in Saint Gerasimos Monastery, one of the best places to visit in Kefalonia.

3. Visit a Scenic Winery

If you’re wondering what to buy from Greece , wine is always a great idea. Kefalonia boasts a favourable morphology that endorses the production of high-quality local wine. The island’s most famous grape variety is Robola, which produces exquisite dry white wine. Situated near Saint Gerasimos Monastery, the Robola Wine Cooperative is a great place to indulge in a wine tasting of local wines, paired with delicious food.

Bottles of Robola wine on a shelf.

4. Wander Around a Ghost Village

In 1953, the Great Kefalonia Earthquake levelled a big part of the island. Most villages were rebuilt but others were abandoned forever. Old Vlachata Village near the south coast of Kefalonia is one of the latter. Nowadays, you can still wander among the ruins of this ghost village, step inside roofless homes and try to imagine how the devastating earthquake changed the locals’ lives forever.

Yet, Old Vlachata is brought back to life for three days every August, thanks to the Saristra Festival , a Music and Art Festival that contributes to the village’s reconnection with the past through live performances and installations.

A cobblestone street lined with ruins and olive trees in Old Vlachata village.

5. Take The Trip To Lixouri

One of our favourite things to do in Kefalonia is to take the local ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri, the second-largest city in Kefalonia.

View of Argostoli from the local ferry's deck. There are two men on the deck leaning on the railing and enjoying the view.

A popular tourist destination since the 19th century, Lixouri was one of the Greek Royal Family’s favourite summer resorts in the 1950s. However, the city decayed after the 1953 earthquake and never regained its former glory as a vacation spot. Nowadays, only a few original buildings are still standing. Yet, with its authentic vibes and laid-back ambience, the rebuilt Lixouri is worth a visit.

A small black dog is wandering around Lixouri's main square. There is a table with four chairs in the foreground.

If you’re driving, instead of getting back to Argostoli by ferry, drive along the seaside road that leads from Lixouri to Argostoli for outstanding panoramic views along the way. This drive is one of the most memorable things to do in Kefalonia in its own right.

Panoramic view of Argostoli bay from the seaside road coming from Lixouri. A winding road leads to a small beach.

6. Walk Along The De Bosset Bridge in Argostoli

Constructed in 1813 by the Swiss engineer and Kefalonia’s Governor Charles de Bosset, the De Bosset Bridge is the world’s longest stone bridge built over the sea. The bridge was partially damaged after the 1953 earthquake and closed to vehicles in 2009.

Since 2013, the renovated De Bosset Bridge has been pedestrian-only. It’s ideal for a relaxing long walk with superb views over Koutavos Lagoon and Argostoli Town.

View of the De Bosset Bridge at sunset. The bridge is lined with street lamps and leads to Argostoli.

7. Head To an Iconic Lighthouse at Sunset

Built in 1828 on an artificial peninsula, the iconic Lighthouse of Agioi Theodoroi is one of the most famous landmarks in Kefalonia. The Doric-style lighthouse was completely destroyed after the 1953 earthquake and rebuilt according to its original plans. A short drive from Argostoli, it’s the ultimate romantic place in Kefalonia to enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

Close-up view of the lighthouse's upper part.

Now that you reached the end of our ultimate travel guide for Kefalonia, we do hope it helps you plan your holidays to one of the most remarkable islands in Greece. We know we’ll never stop going back to Kefalonia and we get the feeling that you’ll want to visit Kefalonia more than once, too. So, make sure you keep this thorough Kefalonia travel guide handy!

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1 Week on Kefalonia (How to See The Best Bits in 7 Days or Less)

The Ionian island of Kefalonia is known for being one of the most beautiful islands in Greece – it’s craggy and mountains, very green, and home to striking beaches such as the iconic Myrtos with its electric blue water. But Kefalonia is also a large island and an awkward shape, so what’s the best way to see everything?

Despite having an international airport, Kefalonia isn’t as developed as the more popular Ionian islands Corfu and Zakynthos. The beaches are mostly pebbly (although there are some great sandy beaches in the south and east), and the rugged terrain has kept building – and roads – to a minimum.

If you’ve seen Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (and I unashamedly love that film, Nicholas Cage isn’t as bad as everyone says…) then you’ll have an idea of just how picturesque Kefalonia can be.

beach at Assos through palms

Kefalonia is an island of incredible beauty spots that aren’t well connected by bus or road and don’t lend themselves to an obvious itinerary. For practical purposes, you can divide it into north and south.

It really makes life a lot easier to hire a car on Kefalonia. If you do, then it doesn’t matter where you stay and it’s possible to see the highlights in as little as 3 days. But there’s plenty to see if you longer – particularly as some of the best bits of Kefalonia can only be seen by boat. I recommend you spend at least a week there.

If you enjoy walking then I recommend picking up a copy of Walk & Eat Kefalonia .

WITH A RENTAL CAR

Here’s what 7 days in Kefalonia with a hire car might look like:

  • Day 1 – North Kefalonia
  • Day 2 – Antisamos and Melissani
  • Day 3 – Argostoli and the south
  • Day 4 –  Day trip to Ithaca
  • Day 5 – Lixouri, Xi and the Paliki Peninsula
  • Day 6 – Beach day at Skala
  • Day 7 – Inland or boat trip

For car rental check out well-regarded local firms Pefanis and Greekstones .

rocks near Agia Efimia

WITHOUT A RENTAL CAR

If you don’t have a car but want to see as much of the island as possible then I recommend staying Argostoli or Lassi for at least 1 week. It’s very difficult to visit most of Kefalonia’s highlights by public transport (trust me, I tried and failed). Kefalonia’s tourist industry is geared towards the schedule of package holidays and most excursions run on a weekly rota so you’ll need some flexibility in your plans. 

To give you a starting point, 7 days in Kefalonia (based in Argostoli/Lassi) without a car might look like this:

  • Day 1 – Highlights of Kefalonia excursion
  • Day 2 – Beach day at Lassi
  • Day 4 – Day trip to Ithaca
  • Day 5 – Boat trip to Paliki Peninsula
  • Day 7 – Boat trip

The main tour companies offering excursions are:

  • From Argostoli/Lassi : see KCG Travel
  • From Argostoli/Skala : see Kefalonia Excursions
  • From Lassi/Skala/Katelios : see Panem Tours
  • From Agia Efimia/Sami/Karavomilos : see Avgerinos Travel Experience

Check the KTEL website for bus timetables.

Some boat trips  are:

  • Lady O  
  • Fishing Tourism ‘Michalis’

If you’re a total beach hound and just want to fly and flop then stay on the south coast which has sandier beaches and just take one or two excursions. The most beautiful part of Kefalonia is the north but it’s difficult to see the rest of the island from here. For more information on towns and villages see Where to Stay on Kefalonia: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide .

NORTH KEFALONIA

Myrtos beach

The northern tip of Kefalonia is the most attractive part of the island, with pretty villages and jaw-dropping beaches.

  • The beautiful village of Assos
  • Myrtos beach
  • The harbour village of Fiskardo

They are all relatively close together and easily combined into a day trip by car or on an excursion. However, they are not connected by public transport so it’s impossible to see all of them in one day by bus, although you can visit them individually for the day.

Don’t leave Kefalonia without seeing this part of the island. The villages are two remaining examples of Kefalonia’s original architecture with its Venetian influence. Assos is tiny and you probably couldn’t imagine a prettier place if you tried. I like it best at the end of the day when the tour groups have gone – swimming at Assos is a blissful treat, especially when followed by a late afternoon ‘strawbecco’ at Nefeli in the sun.

Fiskardo is handsome and cosmopolitan. It’s the buzziest part of the island, with posh bars and restaurants to match. If you’re driving, it’s worth aiming for Fiskardo before the lunchtime tour groups arrive at 1 pm.

Myrtos beach is just as stunning as all the photos – no wonder it’s generally considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece , with electric blue water and bright white pebbles. It’s busier from midday onwards when the beach is out of shadow and sunbathers decamp here for the day. Myrtos is also west-facing so has spectacular sunsets.

These are some of the main attractions on the island so expect crowds.

ANTISAMOS, MELISSANI AND DROGARATI

Antisamos beach

Antisamos is the famous ‘Captain Corelli’ beach and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It’s a pebble beach though, not sand – and it’s also not quite the untouched paradise from the film though. Expect a beach bar, sunloungers, and watersports in the high summer. It’s still worth a visit if you’re a fan of the film, or of beaches, and you can also walk up to the Acropolis of Ancient Sami if you’re feeling active.

The beach is 10 minutes in the car from the town of Sami, and an hour on foot. There are two other attractions close by – the shimmering Melissani blue cave, and ancient Drogerati Caves, Unfortunately, buses to and from Sami are infrequent, even in high summer. You’re more likely to find a bus excursion or boat trip that includes Melissani as part of its itinerary.

If you’re determined to do this by public transport then it’s better to stay in Sami overnight and budget for a few taxis.

A rental car allows you to also take in the watermills at nearby Karavomilos and dinner at Aghia Efimia.

ARGOSTOLI AND THE SOUTH

Argostoli bridge

The south of Kefalonia has a significantly different landscape and feel. Highlights include:

  • Argostoli and its turtles
  • Fanari Lighthouse
  • Beaches at Lassi, Svoronata, and Pessada

If you can, get to Argostoli before 9 am to see the turtles follow fishermen into the harbour. There are usually conservation volunteers around, happy to chat with the general public and educate about these magnificent creatures. Just opposite the harbour are several great bakeries.

You can take a stroll around the Fanari Peninsula to the lighthouse – it takes around 1 hour and there are a few small pebble coves for a dip if it gets too hot. The end of the walk brings you to the Lassi area where there are plenty of tavernas. Do yourself a favour and have lunch at Kamaroules Stamatelatos near Gradakia beach, a taverna tucked away underneath pines by the shore. There is a lot of mediocre tourist fare in Lassi but this was some of the best food I ate on Kefalonia.

From here Lassi is nearby for a lazy afternoon on the beach – they get sandier the further along you go. If you have a car you can continue past Lassi to quieter beaches at Ammes or Pessada. Gentilini Winery is on the way and offers tasting flights of local Kefalonian varieties as well as bottles to buy for later (bagsy not the designated driver). 

Argostoli is not the most handsome town in Greece. Most of the buildings are modern, having been rebuilt after the devastation of the 1953 earthquake. It’s a town better seen at night than day. During the day it feels sleepy and dusty, but from 8 pm onwards it begins to come alive. There’s a long street of tourist shops and souvenirs, bars and restaurants, and the presence of a superyacht marina nearby ensures a decent calibre of cocktail bars near the waterfront.

Fanari lighthouse

DAY TRIP TO ITHACA

Ithaca is Kefalonia’s smaller sister island off its northern coast. As you drive along the coastal road opposite Ithaca it’s clear that they were once part of the same land-mass of green-tipped mountain tops.

It’s definitely worth making the journey over to Ithaca for the day if you have time. It has a similar feel to north Kefalonia with its picturesque villages and dramatic coastline, but minus most of the crowds. It’s not entirely untouristy though – the yachties love it.

For more information see How to Day Trip from Kefalonia to Ithaca .

Fishing boats on Ithaca

BEACH HOPPING AROUND SKALA

No trip to a Greek island is complete without some dedicated beach time, so I’m sure you want to know where to find the best beaches. The most dramatic and beautiful are the steep cliff beaches like Myrtos on the north-west coast, however the sandiest beaches are on the east coast around Skala.

Skala is a popular (though laid-back) beach resort town and has a long stretch of rough sand beach. Behind the beach is the main road lined with hotels, beach bars, tavernas, and everything else you need, as well as many tall pines which provide some welcome shade and add a pleasant vibe. You can reach Skala by bus from Argostoli which also stops at some of the smaller resorts. 

There are a few scenic bays along the road to Poros. South of Skala is Kaminia Beach which is quieter, wilder, and less developed thanks to the presence of Caretta Caretta turtles who favour it as a nesting zone.

Back on the road west to Argostoli, you will pass the small beach villages of Katelios and Lourdata and the rocky beach at Pessada. Lourdata is especially worth a beach/swim/eat stop.

Skala beach

LIXOURI AND THE PALIKI PENINSULA

From Argostoli, you can hop on a very frequent ferry across the water to Lixouri, the main town of the Paliki Peninsula. It feels like a mirror image of Argostoli but smaller and less touristy. The crossing is just a couple of euros and the boats leave every 15 minutes or so from the main harbour in Argostoli.

Paliki feels geologically different to the rest of the island and it has some intriguing beaches, the most well-known of which is Xi (pictured below) with its orange clay sand.

Drivers can explore some of the wilder beaches such as Petani, which is similar to Myrtos but less busy, and Platia Ammos (the beach itself is currently closed so you’ll have to make do with the viewpoint).

In high season buses run from Argostoli to Xi. Sometimes you can also find bus tours around the Paliki Peninsula or boat trips from Argostoli which stop at some of the beaches and include a BBQ lunch.

orange sand and cliffs at Xi beach

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Welcome to my Kefalonia travel guide – the ultimate travel guide to Kefalonia, and the only guide you’ll ever need to plan your dream vacation to this beautiful Greek island!

I stumbled across Kefalonia when looking for summer holidays in 2022. Since I had never heard of it, I didn’t have too many expectations, but boy, does this island have a lot to offer!

Kefalonia, also known as Cephalonia or Kefallinia, is the largest of the Ionian islands in western Greece . The island is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque villages.

With so many attractions and activities to enjoy, suffice it to say that planning a trip to Kefalonia can be a little overwhelming.

But fear not – because in this comprehensive travel guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know to make the most of your time on this stunning island.

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Kefalonia Travel Guide: About Kefalonia

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If you’ve never heard of Kefalonia island before, you’re probably like I was and are wondering:

Where in the heck is this island, anyway?

Kefalonia is a beautiful island located in the Ionian Sea, just 30 miles west of mainland Greece.

The island is known for its rugged landscapes, stunning beaches, and brilliant, clear, turquoise water.

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands, with a total area of about 300 square miles (781 square kilometers) and a population of around 35,000 people.

The island is divided into four main regions: Argostoli, Paliki, Sami, and Erisos.

(More on that below on my Kefalonia tourist map .)

Did you know? Kefalonia is just 6 miles west of the tiny island of Ithaca. Kefalonia island has even been suggested to be the original Ithaca, the homeland of Odysseus!

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Is Kefalonia nice?

I would be remiss if I didn’t make it clear in this Kefalonia guide just how nice this Greek island really is.

So yes, Kefalonia is nice – and likely exceptionally more than you would expect.

Why do I love Kefalonia so much? Here’s are my top three reasons:

  • Stunning beaches: In my opinion, Kefalonia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. This includes the famous Myrtos Beach, Antisamos Beach and many more. These beaches offer crystal-clear waters, stunning scenery, and a wide range of water activites such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving! I mean seriously , have you ever seen water so blue?!
  • Unspoiled nature: Kefalonia is a nature lover’s paradise that hasn’t been fully discovered by the masses yet. It has a diverse landscape including mountains, forests, and lakes. You can explore the island’s natural wonders by hiking in Mount Ainos National Park, taking a boat through Melissani Cave, or visiting the picturesque village of Assos.
  • Budget traveler friendly: While there are some luxury options, it’s otherwise pretty difficult to spend a lot on Kefalonia island. Perfect for travelers on a budget!

So, if you’re looking for the ultimate summer Europe vacation filled with sun and the sea at an affordable price, then a Kefalonia holiday is for you!

Kefalonia Travel Guide: When to Visit Kefalonia

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When planning a trip to Kefalonia, there are a few key things to bear in mind about the climate first. That’s why I’ve included a little bit of information on this Kefalonia travel guide about the climate, the best time to visit, and what it’s like in the off-season, below.

Kefalonia is overall dry, sunny, and hot in the summer. Conversely, the winters are mild, but see a lot of rain.

Since Kefalonia is also home to the highest peak in the Ionian Sea, Mount Ainos, sometimes there’s even snow in the winter on the peak!

Daily average temperatures during peak summer in Kefalonia range from highs of 84°F (29°C) during the day to lows of 64°F (18°C) at night. If you’re visiting during shoulder season, lows are likely to reach closer to 54°F (12°C). So if you visit during shoulder season, be prepared with a light jacket and sweater!

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The best time to visit Kefalonia is from May to mid-September. This, unsurprisingly, is also peak season in Kefalonia.

So, to get the best balance between great weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices, I always recommend visiting during shoulder season during the European summer.

This means May and September will be the best months to visit Kefalonia overall!

However, I visited in July and while the beaches could get busy in the middle of the day, I was still able to enjoy the fact that Kefalonia is still a hidden gem.

So rest assured if you visit in peak season, you’ll probably still be able to avoid massive crowds. But maybe not for long – more people are bound to discover this magical Greek island every year! 😉

Outside of May-September (and maybe October), many hotels and restaurants on the island of Kefalonia will be shut down.

This is especially true of resort towns like Lassi, Skala, and Sami. Lixouri and Fiskardo are still open to some extent.

Remember, Kefalonia is still relatively undiscovered by foreigners, so outside of the high season, a lot of facilities that cater to tourists will be closed! 🙂

Be strategic and visit in May or September to experience the best of Kefalonia “off-season.” There will be lower prices and no crowds while still being relatively sunny and warm. However, you’ll also avoid everything being shut down.

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Kefalonia travel guide: how to get to kefalonia.

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Flying to Kefalonia is by far the easiest way to get to Kefalonia. However, you can of course always take a ferry, too. It is Greece, after all!

The island of Kefalonia, Greece has its own airport, “Anna Pollatou” (abbreviated with IATA airport code EFL).

Many flights go in and out daily on large carriers and budget airlines alike. This is great news for budget travelers – you can probably get a flight out of your airport of choice with easyJet, Jet2, Vueling, or TUI!

If you’re flying from the United States, you’ll probably need to catch a connecting flight to Kefalonia. Luckily, there are direct flights to Kefalonia from most major airports around Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, and Athens!

Kefalonia airport is modern and comfortable with air conditioning. I had to wait inside for a delayed flight back home and was generally comfortable. (Or, at least as comfortable as waiting for a delayed flight can really be. 🙂 )

Have I convinced you to book your flight to Kefalonia yet? 🙂 I’ve made it easy for you to start your search with Skyscanner below, my go-to flight search engine for the best deals!

Since Kefalonia is ideally located in the Ionian sea, you can also take a ferry to Kefalonia from either mainland Greece or other islands like Lefkada or Zakynthos.

From mainland Greece

You can take a ferry from Killini in mainland Peloponnese to Poros on Kefalonia island that operates 3-4 times daily. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

During high season, you can also take a daily ferry from Killini to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia.

Alternatively, you can take a ferry to the port town of Sami, Kefalonia from Patras in the northern Peloponnese. This ferry continues to the neighboring island of Ithaca.

Looking for an Athens to Kefalonia ferry? Unfortunately, there aren’t any currently. You’re better off flying if you’re looking to take this route!

From other islands

It’s also possible to get to Kefalonia by ferry from the neighboring islands of Ithaca, Zakynthos, and Lefkada.

If you’re wondering how to get from Corfu to Kefalonia, you’d have to take a ferry from Corfu to Lefkada first. Then, another ferry from Lefkada to Corfu.

PRO TIP: Book your ferry tickets ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about them selling out!

Kefalonia Travel Guide: Recommended Timeframe

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How long do you need in Kefalonia?

Next up on this complete Kefalonia travel guide is a very important question: how long do you really need in Kefalonia?

The amount of time you need in Kefalonia largely depends on your travel style and interests.

If you want to explore the island thoroughly and take part in various activities, I recommend spending at least five to seven days on the island.

This will give you enough time to visit the top attractions, like Myrtos Beach, Melisanni Cave, and Mount Ainos National Park. It will also allow you to explore some of the lesser-known villages and beaches.

However, if you’re short on time, you can still get a taste of Kefalonia in as little as three to four days.

During this time, you can choose to visit some of the island’s highlights. This could include beautiful Antisamos Beach or the charming fishing village of Fiskardo.

But it’s worth noting that the amount of time you spend in Kefalonia also depends on your budget and schedule.

If you have a limited budget or a tight schedule, you may have to prioritize which places to visit and which activities to do. Luckily, my guide can help you with that! 🙂

But if you have more time and resources, you can take your time and fully experience all that Kefalonia has to offer at a more relaxed pace.

Personally, I spent five full days on Kefalonia and felt it was enough for a short little holiday – that is, if you arrive armed with the knowledge of the best things to do in Kefalonia!

Keep reading if you’re interested in that. 😉

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Kefalonia Travel Guide: What to Do in Kefalonia

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1. Myrtos Beach + viewpoinT

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Myrtos Beach is a stunning, crescent-shaped beach located on the northwest coast of Kefalonia.

It’s widely regarded not only as one of the best beaches in Greece, but also as one of the most picturesque beaches in the world – and for good reason.

Its turquoise waters, dramatic limestone cliffs, and pristine white pebble beach make Myrtos a Kefalonia must-see on this Kefalonia travel guide.

In addition to its natural beauty, Myrtos Beach itself also offers a variety of activities that you can enjoy!

Sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling are popular activities here, and the surrounding cliffs provide an excellent backdrop for adventurous cliff jumping too!

Visitors can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas or grab a refreshing drink at the nearby beach bar.

While of course the beach is best enjoyed during the heat of the day, I recommend visiting the viewpoint just north of the beach in the hours leading to sunset for the best lighting.

You can find this viewpoint on Google maps by searching “Myrtos Beach Viewpoint.”

I promise you the view will not disappoint!

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2. explore the melissani cave.

Melissani Cave is actually a partially-collapsed underground cave that’s also home to a beautiful underground lake.

Visitors can take a boat ride through this unique geological formation and marvel at the clear, bright blue water and the natural beauty of the surrounding rock formations.

The sun shines through the partially-collapsed roof and into the water, giving off an almost mystical feeling!

Your boat captain will even bring you a bit inside the cave for a look around at the stalactites and stalagmites. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll get a captain who sings for you too so that you can hear the amazing acoustics the rock formations offer! 🙂

How much does it cost to visit Melissani cave?

Entry to the cave is €7 (reduced for children), which you purchase at the entrance. This includes the boat ride. To get to the edge of the lake, you’ll go down a series of stairs and a walkway which descends about 20 meters into the cave. There, you’ll get in the next boat that’s available. And then away you go!

When is the best time to visit Melissani cave?

It’s best to visit Melissani cave between 11:30 am and 2 pm. This is when the sun shines through the cave opening and illuminates the water inside, giving it a magical, blue glow! To avoid the crowds at noon and 1 pm, arrive right at 11:30 am or closer to 2 pm.

Did you know? The water that feeds Melissani Lake comes from a freshwater stream that runs underground for approximately 12 ½ miles (20 kilometers)! It then mixes with seawater due to its proximity to the eastern coast of Kefalonia, creating a brackish mix that is unique only to Melissani Cave.

Short on time? I recommend booking a private tour with transportation that will bring you to Kefalonia’s highlights, including Melissani Cave! (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 18 reviews)

3. hike in mount ainos national park.

Kefalonia travel guide Mount Ainos National Park summit view

Mount Ainos is the highest peak not only on Kefalonia, but also of the Ionian islands. It offers stunning views of the island and the surrounding sea.

It’s located within Mount Ainos National Park, the only national park situated on a Greek island!

The hike to the top of Mount Ainos isn’t too challenging if you have the right shoes , and it’s worth it for the stunning views.

I recommend you drive as far as you can up to the parking lot with a big radio tower. This is labelled as “Ainos National Park Parking” on Google Maps.

From there, walk down the gravel road until you find a sign directing you up and to the right. That’s your summit hike to the peak of Mount Ainos!

You can also hike elsewhere around the national park to discover the wide variety of flora and fauna, like the iconic fir trees that cover the area.

Want to know more about hiking in Ainos National Park? Check out the trails guide on AllTrails.com.

4. Rent a boat for the day

One of the best things to do in Kefalonia is rent a boat.

Here’s why: since so many gorgeous beaches on Kefalonia aren’t accessible on land, a boat is the only way you’ll be able to see them and enjoy them!

(Plus, you’ll have these beaches almost completely to yourself!)

You might be wondering: do I need a boat license to drive a boat in Kefalonia?

In Kefalonia, you can get a boat rental of up to 30 horsepower without a boat license! This is plenty of power to explore the beaches around Argostoli bay, for example.

I rented a boat through Viator from Argostoli for the day and loved it. It was only $200 for the entire day, could hold up to 5 people, and was super easy to pick up and drop off the boat in the harbor.

I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Kefalonia, as it was a highlight of my trip and I think the best Viator tour in Kefalonia!

Just don’t forget to pack your own beach umbrella for the harsh midday sun if you plan to camp out at one of these wild beaches for the day!

5. Visit Assos Village

Kefalonia travel guide Assos village

Assos (sometimes spelled ‘Asos’) is a picturesque village located on a narrow peninsula on the west coast of Kefalonia.

It’s home to a charming harbor, narrow streets, and traditional houses that are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Assos is also another great place to rent a boat in Kefalonia so that you can access stunning, wild beaches between Assos and Myrtos Beach that aren’t accessible by land.

There are a few boat rental companies in the center of Assos on the harbor that you can go into and ask about these beaches. They’re well-kept secrets of the locals that I don’t want to give away here! 🙂

Read more: Check out more of the best things to do and where to eat and stay in Assos with my ultimate Asos, Kefalonia guide!

6. explore the venetian castle in assos.

Kefalonia travel guide Assos Venetian castle

Assos is also the starting point to explore Assos Castle, a well-preserved historic Venetian castle perched on a small peninsula connected to Assos village.

It was built under Venetian rule from 1593-1595 to protect against invading attacks from Turks or pirates, and is one of the largest castles in Greece!

You can take a tour, climb to the top, and have a panoramic view of the village and surrounding sea.

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7. relax on antisamos beach.

Kefalonia travel guide Antisamos Beach

Almost as famous as Myrtos Beach, Antisamos Beach is located on the eastern coast of Kefalonia and offers crystalline waters and stunning views.

It’s located just a short distance from the town of Sami and is easily accessible by car, bus, or on foot.

Antisamos Beach is equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, and a variety of beach bars and restaurants so you have all you need for the day, right there.

There are also showers, changing rooms, and other amenities, making it a comfortable and convenient place to spend the day.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a short hike around the surrounding hilltops to enjoy stunning views of the area!

8. Visit Fiskardo Village

Kefalonia travel guide Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a charming village with a lively atmosphere located on the northernmost tip of Kefalonia.

It’s known for its picturesque harbor, traditional houses, and stunning sea views.

If you want to enjoy some fine dining in Kefalonia, I recommend you visit Fiskardo. The scenic waterfront is lined with tavernas, cafes, and boutiques that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds with authentic Greek cuisine.

Fiskardo also serves as a jumping-off point for boat rentals in Kefalonia as well as sailing tours to explore the surrounding bays and coves.

Did you know? Fiskardo is one of the few places on Kefalonia that wasn’t destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. So, the town is filled with traditional Venetian architecture, stone-paved streets, and pastel-colored houses.

9. Take a Day Trip to Ithaca

Kefalonia travel guide Ithaca

If you’re looking for a day trip from Kefalonia, Ithaca is a great option.

This small island is located just off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and offers an unspoiled, laid-back atmosphere.

To get to Ithaca, you can take a ferry from the town of Sami, which is located on the east coast of Kefalonia. The ferry ride takes about an hour and offers stunning views of the Ionian Sea along the way.

Once you arrive in Ithaca, you can explore the island’s charming villages, scenic beaches, and historic landmarks.

If you’d like to DIY your day trip, Steph from The Mediterranean Traveler has a great guide to taking a day trip from Kefalonia to Ithaca!

Alternatively, you can save time and headache by doing a guided tour to Ithaca so all of the logistics are taken care of for you.

One of the top things to do in Ithaca is to visit the village of Frikes, a quiet and peaceful village surrounded by hills topped with old windmills.

You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Ithaca to learn more about the island’s rich history and culture, or soak up the sun and relax on some of the top beaches, like Gidaki Beach or Filiatro Beach.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect day trip on this Kefalonia travel guide, make sure to add Ithaca to your itinerary!

If you’d like the logistics taken care of for you, below are the top tours I recommend for a day trip to Ithaca from Kefalonia.

10. stroll around the koutavos lagoon in argostoli.

Kefalonia travel guide Koutavos Lagoon Argostoli

The Koutavos Lagoon is a beautiful natural lagoon located in the heart of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the lagoon and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

It’s also a great jumping-off point for a day boat rental , topped off with some fine dining in the city for dinner!

While Kefalonia isn’t particularly known for its nightlife scene, you’ll also find a little bit of nightlife in Argostoli. Lithostroto, the town’s main square, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with a variety of bars and cafes to choose from.

11. Enjoy a drink at a beach bar in Lassi

Kefalonia travel guide beach bar Lassi

Lassi is a popular tourist resort town on the western coast of Kefalonia.

It’s known for its beautiful beaches and also its unique selection of beach bars.

These beach bars are scattered along the coastline and offer a great spot for you to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy a refreshing drink.

One of the most popular beach bars in Lassi is the Gradakia Beach Bar, which is located on Gradakia Beach and offers amazing views of the coastline.

The bar serves a range of drinks, including local wines and cocktails, and has a selection of light bites and snacks on the menu, too.

If you’re looking for some nightlife in Kefalonia, Lassi will be a good bet too with its variety of bars as well as restaurants and nightclubs.

12. Go wine tasting at a local vineyard

Kefalonia travel guide vineyard

Of course, this Kefalonia travel guide wouldn’t be complete without an opportunity to taste some of the delicious wines made right here on the island!

While Kefalonian wines aren’t as well-known as those from other Greek islands, they are definitely worth tasting.

One of the best wineries to visit in Kefalonia is Orealios Gaea , located in the village of Omala.

The winery is one of the most famous in Kefalonia and produces a unique wine called Robola. Robola is a white wine that is considered one of the best in Greece!

While there you can take a tour of the winery and learn about the production process of Robola.

After the tour, you can then taste other wines produced at the vineyard and purchase your favorite bottles to take home – a perfect gift for your friends or family!

(Or to keep for yourself. 😉 )

Alternatively, you could opt for a more intimate wine tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff, tasting fees, and complimentary snacks! ( This one has 231 5-star reviews! )

If you want to experience wine tasting in a more relaxed and casual setting, there are also several wine bars and restaurants in Kefalonia that offer a great selection of Kefalonian wines.

One of the most popular places to visit for this is Oenops Wine Bar in Argostoli.

This cozy bar offers a wide range of local wines, as well as cheeses, cured meats, and other local delicacies that perfectly complement the wines.

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Kefalonia travel guide: the best beaches in kefalonia.

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The first thing I will always say about Kefalonia is – OH MY GOD THE BEACHES.

As I’ve said already, if you’re looking for a beach paradise, then Kefalonia should definitely be on your list.

But with so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide which beaches to visit!

That’s why I’ve put together this convenient list to help you plan your perfect Kefalonia holiday.

1. myrtos beach

Kefalonia travel guide Myrtos Beach

As mentioned above, Myrtos Beach is arguably one of the most famous beaches on the island.

It’s truly a breathtaking sight with its translucent ocean water and white pebble beach.

You can easily spend an entire day at Myrtos sunbathing, snorkeling, and playing in the waves.

There are also a few basic facilities available like some snack bars and beachside tavernas along the shore. Some offer lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent.

There are some outdoor showers to rinse off sand, but no designated changing rooms at Myrtos Beach. You should plan to change in your car or behind a towel for privacy.

I personally loved that Myrtos Beach only has the basics to offer – I think it makes it a little less crowded and commercial!

I also found it a little less crowded than the other beaches because it’s pretty far north from where most people stay, and you need a car to access it.

