The island of the Nymphs
In the Ionian Sea,
between other exotic islands, stands grand Kefalonia. Much photographed,
much talked about, much loved, by Greeks and foreigners alike. Not just
because of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the 2001 film that attracted so much
attention, but also because of its sheer beauty, its stately towns, its
attractions. Famous for the exotic beaches and the picturesque seaside
villages, Kefalonia is an island ideal for family and romantic holidays. Due
to its large size, tourism is spread and the island keeps its quiet, laid
back style even in high season. The spectacular beaches with turquoise
waters, beautiful trails and delicious local cuisine, are only a few of what
you will enjoy in one of the most beautiful islands of Greece. This largest
of the Ionian islands, with its sparkling azure waters, dazzling beaches and
dark green mountains, has been a popular holiday spot for decades.
The mountain that prevails in Kefalonia is Ainos, whose peak
reaches 1628 meters, and is the only national park situated on a Greek
Island. In this area grows the tree fir that is native in Kefalonia with its
black leaves that gives an impressive and particular black color to the
mountain. In the cliffs of the mountain you will also see small wild horses.
The mountain is ideal for excursions in the verdant nature and for hiking
with paths of various levels of difficulty.–Fiskardo
Known as the St Tropez of Greece, Fiskardo was
once a booming fishing town. As the fishing industry has diminished,
Fiskardo has reinvented itself as an A-lister’s playground. The rich and
famous aside, it’s Fiskardo’s beauty and history that attracts many people
here, but also the popular fish restaurants and boutiques.-St.
George Castle When you reach the castle and sit
on the broadening, a physical balcony right before the entrance, you will
find out why the spot is considered as one of the most romantic places of
the island. Do not miss it, the scenery is terrific! –-Drogarati Caves
Situated 120 metres above sea level at a depth of
95 metres, these caverns are more than 150 million years old. Make your way
down the stone steps and you’ll arrive in a cavern filled with twisting
stalagmites and stalactites formed over thousands of years.
-Ride over Melissani Lake
This breath-taking underground Lake wasn’t
discovered until 1951 after an earthquake shook the cave and collapsed the
roof, leaving a massive hole in the ceiling. Hop on a boat and let a guide
steer you through the electric-blue waters.
–See wild Loggerhead Turtles As the
Capital of this small island, Argostoli has lots to offer including
restaurants, bars and knick knack shops galore but best of all, Argostoli
Bay is home to Loggerhead Turtles!
–Go on a cruise There are many
varieties of boat trips you can take in Kefalonia however the glass-bottom
boat trips get top marks.
-Sea Kayaking The calm waters of
the Ionian islands are the perfect place for sea kayaking and give you a
unique view of the island through a series of caves and remote beaches
accessible only by sea.
The exotic beaches
Surrounded by amazing coasts, most of Kefalonia beaches have
been awarded with the Blue Flag for their cleanliness.
–Myrtos Myrtos is without doubt
one of the most important poles of attraction in Kefalonia. It is located
30km north of Argostoli, in a beautiful area around huge verdant hills.
Myrtos beach has gained worldwide reputation and has been constantly
included in travel magazines among the best beaches in Greece and in the
–Emblisi Far away from Argostoli
lies Emblisi, one of the most beautiful beaches of Kefalonia. Very close to
the fishing village of Fiskardo and 50 km from the island’s capital, you
will find this white pebbled beach known for its crystal deep bay.
–Petani The beach is covered mostly
with sand and some pebbles scattered along the shore. Close to the beach are
a couple of taverns that will draw your attention.
-Xi The beach is quite
well-organized with straw umbrellas and sunbeds. Right on the beach is a
nice bar serving cold drinks and snacks and a water sports center for the
most adventurous types.
It is one of the most frequented beaches of
Kefalonia, popular for its shiny golden sand, the azure and clean waters.
Similar to most of the island’s beaches, Makris Gialos boasts a stunning
landscape with dense vegetation and tall pine trees. Some rock formations
are scattered creating an exotic atmosphere.
You must try the famous meat pie, the lagoto dish that is
cooked with rabbit and sofigado dish with goat. You should not miss the cod
pie filled with salted cod fish and skordalia (a garlic sauce) made of
boiled potatoes in cod’s broth with lemon or vinegar. You must also taste
strapatsada (scrambled cooked eggs with tomatoes) and tsigaridia (greens
cooked with tomato sauce), and traditional sweets, such as mandoles (almonds
assorted with sugar). You should not fail to try Robola, the famous wine of
The famous tavern of Tasia Dendrinou in Fiscardo is famous
for its excellent regional specialties, and the seafood pasta.
–Katavothres One of the most
famous bar restaurant near Argostoli, where you can enjoy gourmet
Mediterranean food on the beach and refreshing cocktails until late at
night. –Avithos Preview
Above the magical beach Avithos near Sami, enjoy
view with blue background. You can taste fresh fish and fine local wines.
–Platanos Another famous address on
the island in the picturesque village of Assos. Fish and seafood here come
directly from the sea, but is very strong and the rack, as well as
–Archontiko Located in Argostoli,
it is one of the best addresses to sample the local cuisine. It serves among
other specialties such as Kefalonian pies and the famous cottage (pork with
tomatoes, onions, peppers and feta).
It is an attractive location for all tourists who want to
relax after a long walk or a sightseeing trip in the area. The courtyard at
the back of the restaurant offers an idyllic setting for visitors. The menu
is enriched with various flavors of Greek traditional recipes made from
locally grown products.
How to reach Kefalonia
Visitors can travel to Kefalonia by ferry or plane. Ferries
to Kefalonia depart from Killini, a port town in western Peloponnese. These
ferries arrive in Poros, the main port of Kefalonia, in about 1hour and 30
minutes. Occasionally, but not every summer, there are ferries to Kefalonia
from Patra. In summer, there are local ferries from the port of Astakos in
mainland Greece to Sami port Kefalonia and Pisaetos port Ithaca. The port of
Fiscardo in northern Kefalonia also receives ferries from Lefkada, while the
port of Pessada in southern Kefalonia operates ferries to Zakynthos. In high
season (from late July until early September), the port of Sami in Kefalonia
receives ferries from Italy. Most visitors arrive to the Island from the UK
and Europe by charter plane. Kefalonia airport lies approx. 9 Km from