2. antisamos beach

Kefalonia travel guide Antisamos beach drone view

Also mentioned above, Antisamos beach is one of the best-known beaches in Kefalonia besides Myrtos. Antisamos beach is close to the town of Sami on the east coast of Kefalonia.

This long strip of fine pebbles and clear, calm waters is surrounded by lush green hills and offers a relaxing backdrop for a day of fun in the sun.

No car? Short on time? No problem! I recommend taking one of the tours below so that you can still experience the best of all the glorious beaches in Kefalonia.

3. petani beach.

Kefalonia travel guide Petani beach

Situated on the northwest coast of the island, Petani Beach is a secluded and picturesque spot with those fine turquoise waters and a stunning sunset view.

It’s located about 9 miles (14 km) from Lixouri, the second-largest town on the island, and is accessible by car or motorbike via a scenic road that winds through the hills.

The beach itself is a long, pebbly stretch of shoreline, with sun loungers and umbrellas available for rent. The calm and shallow waters make it a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling, and the surrounding cliffs offer excellent opportunities for rock climbing and hiking, too!

If you’re looking for a beach with excellent tavernas serving traditional Greek food as well as a famous sunset view, then Petani Beach is your spot.

It was easily one of the top beaches in Kefalonia that I visited!

4. Lourdas Beach

Kefalonia travel guide Lourdas beach

Lourdas Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kefalonia, and it’s not hard to see why!

Located in the southern part of the island, Lourdas Beach changes it up from the typical pebble beaches with a stunning stretch of white sand! This is backed by a dramatic mountain range.

It’s a great spot for swimming and sunbathing, and the clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and other water activities.

Lourdas Beach has plenty of amenities, including sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as beachside cafes and tavernas serving traditional Greek cuisine.

There’s also a watersports center where you can rent equipment for activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.

There’s a large parking lot nearby as well as regular buses running from the nearby town of Lourdata, so it’s easily accessible.

5. Xi Beach

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Xi beach is another must-visit beach on the island of Kefalonia and on this Kefalonia Greece travel guide.

Located on the southern coast near Lixouri, Xi beach stands out from other Kefalonian beaches because of its striking red sand and clay cliffs, which provide an impressive backdrop for a day spent lounging on the beach.

Though Xi beach is accessible from land, I accessed it from the water when I rented a boat for the day from Argostoli.

If you don’t have time or the transportation to head all the way over and down the Paliki peninsula, then a boat rental is definitely the best way to access Xi beach.

It was nothing short of unforgettable approaching the red sand and cliffs from the sea – they are truly red; pictures you’ll find on the internet aren’t exaggerating about that!

Xi beach is a bit more commercial than some others, with some trendy beach bars looking out over the sea. Restaurants, bars, changing rooms, and showers are all available here, so you’ve got all of the amenities you could need for a day in the sun.

6. Makris Gialos Beach

Kefalonia travel guide Makris Gialos beach

Another sandy beach in this Kefalonia travel guide is Makris Gialos beach.

Makris Gialos beach is a long, wide stretch of golden sand located in Lassi, Kefalonia.

It’s a Blue Flag beach that’s one of the most popular in the area, offering crystalline waters and plenty of amenities for visitors to enjoy.

Families frequent Makris Gialos beach often, as the shallow and calm water is ideal for kids.

It’s also a great place to visit for water sports, with plenty of opportunities for jet skiing, paragliding, and windsurfing!

Makris Gialos beach is particularly notable for its accessibility – it’s conveniently located near many of the area’s other top spots, including Argostoli.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the best beaches in the area, these top-rated tours from GetYourGuide will allow you to see it all in the least amount of time!

7. skala beach.

Kefalonia travel guide Skala beach

Skala beach is one of the longest beaches on the island of Kefalonia, stretching for over 1.5 miles (3 km) along the southern coast.

It’s best known for its soft golden sand and for being one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

Delicious meals, beach bars, watersports, and sunbathing are all on offer at Skala beach too, making it a great all-rounder to visit for the day.

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8. white rocks beach.

Kefalonia travel guide White Rocks Beach

Last but not least of the best beaches in Kefalonia on this Kefalonia travel guide is White Rocks beach.

White Rocks beach is only accessible from the water. And it just might be your first stop in the morning if you depart from Argostoli with your boat rental .

I can only sum up this beach in one word:

Breathtaking.

In my opinion, it is one of the absolute best beaches in Kefalonia.

The sheer limestone cliffs are almost engulfed in water that’s too blue to believe, and you can even try landing on shore for a private beach with major Robinson Crusoe vibes!

Just to give you an idea of the beauty of this beach, some people were setting up for an intimate wedding ceremony on one part of it. Talk about a destination wedding to remember!

I do suggest arriving earlier in the day at White Rocks beach if you want some tranquility and super peaceful vibes. Within half an hour of arriving as one of the first boats in the morning, we were joined by some larger (and noisier) tour boats!

Kefalonia Travel Guide: Getting Around Kefalonia

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To make the most of your visit to Kefalonia, it’s important to have a reliable and efficient mode of transportation. There are several options for getting around Kefalonia, including car rental, public transportation, and taxis.

Kefalonia travel guide car rental

Renting a car is one of the most popular ways to explore Kefalonia. It’s easy to arrange a car rental at Kefalonia airport or in one of the island’s main towns.

The important thing with a rental car is that you can explore the island at your own pace and access more remote areas that may not be easily accessible by public transportation.

Since Kefalonia is all about nature and remoteness, I feel this makes a rental car essential.

Driving in Kefalonia is generally easy and safe, with well-maintained roads and stunning views.

(Just don’t go trying to drive off-road on paths riddled with boulders – we tried this and had to use my drone to survey the area and get us unstuck! Peep the image above for what that looked like 🙂 )

I rented with JoyRide Kefalonia through Rentalcars.com and the experience was seamless, cheaper than larger providers, and they were super friendly! However, I do recommend searching Rentalcars.com first in case there’s a cheaper or better option more suitable for you. Because Rentalcars.com has a price match guarantee. 🙂

Pro tip: Especially when you book your car rental with a smaller local company like I did, use a travel rewards credit card with rental car insurance like the CapitalOne Venture Rewards card (one of my favorite travel rewards credit cards and biggest travel hacks for saving lots of money traveling!). This will give you ultimate rental car insurance coverage so you don’t have to add it on from the rental company!

public transportation

For those who prefer not to drive or are looking to save even more money, public transportation is available in Kefalonia.

Kefalonia has a public bus system that connects many of the island’s villages and towns, as well as the airport and the main port of Sami.

The buses are operated by KTEL Kefalonias and generally run regularly – theoretically. Do keep in mind it is the Mediterranean, so things might be a bit slower or behind schedule.

Especially in more remote areas, it is important to note that public transportation on Kefalonia can be limited. This is why I really suggest renting a car as the best way to explore Kefalonia.

If you do take public transportation, planning ahead is key to make the most of your time on the island.

As such, if you plan to rely on public transportation to get around, it’s a good idea to check the KTEL Kefalonias website for the latest schedules and routes. But tickets can be purchased on board or at ticket offices in larger towns.

Another option for getting around without a car in Kefalonia is to use taxis.

Taxis are widely available on the island and are a convenient way to get around, especially if money isn’t as much of a concern for you. They can be hailed on the street or called from your hotel or accommodation.

You should be aware that taxis in Kefalonia operate on a meter system with fares that are regulated by the government. As such, make sure your taxi driver is running his meter before he takes off!

The base fare for a taxi ride on Kefalonia is 3 euros, and there is an additional charge of 0.74 euros per kilometer. Overall, it’s best to stick to the metered fare to ensure a fair price.

Some taxis may also offer fixed prices for certain routes or destinations, but these are typically negotiated in advance. While this isn’t always possible or advisable, if you do want to do this, it’s always a good idea to make sure the fare is agreed upon before you start the journey.

Some examples of fixed prices include a trip from Kefalonia airport to Argostoli, which typically costs around 20-25 euros. A ride from Argostoli to Lassi, a popular resort area, costs about 10-15 euros.

If you don’t want to have to worry about arranging transportation to your hotel when you land, I suggest booking your transfer beforehand (like this one to Assos ).

Of course, prices may vary depending on the time of day, season, and distance of the ride.

Taxis can be found at designated taxi stands or can be called to pick up passengers. You can also ask your hotel or accommodation to arrange for a taxi for you.

Kefalonia Travel Guide: Where to Eat and Drink in Kefalonia

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For most of the restaurants below, I recommend booking well in advance, especially in the summer. I kind of tried to wing it for dinner on a night-by-night basis in July, and it didn’t really turn out very well.

Not fun to try to find another restaurant when you’re starving after a day in the sun!

1. Votsalo ( Emelisse nature resort )

Votsalo was by far the best restaurant I dined at while in Kefalonia.

If you like open-air fine dining with attention to detail and a stunning sunset view overlooking the sea, I can’t recommend Votsalo enough.

It’s not standard for visitors who aren’t staying at the resort to dine at this restaurant, but you can call the hotel and they will most often arrange for you to be let in the main gate by staff.

This is what I did and it worked like a charm!

2. Alati all day bar & restaurant

This is the top-rated restaurant on Kefalonia on TripAdvisor and for good reason!

They offer an extensive menu of Mediterranean and Greek cuisine, including fresh seafood and grilled meats. And all over a beautiful view of the ocean to boot!

3. kastro cafe

Kastro Café is another top restaurant in Kefalonia and one of the most highly rated!

They’re known for their local Greek cuisine with a healthy assortment of Mediterranean and general European options, too.

Kastro Café is also vegetarian friendly, in case you’re veggie!

Highlights of recent visitors to Kastro Café have included the homemade pita and dips, as well as their lime cheesecake and pecan ice cream cake.

Kastro Café is also situated right next to St. George’s Castle in Peratata, so it’s easy to pair with a historical/cultural visit, too!

4. milos taverna

Kefalonia travel guide taverna

You’re lucky if you stumble upon this little gem of a restaurant while you’re in Kefalonia, but now you already know with this Kefalonia travel guide!

Milos Taverna is a traditional taverna with the husband part of the team cooking and the wife part of the team waiting tables.

People rant and rave about how amazing the food is here, and you can even get an amazing sunset view from the outside seating, too!

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5. captain nikolas family tavern.

Captain Nikolas Family Tavern is located in the Paliki peninsula of Kefalonia and is a must-visit for those seeking traditional Greek cuisine in Kefalonia.

The restaurant boasts a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere and a menu that features a variety of seafood and meat dishes, as well as delicious vegetarian options.

You can also enjoy a variety of refreshing beverages and traditional Greek desserts while taking in the beautiful views of the wild surrounding area from the hillside terrace.

6. Il Borgo Restaurant

I ate at Il Borgo on the day I left Kefalonia, and let me tell you – it has one of the most amazing views you can find from the lovely outdoor terrace on a cliffside.

Il Borgo is another restaurant besides Votsalo that ventures a little closer into fine dining, and away from a more rustic traditional taverna experience.

You’ll enjoy your food and wine on a stone terrace blanketed with grapevines and a sunset view over the sea.

Since it can get really busy in the evenings during the summer, I would recommend calling ahead and reserving a table here.

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7. Lorraine’s magic hill

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Lorraine’s Magic Hill in Lourdas is owned by Lorraine and Peter, who have made their home in Kefalonia with this restaurant since 1999. It’s downright charming, to say the least!

Lorraine offers some mainstay traditional Greek favorites as well as some interesting combinations on the menu, like beetroot tzatziki. You can’t find her specials on her website, as they change daily and are sure to intrigue and delight!

Lorraine’s Magic Hill was picked for a Traveler’s Choice award in 2022 from TripAdvisor and we saw multiple diners who have clearly been coming back year after year, greeted by Lorraine with a warm smile and hug.

Make sure to call ahead for a reservation and enjoy a stunning sunset view over some local wine, cocktails, and Lorraine and Peter’s delicious bites for dinner.

8. Akri Seaside Bar

Akri Seaside Bar is the #1 bar on Kefalonia on TripAdvisor, with 328 5-star reviews. Take one look at the stunning atmosphere and outdoor deck, and you’ll quickly see why!

They arguably have the best cocktails in Skala and are also a great place to visit for some dinner.

It can get busy so make sure to get a table early!

Kefalonia Travel Guide: Where to Stay in Kefalonia

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Remember, hotels can jump up in price and sometimes sell out quickly during the high season! As such, make sure to book in advance to get the best hotels and the best deals possible.

best Kefalonia hotels

Suites minetos – 9.9/10.

I stayed at Suites Minetos while visiting Kefalonia and it was situated perfectly on the south coast to explore the rest of the island.

It’s a one-bedroom apartment with a fully-equipped kitchen, living room with TV, and maybe most importantly – a stunning outdoor deck looking out over the sea, with Zakynthos in the distance!

The design is clean and modern and had everything I needed (including air conditioning!).

They’re also building a restaurant downstairs that I’m sure will be a delicious and convenient place to grab drinks and dinner once it’s finished!

Check availability now on Booking.com and Agoda .

Canale Hotel & Suites – 9.9/10

Canale Hotel & Suites is a luxurious, adults-only 4-star hotel located in the heart of Argostoli, Kefalonia.

It features modern and stylish rooms with a private balcony, some with sea views. Provided amenities include an infinity pool, a bar, a fitness center, a spa, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.

Canale Hotel & Suites is ideally located near popular attractions like the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, the Korgialenio Historic and Folklore Museum, and the Koutavos Lagoon. This makes it a convenient and comfortable base for exploring the area!

A few top beaches like Kalamia Beach and Limanaki Beach are also located nearby, overall making this one of the best places to stay in Kefalonia without a car.

Speaking from experience, prices can go up and rooms can sell out quickly in Kefalonia, especially during the summer months. Book now so that you don’t miss out!

Casa montzo boutique hotel – 9.7/10.

Casa Montzo Boutique Hotel is a charming, family-run hotel located in the peaceful village of Ketlios, Kefalonia. It’s also one of the highest rated hotels you can book on Kefalonia!

The hotel boasts a fantastic location, just a short walk from the beach, where you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

There are eight spacious and comfortable rooms at Casa Montzo, all uniquely decorated with traditional Kefalonian elements and modern amenities and each with a private balcony or terrace.

Guests can relax in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, soak up the sun on the terrace, or indulge in a refreshing drink at the bar.

Besides its excellent location and comfortable rooms, Casa Montzo Boutique Hotel is known for its warm and welcoming hospitality. The owners, Montzo and Tony, will go out of their way to make sure you have a memorable stay, offering personalized service and insider tips on the best local restaurants, beaches, and activities.

Check availability on Booking.com or Agoda .

Minies Beach Villas – 9.7/10

Minies Beach Villas is a complex of modern villas located in the village of Minies in Kefalonia.

The villas are surrounded by a beautiful garden, and each one has a private pool and a fully equipped kitchen.

These villas are literally right on the beach and the capital city of Argostoli is only a 10-minute drive away.

Guests praise the friendly staff and the peaceful location, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a quiet retreat in Kefalonia.

It’s also surprisingly affordable!

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F zeen retreat – 9.3/10.

F Zeen Retreat is well-known on Kefalonia island for being one of the most luxurious resorts available.

The 5-star adults-only resort is located in Lourdata and features stylish rooms and suites with private balconies or terraces, infinity pools, a spa, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.

Emelisse Nature Resort – 9/10

You could have this sunset view if you stay at Emelisse Nature Resort!

Already mentioned above for its restaurant, Emelisse is perfectly summed up in one word:

Emelisse Nature Resort is a 4-star boutique hotel and resort located in the north near Fiskardo and offers elegant accommodations with sea or garden views. It also had two outdoor pools (one is an i nfinity pool looking out over the sea with stunning sunset views), a spa, and two restaurants serving Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Ionian Emerald Resort – 8.6/10

This 5-star resort is located in Karavomylos and offers modern rooms and suites with sea or garden views and multiple pools with easy access to a private beach.

They also have a spa and a restaurant that serves both Mediterranean and international cuisine.

Not only does Ionian Emerald Resort offer beautiful sea views, but they also boast views of Mount Ainos. The extensive gardens are a highlight of the property, full of trees and colorful flowers that provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Apostolata Island Resort & Spa – 7.6/10

Apostolata Island Resort & Spa is a luxurious accommodation option on the beautiful island of Kefalonia.

With stunning views of the Ionian Sea, the resort offers an indulgent spa and wellness center.

You can enjoy a range of dining options as a guest, including a bar and a traditional Greek taverna.

Spacious rooms and suites feature modern amenities and private balconies with breathtaking sea views.

best Kefalonia Hostels

Unfortunately, Kefalonia isn’t the best place for hostels yet. They currently don’t have any!

(Sorry, my backpacker friends.)

If you’re on a budget and/or backpacking island hopping in Greece , I recommend checking out the vast array of budget accommodations instead.

Other Kefalonia Travel Tips

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1. Plan out your days (roughly) beforehand

Maybe this is just travel 1-0-1, but I didn’t use to be much of a planner when it came to travel because I had more time and enjoyed just wandering about.

However, now that I’m not just an undergrad student anymore, my vacation time is precious and I’m sure yours is, too!

So based off of this Kefalonia travel guide, sketch out a rough itinerary for yourself that you might like to follow.

Of course, be flexible and open to changes if and when things come up on your vacation. But a rough plan will help you make sure you maximize your Kefalonia holiday and don’t miss any of its many gems!

Read more: The step-by-step guide to traveling alone for the first time

2. start your days early(ish).

Ok, confession – I am not naturally an early riser, and getting up early is pretty much the last thing I want to do when I’m on vacation.

However, the Greek summers are H-O-T. That midday sun will sizzle you if you’re not careful!

To make sure you start your days refreshed and not melting in the heat, I recommend you hit the road by 10 am each day for your sightseeing, hiking, swimming, and sunbathing.

This can be especially true for the best beaches in Kefalonia. I recommend getting there in the morning so you can have a bit more of a peaceful experience away from so many crowds!

3. Remember – you’re on island time

What does this mean? Everything’s a bit slower-paced in southern Europe on the Mediterranean.

This can be owed a lot to the fact that it’s just so hot!

So remember when waiting for food at a restaurant or a bus or taxi that things just run on “island time” in Greece, including Kefalonia.

I recommend you just lean into it and enjoy the slower pace – you’re on vacation, after all!

Kefalonia Travel Guide: Plan Your Kefalonia Trip

Now that you’ve read through this Kefalonia travel guide, it’s time for you to start planning your trip!

First, don’t forget to book your accommodation with enough time to spare before rooms sell out or prices go up. This is especially true in June through August, during peak season!

Also make sure you check out all the great activities and attractions the island has to offer that I’ve mentioned above! Then pick your favorites and book them in advance, also to secure the best price and ensure availability.

Ready to start packing? Check out my ultimate Europe backpacking packing list for summer to make sure you’ve got everything you need to make your trip to Kefalonia a great one!

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Kefalonia, Greece: Travel Guide and itinerary

Kefalonia is our favorite Greek island. It’s the biggest and most diverse island in Ionian Archipelago . A place where you can enjoy different activities, from swimming on gorgeous beaches to visiting caves and charming villages. Not to mention hiking the mountains and joining a local wine-tasting. The options are plenty, and if you’re planning for a holiday in this magical islands, you’ve come to the right place.

Here you’ll find the most comprehensive travel guide to Kefalonia . Filled with curated travel tips and itinerary suggestions. If you’re curious about the best things to do in Kefalonia please head to this inspirational post before scrolling down. Use the index below to navigate through this guide and let me introduce you to Kefalonia!

Kefalonia travel guide

Where is Kefalonia in Greece

Kefalonia is located on the west coast of Greece and represents one of the 7 main Ionian Islands . It’s tucked between mainland Greece and Italy and often regarded as one of the most beautiful island in the country. If not in the whole world. Kefalonia is famous for with turquoise waters. Also for their local wine varieties Robola, Mavrodafni, and Kefalonian Moschato.

The coastline is characterized by dramatic landscapes and jaw-dropping beaches. The center of the island is comprised of small villages and a mountain chain featuring Mount Ainos with an impressive elevation of 1628 meters. And the east coast is known for its caves, hot springs, and smaller beaches.

This variety of landscapes and attractions is what makes Kefalonia such an eclectic and unique island. As each region is different, it’s hard to pick a single best area of Kefalonia. So, my recommendation is that you take the time to explore the whole island and its wonderful landscapes. But, if you’re in a rush, I’d recommend focusing on the north and west coasts of the island, which are the most beautiful!

As of now, most travelers overlook Kefalonia, as well as the other beautiful Ionian Islands , and head straight to Zakynthos. Still largely untouched by social media trends Kefalonia remains a secret haven. That’s how it has managed to preserved its authentic charm. Remaining as one of the last hidden gems not just in Greece , but in all of Europe.

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Kefalonia has been gaining traction on social media and we believe it will become the next “it island” in Greece soon. Visit this island as soon as possible, before it becomes a target to mass tourism.

Best time to visit Kefalonia

Unlike most Greek Islands, the weather in Kefalonia varies quite drastically between seasons. Falls and winters can be surprisingly cold and even snowy some years. So, if your goal is to enjoy the beaches and sunny weather, you will need to visit Kefalonia during spring and summer, when the temperatures are warmer and inviting for swimming!

The   end of spring (May to June) and late summer (September to early October) are particularly great periods to trave to Kefalonia. The crowds are fewer and the rates lower compared to the ones during peak summer. In May and early October, rainfall tends to be a bit higher, but definitely not a problem. However, the temperatures in these months may be too cold for a swim.

Best time to visit Kefalonia Greece

Between June and August, it’s possible to enjoy the best of Greek summer with very long and warm days. And so, these are the most popular months to travel to Kefalonia. And a period in which you can expect heftier costs and more crowded beaches. Especially in August, when most European families go on vacation and flee to the Greek islands.

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If you plan to visit Kefalonia during summer months, book your accommodation as soon as possible. That’s the best way to guarantee availability and good deals!

How long to stay in Kefalonia

If you want to explore Kefalonia well, you will need 7 to 10 days in the island . This will give you enough time to visit highlights and wander through the diverse regions of the island. If you’re short on time, I’d say 5 to 7 days should do the trick . You’ll be able to visit some of the most popular sites and get a sense of the island. It’ll certainly inspire you to come back!

How many days you need in Kefalonia

Having more than a week to explore the island is ideal. But if you have less days and need to prioritize, I’d recommend focusing on the north and west coast of Kefalonia . You can spend 4-5 days there checking the most astonishing beaches and villages on the island. Check this in-depth guide of the best attractions and beaches in Kefalonia . Now let’s talk about how to better plan your days on the island!

What to do in Kefalonia in 3, 5 and 7 days

Kefalonia’s got it all – from mountains to caves, jaw-dropping beaches and even vineyards. It’s an island you can easily spend a month exploring and still find new landscapes and secluded beaches. But let’s be honest, very few of us can afford the luxury of exploring Kefalonia for that long, right? So, I have crafted itinerary suggestions for 3, 5, and 7 days . Hope they will be useful to you!

What to do in Kefalonia in 7 days

I’ve talked about each one of the attractions featured below on this post. I would recommend reading this inspirational piece before continuing scrolling here!

Kefalonia in 3 days

If you have only 3 days in Kefalonia, I would suggest picking Assos as your home base. From there, you can explore the best nearby attractions, such as:

  • Day 1:  Melissani Cave, Fiskardo and nearby beaches such as Emblisi, Kimila, Dafnoudi e Foki
  • Day 2 : Myrtos Beach and Assos
  • Day 3:  Fteri, Amidi and Vouti Beaches

3 days in Kefalonia what to do

Kefalonia in 5 days

With 5 days in Kefalonia, you’ll be able to visit the island’s best attractions and go beyond the obvious. That’s how you can best plan your days:

  • Day 1:  Fiskardo and nearby beaches such as Emblisi, Kimila, Dafnoudi e Foki
  • Day 2:  Myrtos Beach and Assos
  • Day 3:  Petani Beach, Platia Ammos viewpoint, Xi Beach or late afternoon winetasting
  • Day 4:  Fteri, Amidi and Vouti Beaches
  • Day 5: Melissani Cave, Drogarati Cave, Antisamos Beach and Sami

To make the most of your time on the island, I recommend staying in Fiskardo or Assos for the first 2 nights. After that, you can book a stay in the Lixouri peninsula for the upcoming 2 nights. Add 1 night in Sami on your last day on the island.

Itinerary Kefalonia 5 days

Kefalonia in 7 days

With 7 full days in Kefalonia, you’ll be able to explore the northern, western, and eastern coasts. And enjoy their best beaches, attractions, and villages!

That’s how you can best plan your days on the island:

  • Day 1: Fiskardo and nearby beaches such as Emblisi, Kimila, Dafnoudi e Foki
  • Day 2:  Myrtos Beach and Assos (if you have the time, add a beach in Fiskardo)
  • Day 4:  Petani Beach, Platia Ammos viewpoint, Xi Beach or late afternoon winetasting
  • Day 5:  Argostoli, wine-tasting at Gentilini Winery , Mount Ainos and evening in Sami
  • Day 6: Melissani Cave, Drogarati Cave, Antisamos Beach and Sami
  • Day 7: Day trip to Ithaca . If you’re heading to Ithaca anyways, add a day on the north or west of Kefalonia. Or, just plan for 6 days in Kefalonia and move on with your Ionian Island itinerary!

I recommend staying in Fiskardo or Assos for the first 2 to 3 nights. After that, book a stay in the Lixouri peninsula for the upcoming 2 nights. Add 1 night in Sami for the last day on the island.

What to do in Kefalonia 7 days

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Where to stay in Kefalonia

I got positively surprised by the incredibly charming and affordable accommodation options in Kefalonia. The island is one of those places you can splurge on a great hotel without it costing an arm and a leg. There is no shortage of amazing accommodation options in Kefalonia, but here’s the list with the best options:

Where to stay in Kefalonia

NORTH KEFALONIA

Fiscardo Bay Hotel

Emelisse Nature Resort

Almyra Hotel

Agnantia Bed & Breakfast

Pension Gerania

WEST KEFALONIA

Petani Bay Hotel

Petani Resort

Hotel Summery

Phaedra Suites

Terra Mare Hotel

EAST KEFALONIA

Green Bay Hotel

Stalaktites Studios

Sami Beach Hotel

Remezzo Apartments

Ourania Studios

Our absolute favorite stay in Kefalonia was Agnantia Bed & Breakfast . This charming accommodation in Fiskardo boasts a great location and spacious rooms. As well as amazing ocean views and top service for less than 100€ a night. I must admit we’ve stayed in quite a few 5-star hotels around the world. Yet, in very few of them we’ve seen the quality of service shown by this simple B&B in Kefalonia.

Please note we paid for our stay and never communicated with the management team. This is a completely honest review and it’s so refreshing to find hidden gems around the world to share them with you. If you prefer to look for other options besides the ones above, you can check with Booking.com . When book through our links, we may earn a small commission. You don’t pay extra for this, so it’s a win-win! 🙂

Best hotels in Kefalonia

When it comes to the areas, I’d recommend avoiding the most touristy villages, such as Skala, Argostoli, and Lassi. Instead, book your stay at a charming and calm village on the island and explore its best attractions on your own. Fiskardo, Assos, Lixouri, Petani, and Sami are great options!

Where to eat in Kefalonia

The allure of Greece isn’t just its azure waters or golden sunsets. It’s also the mouthwatering aroma of its kitchens and the contented sigh after a satisfying meal. The local cuisine, with its fresh and vibrant ingredients, is a delightful aspect of any trip to Greece. And a perfect pairing for summer days under the Mediterranean sun.

Throughout our journey across the Ionian Islands, we indulged in the delicious and fresh meals served by local restaurants, paired with fantastic (and cheap!). It’s no exaggeration to say that the traditional gastronomy of Greece had us utterly enchanted. And it’s one of reasons why we keep coming back. We’ve been to Greece 3 times now and counting!

Best restaurants in Kefalonia

We ate very well in Kefalonia and enjoyed the taverna experience quite a lot. From this trip, we bring memories of evenings spent at tavernas overlooking the ocean and the most beautiful sunsets. While enjoying great local wines and great food. We really want you to have the best possible gastronomical experiences. So, I curated a list of the best restaurants in Kefalonia.

Northern Kefalonia

  • Irida Cafe Bar restaurant for great gluten-free Moussaka
  • Le Passage for affordable and delicious meals in Fiskardo
  • Odysseas Taverna
  • Nicolas’ Taverna
  • Roulas Grill
  • Emelisse Hotel  open to non-guests
  • Alati All day bar for the best sunset of all times!

Western Kefalonia

  • Ladokolla Stin Plagia for reasonably priced meals and great sunset views. We liked it so much we returned twice!
  • Taverna Ksouras for the best views of Petani and great drinks. The menu is reasonably priced and the restaunt has a great sunset view!
  • Taverna Faros
  • Captain Nicolas

Eastern Kefalonia

  • Il Familia was the best restaurant we visited in Sami. Great food, fantastic wine and great atmosphere!
  • Deco Art Cuisine for great ambience and sunset views. The food was great but the experience was a bit uncomfortable. They pushed too much the catch of the day even when we said we were not interested
  • Afrala for great drinks and night-life attractions
  • Faros Taverna

You will also like: A complete guide to the Ionian Islands of Greece

Our favorite restaurants in Kefalonia

The Irida Cafe Bar restaurant was one of our favorite restaurants in Kefalonia. They serve gluten-free Moussaka, which is very hard thing to find. As well as various other delicious dishes. The shrimp risotto was delicious and the atmosphere was on-point. Picture candlelight, tables by the sea, and fantastic service. The lady who runs the kitchen even came to our table to check if we’d enjoyed the meal. Which we definitely confirmed, so sweet of her!

Best restaurants Fiskardo Kefalonia

Another favorite restaurant in Kefalonia was Ladokolla Stin Plagia , located on the west coast of the island. The menu has reasonably priced and delicious dishes. And the house wine is sold on the liter for less than 10€. The outdoor seating space boasts an authentic taverna vibe and offers the most beautiful sunset views in Kefalonia. We liked it so much we returned twice and had a fantastic experience each time we were there. I would definitely recommend visiting for dinner to enjoy the fantastic views!

Best restaurants Kefalonia Greece

Lastly, one my favorite restaurant not only in Kefalonia but also in the whole of Greece was Alati All Day bar . Not so much for the food, but for the experience of watching the sun setting right into the ocean. Followed by the opportunity to watch the skies lit with the most beautiful orange and purple post-sunset colors. While enjoying the most relaxed and delightful atmosphere of their outdoor seating area. This was an evening for the books, and I definitely recommend checking this place for yourselves during your stay in Kefalonia.

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How to get around Kefalonia

If you want to go beyond the resort experience and explore Kefalonia well, you’ll need a car, ATV, or motorcycle. Cars are, in my opinion, the best way to explore the island. Renting a car to explore the Kefalonia will not only allow you to explore villages and get to the best beaches on the island. it will also provide you a safe refugee from the extreme sun and heat typical of summer months – which is something an ATV or motorcycle can’t provide.

Another fantastic alternative to explore Kefalonia’s best beaches is with a self-skippered boat. You can rent these small boats even if you don’t have navigating experience or license. And it will cost you around 100 euros per day + the fuel you consume. We did not rent a boat in Kefalonia but we’ve done this in many islands including Ithaca , and absolutely love the experience of exploring the pristine coves by ourselves. Maybe something to consider?

You should also read: A highly curated guide to Ithaca, a gorgeous neighbor to Kefalonia

How to get to Kefalonia

Kefalonia is one of the most well-connected islands in Greece. It’s possible to get there by plane coming from Athens or other European capitals, especially in the UK. Alternatively, you can get to Kefalonia by car + ferry boat ride from Athenas or Thessaloniki. Or even by ferryboat coming from others Ionian islands . Let’s talk about each of these options in detail below:

How to get to Kefalonia

How to get to Kefalonia by plane

Kefalonia’s airport is called Kefalonia International Airport Anna Pollatou . It’s located in the island’s capital, Argostoli and gets daily  Aegean Airlines ,  Olympic Airlines  e  Sky Express  flights coming from Athens or other destinations in Europe.

For the Athens-Kefalonia flight, expect to pay around 80€ for the seat and an extra fee of 30€ per checked-in bag. This is a very popular route during summer, so make sure to book in advance. There are also direct flights to Kefalonia departing from London or Venice during the summer months. You can check prices and schedules using Skyscanner before taking a decision.

You’ll need a vehicle to leave the airport of Kefalonia, so make sure to book in advance . As previously stated, I consider cars as the best options to explore Kefalonia comfortably. But you can also rent a scooter or ATV for your days on the island!

How to get to Kefalonia from Athens

How to get to Kefalonia from mainland Greece

From Athens or other places in mainland Greece, such as Thessaloniki, you can drive (or take a bus) to the ports of Patras, Kylline, or Astakos. From the ports, you can hop on a ferry-boat to Kefalonia that will take you to Kefalonia. The most common routes are:

From Athens to

Patra – Kefalonia: You’ll need to drive for about 2 hours to the Port of Patras and from there hop on a ferry boat to Kefalonia. The trip will take less than 3 hours and cost around 15€ per person and 50€ per car. You can compare prices and routes, as well as book in advance, here!

Kyllini – Kefalonia: The car ride from Athens to Kyllini will take 3,5 hours, which is longer than driving to Patra. On the other hand, the ferry boat ride to Kefalonia will be quicker from Kyllini – about 2 houts. Expect to pay 12€ per person and 45€ per car and clicking here you will be able to compare prices and routes, as well as book in advance!

Astakos – Kefalonia: It only makes sense to use the port o Astakos if you are coming by car from the north of the country. If this is the case, expect to pay 12€ per person and 50€ per car and to spend around 3 hours en route to Kefalonia.

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Ferry tickets can be purchased directly on the company’s websites or by using the established ferry booking platform Ferry Hopper Alternatively, you can buy the tickets at one of their ticket offices on the islands, but I recommend booking in advance.

How to get to Kefalonia from other Ionian Islands

Most people choose to island-hop around the 7 main Ionian Islands instead of visiting only one. Makes sense, right? And that’s where ferryboats come in handy. They’re the go-to way for traveling between the western coast islands.

It’s possible to get to Kefalonia departing from the neighboring islands Zakynthos, Lefkada, or Ithaca. The companies Ionionpelagos , West Ferry , and  Levante Ferries  have frequent routes between these islands and transports passengers and cars in their boats.

You can purchase the tickets directly with FerryHopper , with the exception of the West Ferry routes. If this is your preferred company, make sure to check their website for updated schedules and send an email to  [email protected]  to book your tickets in advance. This is something I highly recommend doing if you are traveling in the high season, but it’s not necessary if you are traveling in the low or shoulder seasons. I booked the ticket through email and it worked out very smoothly!

If you are island-hopping without a car, you can travel between Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Paxos, and Corfu with the ferry Azimut . It’s not possible to buy tickets for this route online, so you will need to contact tourist agencies to book in advance if you’re traveling in the high season.

How expensive is Kefalonia

Kefalonia is one of the most cost-effective Greek Islands and caters well to different types of budgets. Prices can vary according to the month of visit and the level of comfort of the stay. But in general, you should budget for:

Accommodation in Kefalonia

  • Around 80€ per night at a simple, but comfortable accommodation like  Hotel Summery
  • Around 250€ per night at a luxury/boutique hotel like  Emelisse Nature Resort

How expensive is Kefalonia

Food in Kefalonia

Food in Kefalononia is very reasonably priced. So even if you’re on a tight budget you’ll be able to indulge in delicious and fresh sea-food meals paired with fantastic local wine without the fear of steep bills at the end of the evening!

To get the most of your meals in Kefalonia, I recommend visiting local tavernas, ordering various small dishes to share pairing with house local wine. You can budget considering the following:

  • Starters at a local taverna vary between 3€ to 12€
  • Main meals at a local taverna vary between 8€ to 20€
  • Local house wine won’t cost you more than 7€ per 500 ml

Most of our meals were comprised of a few starters, two mains, wine, and beers, and the bills varied between 50€ to 70€. If that sounds too much for you, fear not, my friend: it’s totally possible to eat well in Greece for less than 30€ a day if you make conscious choices.

  • A car rental will cost you around 45€ per day  and you can book in advance here . A motorcycle won’t cost more than 25€ per day and you can book upon arrival.
  • A private and self-skippered boat will cost you around 100€ per day + the fuel you consume.

You’ll also like: A complete travel guide to Lefkada, another amazing Ionian Island

What to pack for Kefalonia

As you will most probably be visiting Kefalonia during spring or summer in Greece, you should be prepared for very sunny and warm days. Hence, my suggestion is that you pack light and fresh clothes, beachwear, and casual shoes. Aim for beach attire and bring a light jacket just in case – chances are that you are not going to need it!

What to pack for Kefalonia Greece

For women:  pack summer and fresh dresses in various styles, from flouncy to long ones. Skirts, linen pants, fresh tops, and shorts are also great items to bring to Kefalonia. Flat and comfortable shoes should be your way to go and you absolutely won’t need high heels or heavy makeup, so don’t overpack.

For men:  pack linen and fresh fabric shirts, as well as t-shirts, shorts, and fresh pants. Shoes should be casual and comfortable, with no need for fancy items or accessories.

You will also need:

  • Beach shoes for pebble beaches
  • Sun screen with maximun UV protection
  • A beach bag
  • Bea ch towel or blanket
  • Long Sleeve UV Sun Protection Shirt
  • Beach tent or a beach umbrella

Other items to pack to Kefalonia are beach floats , board games, books, a beach tennis kit , and a cooler bag to bring beverages and snacks to the beaches. You should also be aware that there are many bees and insects in the Ionian Islands. So, if you have allergic, make sure to bring along your preferred medication and keep it with you at all times. Better safe than sorry, right?

I sincerely hope this guide inspired you to visit Kefalonia, our favorite island in Greece . If you’re considering an island-hopping adventure across the Ionian Islands check our complete post including itinerary suggestions. Also, take a look at the travel guide to Ithaca , a neighbor island to Kefalonia. Should you need further insights or have any queries about Kefalonia, drop a comment below.

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Kefalonia Greece Travel Guide & Best Things To Do

The island of Kefalonia in Greece (also spelled Cephalonia) is amazingly scenic, and it’s still not as crowded as other Greek islands like Zakynthos or Santorini .

You can visit Kefalonia on a day trip from Zakynthos and see some of the top sights in one full day, but in my opinion it’s better to stay at least a few days on the island and spend more time sightseeing.

The most famous thing to see in Kefalonia island is the Melissani lake and cave, but the island also has loads of good beaches with soft white pebbles and turquoise water.

This travel blog will explain some of the best things to do in Kefalonia Greece, how to get there, where to stay, and the best transport options and tour packages. I’ve also included a map of the island for planning your trip!

Best Kefalonia Tours

First of all, if you only have a short stay in Kefalonia, such as a few days or less, then a day tour can be a great way to see the island.

We recommend GetYourGuide for Kefalonia tours! They have high rated private tours that go to a bunch of the best sights like Melissani Cave, Antisamos Beach, and Myrtos Viewpoint.

If you’re a solo traveler on a budget, they also have shared tours by bus. These tours usually include free hotel pickup and drop-off from most of the popular areas in Kefalonia.

We’ve used this company for lots of day tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! Highly recommended.

Book Now: Kefalonia Private Tour / Bus Tour

Where Is Kefalonia Island?

Kefalonia (also spelled Cephalonia) is an island located in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece.

There are a total of seven Ionian Islands in Greece, and the distance from Athens to Kefalonia is only about 260 kilometers (160 miles) in a straight line.

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Fteri Beach — one of the best things to do in Kefalonia Greece!

How To Get To Kefalonia Greece

Kefalonia island can be reached by flight or ferry.

Flying to Kefalonia is the easiest, fastest, and most expensive (but recommended) way to get there. The Kefalonia airport (EFL) is served by daily nonstop flights from Athens, as well as some international cities like Amsterdam, London, and Munich.

The flight time to Kefalonia from Athens is 1 hour, and it costs anywhere from 50 to 100 Euros for a one way ticket with Aegean/Olympic Air or Sky Express.

The best airline to use is Aegean (or its subsidiary Olympic Air) instead of Sky Express if you have a choice, but any of them are fine. Free checked baggage is usually included in the ticket prices.

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Drone view of Assos village

Taking the ferry to Kefalonia from Athens is cheaper than flying, but it’s slower and a bit more complicated.

You first have to take a 4 hour bus ride from Athens to Kyllini (which costs 25 Euros), and then hop on the ferry there. The boat ride from Kyllini to Kefalonia takes around 1.5 hours and costs about 14 Euros.

There are also ferries running from nearby islands like Zakynthos and Ithaca, so if you’re interested in doing some island hopping in Greece and you want to see more than just Kefalonia, you can mix up the itinerary a bit.

For example, you can fly into Kefalonia for a few days, take the ferry to Zakynthos , and then fly from Zakynthos back to Athens. Or do the same thing in the opposite direction. That’s what we did, and it worked out great!

There are even day tours to Kefalonia from Zakynthos if you’re short on time and want to see some of the highlights of the island.

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Myrtos Viewpoint — one of the best things to do in Kefalonia island!

Transport: How To Get Around On Kefalonia

Kefalonia is a pretty good sized island (almost twice as big as Zakynthos ), and driving from one side to the other can take hours. If you want to do the island justice, then you’ll need transport.

For short distance trips near town, there’s no Uber but you can hire a taxi. We used Welcome Pickups for our airport transfers in Greece, and had a great experience. They have clean cars and safe drivers who will bring you from the airport to your hotel, and vice versa.

The main way to get around on Kefalonia island is by renting a car. There are many companies offering car rentals on the island, but we recommend DiscoverCars !

Driving in Kefalonia is a little stressful, but not too hard, and most of the roads are in good condition. We found it to be a bit easier than Zakynthos. It’s a more mountainous island, so you’ll occasionally have steep roads, but these are well paved.

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Another view of Assos village

A few remote roads in Cephalonia may still be gravel with occasional potholes, but even those roads are quickly improving as the island becomes more accessible and popular with travelers.

The main difficulty is driving in Argostoli town, where there’s more traffic and the roads are narrow, with lots of cars parked on both sides. Drive slowly in town and stay alert. Once you get out of town, the roads are smooth sailing for the most part.

Greeks drive on the right side of the road, similar to the US and Canada. The locals like to drive fast, and they frequently ignore speed limits and pass on double yellow lines. Just be aware of this, and move over to let them pass.

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Petani Beach — blue water and white pebbles

Since the law was changed in 2021, foreign tourists from Australia, Canada, UK and the United States do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Greece anymore.

The actual text of the new law (in Greek language) can be found in Law 4850, art. 25, par. η, page 10697 , and it’s also been confirmed by the U.S. Embassy in Greece .

With that said, it still doesn’t hurt to have an IDP for Kefalonia in case there’s confusion from the authorities or your local car rental company. Many people in Greece still seem to be unaware of this change.

If you don’t feel like driving in Kefalonia, it’s also possible to see the island with a private tour or bus tour .  

Where To Stay In Kefalonia

Argostoli Marina

Argostoli Marina

Garbis Villas

Garbis Villas

Mouikis Hotel

Mouikis Hotel

Aenos Hotel

Aenos Hotel

Best Things To Do In Kefalonia Greece

• melissani cave lake.

Melissani is a spectacular underground lake and cave in Kefalonia with an open ceiling that lights up its stunning blue water.

You can go into this cave and take a short paddleboat tour around the lake, and it’s easily one of the best things to do in Kefalonia! If you visit Melissani cave at the right time of day, the ceiling lets in just enough light to make the water color go crazy, turning a transparent bright blue.

I would almost say this is a bucket list item that every world traveler needs to see, although the boat ride is a bit short and the lake is really dependent on the right lighting in order to look its best.

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Melissani Cave Lake

Because of its beauty, Melissani has become one of the most popular places to visit in Kefalonia, so you’ll usually have to queue to see it. During the high season months, the line can take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes.

Mid-day is the best time to see the cave because that’s when the sun is highest in the sky, lighting up the colors of the lake. Unfortunately, that’s also the busiest time to visit, so be prepared to wait.

Even though the boat ride is short (about 10 minutes), it’s loaded with good photo opportunities! If you’re lucky, you can sometimes see eels swimming around in the lake too. It’s a great little adventure.

Read More: Melissani Cave Lake

Book Now: Melissani Lake Private Tour / Half-Day Tour / Bus Tour

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Rowboats on the stunning Melissani Lake

• Antisamos Beach

Antisamos is a beautiful beach with clear water and soft waves, and it’s surrounded by green hills on all sides. The water at this beach is clear as glass and great for swimming.

It used to be a quiet, hidden beach, but nowadays it’s quite commercial and busy. There’s easy access on a paved road from the harbor town of Sami, and the beach has restaurants with lots of umbrellas, bathrooms, and parking.

Because of the proximity to Sami, this beach is easy to combine with a visit to the nearby Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave.

Overall, it’s a great beach to bring the family for swimming and relaxing!

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Relaxing at Antisamos Beach

• Myrtos Beach

Myrtos is one of the most spectacular locations in Kefalonia, with a snow white pebble beach surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides, and a viewpoint where you can look down at the beach from above.

Make sure you stop at the roadside viewpoint (located here ) before going down to the beach. It has some of the best scenery in Kefalonia, and you don’t have to pay or do any hiking to see it!

This spot has amazing views of the Kefalonia coastline and the steep road leading down to the beach. Parking is limited, but there’s usually space since cars continually come and go.

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Myrtos Viewpoint

Myrtos Beach is accessed by a steep paved road that can be a little unnerving at times, especially since you have to share it with other cars going back up the hill.

In the high season, it’s best to come here early for parking because Myrtos is very popular. However, the beach is more than 700 meters long so it never feels too crowded at all. Waves can be rough here, so it’s probably not a great spot for kids to swim.

The bright pebbles and cliffs at Myrtos Beach are almost blindingly white, with colorful turquoise water. It’s probably Kefalonia’s most beautiful beach!

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Myrtos Beach

• Assos Village

Assos is a little seaside village on a peninsula in northern Kefalonia. A visit to this spot is definitely one of the best things to do in Kefalonia island!

It’s a quaint and colorful town that’s great for pictures, and we would’ve loved to stay longer. There’s a nice little protected beach where you can go for a swim, and plenty of shops and restaurants by the coast.

Shade trees and benches by the water make it a great place to sit and relax.

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Assos village

Assos once served as the administrative capital of northern Cephalonia under Venetian rule, starting in 1593.

If you have extra time, climb the hill to the Venetian Castle of Assos for a great view of the town from the opposite side. You can reach the castle ruins in about 30-40 minutes from the car park, and it’s free to visit.

Parking at Assos is limited and can fill up in the high season months, so you’ll want to arrive early if possible.

Where To Stay In Assos: Romanza Studios

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• Fiskardo Village

Fiskardo is a historic harbor town on the northern tip of Kefalonia island, with a ferry that runs to the nearby Greek islands of Ithaca and Lefkada.

Even if you don’t plan on using the ferry, Fiskardo is a great place to visit to walk around the harbor and enjoy the seaside views. We had a great lunch of Greek gyros in Fiskardo and bought some souvenirs.

I have to say the town of Fiskardo was more crowded than Assos and not quite as photogenic. It’s still worth a visit, but if you have to choose only one of these towns to see then I would pick Assos for sure.

Where To Stay: Fiscardo Studios

Fiskardo Village Fiscardo Drone

Fiskardo village

Old Venetian Lighthouse Fiskardo

The old Venetian lighthouse at Fiskardo village

• Fteri Beach

Fteri is a secluded beach that’s reachable by boat (‘ water taxi ‘) from the town of Zola.

The boat ride is easy and comfy, and takes less than 10 minutes each way. You can stay at the beach for hours if you like, and the boat captain will give you a WhatsApp number to call when you’re ready to go back to Zola.

I had my doubts about this setup at first, but it worked really smoothly for us. You don’t have to book anything in advance, and during the high season there are plenty of boats coming and going.

Fteri is a beautiful beach and very photogenic, with a turquoise water color that almost looks unreal. The beach was empty when we arrived, although it started to fill up with people by the time we left.

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Fteri Beach

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The beach is reachable by boat (‘ water taxi ‘)

The waves at Fteri are calm so it’s great for swimming, although water shoes help for walking on the hard white pebbles. If you want, you can pay extra to explore some of the other nearby beaches and sea caves by boat.

If you’re on a budget, you can also reach Fteri by hiking for about 30-45 minutes on a trail , but the path is rough and unmarked so most people use the water taxi instead.

Prices for the water taxis are pretty reasonable, and if you’re a solo traveler you don’t have to rent your own boat, you can join a boat with other people to save costs. Overall, it’s a very fun experience!

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Drone view of Fteri Beach

• Petani Beach

Petani Beach might be tied with Fteri as the most beautiful beach on the island of Kefalonia. This one is located on the western peninsula of the island.

This is an easy access beach with all the facilities: restaurants and bars, showers, and lots of umbrellas. Like the other top beaches in Kefalonia, it can get very busy during the peak season, so it’s a good idea to show up early.

The water at this beach is crystal clear and it’s surrounded by limestone mountains. It’s very nice!

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Petani Beach

Best Kefalonia Photo Spot

I would have to say the best photo spot in Kefalonia is probably the Melissani cave and lake. It was my favorite of the many places we saw in Kefalonia.

The viewpoint above Myrtos Beach is also amazing, and Assos village is highly photogenic at any time of day. Kefalonia is a great place for photographers.

For drone pilots, it’s possible to take amazing photos on Kefalonia island. The locals in Greece aren’t strict about drones here, and there are lots of quiet places to fly without disturbing anyone. If in doubt, just ask before you fly.

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Best Beaches In Kefalonia

The island of Cephalonia is loaded with great beaches. It has a much better selection of beaches than nearby Zakynthos island .

If you’re mainly just looking for the popular beaches with easy access and beachfront accommodation, check out the beaches on the southern coast of the island, such as Kalamia, Xi, Makris Gialos, Skala, and Ragia Beach.

For the really scenic beaches, check out Antisamos, Myrtos, Fteri, and Petani Beach. All of these have colorful turquoise water, white pebble shores, and dramatic limestone mountains.

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Snow white pebbles at Myrtos Beach

Map Of Kefalonia

Here’s a map of Kefalonia island you can use to plan your trip in Greece.

You can click the icons on this map to get more info and directions for each point of interest, but keep in mind some of the locations may be approximate.

What To Bring

Here are some packing suggestions for your trip to Kefalonia.

Most of the items below can probably be found on the island in a pinch, but the quality of stuff you buy on the street won’t be guaranteed (personally, I’m not about to use a junky knockoff bag from a street vendor to protect my expensive camera gear).

It’s best to buy vetted products online!

  • Waterproof Bag: Essential for keeping your electronics safe on the boats. I brought a 30 liter bag and was able to fit my drone, tablet, camera, phone, and a bunch of other stuff inside. Everything was kept dry, even when I took the bag swimming a few times!
  • Waterproof Phone Pouch: Same as above, but these are for your phone only. Great if you don’t have other electronics and just need something small to protect your phone.
  • Snorkeling Gear: Good for exploring the clear waters around Kefalonia, and sometimes you can even see turtles. Snorkels and masks can be borrowed or rented from the boat companies too, but if you plan to do multiple tours it’s better to bring your own gear.
  • Water Shoes: Save your feet some grief and wear water shoes! Many of the beaches in Kefalonia have pebbles instead of sand, so water shoes will feel better for getting in and out of the water.

White Rocks Beach Drone

White Rocks Beach

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Fteri Beach is one of our favorites

Other Tips For Kefalonia

  • Credit Cards: You can pay by credit card for most hotels, restaurants, and other things in Kefalonia, but it’s still a good idea to carry cash (in Euros). Some smaller restaurants only take cash, or the card machines may go down. If you show up at a harbor and want to book a boat tour on the spot, then they’ll ask you to pay in cash.
  • ATM: There are ATMs within reach of every corner of the island. We usually pulled 200 Euros at a time, and never had any issues. One thing to note is that the ATMs will offer you their own conversion rate (which is a really bad rate), or you can continue in Euros. Make sure you choose Euros without their silly conversion rate. This is a well known scam at ATMs in Greece, but it’s easily avoided if you know what you’re doing.
  • Cell Service: Phone reception is strong across most of Kefalonia island, although you may lose service in some places while driving around because the island is fairly mountainous.
  • WiFi: Internet quality in Kefalonia is not the greatest, but it’s improving, especially in the main town areas. Don’t expect WiFi speeds on par with Athens (or other European countries), but it’s generally good enough for emails, browsing, and maybe a little bit of streaming.

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Kefalonia views at Myrtos Beach

  • Language: The local language in Kefalonia is Greek, of course, but almost everyone speaks and understands enough English for conversation. Lots of UK tourists visit the Ionian islands, so the locals are accustomed to speaking English with travelers.
  • Mosquitoes: We never saw any mosquitoes in Kefalonia, and the island isn’t known to be home to the West Nile Virus, so it’s not really a significant concern here.
  • Water: The tap water in Kefalonia is supposed to be safe to drink, but it doesn’t taste good. It’s better to drink bottled water, which is cheap and can be found at any mini market. You can use the tap water for cooking or brushing your teeth.

Is Kefalonia Safe?

Yes, Kefalonia is a very safe place to visit!

Greece has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world. Just take normal precautions and you shouldn’t have any issues with crime.

Kefalonia island is not so touristy that you might feel resented, and the locals were very friendly in our experience.

Sacred Monastery of Agios Gerasimos Church

Bird crossing at the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos

Is Kefalonia Worth It?

Yes, I think Kefalonia is worth it. We really enjoyed our time spent on the island, and some of the sights like Melissani Lake and Myrtos Beach are spectacular.

If you’re looking for an island with amazing scenery, beaches, and not too many people, Cephalonia is a great option!  

How Long To Stay In Kefalonia Greece

Three or four days is enough time to see the highlights of Kefalonia, although a week or two would be more relaxed.

There are many nice beaches and hidden spots in Kefalonia island, and it’s less expensive than Zakynthos , so you could definitely stay longer if you want! We only stayed 4 days, and we felt like we needed more time.

If you only have one day in Kefalonia (i.e. on a day trip from Zakynthos or something), then make sure you go to the Melissani cave. It’s one of the single best sights in Cephalonia Greece!

Melissani Cave Lake

Melissani Cave Lake — one of the best things to do in Kefalonia!

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Fteri beach cliffs

Kefalonia Itinerary

Here’s what a sample 4-day itinerary for Cephalonia island could look like:

  • Day 1: Central/East Kefalonia . Drive over to Sami to see the amazing Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave, then relax at Antisamos Beach before continuing the road trip over to the east coast of Kefalonia, stopping at some of the more hidden beaches like Ragia, Limenia, Kako Lagadi, and Skala Beach.
  • Day 2: North Kefalonia . Head to the north end of Kefalonia, stopping at Myrtos Viewpoint and the seaside town of Assos along the way. Drive all the way to the far northern tip of Kefalonia island and visit the harbor town of Fiskardo, where you can grab lunch. Visit the nearby Foki Beach and then start the drive back to south Kefalonia. Stop at Myrtos Beach on the way back!
  • Day 3: West Kefalonia . Start the day by visiting some spectacular beaches at Zola. Take the short water taxi over to Fteri Beach, and then afterwards see Vouti and/or Kiriaki Beach. Drive around Kefalonia’s western peninsula, seeing some amazing spots like Petani Beach and Xi Beach.
  • Day 4: South Kefalonia . Take a slow day exploring sights in Argostoli, including the De Bosset Bridge, Fanari Lighthouse, and Kalamia Beach. End the day at the Castle of Agios Georgios, and get an early dinner at Kastro Cafe , one of the best restaurants in Kefalonia!

I hope this sample itinerary gives you some ideas for your own trip to Cephalonia. As always, feel free to ask any questions if you have them.

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Kefalonia Hotels

Best time to visit kefalonia.

The best time to visit Kefalonia island depends on what you’re looking for, but generally the nicest weather is from early May to late October. All of these months are mostly warm and sunny. The shoulder months in spring and autumn can be nice if you’re wanting good weather without the crowds.

The hottest months in Greece are July and August, and Kefalonia during this time has temperatures of up to 27 °C (82 °F) during the day time, and lows of 19 °C (67 °F). This can be great for swimming in a pool or lounging at the beach, although these two months can also be a bit more busy with tourists.

Winter in Kefalonia is fairly mild, but it’s wetter, cooler, and more overcast, and there may be some snowfall, especially on the Ainos mountains. High temperatures are around 11 °C (53 °F), and lows are around 6 °C (43 °F). Not as many boats and tours are running at this time, but you may get a good deal on hotels and things.

Regardless of when you decide to visit Cephalonia, you’re sure to have a memorable trip!

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A sunny afternoon on Myrtos Beach

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Really helpful thank you can you tell me what the public transport like as I won’t feel comfortable driving.

Hi Brenda. Since the island is pretty big, it’s not very well connected by public transport. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, I would recommend staying in a popular area like Argostoli that has all the things you need, and then perhaps booking a day tour (with transport included) so you can see some of the main sights on the island.

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3 Days In Kefalonia 2024: The Ultimate Itinerary

Wondering how best to spend 3 days in Kefalonia? We’ve got you covered.

Tucked away in Greece’s Ionian Sea, Kefalonia (Cephalonia) is a breathtaking island that promises memorable adventures through picturesque landscapes, historical villages, and alluring coastal vistas.

You only have to read a few quotes about this Greek island to get a feel for how magical it really is.

It’s one of the first Greek islands we ever visited, and it’s also one of our favourites. So much so that we’ve been back many times, and each visit is better than the last.

While it is easy enough to spend weeks lounging away in the Mediterranean sun, we found that Kefalonia also makes for a fantastic short break and is a perfect destination for those with limited vacation time.

What’s even better is that despite being one of the best Greek Islands to visit for couples and families, Kefalonia is actually far less visited than the islands found in Greece’s Aegean Sea, allowing for an exploration of Greece’s authentic island lifestyles.

This is the 3-day Kefalonia itinerary that we followed for our recent trip. It is a great place to start planning your adventure to the Ionian Island and features a stop at all of Kefalonia’s major attractions and highlights.

3 days in Kefalonia itinerary

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  • Arriving in Kefalonia

Arriving in Lixouri

lixouri town square

The best place to stay for exploring Kefalonia is the small town of Lixouri, located along the eastern shores of the island’s Paliki peninsula. Situated just across the water from Kefalonia’s capital and the main port of Argostolia, Lixouri offers a quiet neighborhood from which to explore the island.

The easiest way to reach Kefalonia is through the island’s international airport just outside of Argostolia, which services flights from Athens and several European cities.

From there, you can either rent a car ( check out Discover Cars for the best deals) or take the bus to Lixouri, which is located just under an hour away, but the quickest way is by ferry which runs every 30-minutes and takes just 20 minutes from port to port.

The cost of just a few Euros for adults and you can also take your car onboard plus 2 passengers for less than 10 Euros.

Alternatively, visitors traveling from the Greek mainland can also catch the ferry from Kyllini to Argostoli, driving the rest of the way to Lixouri from the port. We recommend renting a car when you arrive, as this gives you the most freedom to explore the breadth of the island according to your own schedule.

Regardless of how you get to the town, I’d recommend spending the rest of the first day of your arrival relaxing from the trip and preparing for the whirlwind of adventures the following days will bring.

Day 1: Visit Kefalonia’s Northern Villages

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The first of your three days in Kefalonia should be dedicated to exploring the island’s northern villages and landmarks. So prepare to wake up early because there is plenty to see and do.

While you are free to explore this area as you please, plan your day around these three activities to experience the absolute best of the region.

Enjoy a Relaxing Morning at Myrtos Beach

myrtos beach in kefalonia

Known for having some of the bluest waters in Greece, Myrtos Beach is a must-visit destination along any Kefalonia itinerary and is only about a 40-minute drive north of Lixouri.

Surrounded by two towering limestone cliffs, the beach is one of the most picturesque coastal landscapes on the island. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the half-mile length of the beach, swim or simply unwind using one of the beach loungers for an hour or two before venturing on to their next stop.

However you choose to enjoy the beach, be sure to stop at the roadside viewpoints for some of the best views of the coast and perfect photo opportunities.

✔ If you choose not to hire a car then make sure you book onto a tour of the island. This highly rated tour will take you to some of the best spots, including Myrtos Beach.

Take a Stroll Through the Picturesque Streets of Asos Village

asos village on a 3 day trip to kefalonia

Easily one of the best beach towns in Greece , Asos is only a 20-minute drive north from the beach and is the next stop in your Kefalonia itinerary.

The picturesque village is perhaps the most charming on the island and maintains much of its traditional small-town charms, boasting only 100 inhabitants with no sign of commercialization in sight.

A stop at Asos is a fantastic way to explore the authentic Greek culture of the island, and visitors should plan to spend an hour or two exploring its colorful streets. The town is also home to several local taverns and restaurants, which make for a welcome break for a traditional lunch.

Explore Venetian Architecture in Fiskardo

exploring fiskardo in kefalonia

Between 1500 AD and 1800 AD, Kefalonia was inhabited and administered by the Venetians. Unfortunately, many of the culture’s strongholds and villages were destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, with the exception of only a few key areas of the island.

The most significant of these areas is the northern village of Fiskardo, which largely escaped the catastrophic effects of the quake, allowing modern visitors to explore the historical cultures of the island’s Venetian past.

After touring the town’s colorful and historic buildings, visitors can head down to the harbourfront, where they can enjoy dinner at a selection of tavernas and restaurants. Following dinner, you can either stay for drinks or head down to the beach to enjoy the day’s final hours before heading back to Lixouri for the night.

Day 2: Day Trip Down to Sami and Argostolia

The second day of this 3-days itinerary is dedicated to exploring the villages, towns, and natural marvels of the island’s southern destinations.

Like the northern part of the island, there are tons of things to do and see in this region, and you will want to start your day early to get to them all.

Wake Up Early to Enjoy the Morning Sun in Sami

A more extensive village than those explored so far, Sami is the first stop along your second-day itinerary. It features beautiful beaches, Venetian architecture, and a spectacular waterfront with taverns and restaurants.

Additionally, Sami is located along the island’s eastern shores. So if you want to make the most of your day, you should plan to wake up early enough to be able to admire the breathtaking sunrise over the Ionian as you wait for the businesses to open for the day.

This is also a great spot for boat lovers and there are plenty of yachts, both large and small, to admire whilst you sip on your coffee and take in the views.

✔ Don’t miss out on Kefalonia’s stunning coastline. Book a boat trip to explore on the water too.

Adventure Through the Melissani and Drogarati Caves

the famous caves in kephalonia in greece

The next stop along your second-day tour of Kefalonia is at the Melissani and Drogarati Caves, both of which are less than a five-minute drive from town. So, when you are done exploring the village’s colorful streets, be sure to stop by both of these natural marvels.

Melissani Cave is the first of the sites and is the one you should absolutely do if you have to choose between the two. The cave features tall cavern walls encompassing a beautiful azure lake with stalagmite and stalactite rock formations.

You can tour the lake via a boat tour which is provided in the price, but be sure to go around 11 am to midday for the best lighting.

The Drogarati Cave is located nearby and was only discovered following an earthquake in the 1700s. The cave features various geographical rock formations and is perfect for exploring the island’s geological processes. 

PRO TIP: You should plan to visit this cave after Melissani, as the cavern offers a cooling respite from the afternoon heat.

✔ If you haven’t hired a car then book onto a trip to Melissani and the Drogarati Cave so you don’t miss out.

Take Some Time to Admire the Picturesque Shores of Antisamos Beach

a beautiful beach surrounded by green tree in kephalonia

Antisamos Beach is another must-visit site near Sami and is only about 10 minutes from town. Unlike many of the island’s other beaches, Antisamos beach is not a sandy shore but is rather covered in small white pebbles. So, be sure to bring comfortable shoes, and check out more Greek packing essentials .

Luckily, the beach is beautiful and features crystal clear waters surrounded by high forested hills. The water is fantastic for snorkeling, and the cove itself was made famous when it was featured in the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.

The beach also features a large bar and restaurant and is a good spot to grab lunch and some drinks. They also offer complimentary loungers and umbrellas for patrons.

Explore Argostolia and the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi

a famous monument on the greek island of kefalonia

Once you’ve gotten your fill of the beach, the next stop for the second day of your Kefalonia tour brings you to the island’s capital, Argostoli. Located about 45 minutes from Sami, on the island’s western shores, Argostolia is the largest village on the island and offers plenty of things to see.

Along with touring the town and its picturesque harbor, be sure to make the journey over to the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi. Constructed in 1828, the lighthouse comprises 20 columns and offers some of the most surreal views of the peninsula and surrounding sea.

After spending the late afternoon touring the city, it is time to head back to Lixouri for the night to prepare for your final day on the island.

Day 3: Explore Around Lixouri

After spending the previous days touring all over the island, the final day of this 3-days Kefalonia itinerary is dedicated to relaxing amidst the simple island charms surrounding your base in Lixouri.

Start the Day with a Relaxing Morning at Petani Beach

spending the day at the beach on a 3 days in kefalonia itinerary

To start your final day, you will want to wake up nice and early and head to Petani Beach. Located 20 minutes from town, the beach is breathtaking and my favorite beach in Kefalonia , with a mix of soft sand & pebbles and unbelievably blue waters.

It is surrounded by foreboding limestone cliffs, providing a classically dramatic Grecian beach experience.

While the beach offers a sense of seclusion, the beach does have a large selection of beach chairs, umbrellas, and two beachside bars offering tasty local cuisine. It is a great spot to start your day by listening to the relaxing crash of the waves over a morning mimosa or coffee.

Enjoy the Quaint Island Vibes in Lixouri

After taking in the morning sun, it is time to head back to town to immerse in the simple, authentic charms of the community. There are many things to do in Lixouri , and you can spend the entire afternoon taking in the town’s simple elegance.

You can enjoy lunch at the harbor, peruse the local shops, or even spend the day getting lost in the colorful streets. Whatever you choose to do, it is essential to slow things down to experience the sleepy island vibes that the Greek islands are famous for.

End the Day with a Breathtaking Sunset at Xi Beach

the beautiful red sands of xi beach

After spending the day aimlessly wandering the town, you will want to head over to Xi Beach to spend your final evening admiring the vibrant and diverse colors of one of Kefalonia’s most unique stretches of shoreline.

Boasting bright red sands surrounded by white clay cliffs, Xi Beach is full of colorful contrasts, which are only enhanced by the reflective lights of the evening’s setting sun.

Taking in the breathtaking light show is one of the best ways to end your Kefalonian holiday and brings a surreal ending to your 3-days Kefalonia itinerary.

Interestingly during our entire stay, the tide at Xi Beach was high-tide all day, every day. This phenomenon baffled the locals and everyone we ask couldn’t tell us why as this had never happened in all of the time they have lived there.

Following the sunset, it is time to head back to your accommodation in Lixouri to get plenty of rest before your flight home or ferry to your next Greek island!

Conclusion: 3 Days In Kefalonia Itinerary

In conclusion, a 3-day itinerary in Kefalonia allows you to experience the beauty and charm of this Greek island. From its stunning beaches to its historical sites and local culture, Kefalonia offers a diverse range of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories.

So, pack your bags and embark on an adventure in Kefalonia. Immerse yourself in its natural wonders, soak up its rich history, and embrace the warm hospitality of its people.

Your 3 days in Kefalonia will undoubtedly be filled with unforgettable moments and leave you longing to return to this captivating Greek paradise.

Make sure you look into the best time to visit Greece before booking your trip, and consider essentials like whether you can fly a drone in Greece and do the Greeks speak English before jetting off!

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay . He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides.

He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn’t love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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KEFALONIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Kefalonia Travel Guide

Kefalonia (also spelt Cephalonia) is a greek island in the Ionian Sea with magnificent scenery, fantastic beaches, high mountains, lush vegetation, picturesque seaside villages and hospitable people.

Kefalonia is a popular summer tourist destination for greeks and foreign nationals, and one of the best greek islands to spend your summer holidays.

This travel guide will help you plan the perfect trip to Kefalonia by showing you the top attractions and things to do , best beaches & places to visit including maps , photos and itinerary .

INTRODUCTION TO KEFALONIA

Why visit Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands with stunning beaches and beautiful mountainous and coastal scenery.

An ideal destination for a relaxed holiday in the sun , but also for people looking for something more adventurous or cultural, as it combines beach activities with hiking opportunities, scenic drives, and visits to unique caves and picturesque seaside villages .

It has been made famous as the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin film. It is very popular with Greeks, Italians, and the last few years with other foreign nationals as a package holiday destination with direct flights to the island.

Most of Kefalonia has been destroyed by the 1953 earthquake and most towns and villages were completely rebuilt.

Kefalonia has some famous sights and attractions worth visiting, like the famous Myrtos and Petani beaches, Mount Ainos (Enos), Melissani and Drogarati Caves, and the cosmopolitan Fiskardo and picturesque Asos seaside villages.

The main town and capital of the island is Argostoli, but the main ferry ports are Poros and Sami . Lixouri is the second largest town.

Melissani Lake Cave, Kefalonia

BEST TIME TO VISIT KEFALONIA

The best time for a beach holiday on the island of Kefalonia is from June to mid-September. The weather is dry, sunny and warm, although there is a possibility of rain in September. Also, most tourist facilities are only open during these months. However, due to the mountainous terrain, it can be cloudy at higher altitudes even in the summer months. The sea is warmer from mid-July to mid-September. I would probably avoid peak tourist season: mid-July to late August, especially the first 3 weeks of August, as the island tends to be crowded with mostly Greeks and Europeans on vacation, and prices are higher. The weather can also be very hot, with temperatures over 30°C.

For me, the best time to visit is the middle of June or the beginning of September when the temperatures are more favourable, there are fewer people and the prices are cheaper, but you can still swim in the sea and enjoy the buzz of the island.

In May, it can be a little cold to swim and sunbathe in the sea, but mostly the weather is dry and sunny. October is still warm, but there are significantly more clouds and the chance of rainy days is higher.

During the low season, there are fewer ferries and flights and some shops, hotels and restaurants, especially in tourist areas, close in October and don’t open until April-May, usually around Easter.

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

HOW LONG TO STAY IN KEFALONIA

Kefalonia is a big island (about 904sqkm), so I would recommend a minimum stay of 5 days , as exploring the island can be quite hectic with long drives. Travelling from one side to another can be tiring.

Ideally, you should stay on the island for a full week if you would like to explore it at a more relaxed pace and combine it with a day trip to neighbouring Ithaki (Ithaca) .

WHERE TO STAY IN KEFALONIA

The most popular places to stay in Kefalonia are Argostoli, Lassi (near Makris Gialos) & Skala , but you could also stay in Poros, Lixouri, Agia Efimia, Asos, Sami and Fiskardo , as they also provide hotels and tourist amenities.

There are also other less popular places to stay in various parts of the island like Kato Katelios , Lourdata as well as plenty of hotels around the airport .

For me, Argostoli, Lassi or Sami are the best places to stay with a lot of tourist amenities and also well located to explore the rest of the island.

Lixouri is a bit out of the way but provides more affordable options .

Asos and Fiskardo are the most picturesque seaside villages , but accommodation can be expensive .

Skala is a good place if you want to be close to a nice beach and is popular with package holidaymakers, but it is further away from the rest of the sights.

Lassi is a good option if you want to combine both, close to a big town (Argostoli), but also to the beach of Maktris Gialos .

Best hotels in Kefalonia

  • Kefalonia Grand Hotel : Situated on Argostoli waterfront with most rooms with a balcony and sea views and great staff.
  • Canale Hotel & Suites : Great hotel in Argostoli Harbour with superb breakfast and amazing staff.
  • Mouikis Hotel Kefalonia : This hotel centrally located in Argostoli offers rooms with a balcony, a nice rooftop terrace, a good breakfast and private parking.
  • White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia : Located by Platis Gialos Beach with panoramic views of the sea and its own outdoor pool.
  • Regina Dell’ Acqua : Situated in Skala this is a 5-star luxury hotel close to the beach.
  • Melidron Hotel : A small family-run hotel well situated in Skala close to the town and beach.
  • Fiskardo Bay Hotel : Located a short walk from the scenic Fiscardo waterfront offers rooms with a balcony and great views and a swimming pool
  • Emelisse : Peaceful location close to Emplisi Beach and 15min walk from Fiskardo with spacious rooms, great restaurant and staff.
  • F Zeen Retreat : Situated close to Lourdata Beach this hotel offers spacious rooms and great facilities.
  • Odyssey Boutique Hotel : Luxury 4-star hotel in Agia Efimia with views of the Ionian Sea
  • Sami Beach Hotel : Decent hotel by the beach between Sami and Karavomilos.
  • Assos View Villas : Beautiful villas with a pool and amazing views of Asos.
  • Hotel Summery : This hotel is located next to the beach and very close to the central square of Lixouri. Good value for money.

Click here to check and compare prices on accommodation for the whole island. You can find the hotels on this map .

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Entry requirements/visa.

No visas are required for visits up to 90 days for most nationalities.

Kefalonia is a safe place and you shouldn’t come across any issues during your stay. However, it’s worth keeping an eye on your belongings and use common-sense precautions in crowded tourist areas.

Travel Insurance

It’s always advisable to get travel insurance . You never know what might happen; better to be fully covered in case of an accident, medical emergency or flight delays.

SafetyWing is an excellent choice for long-term travellers. Alternatively, you can use one of the price comparison websites for cheaper quotes.

Kefalonia has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.

Summer (June to mid-September) : The weather is dry, sunny and hot. Average temperatures are between 21 to 30 degrees.

Autumn (mid-September to November) : The weather starts to get cloudier, colder and also rainier. Average temperatures are between 16 to 22 degrees. November and December are the rainiest months in Kefalonia.

Winter (December to mid-March) : It can get quite cold and windy and also rainy and sometimes it even snows on Mount Ainos. Average temperatures are between 9 to 15 degrees. The coldest month is  February .

Spring (mid-March to May) : The weather starts getting warmer and sunnier with average temperatures between 12 to 20 degrees.

You can check historical weather data here .

For greek weather websites, you can visit: Meteo or Freemeteo

Greek , but most people in tourist areas speak some english or italian.

The currency is the euro. It’s worth having some cash with you as some small shops, cafes or restaurants as well as boat tour operators might not accept cards. The best place to exchange some money is through an ATM that can be found in the main towns and resorts of the island.

Kefalonia isn’t a very expensive island, but prices are much higher (almost double) during July and August, especially for accommodation. Eating out is very affordable.

The power plugs and sockets are of type C and F (with two round pins). The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.

2 round pin plug

Packing List

If you visit in the summertime like most tourists, you will only need to pack summer clothes, walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, flip flops, sunscreen and swimwear. However, I will recommend having a light summer jacket , as it can get cooler up in the mountains and at night, especially in September and May.

For more information on travel gear and what to pack click below .

Internet/Mobile Phone

To avoid roaming charges, you can buy a local SIM card in one of the shops of either Wind , Vodafone or Cosmote (the main mobile providers) in Argostoli.

Airalo is also a good alternative as it provides access to eSIMs (digital SIM cards) for over 200 countries. Travellers can download and install a digital data pack and get free internet without roaming charges.

However, Airalo is compatible with only the latest mobile phones

Assos Village, Kefalonia

HOW TO GET TO KEFALONIA

Kefalonia International Airport Anna Pollatou is connected to Athens (2-3 daily, 1hr) all year round and also to some other domestic destinations, like Zakynthos, Preveza and Corfu during summer. During summer, the airport also receives low-cost flights from many European countries.

If you are travelling from Athens, taking a flight can be a bit more expensive than taking the ferry from Patra or Killini, especially in the high season. However, it is much more convenient and definitely recommended if you have limited time in Greece.

For the best website to book your flights, check the link below. Always check prices in advance for the best deals.

Getting from/to the airport

The airport is located about 7km south of Argostoli. Upon your arrival, you can rent a car (highly recommended) in one of the rental offices at the airport. The airport is the best place to book if you haven’t done it before you arrive.

There is a taxi service outside the terminal building. The journey to Argostoli is about 15min and costs around €15 euros, while the trip to Lassi is only 10min and costs €10 . A taxi ride to Skala costs around €50 and takes about 45min, while a ride to Sami costs around €40 .

There is also a limited bus service between the airport and the capital Argostoli. The bus stop is located on the left side of the main entrance of the departures building.

It is also worth checking with your hotel as most of them offer airport transfers at an extra charge.

Kefalonia has two main ferry ports ( Sami & Poros ) that provide connections to the mainland. There are ferries from the port of Patra to Sami via Ithaki (1 daily, 3 hours, €15.5 ) and Killini to Poros (4 daily, 1.5h, €13.50 ) or Astakos to Sami (1 daily, 2.5h).

Kefalonia is also connected by ferry to other islands a few times per week: Zakynthos (Agios Nikolaos to Pesada, 1 hour or Zakynthos to Sami, 3 hours), Lefkada (Vassiliki to Fiskardo, 1 hour or Lefkada to Sami, 3.5h) and Ithaki (Pisaetos to Sami, 30 minutes).

If you don’t have your own vehicle, Kefalonia is connected to Athens by bus (KTEL) every day of the year. The buses depart from Athens and arrive in Patras and Killini to connect with the departure of the ferries for the island. The trip Athens-Kefalonia via Patras lasts 6 hours and arrives at Sami while via Killini lasts about 5 hours and arrives at Poros.

For the cheapest site to book your ferry ticket in Greece, check the link below.

HOW TO GET AROUND KEFALONIA

I would recommend hiring a car if you would like to explore the island , as it gives you the freedom to go to more remote areas and stop wherever you like to appreciate the views.

Car rental for a day is usually 50 euros in the peak summer season. Better to book in advance before your travel for the best deals. Also in high season (July/August), there might be low availability and the prices can be much higher if you leave it until you arrive.

Most of the car rental offices are located at the airport or around Argostoli and Lassi. There are some at the ferry ports of the island (Sami). Renting at the airport is usually the cheapest option.

Check the link below to book and compare car rental prices.

There are taxi stands in Argostoli but taxis can be a bit expensive if you plan to go further distances.

Indicative fares of taxi routes :

  • Argostoli to Lassi €7 (5min)
  • Argostoli to Sami: €40 (45min)
  • Argostoli to Skala: €35 (50min)
  • Argostoli to Poros: €60 (57min)
  • Argostoli to Fiskardo: €75 (70min)
  • Argostoli to Asos: €60 (55min)

There is a decent but limited bus service that connects Argostoli with the main villages and resorts of the island. Although public transport is cheap , bus services are not that frequent and you need to plan in advance if you are relying on public transport. For more information visit the KTEL Kefalonia site .

Petani Beach, Kefalonia

WHAT TO EAT & DRINK

The best places to go for a meal are Argostoli, Fiskardo harbour, Lixouri and Sami for the best choices in a beautiful setting. For good restaurants by the sea, you can also visit Kato Katelios and Agia Efimia. There are also good restaurants in the resorts of Lassi and Skala. Below you can find a list of some of the best restaurants in Kefalonia.

Best restaurants in Kefalonia

  • Tassia Restaurant : One of the most famous restaurants in Kefalonia to sample astakomakaronada overlooking the Fiskardo harbour.
  • Melograno Restaurant
  • Vasso’s Restaurant
  • Spiros Restaurant
  • Ampelaki Greek Restaurant
  • Agrapidos Taverna
  • Pomantza Traditional Fish Tavern
  • Ta Pitharia Tavern
  • Zefki Greek Traditional Tavern
  • Blue Sea Restaurant
  • Maria’s Restaurant

You can check the location of these restaurants on this map .

Local Cuisine

  • Meat Pie (kreatopita) : Pastry with minced meat
  • Bakaliaros with agliada : Salted cod with potatoes and garlic sauce
  • Strapatsada : Scrambled eggs fried with tomatoes and feta cheese
  • Tsigaridia : Greens cooked with tomato sauce
  • Mandolato: Sweet made of almonds and sugar (soft nougat)
  • Local Robola Wine is quite famous and worth trying
  • More information about the best greek dishes you can find here .

THINGS TO DO IN KEFALONIA

Best sights and attractions

1. Enjoy one of the scenic drives

It is worth renting a car and exploring the island as it offers some stunning drives with great views of the mountains and coastline.

2. Swim at one of the amazing beaches – Myrtos, Petani, Antisamos & Xi

Myrtos is one of the most famous and picturesque beaches in Greece. The combination of white pebbles, turquoise waters, and steep cliffs creates a breathtaking scene.

Petani is also a beautiful beach in great surroundings as well as Antisamos with its lush greenery and Xi beach with its unique red sand and white cliffs.

Antisamos Beach, Kefalonia

3. Visit the seaside village of Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a picturesque village with preserved Venetian architecture. You can explore its narrow streets, enjoy the colorful buildings, and have a meal in one of the waterfront tavernas.

4. Visit Asos village and its fort

Assos is a charming village with colourful houses situated on a peninsula. You can explore the Venetian castle ruins and enjoy the views of the Ionian Sea.

5. Melissani Cave

You can take a boat tour of Melissani Cave, an underground lake with crystal-clear turquoise waters. The cave is surrounded by lush vegetation, and sunlight creates stunning reflections on the water.

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia

6. Cave of Drogarati

You can explore Drogarati Cave, known for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The cave’s acoustics are utilized for concerts and events.

7. Visit busy Argostoli and spot sea turtles

Argostoli is a great place to spot the Careta Careta sea turtles that come every morning to the harbour to eat any leftovers from the fishermen’s morning catch.

8. Hike Mount Ainos

Mount Ainos is the highest peak in Kefalonia, offering hiking trails with beautiful views. The national park is home to the rare Kefalonian fir tree.

9. Take a day trip to Ithaki

Kefalonia is close to the island of Ithaca, known for its connection to Homer’s Odyssey. You can take a boat trip to explore Ithaca’s charming villages and landscapes.

10. Agios Gerasimos Monastery and Robola winery

It is worth visiting the monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the e patron saint of Kefalonia. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage and houses the saint’s relics.

You can learn about the island’s winemaking tradition by visiting the Robola Wine Cooperative, where you can taste and purchase local wines

11. Agios Georgios Castle

You can visit the Agios Georgios Castle near Perata which provides great views of the southwest coast of Kefalonia

KEFALONIA BEST TOWNS & VILLAGES

1. argostoli.

Argostol i is Kefalonia’s capital town , built amphitheatrically within a bay. The town was mostly destroyed in the 1953 earthquake and most houses were rebuilt. It is a great place for an evening stroll along the pedestrian street and Vallianou Square and also at the waterfront , which is full of yachts and boats .

It is the best place to stay on the island with lots of hotels , restaurants , bars and all the tourist amenities . However, there is no beach within walking distance, the closest beach is in the Lassi Area .

Argostoli is well connected with Lixouri with frequent ferries (every 30min, 20min).

Some of the best attractions and best things to do in Argostoli are summarised below:

  • Watch the sea turtles : Caretta-caretta sea turtles can be spotted in the Argostoli harbour every morning. Turtles can be seen around the fishing boats, coming to eat the fish thrown from the fishermen’s morning catch.
  • Walk along the Lithostroto: Stroll along Lithostroto, the main pedestrian street in Argostoli, lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s a great place for a leisurely walk and some shopping.
  • Observe the De Bosset Bridge: Check out the De Bosset Bridge, a historic stone bridge that connects Argostoli with the opposite side of the lagoon. It’s a picturesque spot for a walk and offers great views of the Argostoli and the bay.
  • Try Local Cuisine at the Waterfront Tavernas: Argostoli’s waterfront is lined with tavernas offering delicious Greek cuisine. Try local specialties like moussaka, souvlaki, and seafood dishes.
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli: Explore the Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from different periods of Kefalonia’s history, including Mycenaean and Roman artifacts.
  • Take a Boat Trip to Lixouri: Hop on a ferry or boat for a short trip across the bay to Lixouri, the second-largest town on the island. Explore Lixouri’s charming streets, squares, and beaches.
  • Relax at Vallianos Square: Spend some time at Vallianos Square, a central square surrounded by cafes and shops. It’s a great place to relax and people-watch.
  • See the Katavothres Geological Phenomenon: Witness the Katavothres geological phenomenon, where seawater mysteriously disappears into sinkholes and re-emerges in the Melissani Cave, several kilometers away.
  • Explore the St. Theodore Lighthouse: Drive or hike to the St. Theodore Lighthouse for nice views of the coastline. It’s a scenic spot to capture photos.
  • Visit the Koutavos Lagoon: Explore the Koutavos Lagoon, located near Argostoli. You can walk or cycle along the lagoon, enjoying the natural beauty and observing the birdlife.
  • Visit the Korgialenio Historic and Folklore Museum: Explore the Korgialenio Museum to learn about the history, culture, and folklore of Kefalonia. The museum displays artifacts and exhibits related to the island’s past.

2. Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a cosmopolitan seaside village with colourful traditional houses , chic restaurants , boutiques, bars and cafes. It is a lovely place for a stroll but it does get very crowded during the summer months. It is also a great place to taste seafood in one of the fish tavernas on the waterfront. Fiskardo is a mooring area for luxury yachts and it’s very popular with the international jet set .

It is worth visiting the Roman cemetery and the Venetian Lighthouse .

There are two good pebble beaches close to Fiskardo, Emplisi and Foki Beach .

3. Asos (Assos)

Asos is one of the most picturesque seaside villages in Kefalonia, built in a small isthmus between the mainland and the small Asos peninsula . The peninsula has a Venetian fort at the top of the hill, which is worth climbing, as it offers spectacular views of Asos village and the Kefalonia coastline. Its waterfront is popular with yachts and fishing boats and it has a small pebble beach and a few tavernas. There is a paved path from the village to the top of the hill and the 16th-century Venetian castle with marvellous views of the surrounding area along the way. The hike up takes about 30min . It’s free to enter the fort and the castle but there is not a lot to see apart from ruins but the views are worth the hike. All that is left is the remains of the castle walls with the arched gate, Agios Markos church and parts of the barracks.

Sami is the main ferry port of Kefalonia with ferry connections to Pisaetos in Ithaki, but also to Astakos and Patra. There is an ok white sand beach between Sami and Karavomilos. Karavomilos has a nice small lake.

Sami is a nice seaside town and a great base to explore the island. There is a choice of some decent accommodation options and nice restaurants and cafes by the seafront.

The best nearby beach is located further away from the town. Antisamos Beach , one of the best on the island, is located to the north of the town, a 10min scenic drive.

You can also visit the Akropolis of Ancient Sami up on the hill, easily accessible by car, which offers some great views towards the town and the greater area. There you can see the remains of the Cyclopean walls as well as remnants of an ancient theatre.

Sami, Kefalonia

5. Agia Effimia

It is a nice seaside village with a small fishing harbour. It has become quite popular in the last few years with some good accommodation options and restaurants by the seafront.

Agia Effimia, Kefalonia

Lixouri is the second biggest town of Kefalonia, located in Paliki peninsula on the other side of Argostoli. It is a nice and quiet seaside town with two-storey buildings and a decent seafront. Good for an evening stroll and dinner by the sea. It offers some affordable accommodation options and decent seafood tavernas.

It is well connected with Argostoli by frequent ferries (every 30min until midnight, 20min). it is worth taking the ferry even if you have a car as it saves about 1h travelling by road. Ferry prices are cheap.

There is a small beach at the south side of the harbour but the closest decent beach is Lepeda . Lepeda is a beautiful, red sandy beach, about 2.5km on foot to the south of Lixouri.

It is the island’s second main port with ferries to Killini on the mainland. It is a busy town with a decent white pebbly beach at the north side. It has some good accommodation options and a few restaurants.

Lassi is the most popular tourist resort in Kefalonia, close to Argostoli, with two cosmopolitan sandy beaches: Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos in the vicinity.

There are a lot of hotels scattered around Lassi Area. Restaurants and bars as well as shops and souvenir stores can be found along the village’s main street.

9. Kourkoumelata

This is a small village but has some very neoclassical buildings and a beautiful square and it’s worth having a stroll. It is worth also visiting for the sea views.

10. Peratata

It is a nice village close to the Castle of Agios Georgios.

11. Kato Katelios

This is a small resort on the south of the island with a nice little harbour, a decent beach and some good fish tavernas.

12. Old Vlachata

This is a village in ruins but it is an interesting place to visit to discover Kefalonia’s past. You can see the old stone houses as they used to be before the earthquake.

Old Vlachata, Kefalonia

13. Valsamata

The village is located between hills on Omala plateau and is surrounded by vineyards

Skala is the biggest resort on the south coast with a nice sandy beach. It is popular with package holidaymakers. It offers some great hotel options by the sea and the town has some good restaurants, bars and most of the tourist amenities.

KEFALONIA BEST BEACHES

Kefalonia has some amazing beaches with crystal-clear water . On the north coast, most of them are with white pebbles and sand, while on the south coast are with golden sand. Some of the most popular beaches in Kefalonia are Myrtos Beach, Petani Beach, Skala, Antisamos Beach and Makris Gialos as well as Xi Beach with its red-coloured sand.

View of Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

Below is a list of the 35 best beaches on the island.

  • Myrtos Beach: Myrtos is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It features white pebbles, turquoise waters, and a backdrop of steep cliffs. The contrast between the sea and the surrounding landscape is breathtaking.
  • Petani Beach: One of the most spectacular beaches in Kefalonia with white sand and pebbles. Nestled between cliffs, Petani Beach is known for its stunning sunset views. The beach has white pebbles and clear waters.
  • Antisamos Beach: Antisamos gained fame as one of the filming locations for the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” It is a beautiful beach with turquoise waters and lush green surroundings.
  • Xi Beach: Xi Beach is distinctive for its reddish-brown sand and clay cliffs. The beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, and the shallow waters make it suitable for families.
  • Makris Gialos Beach: Located near the capital, Argostoli, Makris Gialos is a well-organized beach with golden sands and clear waters. It’s popular among both locals and tourists.
  • Platys Gialos Beach: This beach offers soft golden sands and shallow waters, making it family-friendly. There are various water sports and facilities available, and it’s close to Lassi, a popular resort area.
  • Platia Ammos Beach : One of the most stunning beaches on the island with white sand and clear waters. However the road getting there is not the best, and the steps down to the beach have been damaged. It is still possible to visit but needs caution. The viewpoint at the top is a must.
  • Kaminia Beach: It is a long sandy and remote beach surrounded by nature. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty.
  • Skala Beach: Skala is a popular resort area, and its beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles. The long shoreline provides plenty of space, and there are various amenities nearby.
  • Fteri Beach : An amazing remote beach with white sand and surrounded by cliffs. It is only accessible by sea taxi (from Agia Kiriaki – 20€) or a hike of 1.5 hours.
  • Agia Kiriaki Beach : A picturesque white pebble beach with clear blue waters.
  • Foki Beach: Foki is a smaller, more secluded beach near Fiskardo. It has pebbles and crystal-clear waters and is surrounded by lush vegetation.
  • Lourdata Beach: Lourdata is a long sandy beach with clear blue waters near Lourdata village.
  • Atheras Beach : A fine strip of sand in Paliki Peninsula with shallow waters. The road getting there offers some great views of the bay.
  • Kounopetra Beach : A reddish sandy beach surrounded by white cliffs, more peaceful than Xi with shallow waters.
  • Megas Lakkos Beach: A quiet and unspoiled beach with golden sands and clear waters. It’s less crowded than some of the more popular beaches on the island.
  • Lepeda Beach: Located near Lixouri, Lepeda has unique reddish-orange sands and is known for its stunning sunset views. The water is usually calm, making it suitable for swimming.
  • Amidi Beach : Beautiful, but secluded beach. Accessible only by boat.
  • Ammes Beach: Ammes is a sandy beach with shallow waters, making it suitable for families with children. It’s conveniently located near the airport.
  • Paliostafida Beach : Nice and quiet beach with transparent and shallow sea, perfect for families.
  • Megali Ammos Beach: Translating to “Big Sand,” Megali Ammos is a sandy beach located near Argostoli. It’s a family-friendly beach with shallow waters.
  • Vatsa Beach: Vatsa is a less crowded beach with pebbles and crystal-clear waters. It’s a peaceful spot for those looking to escape the more touristy areas.
  • Jerusalem Beach: A secluded beach with a combination of sand and pebbles. The waters are calm and inviting, making it a peaceful place to relax.
  • Emplisi Beach: Near Fiskardo, Emplisi is a pebbly beach with crystal-clear waters. The surrounding cliffs and greenery add to the scenic beauty.
  • Minies Beach
  • Giagana Beach
  • Gradakia Beach
  • Eglina Beach
  • Avithos Beach
  • Ai Helis Beach
  • Trapezaki Beach: Trapezaki is a sandy beach with clear waters, located on the southern part of the island. It’s organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and has nearby tavernas.
  • Alaties Beach: Known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, Alaties is a small beach surrounded by rocks. It’s a picturesque spot for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Koroni Beach
  • Poros Beach

KEFALONIA TOURIST MAP

You can click on the map below for the location of the best attractions, restaurants & hotels, as well as the best villages and beaches to visit in Kefalonia.

Kefalonia Tourist Map

KEFALONIA ITINERARY

It is worth staying in Kefalonia for a week if you want to explore it. The following itinerary includes things to do for 7 days on the island. I have taken Argostoli as a base & overnight stay for the duration of the holiday; this itinerary might work slightly differently if you stay in other parts of the island.

  • Visit Drogarati Cave
  • Visit the Acropolis of Ancient Sami for a great view of Sami town & coast
  • Quick photo stop of Monastery of Theotokou Agrilion for a view of Antisamos Beach.
  • Swim at beautiful Antisamos Beach.
  • A stop for a coffee or snack at Sami Harbour.
  • Visit Melissani Cave.
  • Optional visit to Old Vlachata
  • Drive to Agia Effimia by the coastal road.
  • Stroll at Agia Effimia harbour
  • Optional Visit to Monastery Thetokou Thematon
  • Photo stop at Panagia Lamia Church
  • Back to Argostoli.
  • Total drive time: 2.5h
  • Enjoy the view of Myrtos Beach
  • Swim at Myrtos Beach
  • Visit Asos village and walk to the fort for amazing views
  • Detour to a sightseeing point of Asos.
  • Optional swim at Foki Beach
  • Visit cosmopolitan Fiskardo for an evening stroll
  • Take the route through Erisou villages and Neochori for great views towards Ithaki
  • Back to Argostoli
  • Total drive time: 3.15h (130km)
  • Visit Mycenaean Tholos Tomb of Poros
  • Optional visit to Moni Iperagias Theotokou Atrou (only by 4×4) for a great view of the coast and Poros.
  • Visit Poros harbour.
  • Swim at Skala Beach.
  • Optional swim at Kaminia Beach.
  • Visit Kato Katelios for a snack at the tavernas.
  • Visit Castle of Agios Georgios
  • Sacred Monastery of Agios Gerasimos
  • Wine tasting at Robola Winery
  • Drive to Ainos National Park for a hike or just to enjoy the views
  • Take the alternative route through Agia Eirini
  • Visit the Church of Our Lady Fidousa
  • Swim at Lourdata Beach
  • Total drive time: 3h (100km)
  • Photo stop at Atheras Beach
  • Swim at Petani Beach
  • Photo stop of Platia Ammos Beach
  • Take the route through Moni Kipoureon
  • Photo stop at Kounopetra Harbour to enjoy the views of the coastline
  • Swim at the magnificent red sand beach of Xi.
  • Photo stop at Lepeda Beach
  • Visit Lixouri town for a meal
  • Take the ferry back to Argostoli
  • Total drive time: 2.5h (95km)
  • Turtle watching at Argostoli Harbour
  • Stroll at De Bosset Bridge
  • Photo stop at Agia Kyriaki Beach
  • Water taxi to Fteri (20 euros)
  • Stop at Sinkholes of Argostoli
  • Photo stop at Saint Theodore Lighthouse
  • Swim at Makris Gialos or Platis Gialos
  • Photo stop at Avithos Beach
  • Have a stroll at Kourkoumelata village
  • Take the scenic route through Lakithra back to Argostoli
  • Total drive time: 2h
  • Take a day trip to Ithaki

You can find the routes for the above itinerary on the flowing clickable map.

Kefalonia Road Trip Itinerary

KEFALONIA PHOTOGRAPHY

You can check the best photographs from the island of Kefalonia here .

Here is a list of the best viewpoint locations on the island where you enjoy great views .

  • Viewpoint of Myrtos Beach
  • Myrtos Beach Viewpoint
  • Venetian Castle of Asos
  • Asos Harbour Viewpoint
  • Mount Ainos Viewpoint
  • Petani Beach Viewpoint
  • Akropolis of Ancient Sami
  • Antisamos Beach Viewpoint
  • Panoramic Point to Asos
  • Platia Ammos Viewpoint
  • Agia Efimia Viewpoint
  • Atheras Beach Viewpoint
  • Argostoli Viewpoint
  • Asos Viewpoint
  • De Bosset Bridge
  • Castle of Agios Georgios
  • Valsamata Viewpoint
  • Argostoli Bay Viewpoint
  • Filoscultura di Spiros Chourmouzis
  • Panagia Lamia
  • Moni Theotokou Agrilion
  • Poros Coast Viewpoint
  • Observation Deck Fiskardo
  • Good View Park
  • Poros Beach Viewpoint
  • View of the south coast
  • Road with views of Argostoli

You can check these viewpoints locations and the best photo spots on the island in the following map .

View of Assos from the fort, Kefalonia

KEFALONIA ACTIVITIES

There are a few centres for watersports and other activities on the island of Kefalonia for the more adventurous.

There is a water sports centre at Makris Gialos beach where you can try jet-ski, water-ski or wake-board. You can also rent a boat, kayak or pedal boat.

There is another water sports centre at Antisamos Beach that offers various water sports activities.

There are 4 dive centres on the island that offer diving and snorkelling trips:

  • Pirate Divers Club in Lassi
  • Blue Manta Diving & Aquanautic Club in Skala
  • Aquatic Dive Club in Agia Effimia
  • Fiskardo Divers in Fiskardo

KEFALONIA EXCURSIONS & TOURS

Day trip to ithaki island.

Ithaki is a small island to the east of Kefalonia with stunning scenery, a picture-postcard town of Vathy and some great beaches. There are full-day daily excursions from Sami or Agia Effimia in high season.

Some of the available tours are summarised below:

  • Discover Ithaka (Ithaca) Cruise & Tour : This tour starts from Sami with visits to Vathy, Gidaki Beach, Kioni, Frikes and Stavros. (10hr, €76)
  • Ithaca Cruise to Gidaki Beach, Vathy & Kioni Village : Tour starts from Agia Efimia with visits to Gidaki, Vathy, Kioni and Ammoudi Beach (6h, €67)
  • Day Trip to Ithaki Island with a Swim Stop: This tour starts from Poros with stops at Vathy, Gidaki and Kioni (€55)

You can also visit the island independently if you have a car. You can take the ferry from Sami and spend a whole day there or longer exploring this beautiful island. The ferry ride takes about 30min.

Kefalonia Sightseeing Tour

If you don’t have your own transport the following tours are a good option to see more of the island:

  • Kefalonia Island Bus Tour : This tour starts from Argostoli and includes wine tasting at Robola winery, a visit to Drogorati and Melissani Caves, lunch at Fiscado Harbour and a photo stop at Myrtos Beach (7hr, €45 euros)
  • Full-Day Private Tour in Kefalonia : This is a private tour and can be tailored to suit your needs starting in Argostoli and includes a visit to the Lighthouse and sinkholes, Drogorati and Melissani Caves, Antisamos, Myrtos beach, Asos, Agia Efimia & Fiscardo harbour (7,5h, €98 euros)
  • Kefalonia North Road Trip : Be picked up in Argostoli, Agia Effimia, or Sami and drive along the scenic roads to go swimming at Myrtos Beach. Have traditional lunch in the village of Fiskardo by the sea and finish your trip in Asos (9h, €50)
  • Highlights of Kefalonia : This tour starts from Argostoli and includes a photo stop at Myrtos beach, Agia Efimia, Melissani and Drogarati Caves, Robola Winery and Agios Gerasimos Monastery (5.5h, €60 euros)

Trip to Zakynthos or Lefkada

Difficult to do as a day trip, but it’s worth visiting the other two islands for a longer stay . This will need to be planned carefully according to the ferry connections as there are no daily ferries.

More information about excursions & tours in Kefalonia can be found here .

VIRTUAL TOUR

Check the following video slideshow to get further inspiration to visit Kefalonia 🙂

THINGS TO BUY IN KEFALONIA

The best destination for souvenir shopping is Argostoli with shops selling the usual greek souvenirs , as well as jewellery and typical local crafts and traditional products from the island. Most of the shops are located on the pedestrian street (Lithostroto) parallel to the promenade.

A unique souvenir to buy is the local Robola Wine .

FURTHER READING

You can check the following posts :

  • Kefalonia Beaches
  • Best things to do in Kefalonia

Other useful  websites  for more information about Kefalonia :

  • visitkefaloniaisland.gr : A good website for Kefalonia with a lot of information about the island.
  • Mysterious Greece : A good website with detailed information about Greece, including Kefalonia

Some good  travel guides  to buy before your visit to Kefalonia:

  • Lonely Planet Greek Islands (Travel Guide) : This comprehensive guide also includes information about Kefalonia. Only worth it if you are planning to visit other islands in Greece.

TRAVEL RESOURCES

  • Flights : I always use Skyscanner as my first choice as it’s so easy to use and you can search best deals by month. Google Flights is another very good search engine.
  • Accommodation : I always use Booking.com as my first choice, as it offers a great choice of accommodation at affordable prices and it’s so easy to use. Airbnb is a great alternative for homes and apartments to rent by real homeowners. HotelsCombined is one of the best search engines to check deals from different websites.
  • Ferries : Ferryhopper is one of the best websites to check ferry schedules and buy the cheapest ferry tickets while in Greece.
  • Car Rental : I always check Skyscanner for the cheapest car rental options. Discover Cars is also a good and easy-to-use website with great prices.
  • Public Transport : You can use this website to check bus timetables on the island.
  • Day Trips & Tours : Viator provides the most comprehensive list of day trips and you can book directly with them. GetYourGuide is also a great place to search for tours & activities to do.
  • Travel Insurance : SafetyWing is a great choice for long-term travellers and digital nomads. Alternatively, you can use one of the price comparison websites for cheaper quotes.
  • Disclosure : This post may contain affiliate links, and at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. I recommend only products and companies I use and the income goes to keeping this site running and ad-free.

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Europe , Greece , Travel Guides · March 21, 2021

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Kefalonia, a stunning Greek Island

The island of Kefalonia is the largest in the Ionian sea. It is the only Greek island to have a national park, and it is home to two different turtle species. Kefalonia is such an incredible island will such diverse offerings. One side of the island has beautiful golden sandy beaches, and the other side is full of white pebble beaches. This island has the most rugged landscape yet full of impressive pine trees framing every road. Pastel coloured harbours surrounded by the bluest water. With many tourists overlooking Kefalonia and heading to Zakynthos’ neighbour island, Kefalonia is typically a lot quieter than other Greek islands. Here is our complete travel guide to Kefalonia island.

things to do in kephalonia, Travel Guide to Kefalonia, the town of Assos

How long do you need in Kefalonia?

Compared to some other Greek islands, Kefalonia is quite large. There is plenty to see on this island, so you want to make the most of it. We would recommend staying for a week at the minimum, but many tourists come for day trips or even for a long weekend.

Travel Guide to Kefalonia:  Things to do

First up on our travel guide to Kefalonia is a guide to the  best things to do in Kefalonia.  Because of this islands diversity, you can spend one day hiking a mountain and the next day relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun.

Hike up Mount Ainos and Explore the National Park

Kefalonia is home to the only national park to be situated on a Greek island. This national park spans over 3000 hectares and is the hub of Kefalonia’s biodiversity. The park is covered in beautiful black pin trees and Greek Fir. A fir species called Abies Cephalonica exists only in Kefalonia and covered two-thirds of this stunning National Park.

There are also wild ponies that call this National Park home! We were fortunate enough to have two sightings of these rare ponies. Hopefully, you will be able to spot them too.

Climbing the mountain itself is relatively easy. You can drive most of the way up and then follow the well-trodden path. The highest point of the mountain reaches 1,628 meters! On clear days you will be able to see as far as the Peloponnese, Ithaca and Zakynthos. The hike up is worth it for the incredible views.

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Melissani Lake

Melissani Lake in Karavmylos is a must when exploring Kefalonia. The lake is set in a cave with an opening directly at the top. At certain times of the day, the sun shines through the cave and illuminates the water to a bright turquoise!

There is a free car park right by the entrance to Karavmylos. After you have brought your tickets, head down into the cave, you will be greeted with a fleet of stunning old wooden boats floating on the water. Depending on how busy it is, you might be lucky enough to get a private tour. We visited at the end of the season (October) and were lucky enough to have this place to ourselves. At peak season, be prepared to queue and to share a boat with others. The tour lasts around half an hour, and it is a magical experience. Despite the fact this cave can be busy, Melissani cave is still certainly one of the  best things to do in Kefalonia.

OPENING TIMES AND PRICES

  • The  cave’s opening hours  depend on the season, as there are few visitors during the winter. During the summertime (May until the end of October), the caves are open from 9 am each morning until 7 pm. However, during the winter season, the caves only open on Thursdays and the Weekend days, from 10 am and close at 4 pm.
  • The cost is 7 euros per person and includes the price of the boat trip.
  • The best times to visit  the lake are around midday. This is when the sun shines through the opening in the cave roof to illuminate the underground lake’s waters. From 11:30 am until 2:00 pm are the best. The earlier you arrive, the more likely it is the crowds will be less.

Tourist boat on the lake in Melissani Cave, Cephalonia Island, Greece, Travel Guide to Kefalonia.

Hire a boat and explore the Hidden Beaches

There are so many places across the whole of Kefalonia where you can hire boats. We hired one from Fiskardo, but there are also many rentals in Sami, Agia Efimia and many other places.

Boat Rental in Fiskardo –  Reginas Rent a Boat

There is no denying the best way to experience Kefalonia is by boat! With so many beaches only accessible by boat, this is a great way to access them. This company has some really reasonable prices and provides lots of guidance on the best places to head too.

Our Top Hotels in Kefalonia

  • Emelisse Nature Resort

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Kefalonia Grand Hotel

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Hike to the Castle of Assos

The castle in Asos is a stunning example of Venetian Architecture. Although it is mostly ruins today, certain parts are well-preserved. From Assos itself to reach the castle, follow the path up to the ruins. The route will take you through stunning Olive trees and greenery. There isn’t much shade here, so bring lots of water. Make sure to check out the beautiful Arched entrance gate and find some incredible viewpoints over Assos village itself.

Travel Guide to Kefalonia view from Assos Castle

Go Turtle Spotting on Koroni Beach

Kefalonia is home to two different species of Turtles. The loggerhead turtle and the green sea turtle. There are a few destinations in Kefalonia known for regular turtle spotting. They can often be spotted in Argostoli harbour following the boats as they make their way into the port. However, Koroni beach is an incredible destination for Turtle sighting that is slightly off the tourist track and a beach loved by the locals. Check out the work that wildlife sense do in Kefalonia to learn about turtle conservation efforts on the island.

Please note: Please only observe the turtles and not attempt to interact or touch them, as with any animal encounter.

Travel Guide to Kefalonia, Turtles in Argostoli

Drive the Coastal Road

The Coastal road between Argostoli and Assos hugs the cliff sides and provides some of the best viewpoints in Kefalonia. The road is never too busy, and many places pull over to get out and admire the views. Many goats call this road home; you will most likely hear the ringing of their bells before you see them. Although, make sure to drive this road slowly to keep the goats safe.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE VIEWPOINTS BELOW:

  • Viewpoint over Myrtos Beach; find  it here.
  • Outlook to Assos with  hidden cove.
  • Great  view over Assos.

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Drogorati caves

These impressive caves are situated in Karamylos near Melissiani lake. The caves are full of beautiful formations and undoubtedly worth a visit. A strong earthquake revealed the entrance of the cave. Karavomylos Lake

Karavomylos is a beautiful lake next to the sea surrounded by a beautiful church, green foliage and an idyllic cafe. This lake is part of a strange geological phenomenon. Waters from the western side of the island travel underground and mix with freshwater making this lake even more beautiful.

Take a day trip to Ithaka

A day trip to the serene island of Ithaka is a must whilst in Kefalonia. This neighbouring island is tranquil and beautiful. It can be really  reasonably priced . A  day trip to Itaka  gives you the chance to spot Dolphins, Turtles and unique birds. Itaka itself is just breathtaking; you will get to experience Vathy Bay and hidden beaches.

Kefalonia Travel Guide: The Best Towns and Villages to Explore

The pastel-coloured village of Fiskardo is the absolute gem of Kefalonia. This harbour is simply stunning. Fiskardo has a  rich green background  and full of  Venetian architecture.  It is easy to see why this is one of the most popular sports in the Ionian sea. Kefalonia was hit by an earthquake back in 1953. Most of the Venetian architecture was ruined on the island. Fiskardo was lucky enough to escape without the architecture getting destroyed. This makes Fiksardo an exceptional part of Kefalonia.

This village is full of incredible restaurants and cocktail bars

  • Local food:  Nicolas Taverna . This Taverna offers the best views over Fiskardo bay itself. This restaurant is known for its impeccable service and fantastic local food, especially seafood and fresh fish.
  • Romantic dinners :  Irida Café Bar restaurant . They have outdoor seating right by the water’s edge, and it makes for a perfect romantic setting. Make sure you try their Traditional Greek Kolokithokeftedes with Skordilla dip. Their produce is as authentic as it can be, with the food brought from the local farms from the mountains of the islands.
  • Breakfast :  Milos/Windmill . One of the few places open for breakfast. There is nothing more perfect than a cup of coffee with the sound of boats in the harbour sitting right by the sea. Heading to the bay early for breakfast gives you a chance to enjoy Fiskardo before the rush of tourists later in the day.

Fiskardo Things to do, Kefalonia Travel Guide.

Assos is the most stunning pastel perfect village. Its Venetian style houses sit right on the water’s edge. Assos has two beaches and a Venetian castle’s ruins with some incredible viewpoints over this picturesque town. Assos is full of  magical things to do . Myrtos beach is the most incredible beach on the island, as it is only a quick drive from Assos. Whilst in Kefalonia, visiting this town is an essential addition to your itinerary.

Where to eat in Assos Village

  • Hellenic Bistro: A restaurant with incredible views of the sunset. Authentic Greek cuisine and friendly service, this is a must-visit when you are in Kefalonia.
  • Platanos :  This restaurant has fantastic food and is great for vegan and vegetarian options.

Assos Kefalonia viewpoinr

Argostoli, Kefalonia’s Capital

This town is the Captial of Kefalonia. It is much busier than other parts of the island and is full of cafes, bars and restaurants.

De Bosset Bridge in Argostoli

This is a fascinating bridge and the largest stone bridge over a sea in the world. It is an excellent place for a walk, and it’s an exciting part of the architecture.

Turtles in Argostoli

This part of the island is well-known turtles that frequently appear. Kefalonia has two different types of turtles that call this island home. The loggerhead turtles and Green sea turtles. Turtles will often follow the fishermen boats in the harbour when they return from night fishing. To be in with a chance of seeing them head down early. There is a wildlife conservation group called wildlife sense who focus on turtle conservation.

The best places to eat in Argostoli

  • El Greco , the best place in Argostoli for local food.
  • Ampelaki , great for traditional Greek food and caters well for vegetarians.
  • Libretto , this cute café serves insane Waffles.

Argostoli, Kefalonia Town

The three towns of Agia Efimia, Sami and Karavomylos, make up Sami bay. We loved Agia Efimia the most, and it is a must add to your Kefalonia Plans. For more information on the other towns,  check out our guide.

Agia Efimia

Once a fishing village, this town has retained all its original charm. It is an intimate and cosy bay with cute houses perched on the water’s edge. Agia Efimia is an impressive town lined with cosy taverns and shops with a backdrop of rich green hills.

  • Paradise Beach Bar  – If you visit this small town, you simply must eat at Paradise Beach bar. It was our favourite restaurant out of all the ones we visited during our week-long stay. The views of this restaurant are excellent, and the food was just incredible. If you fancy a treat, order their Chocolate souffle.
  • The Pergola  – If you are looking for incredible local food, this is the place to come. Check out their  TripAdvisor .

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Travel Guide to Kefalonia: The Best Beaches

1. head to myrtos beach, the most stunning beach in kefalonia..

This beach sits between mount Agia Dynati and Mount Kalon Oros. These two mountains create the most dramatic backdrop. With a backdrop of green, pine, cypress and olive trees, it makes a stunning mix of greens that contrast with the bright blue water.

Mytros beach is well-known because of its outstandingly beautiful blue water. The waves on this beach pick up tiny pieces of Marble, creating a magical effect and illuminating the water. This effect makes the water a shade of turquoise so stunning you will want to jump right in.

Once you make it to Mytros beach, there is an incredible sea cave and plenty of rocks to jump off of. You could easily spend the whole day playing on the beach, soaking up the Greek sun and swimming in the sea. Myrtos beach is the best beach in Kefalonia and a must for any trip to this island.

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2. Antisamos Beach

This beach is one of the best beaches for sunbathing and swimming in Kefalonia. It is a pebble beach near to the port of Sami. This incredible beach was used as a backdrop for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. There is a stunning backdrop full of green foliage and an abundance of green hills and crystal clear turquoise water.

Antisamos Beach Bar

Visiting this beach bar is a perfect place to spend the day. It is the best place for lunch when spending your day at Antisamos beach.

3. Loutro beach

This pebble beach is a perfect place to relax in Kefalonia. They are surrounded by rich green hills covered in beautiful foliage and trees. The stunning green hills reflect into the crystal clear blue sea. You can walk to this beach from Sami town. Loutro beach is a well-kept local secret, ideal for snorkelling. Swimming in the ocean is only made more memorable by the views of the surrounding scenery.

4. Fooki Beach

This stunning beach is so unique. it is very different from your typical Greek beach. It is surrounded by oak trees and cypresses, creating a protected cove. The beach is shaped in a sheltered bay, meaning you are protected from winds and with clear water to swim in. Fooki beach is really close to the colourful town of Fiskardo. This town was one of our favourite towns in Kefalonia. It is full of incredible places to eat and cocktails bars to end your day in.

Check out our Guide to Fiskardo to read more about this magical town.

Fiskardo, Foki beach near small town Fiskardo at Kefalonia, Ionian islands, Greece. Private yacht boats in the small lagoon.

5. Makris Gialos Beach

This is a beautiful beach. It was perfect during the low season. This beach was peaceful and quiet at the time we visited. Unlike most of the other beaches on this list, this beach has stunning beautiful golden sand. There is a beach hut called white beach bar that provided a fantastic lunch. Parking is only two minutes away, and it’s free.

The only potential downside of this beach is that resorts and hotels surround it. Whilst it was quiet for us, we imagine it might be busier at peak time. This beach is situated really near Argostoli and the Airport. This allows you to visit as part of a trip to Argostoli or on your way to the Airport.

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Tips for Visiting Kefalonia

Transfer from kefalonia airport.

When planning your travels to Kefalonia, an important thing to note is that no bus transfers run from the Airport. Whether you hire a car or a moped, make sure to plan your arrival transport ahead of time.

Depending on where to chose to stay in Kefalonia, it might be best to hire a car instead of a Moped. If your villa is up in the hills, some of the roads are very questionable and fairly steep. For this reason, a car makes more sense. We read online that hiring a car just outside of Kefalonia airport is cheaper than any of the car companies inside. However, we found the price differences to be marginal, so we went with a reputable brand inside the Airport. Note: We visited during the COVID 19 pandemic, so our experience with prices might of been different.

Travel Guide to Kefalonia, view over Assos town, Assos Castle and dense green foliage.

The best area to stay in Kefalonia

If you are coming here to lay on the beach and to have a relaxing holiday, places like Skala and Lassi are more suitable. However, these towns are built for tourists so although they have everything you need, they are also quite commercial.

When we visited, we wanted to be able to explore the towns of Assos and Fiskardo. We also wanted to stay up in the Hills, away from the touristy towns. We chose to stay a 10-minute drive away from Fiskardo in the town of Agilas and one night near Argostoli. This was perfect for heading to Fiskardo Bay for dinner and to the beaches at sunset. It allowed us to explore the towns of Assos and Argostoli easily and conveniently. We would recommend Fiskardo. It is the perfect place to stay. However, to stay near Argostoli would also allow you to easily explore the island and access sandy beaches.

Sami is also very central and a popular destination to stay in Kefalonia. However, we thought it was too touristy to stay in. Other parts of Kefalonia are more authentic and represent a true insight into the Greek way of life.

Depending on how long you are staying, we would recommend moving around if possible. A couple of nights in different parts of the island makes for a truly unique experience. This will allow you to immerse yourself into island life.

For more check out our guide to the best towns and villages in Kefalonia here.

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Travel Guide to Kefalonia: Accommodation Options

Kefalonia is full of incredible hotels and villas. We decided to stay in a villa for our week-long stay. The main reason we had a great pool and view of the sunset.

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We found the northern part of Kefalonia to be the nicest. Towns like Fiskardo and Assos are undeniably beautiful and worth the drive up to experience them. Near the Airport is more touristy but has sandy beaches. All of the different towns and villages and lovely in their own right, but Assos and Fiskardo are the most excellent parts of Kefalonia island. Both are easy to get to each other, and Assos sits next to the famous Myrtos beach.

Hotels in Kefalonia

This resort is so beautiful! It is enclosed with cypress and cedar trees and panoramic views of the mountains and sea; this resort is simply stunning.

Perfect for couples and only a 10-minute walk to Fiskardo bay. An ideal location for those looking to have a peaceful getaway only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Fiskardo Bay

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F Zeen is a beautiful hotel near the incredible Loutro beach. This is the perfect combination of luxury and nature and is ideal for couples.

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3. Tourist Boutique Hotel Argostoli

If you wish to stay in the heart of Argostoli, this is the perfect place. Right on the water’s edge and modern rooms. This hotel is near to eh beach famous for nesting turtles and near to the famous Lithostroto. A historic pedestrian walkway lined with cafes and shops.

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Airbnbs in Kefalonia

Top villa in fiskardo with heated pool & hot tub.

This Airbnb is nestled within acres of serene cypress trees with incredible views out to Ithaca and Lefkada. This villa is by far the most stunning in Fiskardo. Both beaches of Emblisi and Foki are only 10 minutes on foot. The Best thing about this Airbnb is that it is within walking distance of Fiskardo. But allows you to escape to a peaceful villa protected from the noise of Fiskardo town.

  • Sleeps:  7 Guest
  • Size:  3 bedrooms / 5 beds / 3.5 baths
  • Price:  Check out the latest prices  here.

Beautiful Little Stone House in Kefalonia

The most perfect Airbnb for a couple. The perfect love nest. This villa is perched on the side of Mount Ainos, 2 minutes away from the pretty fishing village of  Katelios . Enjoy dinners out on your private terrace. This Airbnb is simply stunning. It is perfect if you are looking to climb Mount Ainos and would like to stay somewhere slightly less touristy than some of the other towns and villages in Kefalonia.

  • Sleeps:  4 guests
  • Size:  1 bedroom / 1 bed / 1.5 baths
  • Price:   Check out the latest prices here.

Villa Agapi Luxury Villa Kefalonia Assos

This Airbnb is so stunning! It is so modern and offers some of the best views of  Assos village . This villa has everything that you need for a memorable experience, including a BBQ terrace, romantic setting, insane views, in addition to beautiful details inside the villa.

  • Sleeps:  4 guests
  • Size:  2 bedrooms / 3 beds / 1 baths
  • Price:  Check out prices here.

Enjoying our Travel Guide to Kefalonia? Check out our guide to the best Villas in Kefalonia.

Summary of our Travel Guide to Kefalonia

We hope you enjoyed our travel guide to Kefalonia. The island of Kefalonia is stunning and is an incredible destination for any type of getaway.

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Kefalonia is a hidden gem in Greece that is often overlooked. It is part of the Ionian Islands, and is only about a 3-hour ferry ride from the well-known Zakynthos. Kefalonia is the most mountainous Ionian island with lush forests, picturesque beaches, delicious wine, scenic fishing villages, and so much more to make for a perfect getaway. Continue reading to see the 12 best things to do in Kefalonia along with more information to help you plan your trip.

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5 things you need for your kefalonia vacation.

  • Walking Sandals : Some beaches in Kefalonia are rocky so make sure to bring sandals for exploring the beach
  • Light Beach Towel : This is my go-to beach towel when I travel since it is light, compact, and dries quickly.
  • Snorkel Gear : One of the best things to do in Kefalonia is to snorkel in the clear turquoise water
  • Dry Bag : Much need to keep your valuables dry especially on boat days.
  • Reusable Water Bottle to keep your water cold during the hot summer days in Kefalonia.

12 Best Things to Do in Kefalonia

1. myrtos beach.

Mytos Beach Kefalonia

Myrtos Beach is the most beautiful beach in Kefalonia and one of the top beaches in Greece. There is a viewpoint where you can enjoy the views of the beach before driving down the steep and windy road to the beach. On your way down make sure to stop at another viewpoint closer to the beach where you will see parking spots. If you prefer a quiet beach with less crowds you don’t have to sit here, you can enjoy the views of Myrtos Beach and then continue to a less busy beach to relax!

2. Rent a Boat to Explore the Northeast Coast of Kefalonia

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Kefalonia has many beaches that can only be reached by boat. Renting a boat is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia if you want to explore the northeast coast and find secluded beaches. You can rent a boat under 30hp without a boat license in Greece and the prices in Kefalonia during high season range from 120-150 euro plus gas. The water here is so clear it is perfect for snorkeling. Don’t forget to bring your own snorkel gear! I used this snorkel set in Kefalonia and it was perfect.

We rented a boat from Boulevard Boat Hire in Agia Efimia and had a great experience. The boat had a canopy which was great for a hot day, and they even provided us with a cooler. The day started with a training to show us how to drive and anchor the boat. There are boundaries that you have to stay between as the company can only operate in certain areas, but that still allows a lot of coastline to explore between Agia Efimia and the fish farm near Fiscardo. We rented the boat in Kefalonia on my 30th birthday and it was the most incredible birthday I have ever had! 

Start your adventure by making your way to the north boundary and then making your way back down the coast. Top beaches you cannot miss (from north to south) are Agios Gerasimos Beach, Chorgota Beach, Giagana Beach, and Kapsolimionas Beach. There are more beautiful small coves that are perfect for snorkeling and swimming.

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3. Melissani Cave Lake

Taking a boat ride through Melissani Cave Lake is one of the top things to do in Kefalonia. The cave is 160m long and 40m wide and the lake in the cave has water as deep as 39 meters. You can see the cave with a short row boat tour. There are usually about 10 people per boat and the driver provides information about the cave as he takes you in and around the cave. Keep in mind it can get busy, especially when there are cruise ships. Therefore it is important to get there early.  The water is supposed to be the prettiest color around noon, but that is also when it can be the most crowded with a wait time of over 1 hour. Therefore, we decided to go when it opened around 9 am and had a great experience, with only one group ahead of us.

4. Koutala Beach

Hidden Beach Kefalonia

If you are looking to explore more of Kefalonia, you can drive down the Paliki region, a peninsula located on the west part of Kefalonia. One popular beach here is called Xi Beach, but it can get very busy. Instead, checkout the nearby Koutala Beach, a hidden beach with red sand that is surrounded by tall white cliffs. There is parking along the road and then a short walk takes you down to the beach. We loved it so much we ended up spending a few hours here. Don’t forget to bring a beach umbrella, sunscreen, towel, water, and everything else you may need as there are no services here. I always bring this Turkish beach towel  that I found on Amazon. It is perfect for traveling since it is light and dries quickly

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Assos Town in Kefalonia

If you want to see a picturesque village with colorful houses you have to visit Assos. On the drive down to Assos you can stop at different viewpoints of the village. Spend time walking around the small village and make your way across the bay towards the Venetian Castle of Assos to see more views of the colorful village. There are a couple small beaches in the village if you want to go for a swim and cool down.

6. Hike to a Hidden Beach (Sisia Beach)

Secluded beaches

In the summer beaches in Kefalonia can get busy, but there are several secluded beaches that you can enjoy without the crowds. These secluded beaches usually require a bit of a hike. One of our favorite off-the-beaten-path beaches that we found in Kefalonia is Sisia Beach. The road to get to the beach isn’t passable for most cars, so you will need to park near the monastery and walk about 20 minutes to get down to the beach. 

This pebble beach is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia if you have the energy to hike down to the beach (and back up). Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes that you can walk with on a rocky, steep road. There is no shade on the beach so a beach umbrella would be helpful, just don’t bring too much stuff with you since you will need to carry it back up.

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7. Explore Beaches in the South of Kefalonia

 The south part of Kefalonia has many beautiful beaches that are worth checking out. Top beaches include Spatia Beach, Pessada Beach, and Agios Thomas Beach. We spent time at Pessada Beach which is a scenic beach in a very small cove. Instead of sitting on the small beach we found a spot on the smooth rocks and swam in the water from there. It felt like having a little beach all to ourselves. You can find parking along the street and then a path down to the beach.

8. Walk Around and Dine in Argostoli, the Capital of Kefalonia

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A trip to Kefalonia is not complete without visiting the capital of Kefalonia, Argostoli. The city has a pedestrian-only street filled with shops and restaurants. Spend time exploring this street and make your way towards the water for more shops and restaurants as well as great views of the bay. Keep in mind that most stores close between 2 and 5, so try to plan your visit before or after this time. 

One of the top destinations in Argostoli is De Bosset Bridge, the longest stone bridge over the sea in the world.  Argostoli has many restaurants making it a great place to stop for dinner. A popular spot with a variety of restaurants is Villianou Square. We had dinner nearby at Baroque Le Bistrot which I highly recommend if you are looking for a nice place.

9. Drograti Cave

Drogati Cave

Visiting the unique Drograti Cave is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia. Located near Sami, the cave was discovered 300 years ago when an earthquake caused a collapse that made the entrance visible. In the cave you can see unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites. It is always about 18 degrees celsius in the cave, so it is a good escape from the sun and heat. 

There are stairs down to the cave and a path that you can follow within the cave. You should combine your visit to Drograti Cave with Melissani Cave Lake as they are only about 10 minutes away from each other and there is a combined ticket that you can get.

10. Visit a Winery

Kefalonia is known for a white wine variety called Robola wine. The main wine region is in the center of Kefalonia in Omala Valley. You can find Robola wine at restaurants throughout the island and if you are interested in learning more about the wine in Kefalonia you can visit a winery. Gentilini Winery and Vineyards is the most popular winery as it is located close to Argostoli. In the village of Valsamata you can find Orealios Gaea, a must-visit Robola winery where you can taste wine while enjoying beautiful views.

11. Fiscardo

Fiscardo Kefalonia Fishing Town

Fiscardo is a fishing village in the north of Kefalonia. The village has a promenade filled with restaurants and shops which makes for a perfect lunch stop. Cars are not allowed in the village but you can find parking spots right outside the village. Popular beaches near Fiscardo are Emplisi Beach and Foki Beach. Foki Beach is less busy and features a scenic walking path along the bay.

12. Fteri Beach

Fteri Beach is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Kefalonia. This beach has clear turquoise water and is surrounded by large white cliffs. To get to Fteri Beach you need to either hike 3 miles each way or take a 10-minute boat ride. The boats from Agia Kiriaki fill up early, so if you plan to take a boat there make sure to get there very early. If you decide to hike there you will want to wear sneakers and bring what you need for your time at the beach as there are no services at Fteri Beach.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Kefalonia?

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Kefalonia is a bigger island so to fully experience the island I recommend staying for at least four days. This will give you enough time to see the highlights of the island, visit Assos and Fiscardo, and rent a boat for a day to explore the northeast coast of the island. Kefalonia is a great island to explore slowly. 

We visited Kefalonia for one week and had an amazing trip. We had the time to explore most of the island as well as rent a boat for a day and relax on beautiful secluded beaches. If you are looking to spend time relaxing in Kefalonia you should stay for more than four days.

How Do You Get to Kefalonia?

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The easiest way to get to Kefalonia is with a one hour flight from Athens to Kefalonia International Airport (EFL). During the summer there are also direct flights to Kefalonia from many European cities including London, Prague, Milan, Manchester, and Frankfurt. 

You can only reach Kefalonia by ferry from the west side of mainland Greece, there are no ferries from Athens. You can find ferries to Kefalonia from the ports of Killini, Patras, and Astakos. To get to these ports from Athens you would need to drive 3 hours or take a bus. Therefore, flying is the most convenient way to get to Kefalonia.

If you are flying to Kefalonia from another Greek island you will most likely have to connect in Athens. A greek island that is great to combine with your Kefalonia trip is Corfu , which has a flight to Kefalonia with a quick stop in the nearby Aktion Airport (PVK) so you don’t have to fly all the way back to Athens. If you are interested in visiting more islands on your trip, you can take a 3-hour ferry to the nearby island of Zakynthos.

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How Do You Get Around Kefalonia?

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The best way to get around Kefalonia is to rent a car. Rental cars in Kefalonia and other greek islands are usually manual. If the rental car doesn’t specifically say “automatic” then you should assume the car is stick shift. If you plan on driving in Kefalonia keep in mind that the roads are narrow and windy. 

We rented a car with Sun Cars in Kefalonia and had a great experience. There was a representative from Sun Cars waiting for us at the airport when we arrived with a sign with our name on it. They led us to the rental car in the airport parking lot where we signed the rental car agreement and paid by card. When it came to returning the car we dropped it off at the airport where a representative was waiting for us. It was quick and seamless and we would highly recommend renting through this company.

Where Should You Stay in Kefalonia?

Airbnb in Kefalonia Sunset

A popular spot to stay when visiting Kefalonia is in the capital, Argostoli. Argostoli has a range of accommodation options and is close to top destinations in the south and central parts of Kefalonia. You can search for accommodations including hotels, guest houses, and apartments in Argostoli on booking.com .

We decided stay in the village of Chaliotata near Sami as we found a unique Airbnb with beautiful views (shown in the photo above). It was a great spot to base ourselves to explore the island. We didn’t like the nearby port town of Sami so for food we usually drove to Valsmata, Agia Effimia, or Argostoli.

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Kefalonia   (or Kefalonia) is one of the most beautiful Greek islands, if any one can be chosen, and is part of the Ionian Islands archipelago. Extensive and diverse, the place has paradisiacal scenery and beaches bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

Besides, of course, wonderful sunsets and super charming villages. It also has a lot of gastronomy always with the Greek sympathy.

On our journey through Greek islands , our script was among the best known as Santorini , Milos and finally we made the islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Each island has its particularity and beauty and we will tell you everything here!

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Before starting with the our itinerary and tips on what to do in Kefalonia , we answered some questions that a lot of people have before going there.

How to go from Athens to  Kefalonia

You can get from Athens to Kefalonia by plane or with rented car – which arrives at the port of Kyllini and goes by ferry to Kefalonia.

A Sky Express  is the Greek domestic airline. They use smaller planes, the ATR, which are small but comfortable, with 40 rows. The internal luggage compartment is not as spacious as the luggage compartment on other flights.

It's better to prepare if you have extra luggage, try to board as soon as possible to guarantee space. Other than that, it's a quiet plane and the service is very good.

You can buy the ticket at SkyScanner , which searches for the cheapest ticket prices on several websites. If you have extra luggage, it's cheaper if you buy it online with your ticket than at the airport.

by car and  ferry

By car you will have two options: go from Athens to porto de Kyllini (approximately 3h30) or at the port of Patras (approximately 2h30) and from there go by ferry to Kefalonia.

The ferry takes around 1h30 to 2h30 depending on the port of destination. In Kefalonia there are three ports located on each side of the island, with Argostoli to west, Poros in the southwest and Sami towards the north.

The roads are great, super well maintained, signposted and the drivers are super nice, in addition to the beautiful view. If you have enough time to enjoy the trip, it's worth it! Remember if: the roads are tolled, so save the coins to spend on them.

To find out more about ferry timetables and prices you can check the Ferry Hooper websites or Direct Ferries.

This was our case. From Milos the only way is to take a plane, as the distance is quite long. We took a super smooth flight from Milos to Kefalonia, which arrives at the island's international airport. We fly with Sky Express and recommend it!

De May to the first half of October the days are hot, the sun sets late and the days are longer in Greece. So this is the best time to enjoy the island – lots of sun and warm waters for a good swim.

The months of July and August are the European holidays, during this period the island receives more travelers and maybe the value of the hotels and the crowd increases a little, but the sun continues to shine brightly.

The period from the end of October to April is not a very good time to visit Kefalonia. The days are no longer sunny, the waters are very cold, the weather is cloudy and there is even the possibility of rain.

Many hotels, restaurants and shops do not work at this time, and even some ferries or companies. airlines reduce itineraries.

Our columnist Flávio visited Kefalonia in 2017, and look at one of the surprises you can find there!

If I could, forever! ?

The ideal is to stay at least three days integers in Kefalonia. The island is super extensive and the distances are great. So, if you want to see the whole island, book at least three full days there.

We stayed 3 nights and 2 and a half days, and still lacked some places to visit.

Write down these tips, because they are important!

  • Shoes for walking on stones: as most beaches are stone, one of the best tips we can give you is – buy a shoe to walk on the stones . Doing these hikes in Hawaiian, sneakers or espadrilles is very difficult (own experience). We didn't shop at España and surrendered on the first day, we ended up shopping at a local store.
  • Thermal bag/refrigerator: In Kefalonia, several beaches do not have kiosks or food infrastructure. We stopped at a grocery store, bought water, wine, ice packs and our fridge accompanied us on all the deserted beaches.
  • don't forget the travel insurance for greece is required!

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Without a doubt, our tip is: rent a car . As the distances on the island are very large, renting a scooter or quadricycle, as in other islands, is practically unfeasible. The car makes trips faster, in addition to protecting you from the sun and being safer. 

Just to give you an idea, during the 2 and a half days we were on the island, we traveled 400 km by car, imagine doing that by scooter or quadricycle.

We rented a car for  RentCars . We chose an economy car, the Twingo, and it was great for the trip. We managed to pick up the car at the airport and return it to the port of Sami (but the drop off point was not a good idea and we'll tell you why at the end of the post? ).

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Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

We use the chip from  America Chip. which is super practical. You pay once and have unlimited internet for the entire trip. The chip arrives at his home in España. Just put it on your cell phone on the plane, and when you arrive in Greece you will already have a cell phone chip working with 4G or 3G internet.

At Kefalonia, the chip worked very well and we had signal throughout the trip. Only in some beaches of difficult access the signal was weaker. Then, back on the road, the light was back in full force.

I highly recommend the chip, it is an essential facility – especially for those traveling by car or motorcycle.

Now, with everything ready and planned, the coolest time of the trip has arrived! #Longing. As I've already told you, we only stayed 3 days on the island and we made a pretty cool itinerary.

Choose the first day to rest at the hotel and enjoy the local cuisine!

As we arrived late on the island, on the first day we chose to enjoy the hotel we stayed in, the Farmers Bay Hotel. The hotel is very good, exclusively for adults, and has a panoramic view of the beach that bears the same name, Beach Farmers.

>> Read all about the Hotel in our post Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia, Greece

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

We chose to have lunch at Taverna Ksouras , right there in the region.   It's a simple seafood restaurant, but highly recommended. In addition to enjoying the view of the beach with crystal clear waters. The price for two people was 12 euros. It is worth it!

#Good memories: it was at Petani Beach that I was able to see the most perfect sunset. The sun practically “touches” the horizon, unforgettable! Hope you have the same luck! ?

For dinner, we went to the main town on the peninsula, called Lixouri – about minutes from the hotel. It has a super charming center with several restaurants. We had dinner at Tsibino (highly recommend).

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Now begins our itinerary to visit the main highlights of the island. #DecadeTravel: Fill the tank and let's meet paradise!

We walked about 200 km along the road to discover the island's greatest highlights. Write down what you need to put on the list of things to do at Kefalonia:

  • Melissani Cave and Drogorati
  • Dafnoudi Beach
  • Photo Viewpoint to Myrthos Beach (must see)
  • Myrtos Beach

We left our hotel and headed towards the region of Sami . On the way, we took the opportunity to visit a beach called Antisamos . From there, we went to the Melissani cave to take a boat trip.

The Sami region has several caves, Melissani is the most famous. For those who like this type of tour, there is the cave Drogorati also. After the cave tour, a good option is to visit the Foki beach – one of the most beautiful on the island.

For lunch, the region of Fiskardo , to the north of the island, is ideal. The restaurants are located in a super charming marina and the atmosphere is delicious!

After lunch, save energy to get to know the Dafnoudi Beach and end the day on a high note by getting to know the myrthos beach , mandatory stop in Kefalonia.

Below we tell you all the details about each place.

A Melissani cave It's a super beautiful and different spot on the island. It's a quick 15-20 minute walk, but it's worth it. The cave is beautiful, full of stalactites and stalagmites – those rocky spikes that form on the floor and ceiling of caves.

It has an impressive opening to the sky, which reflects the sun in its crystal clear waters. A guide takes a group of 8 to 10 visitors in a simple wooden boat to experience this landscape. For drone enthusiasts, the tip is to take advantage of the opening of the cave to take flight and take beautiful images.

Ticket price: 7 euros (adult) and 4 euros (child)

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

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One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, the Foki beach it's a charm. Pequenina, with several trees on its banks, is a narrow beach and should be very popular in high season.

It is good to go there prepared, since there is no kiosk structure or street vendors selling iced mate (laughs). It is one of the most beautiful beaches we have passed and it is well worth including it in your itinerary.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

After visiting some places, a stop for lunch is ideal. We chose to have lunch in the village of Fiskardo , close to the port.

The place has several options of super charming restaurants and all with a view of the boats moored in the marina. Our choice was the restaurant Apagio , with great options of seafood, salad and typical Greek food.

The price was fair, much cheaper than what we were paying in Santorini and Milos. It was worth the stop for lunch.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

After lunch, we decided to rest in the Dafnoudi beach . To get to the beach, you have to face a 10 to 15 minute trail full of pebbles. So bring the appropriate footwear.

It is a very narrow beach, about 50 meters long. It's very pretty and super exclusive. There, there is no structure of restaurants and no shade, so it's a good idea to go prepared. We've been dreaming about that after-lunch nap, but the stone beach wasn't the most comfortable place for it, haha.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

This place is a mandatory stop on the island . Put it on your list of things to do in Kefalonia!

The viewpoint overlooking Myrthos beach is wonderful, with a surreal view, and it's easy to get there. See on Google Maps the “Photo View Point to Myrthos Beach”, as we have made it available to you below. #DecadeTravel: be careful and double your attention, as the viewpoint is on a curve in the road.

To take pictures, the tip is to go in the morning. Thus, the sun is still against the sea, leaving the photos with perfect light. But at any time of day the view will be beautiful.

We came back at the end of the day to see the sunset. Between May and June (when we visit the island) the sun practically sets in the sea right in front of the Mirante da Praia de Myrthos.

At that time, the sunset is at 9 pm, so if you go to see the sunset, it's worth leaving ready to go to dinner later. If you need to go back to your hotel, you can be very late.

If you want to go down to Myrthos Beach there is a road that goes down there. The beach is sandy, but it has a lot of rocks, so it is difficult to walk along it because of this (again, the special shoe fits well).

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Myrthos It's a much bigger beach than the others I mentioned above. The water is crystal clear and there is even a small cave at the end of the beach. Just watch out for pebbles that can roll off the hill – you'll see a warning!

Once again, as in the vast majority of beaches, it is worth remembering that there is no shade (except in the cave) and no restaurant or food structure.

On the third day, we went to explore more of the peninsula region where we were staying at Farmer Bay .

Start exploring the island from the north, at Atheras Beach and then descend towards the south, passing through Megas Lakkos Beach , Kounopetrs e Stomach Bay . We got all the tips from the owner of the Petani Bay Hotel, who was super attentive. These were the Kefalonia sights that we highlighted:

  • Stomach Bay

A Atheras Beach it is a wider and more extensive beach, also made of stone. The water is crystal clear and super calm, perfect for families with children or for those who want to relax.

She has a beachside restaurant and it's super easy to get to. Another paradise beach in Kefalonia.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

The southern peninsula of Petani Bay is known for being a region of red sand beaches. What may not look so pretty to some people may be comfortable to others.

This is one of the only beaches on the island that is nice for a walk without shoes. The water remains crystal clear, in addition to being a very extensive beach. It has kiosks and a restaurant – the Fishbones it's a good request.

The beach is not very touristy and if you are in Petani Bay it is close.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

A kounopetra peninsula , in Kefalonia, is also recognized as the “moving stone”. It is a unique natural phenomenon in the world.

Kounopetra consists of a large rock that is known because it is never standing in the same place and in the same position. She attracts the attention and curiosity of many scientists as she constantly moves from east to west.

The rock's slow movement is visible from the shore, and some say you can hear the vibrations above it. However, the reality is that it is very difficult to see or feel anything. It's only worth it if you have a lot of time on the island and if you're staying at Petani Bay, otherwise it's not worth traveling to the island ready to see the phenomenon.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

A good place to have lunch on this route is the restaurant Beach in Vatsa Bay . It is a very rustic place, away from the tourist scene. The restaurant is right on the beach, has great dishes and seafood.

In front of the restaurant are some lounge chairs – also rustic, perfect for that nap after lunch.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

The owner of the Petani Bay Hotel recommended us to stop by the Kipoureon Monastery on the way back to the hotel. Built on top of a rock, the site yields a beautiful view of the island.

We've heard good recommendations that it's super beautiful and well worth the visit. Unfortunately, we were unable to visit, as we stayed longer than planned at the other beaches (normal, right?). But who knows next time!

Enjoy one more end of the day to see the sunset. And if you're staying at Farmers Bay Hotel , like we did, enjoy the view from the pool even more.

Finish the day with a dinner in the center of Lixouri. we choose the coffee but , which has a famous hamburger menu. The restaurant is right on the town square, easy to get to. It's really worth it!

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

And on the fourth day it was time to leave :(. But that's ok, our trip didn't end here. A very nice itinerary, and that's what we did, is to marry your trip to Kefalonia with the Island of Zakythos. That's where is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Greek islands, Navagio Beach .

>> Read more tips from Zakynthos and other paradise Islands in our post Greek islands – The Complete Roadmap of the 5 Best Islands to Discover

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

If you go to Kefalonia between the months of June to October, take note of the tip:. there is a direct ferry that leaves from Kefalonia (in Pessada) and goes to Zakynthos (in Agios Nikolaos). The journey takes around 1 hour.

Few websites talk about this ferry and it is difficult to find information, so we highlight it and recommend keeping this information. The boats are smaller, but they are available throughout the summer.

Check the timetables and tips for the ferry that goes straight to Zakynthos and operates in the summer months:

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

As we were in the low season, we had to take a ferry that stopped at Kyllini. That's why it took us 3 hours to arrive. Our ferry left Poros in Kefalonia.

Important tip:  Take a good look at the port of departure you will choose to reach your next destination. The ferries leave each one of a city, which requires more attention in the travel logistics.

We returned our car in Kafalonia, in the town of Sami, but later found that our ferry to Zakynthos leaves from the port of Poros. So we ended up having to pay 40 euros for the taxi driver to take us to the right port.

Distances in Kefalonia are quite long, so do your research well before booking car returns, etc.

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Do you know more tips on what to do in Kefalonia? Leave your comment for us!

Make a note of this: it is really worth staying in 2 hotels in different places in Kefalonia. The island is quite large and setting up a base in one place can waste a lot of time on the trip. If you intend to explore the island to the fullest, it is worth staying at two different hotels.

For example, if you are going to stay 4 nights and 3 days on the island, try to stay 2 nights in each hotel on opposite sides of the island. So you can explore more regions without wasting too much time on the way.

We stayed at the hotel Farmer Bay, in Luxouri, which is on the island's western peninsula. The location is good for discovering the West and North region of the island.

To get to know the South, Center and East of the island, good locations are the regions of Sami e Argostoli . These two cities are also closer to the ports that have ferries that go to Kyllini, Zakynthos or Patras.

Farmers Bay Hotel   ($$)

What's Worth It: Exclusive View of Petani Beach

O Farmers Bay Hotel , 4 star hotel, is super exclusive, accepts adults only. It is located in Petani Bay with a beautiful view of the beach of the same name.

>> We tell all our experience in our post, read everything in Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia in Greece

Click Here and make your reservation now at the Petani Bay Hotel and enjoy this incredible view of Kefalonia

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

What's worth sailing: Private beach on the sand

O Kymata Beach Resort It is seaside with a private beach. The hotel also offers a Mediterranean restaurant and an open-air bar.

The chalets have a living room with smart TV and a fully equipped kitchen. Rates include WiFi and continental, buffet or a la carte breakfast.

Click Here and book your place in paradise on foot in the Kymata Resort area at the best prices

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Other good options are Kefalonia Private Paradise ($$$), ideal for families with a distance of 80 meters from the beach, and also the The City Hotel ($).

Find more options where to stay in Lixouri in Kefalonia on Booking.com

What's worth sailing: great value for money and location for honeymooners

O Aenos Hotel It is ideal for honeymoon couples. The hotel is located on the main square of Argostoli and is great value for money.

The rooms have a balcony overlooking the city, air conditioning. Breakfast and WiFi are included in the rate. Some of the rooms have a spa bath overlooking the sea. A luxury! In addition, the hotel has a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city.

Click Here and make your reservation at the Aenos Hotel and enjoy a lot of romanticism

Kefalonia in Greece – All the tips in a 3-day itinerary

Other options where to stay in Argostoli in Kefalonia :

  • Argostoli Marina Suites ($$)
  • Tourist Hotel ($$)

Find more options where to stay in Argostoli in Kefalonia on Booking.com

Are you full of things to think about and still have to plan your entire trip? Or you've seen it all, but you're feeling that familiar "Have I forgotten something?"

So calm down, we'll help you with  some items you can't forget before boarding . Come on!

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Did you know that it's getting easier – and cheaper – to have unlimited internet throughout your trip?

Just ask for an international cell phone chip through  America Chip . We always use and love it! They send a SIM card to your address in España, you insert it in your cell phone when you arrive at your destination and you have unlimited internet throughout the trip.

#StayHip:  Save on car GPS rental and use GoogleMaps and Waze with your unlimited internet ;).

If you haven't booked your stay, the tip is to compare hotels, hostels and inns through  Booking.com . This is the largest hotel booking platform in the world, ensuring a safe experience and great accommodation deals.

#StayHip:  Keep an eye out for 'Smart Deals', which only last for one day. Some amazing hotels offer great discounts using this badge on the platform. If you find a good deal, it's worth closing! 

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# Here's a tip:  Try to find cars with full car and third party insurance coverage. Thus, you avoid inopportune surprises when picking up the car.

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A complete first time visitor’s guide to Kefalonia

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I just got back from my first visit to the island of Kefalonia, and it was so charming! Between the stunning beaches, welcoming people, and delicious food, this island is a must-visit in Greece. If you’re thinking of visiting but you’re not sure where to start, this complete first time visitor’s guide to Kefalonia is for you. I’ve listed all of my favorite restaurants, activities, and recommendations for where to stay – as well as a suggested 5 day itinerary. And if you’re planning to do some island hopping, check out my other Greek island travel guides !

But first… a little history

Kefalonia (pronounced Kef-ah-lon-YA) is the largest Ionian island, off of the western coast of Greece. The island has been suggested as the home of Odysseus , and has been occupied at various points by the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, the Venetians, the British, and by Italy and Germany during WWII. There was a devastating earthquake in 1953, and most structures were damaged beyond repair, so there aren’t many older buildings on the island.

What makes Kefalonia unique is the local, unspoiled feeling across the island – you can truly experience Greece. This is because Kefalonia didn’t become a major tourist destination until the late 1980s, unlike other Greek islands that have been popular since the 1960s.

If you’re interested in learning more about the island, I recommend reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin . Although it’s a fictional novel, it gives a lot of history and insight into the struggles the island has faced.

Kefalonia or Cephallonia?

The island has had many names throughout the years due to occupations. You may see it spelled as Cephalonia, Kefallinia, or Kephallenia. In Greek the island is Κεφαλονιά, so it’s best to use the English version of that – Kefalonia .

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How long to visit

Because Kefalonia is such a big island, I recommend visiting for 5-7 days. This will give you enough time to explore, but also a few unplanned/unstructured days to relax at the beach or the pool. If you’re short on time, I’ve included a condensed 5 day itinerary at the end of this post.

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The fishing village of Fiskardo

Where to stay

For first timers to Kefalonia, I recommend staying in Lassi or Argostoli. Argostoli is the bustling capital of the island, with plenty of restaurants and shopping. Lassi is just a 5 minute taxi from Argostoli, but has a more local feel with access to beaches. I stayed in both Lassi and Argostoli, and preferred Lassi.

Best hotels in Lassi

We stayed at the Thalassa Boutique Hotel , which I highly recommend. The grounds are beautiful (with two pools), and it’s walking distance to beaches and restaurants in Lassi. It’s a great choice for both couples or families.

Another option is White Rocks , a gorgeous hotel with access to a private beach. It’s ideal for couples, and they even have a suite with a private infinity pool . White Rocks is more secluded, so you may want to grab a taxi to get into Lassi town.

Best hotels in Argostoli

If you want to be closer the the action in Argostoli, the Kefalonia Grand Hotel is quite chic & remodeled. It doesn’t have a pool, but it does have a perfect location close to the central square. They offer free breakfast, and the ocean view rooms have a small balcony to enjoy the sunset. Just beware that the walls of this hotel are very thin (we had issues with our neighbors), so be sure to pack some earplugs.

If we stayed in Argostoli again, I would most likely stay at the Canale Hotel . It’s still a good location with views of the harbor, but it also has a pool.

Best Group Option

If you’re traveling as a group of friends or family and will have a car, I suggest renting a villa. There are a ton of beautiful Airbnbs on the island, many of them with private infinity pools. And since this island is a little less touristy, you can get a great deal.

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How to get around

Taxis on Kefalonia are more plentiful than on other Greek islands. They are a good option for getting to Argostoli, or dinner options that are close by.

However, you will definitely need a rental car if you want to explore everything the island has to offer. I recommend Autocar4rent.com , which was very professional and even dropped off our rental car directly to our hotel.

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Kefalonia is an incredibly diverse island. Because of the variety in landscapes and beaches, it reminded me a lot of the island my husband is from, Skyros (I’m hoping to write a guide for Skyros the next time we visit!). Here are a few of my favorite activities on the island.

See Myrtos Beach

Myrtos is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world – and for good reason. It’s breathtaking! It’s quite rocky which makes it difficult to get in and out of the water, so if you want to swim it’s worth bringing some water shoes . It also doesn’t have great facilities, so it’s a place you visit more for the view. I recommend getting there before 10am to avoid crowds.

Visit a winery

Robola is a famous Kefalonian grape, and a must-try (dry and lots of citrus / mineral notes if you’re a wine lover . Both Gentilini winery and Sarris winery are popular, and only 10-15 minutes outside of Argostoli. They usually offer daily winery tours and wine tastings, but call ahead to make sure they’re open.

Swim at Antisamos Beach

The beaches on Kefalonia are quite diverse, and some of them on the island are too rocky for my taste. But Antisamos is a great place to spend the day swimming. I recommend checking out Acron Beach Club , which has a chic Mykonos vibe – but at 1/10th of the price! Try to get there before noon in the busy season if you want to grab loungers and an umbrella.

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Explore the towns

There are a ton of smaller towns & villages across the island. A few of my favorites:

  • Fiskardo, a quaint fishing village (3-4 hours for lunch and shopping)
  • Assos, a small but colorful Venetian town (1-2 hours to explore)
  • Skala, a southern village that has good beaches and shopping (3-4 hours)

One of the best activities in Kefalonia is taking a drive, stopping in these smaller villages for a walk, a swim, or a bite to eat.

Check out the castles

There are a couple of castles with very different histories on the island – Assos castle, and St. George castle. If you’re a fan of military history (or just want a great view of the island), both are worth seeing.

Take a boat to Lixouri

Lixouri is the second largest town in Kefalonia, but it’s harder to get to by car. You can easily catch the ferry from Argostoli though, and it’s only 3 euro per person. This was the one activity I didn’t do on my most recent trip, so I will definitely be doing this when we visit next.

Visit Melissani Cave

Melissani cave is gorgeous and not to be missed on your first trip to Kefalonia. It’s actually an underwater lake, which you access by descending down an underground tunnel. A boat with a guide will then take you around the small lake for a tour. There is usually a line but it moves quickly (the tour itself is only 5-10 minutes), and it’s inexpensive at 6 euro per person.

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Hang out in the Argostoli central square

Town squares are an important part of European culture, and that’s especially true in Greece. Πλατεία (plateia) is the Greek word for town square, and in traditional villages plateias are the central place for all feasts, celebrations, and events. On any given night, the central square in Argostoli is filled with locals enjoying their evening – including kids! It’s a great place to people watch or experience Greek culture.

Shop on Lithostroto Street

This pedestrian-only street in Argostoli is the main shopping area. Many of the stores were unfortunately still closed because of COVID when I visited, but there were still a few cute souvenir boutiques and cafes. If you’re looking for jewelry, one of my favorites was an unnamed store right next to Baroque le Bistrot. Dalca Art is also a cute boutique off the main shopping street that is worth a visit for jewelry by Greek artists.

Try the local food

There are several treats that Greece is known for, but my favorite from Kefalonia are mandoles. The traditional ones are covered in sugar glaze and dyed red from Kefalonian seaweed – they are absolutely addictive! You can find them at any bakery or zakaraplasteio (sweet shop) on the island.

Kefalonia also has a few local dishes you should try on your visit. If you’re a carnivore, try the meat pie (kreatopita), which is a baked pastry stuffed with mutton, pork and beef. If you’re looking for something lighter, riganada is similar to bruschetta and is delicious at any meal.

Visit St. Gerasimos Church

Saint Gerasimos is the patron saint of Kefalonia, believed to protect the island and heal illness. The church itself is quite ornate and beautiful, and the body of Saint Gerasimos is located at the monastery. Keep in mind that you need to dress modestly here ; for women, I recommend wearing a longer skirt or dress than covers your knees, as well as bringing a shawl to cover your shoulders.

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St. Gerasimos Church

Where to eat

Greece is known for taverna food – simple village dishes with high quality ingredients. Unlike Santorini or Mykonos , there aren’t many fine dining or concept restaurants. Your best dining experiences in Kefalonia will be at local family-run restaurants.

Karnagio Taverna (Sami): This family run taverna is literally on the water, with tables in the sand. It’s a great choice for real Greek food after a day at the beach. I recommend the fresh fish and skordalia (garlic dip), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), and saganaki (fried cheese).

Tzogia’s Taverna (Lassi): This is a good local spot for village food – I recommend the souvlaki and the soutzoukakia (meatballs in red sauce), which my husband loved.

Manentis Bakery (Argostoli): I prefer grabbing a tiropita (cheese pastry) or spanokopita (spinach pastry) in the morning, and eating it while adventuring on the island. There are plenty of delicious bakeries in Kefalonia, but my favorite in Argostoli was Manentis. You can also pick up some mandoles here to snack on.

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The view at Karnagio, and their saganaki and skordalia

Kamaroules Taverna (Lassi): This is my favorite restaurant in Kefalonia – so good we went twice! They have a handwritten menu, and it’s also family run with a very small staff. Keep in mind you may be waiting a while to order – but luckily they have an epic view of the sunset over the ocean. Their prices for the quality (and quantity) of the food you get are also fantastic. My absolute favorite dish was their povera Kefalonian appetizer (many kinds of cheese, roasted tomatoes, peppers, and capers on top of bread). I also loved their saganaki, which was covered in honey and sesame.

Melograno (Argostoli): This is a fairly new restaurant, so they are still working out some of the kinks with service. However, the vibe of this restaurant is really chic, and it has an excellent location in the town square. If you want something more upscale, this is for you – I recommend the Greek salad and the lobster pasta.

O Gyros tis Plateias (Argostoli): For a delicious (and inexpensive) dinner, grab a gyro here. You can walk in to the kitchen area to order one to go, and enjoy it in the town square like a local.

Ladokolla (Argostoli): For more amazing grilled food in a sit-down setting, Ladokolla is right off of the main plateia. They serve their dishes on grease proof paper (“ladokolla”), which makes it a fun local experience.

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The menus, povera, and saganaki at Kamaroules Taverna

Drinks & Dessert

Baroque Le Bistrot (Argostoli): This bar is on the main plateia, so it’s great for people watching. They have a good selection of wines and liquors as well.

Οίνοψ (O inops) Wine Bar (Argostoli): this bar has a great selection of Greek wines, including some amazing wines from Kefalonia.

Spathis Patisserie : I wasn’t a huge fan of the bakery side, but their patisserie is amazing! They have multiple locations throughout Kefalonia, Corfu, and Ithaca, and the Argostoli location is right on the waterfront. I recommend trying their mini baklavas (the hazelnut and the cream are my two favorites) and the chocolate Oreo cookie balls (wrapped in foil).

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The entrance and outdoor seating at Melograno

What to wear

Kefalonia is a much more casual island than it’s more over the top cousins, Mykonos & Santorini . That being said, the same rules still apply in terms of the colors and types of clothing you should pack.

Check out my guide for what to wear in the Greek islands here .

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Suggested itinerary

Kefalonia is a big island with a lot of possibilities, so I’ve included a suggest itinerary if you’re not sure where to start. 5 full days is the minimum I would suggest staying, and you will definitely need a car. Here is an itinerary that will allow you to see the best the island has to offer, in a short time.

DAY 1 – Beaches + Lassi

After checking in to your hotel, spend some time at one of the beaches in Lassi . Costa Costa Beach Club is a good spot, if you can grab a lounger. Afterwards, have a sunset dinner at my favorite restaurant in Argostoli, Kamaroules Taverna .

DAY 2 – Melissani Cave + Antisamos

Start the day by grabbing a tiropita at a bakery, and driving to Melissani Cave in the morning. Then head to Antisamos for a long afternoon at Acron Beach Club . On your way back to town, stop in Sami for a relaxed late lunch / early dinner at Karnagio .

DAY 3 – Myrtos Beach + FISKARDO

Head to Myrtos beach early to avoid the crowds. Then continue on for shopping or an early lunch in Fiskardo. On your way back if you have some time, stop in Assos for a stroll and to see the Venetian castle.

DAY 4 – St. Gerasimos + Wineries

Start the morning with a visit to St. Gerasimos Church . St. George’s castle is nearby, for a great view of the island. If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind driving, you can also squeeze in a visit to Skala in the afternoon, before heading to a winery – I recommend Gentilini or Sarris.

DAY 5 – Lixouri + Argostoli

On your last day, take a break from driving! Take the ferry to Lixouri for the day, and spend the evening in Argostoli in the town square. I recommend getting a gyro from O Gyros or Ladokolla , and enjoying it in the town square. Follow it with some shopping, and a drink at Baroque le Bistrot .

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December 4, 2021 at 9:09 am

Kefalonia blog was a nice read but many errors in facts and so many things missing. Anyway enjoyed reading the experience and the angle it was taking from

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December 4, 2021 at 12:05 pm

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed reading it! It would definitely be difficult to include everything about such an amazing & large island in one post. 🙂 I would love to know what the errors were, if you don’t mind elaborating!

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November 11, 2022 at 12:46 am

Thanks for your interesting article on Kefalonia I am trying to plan a trip there next year and your info is great. Are the roads narrow? just wondering!!

May 20, 2023 at 1:16 am

Hi there! So sorry for the delayed response – I had missed this comment! The roads are definitely narrow in many parts of the island, and often along a dcliffside. There are often motor scooters or ATVs. If you’re a confident driver though and go slowly, it should be no problem! I hope you enjoyed your trip – and thanks for reading! xx

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May 5, 2023 at 9:34 pm

Love the pics. OUTSTANDING views. Absolutely gorgeous, yikes!

May 20, 2023 at 1:17 am

Aw thank you! My husband likes photography and took many of them 🙂 Tough to take a bad photo when the island is so gorgeous! Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post xx

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August 5, 2023 at 12:03 pm

Thank you the reading was great , we r taking a cruise the 1rt stop 8/ 22/23 Will be Kefalonia, we are short in time , but for sure we ll try to do as much we can . Oh , if you only have 6 hrs there what do you recommend? .. Than you 😉

August 5, 2023 at 3:52 pm

Ooh that’s tough! I would say Melissani Cave is gorgeous and totally unique for a Greek island – definitely a must see!

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Things to Do in Kefalonia: A 5-Day Itinerary for this Greek Island Jewel

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Things to Do in Kefalonia: A 5-Day Itinerary for this Greek Island Jewel

Kefalonia (aka Cephalonia) is the largest island in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece. The Ionian islands are characterized by lush green landscapes, dramatic limestone cliffsides, and rugged beaches. The Ionian islands are the most mountainous of all the Greek islands, so if you love nature, you will be in heaven.

Kefalonia is particularly famous for Melissani Cave and Myrtos Beach. Yet, the island has so much more to offer, including picturesque fishing villages, Ainos National Park (the only national park on a Greek island), 2 impressive castles/fortresses, gorgeous turquoise waters, and stunning beaches that can only be reached either by foot or a narrow windy road filled with several exciting hairpin turns.

How to Get Around Kefalonia

While I almost always recommend renting an ATV to explore the Greek islands, this island is a little different than the other Greek islands and is too big really to explore with an ATV. Furthermore, there are many high cliffs and windy roads with no rails that could be dangerous on an ATV.

With that being said, I would recommend renting an ATV for just one day to explore the beaches of Argostili and then switching to a small rental car to explore the rest of the island. Or you could walk to the beaches from town, but this will take you 20-40 minutes. I did this and wished I had rented an ATV for the day as walking in the heat is not my idea of a good time.

Pro Tip: Most companies in Greece now require an IDP (international driving permit) which you can get easily the same day at AAA offices in the USA. They last for one year and cost $20.

Things to do in Kefalonia: A 5-Day Itinerary 

Day 1: argostoli town and beaches, day 2: myrtos beach, assos village, & fiskardo, day 3:  melissani cave & antisamos beach, day 4: fteri beach & petani beach, day 5: ainos national park, st. george castle, & gentilini winery, **the best kefalonia beaches: myrtos, fteri, and antisamos**.

Argostoli is the capital city of Kefalonia and also the perfect place to base yourself to explore this island. It is in the most ideal location to visit all the best places in Kefalonia. There are also many beautiful beaches around the city that you could walk to. You have the option of staying right in town or in Lassi, near all the beaches.

Argostoli Town -set on a harbor with many restaurants and shops. There is also a famous sea bridge called the De Bosset Bridge that was built over the bay. It is actually the largest stone bridge built over the sea in the world and is almost at 690 meters long. You can walk to the other side of the bay in about 20 ish minutes.

Lassi- the part of Argostoli near all the beaches. This is a more relaxed area if you’re looking to lounge in the sun all day. However, it’s farther from the center with all the restaurants and shops so it’s a trade off.

The 3 main Argostoli beaches I would recommend are Makris Gialos , Kalamia , and Gradakia.

Makris Gialos beach -this is most popular beach in Argostoli. It has many beach beds you can rent for €12, as well as water sports and facilities. Costa costa beach club has drinks and food. It’s a very busy beach with parking on an incline on an unpaved path (so best to come with an ATV as opposed to a car). This is the beach to visit if you want more action.

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Kalamia beach- a 30 min walk from the center of Argostoli. It’s a small beach with a little beach bar. It has beautiful rock formations and little arches you can go under. The sunbed set is €7 to rent (2 chairs and an umbrella). It’s a rocky beach but the little part by the arches is sandy and relaxing. This was definitely my favorite beach in Argostoli.

Kalamia Beach Argostoli Kefalonia

Kalamia Beach in Argostoli

Gradakia beach -a 15 Min walk from Kalamia, this sandy beach has a beach bar, sun beds, showers, changing rooms, and I even saw signs for a pharmacie. There are some really pretty coves along the way where you can swim. However, they aren’t as calm and have some waves.

Day 2: Myrtos Beach, Assos Village, and Fiskardo

Myrtos beach.

Hands-down the prettiest beach on Kefalonia and a top contender for the prettiest beach in all of Greece. I honestly have never seen anything like it. The beach is unique as you view it from above, it has mesmerizing bright blue and aqua swirls that change shape and colors throughout the day.

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The beach is surrounded by towering dramatic cliffs and lined with pristine white pebbles on the bottom, creating a stark contrast between the turquoise waters.

Myrtos beach Kefalonia

This is honestly one of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen in my life (only behind the view from Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos). When I drove to the viewpoint and saw it from above, I got goosebumps and I was literally in doubt that a place like this so beautiful exists. What is really unique about this beach is that the swirly patterns change throughout the day so it will look different at different times of the day!

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Getting down to the beach will consist of a zigzag narrow road with several switchbacks all the way to the bottom. There are some blind spots, so make sure to go slow and honk around the corners. But the real highlight of this beach is from the panoramic viewpoint from above!

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If you’re into lesser known Greek islands to visit, check out my guides on Amorgos , Milos and Rhodes , 2 of the best Greek islands to visit!

Assos village.

Assos is an adorable tiny and colorful fishing village connected by an isthmus to a green mountain range that boasts a magnificent Venetian Fortress that looks back at the village. Assos village is said to have only 100 residents.

As with most of the awesome places in Kefalonia, access to the village is by a narrow road with hairpin turns lined by cypress trees. There are a few breathtaking views from the drive down that you will want to stop and snap pictures of, so take your time.

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View of Assos village from the walk up to the Assos Fortress.

Assos is such a relaxing little place to spend the afternoon. There are little coves to swim with crystal clear calm waters. You can also sit at one of the tavernas on the water and admire the views of the bay and the Fortress across the way. And if you have the time, make sure to go up to the Assos Fortress.

The Assos Fortress was built by the Venetians in the 16th century to protect the city from pirate raids and the Turks. The fortress measures 44,000 square feet, one of the largest in all of Greece.

The walkway up to the fortress is lined with Cyprus and pine trees and has great views as you climb to the top. It will take about 30-40 minutes to get the top. Unfortunately when I got to the top, the fortress was closed. I forgot to check the opening times (still kicking myself). But regardless, the walk was very peaceful and the surrounding panoramic views from the top were stunning and well worth the stroll.

Assos Village Kefalonia

Fiskardo is another picturesque fishing located at the northernmost tip of Kefalonia. It’s a pretty port town with colorful storefronts with blooming flowers cascading from them. And as you may have assumed, there are also many fish tavernas lining the port filled with customers people watching .

You’ll also see a bunch of fancy yachts parked in the harbor and it feels a bit more upscale than other parts of the island, although very “chill” at the same time. Overall, I loved this town and wish I had more time to spend here. 

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Day 3: Melissani Cave & Antisamos Beach

Antisamos beach.

Near the town of Sami you will find one of the best Kefalonia Beaches called Antisamos . There is a beautiful drive down to this beach by (you guessed it) hairpin turns. The shallow waters have a bright aqua color and then it starkly changes to deep blu as it gets deeper.

Antisamos beach offers free sun beds and some water sports. It is a pebbled beach with a few beach bars.

Antisamos Kefalonia

Antisamos is absolutely gorgeous and you could spend a whole afternoon here. Below are a few drone shots I took on my visit.

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Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave is one of the main reasons why people come to this island, along with Myrtos beach. This unique cave formation was was said to be formed from an earthquake causing the ceiling to cave in and form an opening to the sky.

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There are 2 parts to the Melissani Cave. The first one is this lake with the circular opening to the sky and the other part is a dark cave with a low ceiling consisting of stalagmites. It does get quite cold in there so make sure to bring something long sleeved. 

The water inside the cave is a mix of freshwater and sea water and is about 20-30 meters in depth. Melissani Cave was not discovered until 1951.

Melissani Lake

Tip: Go during midday so the sun is high in the sky and shines over it. This will highlight the vibrant blue/green waters. The entrance fee is €7.

Note: It was actually really hard to get a good photo (being solo) in the cave because there are lots of other boats and they take you in and out so fast. There were too many people in the boat to take a good selfie and the guy rowing the boat was not the best photographer. If you are not alone, it’s probably much easier to get good shots, just be prepared to take them of each other quickly.

Day 4: Fteri Beach & Petania Beach 

Fteri beach.

Wow, I can’t say enough about Fteri Beach on Kefalonia island. I had never heard of it or seen any pictures of it before I came to the island and I was shocked at how this place isn’t more popular. Maybe because it’s a little tricky to get to.

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View from the rock pile at Fteri beach

How to Get to Fteri Beach

I put Fteri beach into google maps but it wasn’t that clear. It basically takes you to the gravel road where you begin the hike. But NOTE that when you have about 4 minutes left on your google map directions, you will see the sign for Fteri beach on the left with a tiny place to park about 4-5 cars. If you keep following the google maps you will miss the entrance to the hike. You should see the sign when you’re about 3 minutes into the gravel road.

Getting to Fteri beach takes a one hour hike down through the wooded forest and down some rocks. Proper shoes are required for this hike so don’t try to do it in flip flops. I would also recommend pants because I got all scratched up from the bushes.

I’m not going to lie, the path is not that clear and it will take some time to find the way, but don’t let that scare you away. It was definitely an adventure!

Tip: Make sure to looks for the GREEN spray paint on the rocks because about 10 minutes into the hike it gets confusing.

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Drone shot of the cove you can swim to from the main beach in Fteri

Fteri beach was the second prettiest beach in Kefalonia and from the bottom had the prettiest water. Cascading shades of turquoise, deep blues, and crystal clear waters will blow your mind. Here are some more dramatic drone shots below.

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The beach is surrounded by green nature and the limestone cliffs. There are not many people there, although you can get there by boat also so you may see some of the people coming from boats. This beach is a MUST in Kefalonia.

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It was quite cloudy most the day when I visited, but when the clouds dispersed and the sun peaked through, it highlighted the waters so vibrantly, it was magical.

Petani Beach

A gorgeous beach located on the Paliki Peninsula surrounded by huge limestone cliffs. There are 2 taverns on the bottom, as well as some sun beds. Petani beach has white sand and gravel adding layers to the shoreline.  The waves can get kinda rough during inclement weather so take caution. The views going down to this beach are spectacular along the windy road.

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Day 5: Mt Ainos National Park, St. George Castle, and Gentilini Winery 

Ainos National Park is the only national park on a Greek island. I was so excited to hear this and it made me want to visit Kefalonia even more since I love hiking.

Hike the Mt Ainos Summit

This is basically my ideal type of hike because you can drive almost all the way up and then it’s only a 20-30 minute hike to the summit. I read a bunch of reviews that said the road conditions were treacherous going up here, but they are outdated so don’t let that scare you. Although the road was windy and there are some blind hairpin turns, the road conditions were pretty good all the way to the top with nicely paved, smooth roads.

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Tip : park at the bottom of the towers and there is a little gravel road to the left. Walk down that path for about 10-15 minutes until you see a plaque with info on the left. Right after that you will see a little path on the right going up a hill. Take that and walk in the woods for about 10-15 minutes on makeshift steps.

Mt Ainos

The delightful path up to the summit of Mt. Ainos

The top is more of a rock scramble so make sure you have sneakers or closed toed shoes for this hike. If it’s foggy, wait a bit and you will get a full 360 degree view of the island. If it’s a clear day, you can even see Zakynthos and Ithaca nearby as well!

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The pathway to the summit has spectacular views as well.

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St George Castle

The Venetian Castle of St. Gorge is more like ruins than a castle, but definitely still worth the visit. It is located at the top of the hill with 360 views over the island. It’s free entrance and has some great photo opportunities. However, it is closed on Tuesdays.

Eat lunch at Il Borgo at the base of the castle with amazing views and good food. Get the octopus in vinegar, it’s amazing!

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Gentilini Winery and Vineyards

If you’re a wine lover, you must come here! It’s just a few minutes from the airport and about 6-7 minutes from Argostoli so its super convenient. You could really go here any day because it’s so close to town. Another option is to go on your way to the airport on your way out of Kefalonia.

The wine tastings offer 3 wines for €5, 5 wines for €7, or 7 wines for €10. How cheap is that? You could never find prices like this in the U.S.!

You  can also add a tour for €5. They give you a board with cheese, bread, olive oil, and tomato doused with herbs. They also have gluten free bread, so I was in heaven because that almost never happens!!

Gentilini Winery Kefalonia

If you have more time on Kefalonia, head to the Paliki Peninsula

If you have more time in Kefalonia, I would recommend spending time on the Paliki Peninsula , where they have several beautiful beaches and some wineries.  Xi beach is specifically known for brown sand and clay cliffs. The mud from the cliffs is supposed to make a therapeutic mud mask for your skin. I just drove by here and wasn’t able to get out and stay due to time, but it was a unique place to explore.

How to get to the Paliki pensula: You can drive the long way or you can take a ferry Ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri . The cost is €4 (cash only) for a car and yourself. The journey takes 20 mins and goes every 30 minutes.

Platia Ammos Beach -I tried to go to this beach as it was listed as one of the best Kefalonia beaches, but I couldn’t get to it and later read that the stairs going down to this beach were damaged from an earthquake and it has been closed to the public. I also read that it may be possible to reach this beach by a private boat, but I’m not entirely sure.

How to get to Kefalonia

Due to its location in the Ionian Sea, you’re most likely going to be flying in an out of Kefalonia, as opposed to taking a ferry. There aren’t many direct international flights into Kefalonia, so you’re most likely going to have to fly into Athens, and then take another flight to Kefalonia. 

I actually got lucky and got a direct flight from Edinburgh to Kefalonia Airport (airport code EFL ) that took 4 hours and costed about $150. As I was continuing onto other Greek islands in the Cyclades islands, I had to fly back to Athens, and then fly to Paros from there. Fly from Athens with Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines .

During high season, make sure to get your flight months in advance to snag some cheaper flights. I use Skyscanner for about 95% of all my flights I book. They almost always have the cheapest flights compared to other search engines in my experience. 

I would NOT recommend taking a ferry to Kefalonia because honestly there aren’t many good options. You possibly could fly into Patras, and then take a ferry from Killini. But you would have to figure out how to get from Patras to Killini, which is about a 1.5 hour drive.

You could also fly into Zakynthos and then take a ferry from there, which is not a bad option if the flight into Zakynthos is cheap. I WOULD recommend you to do this option and stay in Zakynthos for 4-5 days as it is spectacular! One of my favorite Greek islands. 

Travel Insurance for Greek Islands 

I would never travel without travel insurance anymore. I learned my lesson. Too many bad things can happen (and they have unfortunately). Travel insurance is especially important when traveling to islands, as you may need to be air-lifted to the mainland in the worst case scenario. Do you know how much air-lifting costs? Think at least 5 digits (I.e. Expensive AF!).

My favorite travel insurance that I have been using for the past 4 years is World Nomads . I have made 4 claims so far and have been fully reimbursed for all 4 without any hassle. I highly recommend them. They also have some of the best medical coverage out of ANY travel insurance. Period.

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Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island (2024)

Are you looking for the best things to do in Kefalonia, one of the most stunningly beautiful Greek islands? If yes, discover in this post the top things to do on Kefalonia, the largest and most diverse island of the Ionian Sea , in western Greece.

On the south of Kefalonia, lies Zakynthos, and very close to Kefalonia’s northeast is dreamy Ithaca Greece – Odysseas’ home island in Homer’s Epic poem. On the north of Kefalonia is Lefkada, which is connected to the Greek mainland by a bridge, Paxos and Antipaxos , and the world-famous Corfu island.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island, Sami port.

Kefalonia is known for its lush green landscapes, Venetian heritage and architecture, stunning villages around small bays, and dramatic west coast cliff beaches. The island became even more popular after Captain Corelli’s Mandolin  movie was shot in Sami and everyone saw how picturesque Kefalonia is.

Sometimes, you send me messages asking me where is best to stay in Kefalonia. Believe me, can’t go wrong with anywhere on the island, everywhere it’s so beautiful.

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Some of the best things to do on Kefalonia Island are:

  • Visit the main villages of Argostoli and Lixouri
  • Discover the beautiful beach resorts of Assos, Lassi, Fiskardo
  • Go to the Sacred Monastery of Agios Gerasimos
  • Explore the impressive caves of Melissani & Drogarati
  • Swim in the spectacular Myrtos beach
  • Explore Sami Port and Agia Efimia seaside village
  • Hike/ bird watch on Mount Aenos
  • Look out for Caretta Caretta turtle nesting beaches
  • Wine tasting of Robola, the famous white wine of Kefalonia

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Explore Kefalonia’s Towns

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Argostoli

Argostoli is a picturesque town built on the hills around the lagoon of Koutavos and its natural large port. It was almost rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1953. Some of the highlights in Argostoli include:

  • the Historical and Folklore Museum, 12 Ilia Zervou St, 8.30-15.30 ticket €3.
  • the impressive Saint Theodore Circular Lighthouse.

Where to Stay in Argostoli (My Pick!): Panorama Fanari Studios and Apartments (mid-range, breakfast, family-friendly) a fully equipped apartment 9 minutes walk from the beach with beautiful views of Argostoli Bay and Lixouri Town.

Lassi, the beach suburb of Argostoli 

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Lassi

Just about a mile from Argostoli is Lassi, a beautiful sandy beach village with a lively atmosphere and organized tourism. Lassi is a great base to explore Kefalonia. The resort is spread out, with many bars, taverns, and small coves for your swim.

Do you love Scuba Diving? If yes, take the 10-minute boat ride from Lassi to Blue Canyon, an underwater network of small caves of bright coral and anemones. This area is best for advanced divers.

Where to Stay in Lassi (My pick!): Stefanos Studios (mid-range, self-catering, children older than 1 year and pets are welcome) with nicely decorated rooms, an outdoor pool, and a snack bar.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Lixouri

Take the small boat from Argostoli to the traditional Lixouri, the second-largest village in Kefalonia. Visit the Library, housed in the mansion of the Typhaldes with books and gospels from the 10th century. If you are looking for taverns with traditional flavors and fresh seafood taverns go to Yialos and Drosos.

Among the most famous beaches in the area of Lixouri are Xi with orange clay sand and Vatsas , a lovely sandy beach, with a river joining its waters.

Where to stay in Lixouri (My Pick!): Dionisos Suites , a new property, with a beautiful view and a pool for every room.

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Agios Gerasimos Monastery

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Agios gerasimos Monastery

Agios Gerasimos Monastery (nunnery), built in 1560, is an impressive monument with russet domes and rose gardens in a beautiful countryside spot, just 11 km from Argostoli. You can visit the impressive frescoes and see inside its silver casket the remains of Saint Gerasimos. The 3 plane trees of the yard were planted in 1560 by Saint Gerasimos and all around there are dozens of maintained wells.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island, Monastery

The monastery has rooms that you can book and stay overnight. You can call them at landlines +30 26710 86385 & +30 26710 86205 for a reservation. You can visit between 4 am – 1.00 pm & 3.30 pm – 9.00 pm. Close by is Robola Winery, should you want to mix a little wine tasting with your religious education. Wine tasting is between Monday – Friday 07.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Would you like to taste Robola in the comfort of your house? Check out the Greece and Grapes dedicated e-shop with Greek indigenous varieties!

Beach Resorts in Kefalonia

Assos village & myrtos beach.

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In the northern part of Kefalonia, built amphitheatrically on the pine trees and cypresses peninsula, is the wonderful Assos . Sparsely built with traditional color, in an impressive landscape, Assos enchants with its serenity and simplicity.

Where to Stay in Assos (My pick!): Assos View ( mid-range, children older than 12 years are welcome, self-catering), an exceptional property with an amazing view and an outdoor pool.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Myrtos beach

Apart from the beautiful waters of Assos itself, nearby is the blue flag white-pebble beach of mouth-dropping Myrtos , considered by many to be the best beach in the Mediterranean. Myrtos is west-facing so if you stay there until late you will enjoy spectacular sunsets. There are no beach clubs or facilities here, so bring water, food, and an umbrella for the shade.

Safety Tip for Myrtos

It has very strong currents so you better be careful not to go too deep.

How to Get to Myrtos

It is 30 kilometers or half an hour from Argostoli by car. You can park nearby and then you have to walk for another 50 mins on foot. If you don’t like walking in the heat, you better hire a boat.

Other gorgeous beaches are 1) Eblysi Beach 2) Porto Atheras Beach 3) Kimilia Beach 4) Koutsoupia Beach (looks like Myrtos Beach but you don’t have an entrance, only with a boat).

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Fiskardo is a picturesque and traditional village with little pebbly beaches in the northern part of Kefalonia 50 km from Argostoli. The village survived the devastating earthquake of 1953 and the majority of its buildings retain their traditional color that takes you back years. Imposing mansions, with elegant balconies, and old two-story houses.

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A stroll through the bougainvillea-filled neighborhoods of Fiskardo is one of the best things to do on Kefalonia Island. The village can be quite busy, especially around noon when all the groups arrive for lunch.

Where to Stay in Fiskardo (My Pick!): Anna Maria’s, cozy studio in the heart of Fiscardo (mid-range, self-catering, adults-only), is finely decorated in the heart of Fiscardo, just 200 m from the beach.

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Agia Efimia and Sami Seaside Villages

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia is an elegant coastal village of Kefalonia (34 km from the Argostoli). Stroll in the picturesque port with sailing boats, yachts, and taverns with great traditional Greek food.

Where to Stay in Agia Efimia (My Pick!): Amarianos Villas (family-friendly, breakfast in the room) is one of the best villas in Kefalonia, with every villa having a capacity of 6 persons.

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At a distance of 9 km from Agia Efimia, you will also find the port village of Sami , Kefalonia’s  main port . Sami is served by regular ferries to and from Patras on the Greek mainland and is very close to the lively beach of Antisamos, a lush green bay with pine trees gliding from the mountain to the emerald and deep waters of the seashore. Antisamos is Captain Corelli’s film beach but is not a quiet and peaceful beach like it is depicted in the movie. Expect a fully organized beach with bars and water sports.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Sami Acropolis

You can visit the ruins of the nearby Acropolis of Ancient Sami which offers beautiful sea views from its top.

Where to Stay in Sami (My Pick!): Maria’s Apartments (budget, family and pet-friendly, self-catering), are brightly furnished apartments overlooking the area around the sea, offering beautiful views.

Explore the Impressive Caves: Melissani & Drogarati

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Melissani Lake Cavern is located in Karavomylos, 2 km from Sami. It was discovered in 1951 when its roof collapsed and people saw its idyllic pond with turquoise waters. They have discovered ancient findings depicting the god Pan and many nymphs inside the cave. According to legend, at this point, Melissanthi, one of the nymphs, drowned after being rejected by the mythical god (ancient Greek drama!).

The cave is open from May to October and you get into a small boat for a ride around it. I suggest you go when the cave is at its most beautiful which is during the midday hours when the sun is still high in the sky.

The descent to the cave takes about 10 minutes. The boat ride takes about 15 minutes. Ticket prices: €7. Opening hours: 9.00-18.00 (for more information call +30 26740 22997).

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Drogarati , or else the golden stalagmites and stalactites cave, is the only cave in Greece where concerts are organized. Its main hall is very large with dimensions of 65×45 meters and a height of about 20 meters and the acoustics of the space are unique!

The Drogarati cave was discovered about 300 years ago when a strong earthquake knocked down part of its roof and this is how you get into the cave. The entrance is located in Chaliotata, in the area of Sami, and can be visited daily from 09:00-17:00. Tickets: €4

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Hike Aenos Mt.

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Aenos Mt

The slopes of Kefalonia are covered by pines, cypresses, and olive trees, and on the top of Mount Aenos, you can find the Kefalonian fir. As you hike Aenos, you will also see the vines from which Robola, the white wine of Kefalonia, is produced.

With its peak at 1,628 meters, Aenos Mt. is ideal for hiking on trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Expect views of electric-blue bays and forested coastline from its highest points, and of neighboring Ithaca , Zakynthos, and Lefkada on a clear day.

The national park is ideal for hiking and mountain biking, and bird watchers might spot woodpeckers, eagles, vultures, and hawks.

Find the Aenos Trails here .

  • Look out for Caretta Caretta Nesting Beaches

Things to Do on Zakynthos Island, protection for turtle eggs

The loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta is found in the Mediterranean and one of its nesting places is in Kefalonia. You will often see protected areas on sandy beaches with warning signs not to disturb the area as there are turtle eggs under the sand. Inside the sand, the tiny baby turtles are growing old enough to crack their egg and walk to the sea, where they will live the rest of their lives. The main nesting beaches are Katelios, Mounda, Megali Ammos, and Makris Gialos.

If you would like to see adult Caretta Caretta turtles go to Argostoli, at the Koutavos Lagoon near the Devosetou Bridge and the pier, where they often follow the fishing boats searching for food.

How Much Time Do I Need for Kefalonia?

A week is too little to explore the island in-depth, as it is quite a large island, but you can see the highlights in one week. To get around the island, the most convenient is to rent a car . There are public buses but they don’t go everywhere so you only get to visit just one place at a time.

How to Get to Kefalonia

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You can fly to Kefalonia island from Athens Airport. There are several flights per day and the flight lasts about 65 min.

Ferries to Kefalonia

Kefalonia has 2 main ports, Sami and Poros . If you plan to drive from Athens, you can catch the ferries from Patras (211 km from Athens) and arrive at the port of Sami (trip 3.5 hours). The service is normally daily during the summer.

Patras port is convenient if you are coming from Athens or on your trip to Delphi or Meteora.

Alternatively, you can go to Kyllini port (280 km from Athens). Kyllini is a convenient port if you have been visiting Ancient Olympia or South Peloponnese. Ferries from Kyllini usually travel to both ports of Sami and Poros in Kefalonia. The duration of the ferry trip is between 1.5 hours and 3 hours depending on the port of arrival. 

When is Best to Go to Kefalonia

The warmest time to go to Kefalonia island is between May and October and even in November , as the islands have calm winters. July and August are the busiest and hottest months for the Ionian Islands.

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A great time to go to Kefalonia is during Easter, with magnificent Greek Orthodox celebrations, a lot of food, wine, and nightlife as well (usually falling in April). The sea will be cold to swim in but hiking will be at its best as the whole island will be covered in wildflowers. If you would like to know more about Greek Easter read my related post about Greek Orthodox Easter on Tinos Island.

Easter in the Ionian is very popular among Greeks so you better check for availability early on Booking.com .

Ionian Islands Hopping

Best Things to Do on Kefalonia Island Pessada beach

Traveling between the Ionian Islands is more complicated than some of the other Greek island groups. Another tricky factor is that the Ionian islands are more connected by ferries to the mainland rather than between them.

Kefalonia is connected by ferry to Zakynthos , Ithaca, and Lefkada and you can book the tickets locally. See here the ferry routes timetable.

  • Argostoli : The port serves daily sailings to Lixouri
  • Pessada : The port to travel to Zakynthos
  • Sami : The port to go to Patra, Ithaca, Astakos, Corfu, and Italy.
  • Poros : Ferries from Kyllini arrive at Poros.
  • Fiskardo : It serves ferries to Lefkada during the summer.

Top Things to Do in Kefalonia (Greece)

  • Explore the impressive caves of Melissani & Drogorati
  • Hike/ bird watching on Mount Aenos
  • Wine Tasting of Robola, the famous white wine of Kefalonia

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From sublime fishing villages to the epic romance of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin — set on the ravishing Ionian island and published 25 years ago this summer — Kefalonia is so perfect it almost feels imaginary. It’s the old-fashioned Greek island you’ve searched so long to find, with pinch-yourself beaches, mint-blue seas and pastel-painted villages. Here are just a few of the top things to do in Kefalonia.

1. Immerse in literary romance

  • 2. Wind down on Kefalonia's beaches
  • 3. Don't miss Assos Village

4. Admire the Venetian architecture of Fiscardo

5. discover the only national park of kefalonia, 6. get impressed by underground drogorati cave, 7. visit melissani cave & melissani lake, 8. watch sea turtles & other wildlife animals, 9. enjoy authentic greek cuisine, 10. explore the ancient town of sami, 11. book a boat tour around the island, 12. try sea kayaking or other water sports, 13. relaxing at fteri beach - one of the best things to do in kefalonia for tranquil holiday, 14. see de bosset bridge and obelisk, 15. taste robola wine.

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When Louis de Bernières released the bestselling historical war romance Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in 1994, it caused a minor sensation. Fast forward a quarter of a century and its blue-and-white tablecloth cover, a Hollywood adaptation with Nicholas Cage, Penélope Cruz and Christian Bale, and a new touring stage musical have made it almost ubiquitous.

Not that you’d know Hollywood was ever here. There are few, if any, mentions of the film or book’s legacy on the island and there’s a sense locals have forgotten about it, too. Arguably this is because most visitors cluster near the airport around the sandy beachfront of Lassi and Skala, some 40km further away to the south.

De Bernières is not the only author to have been inspired by the landscape here. Romantic poet and Grecophile Lord Byron wrote poetry in the town of Leivathos during a visit in 1823. Look out for the marble inscription at Byron’s Rock reading: “If I am a poet, I owe it to the air of Greece.”

Before you set off on your trip to Greece, take a look at our list of tips for travelling in Greece .

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Relaxing on the gorgeous beaches - one of the best things to do in Kefalonia © Adisa/Shutterstock

2. Wind down on Kefalonia's beaches

If you prefer to fly-then-flop, marquee beaches like Myrtos and Agia Jerusalem still need to be reached by tackling Top Gear-style roads that twist down steep cliffs. Platia Ammos, northwest of the island capital Argostoli, requires a boat shuttle to reach it, as do Xilomata and Kutsupia. These beaches can push you out of your comfort zone, but the best way to get to know Kefalonia is to explore it properly.

The northern and western mountainous part of the Kefalonia is known as Anogí. Some 10km (6 miles) up the coast – longer by the winding roads – is undoubtedly the finest beach on the peninsula, Petaní, a beautiful stretch of pebbles backed by steep cliffs.

The road along the east coast plunges down a very steep (10 per cent) hill, passing by Xýngi and around a headland with numerous sea caves, to the beach at Makris Gialós. Here, there is a camping ground, several places to eat and sea caves you can swim into right by the beach.

Explore the beauty of Greek beaches with our guide to the best beaches in Greece .

Road to Myrtos Bay and Beach on Kefalonia Island, Greece © Igor Tichonow/Shutterstock

Road to Myrtos Bay and Beach on Kefalonia Island, Greece © Igor Tichonow/Shutterstock

3. Don't miss Assos Village

Scenically varied, richly hospitable and without a chain restaurant or shop in sight, northern Kefalonia could easily exist in another century. Goat invaders block the single-track roads. Meanwhile, fishing boats pull up in front of restaurant kitchens in dazzling harbours, and it’s many stretches of golden sand have not a sun lounger in sight.

The Assos village retains much of its traditional architecture (reconstructed with the help of the City of Paris, commemorated by a plaque in Platía Parísion), and in spring and early summer is covered in flowers. The small Assos beach in the harbour is fairly clean but just around the coast are some beautiful coves, only accessible by boat.

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Assos in Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

Starting with strong Greek coffee in the company of cats overlooking Assos Beach is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia. After stopping off at Picnic Cafe and the delis in Magganos for a hamper lunch, continue to Foki Fiskardo for a dip and swim into its easy-to-reach electric blue sea cave. In peak summer, yachts on their way to and from neighbouring Ithaca anchor here, giving it a mini riviera vibe.

Fiscardo village itself survived the 1953 earthquake intact, and has cashed in on this with a vengeance. The admittedly very attractive harbourfront is backed by pastel-shaded housing, now largely expensive restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The harbour, for better or worse, is also greatly beloved by yachters.

Should it be too busy, consider Emplisi Beach to the north: with zero facilities, and stone slabs for lounging, it rises to the occasion and deserves some of your holiday time, too. For barefoot sunset drinks and meze afterwards, return south to delightfully hidden Acqua Alaties Beach, above the itsy-bitsy beach of the same name.

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Fiscardo village on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, Greece © Yevhenii Chulovskyi/Shutterstock

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As tempting as it is to spend every day on one of Kefalonia’s 50-odd beaches, the Ionian island is also home to Mount Ainos National Park. It is the only protected reserve on a Greek Island, as well as Drogarati Cave, a Batman’s lair home to dragon’s teeth stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean creatures.

Begin with a day hike up Mount Ainos (1,628 metres) through black pine and fir forest on the lookout for semi-wild ponies. The route is officially signposted from a quarry on the east coast road from Sami to Poros and carries on up to pixel-perfect views of neighbouring Ithaca and the mainland’s Peloponnese peninsula.

Kefalonia island from the mountain top Mount Ainos © Shutterstock

Kefalonia island from the mountain top Mount Ainos © Shutterstock

Back on the road, go north to Drogarati Cave near Sámi to spelunk in a cavern that reaches 60m below sea level and swells with bats and bug-eyed insects. Historically, it’s the first place local families would go to cool down in the summer heat.

The cave was discovered about 300 years ago after an earthquake opened up the present entrance. A steep series of steps lead down into a cool fissure, at the bottom of which is a concrete viewing platform overlooking the huge chamber.

Occasionally used to hold concerts, it has an impressive array of stalactites. Some of these are damaged, broken off by unthinking souvenir hunters, but there is still a huge amount of flowstone left.

From the platform, you can make your way down onto the floor of the chamber, where you can explore the nooks and crannies.

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Drogarati Cave in Kefalonia, Greece © Karel Sohaj/Shutterstock

Perhaps one of the best things to do in Kefalonia is to visit to the cave lake at Melissáni west of Sámi. A short artificial tunnel brings you to the edge of a large underground lake, partly open to the sky due to the collapse of the cavern’s roof. The sunlight on the deep, clear water turns it an iridescent blue. Visitors are rowed around the lake by boatmen.

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The cave was formed between 20,000 and 16,000 years ago, during the last ice age. The roof of the cavern collapsed some 5,000 years ago, the debris from which still lies in the centre of the lake. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of its geology is that it is the point of resurgence for the water that sinks at the katavóthres near Argostóli, hence the water in the cave is brackish.

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Island, Greece © Shutterstock

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Island, Greece © Shutterstock

Giant loggerheads and green turtles. Monk seals. Basking sharks. Common dolphins. Ferrets, pine martins and some 10,000 goats. It’s hard not to pay attention to the fauna and marine life that live around Kefalonia. In particular, your eyes will grow wide around 11 am in Agrostoli harbour when the fishing boat captains return with their morning haul.

Over the years, freshly filleted scraps have been thrown overboard, resulting in scores of endangered loggerhead turtles arriving for a feast. It’s a unique phenomenon in the Mediterranean and has led to various research and conservation projects popping up to study and protect the species. If you want to help out, highly recommended volunteering opportunities are available with island-based charity Wildlife Sense .

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A turtle swims in the ocean off Kefalonia © crazychris84/Shutterstock

Greek cuisine is nothing new. We’re sure you know tzatziki, taramasalata, gyros, souvlaki, saganaki, dolmades and moussaka. But spend time in a Kefalonian taverna (medium-sized, affordable) or estiatório (modest, crammed with character) from Agrostoli to Lixouri, the main town on the Paliki peninsula, and you’ll notice all sorts of differing statements.

Blame the geography, but this part of Greece has long been influenced by Italy, in particular during the Venetian occupation of the Ionian islands, from the mid-14th century until the late 18th century. That's 400 years of Italian cooking. And, of course, the Italians brought the kinds of dishes you’d more likely find in an enoteca with them.

Sofrito, slow-cooked veal drowned in wine, braised beef and earthy pastitsada, a thick, tomatoey meat stew, are stand-outs. A couple of places to try are family-run Tassia in Fiskardo and Palia Plaka in Agrostoli.

Don't leave without trying the Greek take on pasta — bucatini is a favourite — and a seafood platter toppling over with layers of grilled octopus, squid, swordfish and shellfish. Invest in a decent bottle of white wine, made with indigenous Robola grapes (and also introduced by the Venetians), for the perfect pairing. For a tour and tasting, drop in to Orealios Gaea , previously known as the Robola Cooperative of Kefalonia.

Pastitsada of beef with bucatini pasta © Shutterstock

Pastitsada of beef with bucatini pasta © Shutterstock

Most boats to the island dock at the large and functional port town of Sami, near the south end of the Itháki straits, more or less on the site of ancient Sami. This was the capital of the island in Homeric times, when Kefaloniá was part of Ithaca’s maritime kingdom. Ironically, today the administrative hierarchy is reversed, with Itháki being considered the backwater.

In more recent times, Sámi was used as the set for much of the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The long sandy beach that stretches around the bay to the village of Karavómylos is perfectly adequate, but 2km further east, beyond ancient Sami, lies a more dramatic pebble beach, Andísamis, set in a stunning curved bay.

One of the main attractions in the Sami area is the Sami Acropolis. A number of scenic paths lead up to the Acropolis and tie in with the plethora of Roman ruins in the surrounding area.

Sami bay, Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

Sami bay, Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

Hiring a small motorboat is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia to explore secluded and otherwise inaccessible bays. They are available from travel agents in many places and cost €50–100 per day plus petrol. They are great for swimming from – simply anchor, then dive or jump off the side; all boats have a fold-down ladder to help you get back on board.

The relatively calm and safe waters around Kefaloniá, coupled with the wonderful marine environment, have made this area very popular with yacht owners and companies running bareboat charter and flotilla holidays. The most popular harbour is Fiskárdo on the north of the island. However, this can get very busy, especially with novice crews being instructed through loudhailers by their group leader on the quayside.

If you are after a little more peace and quiet then you would be better advised to head down the coast to Agía Efimía or along the spectacular west coast to the pretty horseshoe harbour of Ássos.

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Exploring the coast by boat is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia © Shutterstock

Visiting the coasts around Zákynthos and Kefaloniá is among the best things to do in Kefalonia for divers – the rocky shoreline is home to a wide variety of creatures, and the calm, clear water gives visibility up to 50m (165ft). All scuba-diving schools have qualified instructors who will choose dive locations according to your experience.

Extended boat trips are available for advanced divers. For the more advanced trips, or to hire equipment and go by yourself, you will need to show a diving certificate. Boards and sails for windsurfing are available for hire at certain beaches and instruction is offered at many places. Parasailing, which is now very popular, is available at a number of beaches as is jet-skiing.

To discover even more places to visit and beauties to see in Greece - read our guide to the best things to do in Greece .

Kayaking on Antisamos bay, Kefalonia island, Greece © Shutterstock

Antisamos bay, Kefalonia island, Greece © Shutterstock

The remote Fteri beach has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its unspoilt natural beauty and the tranquillity it offers. Vacationing on this beach is one of the best things to do in Kefalonia for those looking for a calm and serene environment to relax in.

There are no traditional beach facilities such as sun loungers, parasols or beach bars on Fteri beach. If you are going here, don't forget to take all the necessary supplies, including food, as there are no shops or restaurants in the area.

Spend this tailor-made trip to classical Greece exploring Athens and the ancient sites surrounding the capital on mainland Greece. Blessed with glorious weather, nature and beaches, see sites that rival anything which you may find on the Greek Islands.

Fteri beach in Kefalonia Island, Greece © Shutterstock

Fteri beach in Kefalonia Island, Greece © Shutterstock

The island’s capital, and also its largest town, Argostóli was completely destroyed in the 1953 earthquake and has been rebuilt largely with modern concrete buildings. Although it is essentially a port and administrative centre, the town is not entirely devoid of charm. It has a great position surrounded by mountains, as well as a number of interesting museums, and it makes a good base for exploring the rest of the island.

The city is also home to two notable historical landmarks: De Bosset Bridge and Obelisk. The De Bosse Bridge was built in 1813 by the Swiss engineer Charles Philippe de Bosse, who served as governor of Kefalonia. It is a stone bridge that crosses the Koutavos lagoon and links the town of Argostoli to the opposite shore. It is one of the longest stone bridges in Europe. It offers spectacular views of the lagoon and the Argostoli.

The obelisk is a tall monument located at the De Bosse Bridge entrance. It was constructed in 1813 to honour the completion of the bridge and in honour of Sir Charles Napier, the British commissioner who was instrumental in the construction of the bridge.

obelisk and the de Bosset bridge on lakeside in Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

Obelisk and the de Bosset bridge on lakeside in Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

The turn-off towards Valsamáta will take you to the Cephalonian Robola Producers Cooperative. The Robola grape is cultivated on the high altitude limestone soils found in the region and is used to produce a fine white wine. The cooperative makes two Robola wines, both of which can be tasted in the visitors’ centre.

Close to the winery, just beyond Valsamáta, is Moní Agíou Gerasímou. Ágios Gerasímos is the patron saint of Kefaloniá, and the convent, founded in the 16th century, is the most important pilgrimage site on the island. The (male) saint founded a female order in 1554 and was beatified in 1622.

Grapes of Robola wine in a vineyard on the greek island of Kefalonia © Shutterstock

Grapes of Robola wine in a vineyard on the greek island of Kefalonia © Shutterstock

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Kefalonian meat pie (moussaka).

The Kefalonian version of the famous Greek dish, moussaka, is a beloved local speciality. This hearty casserole is typically made with layers of eggplant, ground meat (often beef or lamb), potatoes, and a creamy béchamel sauce. The dish is then baked to perfection, resulting in a delicious and comforting meal. The Kefalonian variation of moussaka often incorporates regional ingredients and flavours, making it a unique and tasty experience.

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Souvlaki is a beloved Greek dish featuring small pieces of marinated meat (such as pork, chicken, or lamb) grilled on skewers. It can be served wrapped in pita bread or on a plate with accompaniments. Enjoying this flavorful and quick meal is a popular dining experience in Kefalonia and Greece, cherished by locals and visitors alike.

Bakaliaropita (Codfish Pie)

Bakaliaropita, or codfish pie, is a traditional Greek dish enjoyed in Kefalonia and beyond. It features layers of phyllo pastry filled with a mixture of soaked codfish, onions, garlic, herbs, and sometimes potatoes. The pie is baked until golden and crispy, resulting in a savoury and flavorful treat. Bakaliaropita is particularly popular during the Lenten period and showcases the versatility of codfish in Greek cuisine.

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Kefalonia is a vital haven for two of the world's seven sea turtle species. Loggerhead turtles, or Caretta caretta, nest and forage along the island's south coast, while Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) can be found foraging in its sea grass meadows. These turtles undertake migration across the Mediterranean Sea, seeking food and warmer waters. After maturing between 17 and 25 years old, loggerheads return to Kefalonia every two to three years to reproduce. The nesting season lasts from early June to mid-August, with females laying up to five nests containing around 90 eggs each. However, these remarkable creatures face numerous threats, including fishing practices, pollution, and habitat degradation, making research and conservation efforts crucial for their survival.

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How to spend 7 days on Kefalonia

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Kefalonia is arguably one of the most interesting Greek islands. There are plenty of things to do and places to explore. Our guests at Stefanos Home in Katelios often ask how they can best spend their time on Kefalonia. While we are always happy to provide individual tips to our visitors catered to their personal interests, we thought it would be nice to share our7-day itinerary as a baseline to inspire your unforgettable holiday in Kefalonia.

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Before diving deeper into the content, a big shout out to our friend and talented photographer Javi Lorbada . Almost all photos in this blog post have been taken by him. Muchas gracias amigo. We hope to welcome you soon again at Stefanos Home.

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Getting around

Kefalonia is a relatively large island. Public transport is pretty much non-existent or at least not very convenient if you want to explore all its beauty. We strongly recommend renting a car when you visit Kefalonia. There are numerous rental car agencies directly at the airport. With its mountainous terrain, curvy roads, and anxious local drivers, driving a car in Kefalonia can be challenging for some (especially at night). Consider this when planning your week. Our one-week Kefalonia itinerary is written assuming you are staying in Katelios (or somewhere else in the south of Kefalonia) and you got some wheels to get you around the island.

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Itinerary - One week on Kefalonia

We fully believe that every day is a beach day. With that in mind, this is how 7 days on Kefalonia might look like:

Day 1 - Kaminia

Day 2 - Mellisani Cave & Antisamos

Day 3 - kako lagadi & skala.

Day 4 - Monestary Agios Gerasimos, Robola wine and Mount Ainos

Day 5 - Myrtos, Asos and Fiskardo

Day 6 - lixouri & petani, day 7 - argostoli, fteri & vouti, bonus mission: ithaka.

Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia

Day 1 - Kaminia Beach

Begin your vacation with a full-on beach day to allow for maximum relaxation to start off your holidays the right way. Kefalonia is all about its stunning beaches and Kaminia Beach is one of a kind, not least because it's the chosen hatching habitat of the loggerhead sea turtles. Sandy beaches are rare on the island and Kaminia is the cream of the crop. The seemingly endless coastline offers enough space for a little privacy and beach games even during high season. Sunbeds are also available for a small daily rate if you prefer a bit more comfort with easy access to cold drinks. For lunch, walk up the hill to Anemos . This charming taverna offers a stunning view over the bay and serves a variety of delicious mezes. For dinner, try one of the many restaurants at Katelios and be spoiled by warm Greek hospitality. It's the perfect location to eat fresh fish and traditional Greek dishes.

Sunset at Kaminia Beach

Mellisani Cave is a must-see attraction on Kefalonia. Over thousands of years, groundwater has eroded the limestone bedrock creating a large underground cave. The big earthquake in 1953 caused the roof to collapse, revealing the magnificent Mellisani Cave. We recommend visiting around noon when the sun is at its highest. The lighting and turquoise water provoke a truly magical atmosphere. If you are visiting during the high season, prepare to queue for 30-45min.

Mellisani Cave

The cave is located only a couple of kilometers away from the port village of Sami. You can start your day with a morning walk along the Sami harbor and breakfast at Afrala . Try their flavorful pancakes before you head over to the Mellisani Cave. To close off the day, enjoy the afternoon at Antisamos Beach which lies in a beautiful bay just a short drive southeast of Sami. Antisamos is a rather commercialized beach with plenty of sunbeds and watersport offerings.

Antisamos on Kefalonia

Kako Lagadi is one of these hidden gems on Kefalonia that will leave you in awe. Wear some proper shoes today as you will need to climb down the rocks to reach this magnificent beach. You can park your car beside the road and make your way down a little path south of the beach. Once you see it with your own eyes, you certainly won't be surprised that this stunning beach made it to our list of top beaches in south Kefalonia .

Kako Lagadi Beach on Kefalonia

For the afternoon, make a stop at Skala beach. The golden pebbles on the beach are truly unique and shine like gold in the hot Kefalonian sun. For some cold drinks, stop by Ammos Beach Bar . They usually play some loud beats through their sound system. If you prefer a calmer afternoon and want to explore a little more, walk down to the south edge of Skala beach. Here you will find curious rock formations and cave-like bays. Dare to swim a little further to reach Spithi Beach .

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Day 4 - Monestary Agios Gerasimos, Robola Wine and Mount Ainos

Start the day with a visit to the Sacred Monastery of Saint Gerasimos . Saint Gerasimos is the beloved patron and protector of Kefalonia. He is kind of a big deal on the island and many locals name their children after him. The monastery was established by him in the 16th century and quickly became a center of charity for the poor. Just a short walk from the monastery you can visit a winery that produces the lightly aromatic citrusy Robola wine. Robola is a white grape variety grown almost exclusively on Kefalonia.

Orthodox church at Sacred Monestary of Agios Gerasimos

Afterward, it's time to explore Ainos National Park. Mount Ainos is the highest mountain in Kefalonia with an elevation of 1628m. You can approach Ainos from the northwest and leave your car at the transmitter station . From there, it's only a short 10min walk up to the peak, rewarding you with a stunning view over the Ionian Sea. You can further explore Mount Ainos along the road. Look out for the protected native Greek fir tree ( Abies Cephalonia ). If you are lucky enough, you might also run into a herd of wild Kefalonian mountain goats.

View from Mount Ainos

If you are based in the south of the island, this is going to be the most challenging day of the trip. Start early to enjoy Kefalonia's spectacular north coast to the fullest. Head over to the world-renowned Myrtos Beach first. The blueness of the water here is second to none. Depending on the weather conditions, Myrtos often tends to be quite choppy but the mesmerizing color of the water will let you quickly forget about that.

Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia

Just a short 25min car ride up north, you will find the picturesque Asos . The road from Myrtos to Asos high above the sea is certainly one of the most scenic routes Kefalonia has to offer. There are plenty of viewpoints and photo opportunities on the way to snap some phenomenal shots that will make your friends at home very jealous. If you already built up an appetite, we highly recommend driving up to the little mountain village of Karia. Eat at Kapilio tavern for tasty local cuisine with a view before exploring Asos.

Asos on Kefalonia

The last stop for today is Fiskardo . The charming village is one of the few places on Kefalonia which survived the big earthquake almost without a scratch. During the high season, Fiskardo harbor attracts dozens of sailing boats and yachts creating a cosmopolitan and easy-going atmosphere. Enjoy a walk through the small streets and along the promenade. The cafes and restaurants at the harbor are great for drinks and dinner.

Fiskardo harbor on Kefalonia

Lixouri lies on the peninsula of Paliki northwest of the Argostoli. Kefalonians commonly joke that Lixouri is located on another island. There are regular daily (car) ferries connecting Lixouri and Argostoli. This saves you a long ride up north to reach this unique part of Kefalonia. Xi Beach , famous for its red sand, is only a short 10min ride away. It's quite narrow and tends to get very crowded so we recommend spending your time at Petani instead. Petani Beach is located in a curved bay surrounded by limestone rocks covered by brush undergrowth.

Petani Beach

Petani is often described as the small-sized Myrtos. The beach is facing west and invites you to stay until late to experience a magnificent sunset over the Ionian Sea.

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Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and the economic center of the island. Take a stroll down the main shopping street, Lithostroto, to buy some souvenirs. Go to the harbor to spot local loggerhead sea turtles. Usually, it doesn't take long before you see one. Just look out for small excited tourist crowds and you will find them. If you want to eat an early lunch at Argostoli, check out Ladokoll a , one of our favorite Gyros places in town. Before you head further make sure to drive up north to see the Saint Theodore Lighthouse .

Loggerhead sea turtle at Argostoli harbor

Fteri Beach is an absolutely stunning beach with a magnificent high cliff at the east end. It is not reachable by car so you will need to take a water taxi from the small harbor at Zola . Unfortunately, the water taxis do not operate when the sea gets too choppy for boats to approach the beach. No need to get upset though if this is the case, Kefalonia is full of beautiful beaches and Vouti Beach is just around the corner. Calling this charming small beach a plan B would certainly not do this little unique paradise justice.

Vouti Beach on Kefalonia

If you are lucky enough to stay a couple of days longer than a week in this Ionanian Paradise, visiting Ithaka is a must. We recommend staying at least one night to immerse yourself fully into the slow-paced lifestyle in Ithaka. That's however an adventure on its own and deserves a separate blog post: Visiting Ithaca from Kefalonia .

Vathy on Ithaka

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Kefalonia highlights: tips on the best sights and things to do in Kefalonia!

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The beautiful island of Kefalonia, located in western Greece, is part of the Ionian Islands. It is a green island, full of mountains and nature. Nice and quiet and with not too much tourism, unlike the popular holiday island of Zakynthos. In Kefalonia you will find more local people who live here all year round, which makes for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

In doubt which island to visit: Zakynthos or Kefalonia ? In this blog we describe the differences and you can read which island suits you best!

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Combining kefalonia with zakynthos.

Tip: combine Kefalonia with neighboring island Zakynthos. Both islands are very different and therefore you will have a diverse holiday! We spent a total of one week on Zakynthos followed by one week on Kefalonia. We also flew back from Kefalonia with Transavia so that was handy. Click here for the ticket options.

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Ferry between Kefalonia and Zakynthos

There are several ferries between Kefalonia and Zakynthos. However, little information can be found online about these ferries. Here are the options we found.

1. Daily (and cheapest) Ionian ferry

In the summer there is a daily ferry from Pessada (near the airport on Kefalonia) to Agios Nikolaos (in the north of Zakynthos). And vice versa. This is with the company Ionion Lines and the costs are 10 euros per person. You can also take this ferry by car, but we do not know what the costs are. We bought our tickets at Chionis Tours in Zakynthos town. If you do not take a car with you on the ferry, it is also possible to go to the harbor on spec and buy tickets there.

Advantage of this ferry: cheap and two ferries depart daily. You can bring a car. You are close to the airport of Kefalonia and can be picked up by your car rental company (costs are around 20 euros). The ferry only takes 1.5 hours.

2. Luxury Azimut Ferry:

In the summer there is also a luxury boat from Sami (in the east of Kefalonia) to Zakynthos town three times a week. And vice versa. This is with the company Azimut. The costs are around 15 euros per person. However, you can’t go here with a car. It is a smaller boat. You can buy tickets at Isala Travel or  Marketou Travel .

Advantage of this ferry: you will be dropped off directly in Zakynthos town. That is a nice central location on Zakynthos. If you stay in Sami on Kefalonia, you will be directly at your destination. The boat is a bit more luxurious.

Conclusion: the best between Zakynthos and Kefalonia

The choice of which ferry is best for your trip between Zakynthos and Kefalonia depends on your itinerary (Zakynthos to Kefalonia or the other way), where you stay, whether you bring a car and on which day you want to travel.

Kefalonia tip: rent a car!

Kefalonia is a large island with limited public transport. To easily visit sights and beaches, we recommend renting a car. We always rent cars ourselves via SunnyCars. The advantage is that they act as an intermediary and are there for you 24/7 if something goes wrong. You are always well insured and you do not have to deal with unexpected costs afterwards.

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Highlights in Kefalonia: which 7 things should you do?

What are the highlights and the best things to do on Kefalonia! Below we list 7 highlights and activities that you should not miss in Kefalonia! See also on the Kefalonia map below what the location of these places is!

1. Discover the most beautiful coves and beautiful beaches of Kefalonia

There is absolutely no shortage of wonderful beaches and nice bays in Kefalonia! With the white limestone cliffs on the west coast, relaxed family beaches on the south coast and clear blue pebble beaches on the west coast, there is something for everyone.

If you have limited time, be sure to visit the following three beaches on Kefalonia:

  • Myrtos Beach: Kefalonia’s most famous beach is truly phenomenal, especially from above. Definitely visit.
  • Antisamos beach: This pebble beach on a green bay is not only beautiful, but also a very relaxed place. Especially when you rent a cot at Acron Beach Club.
  • Agia Kiriaki Beach: Away from all the tourists, this lovely beach is very well located. It is very quiet here, the sea is beautifully blue and only locals come here. A true paradise!

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2. Explore Melissani Cave Lake

A nice thing to do in Kefalonia is to visit the cave lake of Melissani (Melissani Cave Lake). As the name suggests, this clear blue lake is located in the middle of a cave. Through a hole in the ceiling of the lake, the sun’s rays come straight on the water and you can look into the depths. And this lake is quite deep at 20-30 meters. This gives a cool effect!

For a long time it was not known how the water reached the lake. Until it was discovered that on the other side of the island, seawater drained away and entered this lake via an underground river.

Kefalonia highlight tip: visit the cave lake of Melissani around noon. Then the sun is directly above the hole and this gives the most beautiful effect!

You can take a trip on the lake by boat (price for boat & entrance is 7 euros). This is very touristy, but we still found it fun and definitely worth it!

3. Wander around the ghost town of Old Vlachata

You won’t find this tip anywhere in the tourist guides, a real hidden gem on Kefalonia: visit the old ghost town of Old Vlachata. This completely dilapidated village was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1953. And where most villages on Kefalonia have been rebuilt, this village is just deserted and you can still find everything as it was on the day of the earthquake. Houses whose walls and stairs are still half standing, wells from which trees grow and even attributes such as shoes, belts or horseshoes can be seen here.

4. Visit one of the beautiful old towns and villages on Kefalonia

Kefalonia has some beautiful old towns and villages which are really worth a visit. Below an overview:

Agia Effimia:

This is a small village in the northeast of Kefalonia. You will find a beautiful harbour, nice houses and a few cozy restaurants. Agia Effimia would also be our recommendation in terms of base for Kefalonia because (even though it doesn’t seem like it on the map) it is very central to all sights and beaches.

the famous village of Fiskardo shows the jet set side of Kefalonia! Fiskardo is built around a large pleasure harbor where many luxury yachts and sailing ships are moored. You can immediately see that in the restaurants and the shops (and also in the corresponding prices)! Dishes are more exuberant, people stroll along the boulevard and small boats sail between the yachts and the shore. In addition, Fiskardo is also really beautiful and picturesque, with typical Greek houses and olive trees. Nice to walk around in the morning or afternoon.

Read all about our favorite restaurants and hotspots on Kefalonia in the new blog! 

5. Hike in Kefalonia to Ainos, the highest mountain on the island

Unlike Zakynthos, Kefalonia has some real mountains! You can see hills everywhere on the island (and even beautiful cliffs in the west), but there are also mountains in the middle of the island. The highest, at 1,628 meters, is Mount Ainos. This is located in the Ainos National Park. From the top of this mountain you can see all of Kefalonia, part of Zakynthos and even mainland Greece on a clear day.

We found it difficult to find good information about the hike and early in the morning (because of the heat) we drove up as far as we could by car. Finally we came to a small clearing where we could park the car ( click here for location) and from where we started walking east on a wide path. At a certain moment there was a sign pointing the way to the top and we walked up via a narrow winding forest path. The view was great, even if it was a bit hazy, so we couldn’t see very far.

At the top you will also find a book where you can write your name, a nice idea to record that you have been at the top.

6. Do a wine tasting in Kefalonia

Kefalonia is a real wine island, with its own microclimate, a lot of lime in the soil and an indigenous grape variety: the Robola. Especially on the slopes of the highest mountain (Ainos) of the island there are many vineyards. Robola wine is a dry white wine with a fruity aftertaste. At least, that’s what Ries tells me… during our tasting at winery Sclavos Wines , I’m not allowed to drink wine since I’m pregnant when we visit Kefalonia.

Sclavos Wines

And even without drinking any wine, I really like this tasting. We sit under the grape vines overlooking a small vineyard. In the distance we can just see the contours of the mountain Ainos, where the grapes of this winery are also grown. The man who helps us is enthusiastic and tells a lot about the six different wines that Ries tastes. According to him, Kefalonia is the place where wine was first made thousands of years ago. From this small Greek island, the delicious drink has slowly conquered the rest of the world if we are to believe it. According to Ries, the wines themselves are very tasty. Two different white wines, a normal rosé and two red wines. As icing on the cake, Ries can also taste the new natural wine of the house. It almost looks orange and tastes very fresh.

Sclavos Wines is located on the Paliki peninsula. You can reach it by taking the ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri and then driving another 5 minutes north. For more information about Sclavos Wines, click here .

Kefalonia tip: from other travelers we also heard good stories about a vineyard where the wine is aged in the sea. This makes for spectacular wine bottles full of shells and a very special wine. Click here for more information about this vineyard.

7. Spot turtles in the harbor of Argistolli

One of the most surprising things about Kefalonia we found is how easy it is to spot wild turtles here! You can also spot turtles on Zakynthos, but then it is necessary to go out to sea. In Kefalonia you can easily spot turtles in the harbor, especially in the capital Argistolli. These are the famous Caretta Caretta turtles.

Yes, the turtles are very visible from the boulevard or from the Bosset walkway. With a bit of luck you can even spot a turtle from the ferry between Argistolli and Lixouri. They come to the fishing boats that dump fish in the harbor, hoping to catch a few fish. We saw, without much effort, a turtle three times.

Extra Kefalonia highlight tip: still have time and energy left? Then consider a day trip to the nearby neighboring island of Ithaka. We have not done this ourselves, but we have heard good stories! For example, book this sailing trip to admire all the beauty of Ithaca.

Nice hotels in Cephalonia

Well this is another thing… how do you find a nice hotel on Kefalonia. The island is quite large so one of the most important things is probably your location. On the map many things seem close together, but make no mistake. Because of the mountains and hills it sometimes takes quite a long time to drive from one place to another. And some locations are much more central than you might think.

Paliki: quiet but not central

Agia effimia or sami: central and cozy .

If we had had to choose again, we would have stayed in Agia Effimia or near Sami. Here you are much more central, relatively close to most sights and a number of fine beaches. You also have nice restaurants nearby. Below are two hotels that we recommend here:

Kandia’s view €

This lovely villa is located just outside the center of Agia Effimia and has a beautiful view over the sea. The price seems relatively high, but there is room for 8 people. From €220 per night

Waterside Apartments €

Near Makris Gialos beach: close to Argostelli and many families

Are you going to Kefalonia with your family and are you not planning to visit too many sights? But do you want many facilities, hotels and restaurants nearby? Then we recommend the area south of Argostelli. This is the area around Makris Gialos Beach. Here it is full of nice beaches, you are close to the airport and Argostelli town and you are surrounded by other families. Below are two hotels that we recommend here:

KV villas €€

The two KV villas provide ultimate tranquility with a great view. Each villa has its own pool and lots of privacy. The villas are modernly furnished and suitable for 1-4 people. Only bookable as a package holiday through Eliza Was Here .

White rocks hotel €€

Definitely not: Skala, the drinking and party place of Kefalonia

If we can advise you against one thing, it is to stay in the area of Skala. It’s all about drinking, going out and partying here. The Chersonisos of Kefalonia.

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