Kefalonia

Breathtaking island

Kefalonia at a glance

Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian Sea with the breathtaking nature and the beautiful waters, looks like a miniature of Greece. Its territory is mountainous while the Ainos Mountains National Park dominates a large part of it. The economy over the past years was based on livestock farming and agriculture, but in recent years the main economic factor is tourism. Thousands of tourists from Greece and abroad visit the island, especially during the summer. 

Throughout the coastline of the Kefalonia you will find dreamy beaches, some of which are among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Among them is the photographed Myrtos, one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world with turquoise waters and golden sand.

A real paradise for nature lovers, Kefalonia offers unforgettable trips to trails running through traditional settlements and rare geological phenomena (Katavothres, Karavomilos, Drogarati, Kounopetra). Pilgrimage for hikers and mountaineers, the Ainos National Park with numerous marked paths and enchanting trails hosts among other things a protected, endemic and other rare species of flora and fauna.

Travel to Kefalonia island and explore the countless beauties of the great island endowed with nature and history.

Climate in Kefalonia

The climate is generally rainy in winter with mild winters, but also mild summers, with frequent heavy-humidity and cool nights.
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How to get to Kefalonia

The island of Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian. It is located in the middle of the Ionian Sea, within walking distance of mainland Greece. You can go to the island, either by boat or by plane.

By ship

Transport Starting from Athens, you can take a bus or bus to go to Patras (2.5 hours) or Killini (3.5 hours). Then from both of these ports you can take a ferry boat to reach the island of Kefalonia. Itineraries are daily and especially frequent during the summer months. From the port of Patras you will reach the harbor of Sami, after 3.5 hours and from the port of Killini you will reach the harbor of Poros, after about 1.5 hours. Lastly, from Astakos to Aitoloakarnania there is a ferry service to Sami, Kefalonia, and the journey takes 2.5 hours. For other ferry connections, you can go from Argostoli to Lixouri in 20 minutes, as well as visit Ithaca, Zakynthosand Lefkada. Finally, during the summer there is a weekly route connecting Kefalonia to Brindisi of Italy, and more rarely to Venice, Ancona and Bari.

By air

Kefalonia Airport is 9 kilometers distance from the island’s capital, Argostoli. Transfer to and from the airport is by taxi, car or buses that are being run for this purpose. The Athens-Kefalonia air link is available all year round, every day at least once, with the exception of the summer when flights are more frequent due to demand. The flight takes about 45 minutes without stopping. During the high tourist season, extra flights from other cities in Greece as well as from abroad via charter flights are scheduled.

Get around

Bus

The central bus station of KTEL is in Argostoli and you can find detailed information on all itineraries there. There are buses that cover many areas on the island and tickets are very cheap. From Argostoli, there are 4 daily sailings for Sami and from Argostoli to Fiskardo.

Taxi
The central taxi stop is located in Argostoli, in Valianos square, but you can also search for taxis either on the main streets in the most popular places or via the radio taxi service. There are default rates for most popular destinations, and taximeters are used for some other routes.

Car

If you keep in mind that Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian sea you should definitely understand why the car is the ideal mean of transportation! The island has many beauties that you can definitely not explore by bus or taxi and the car will make it much easier. You can simply, quickly and cheaply rent a car using the online car rental service. 

Distances

The distance (in kilometers) from Argostoli to the most popular destinations in Kefalonia is shown below:

         Argostoli – Fiskardo: 50
         Argostoli – Poros: 43
         Argostoli – Skala: 40
         Argostoli – Sami: 24
         Argostoli – Agia Efimia: 36
         Argostoli – Lixouri: 8

Kefalonia Beaches

Kefalonia is known for its beaches and beauty, as many have a blue flag. Most famous, with a blue flag, a nice beach bar and water sports are the well-known Myrtos, Skala, Katelios, Platis and Makris Gialos in Lassi. Equally beautiful are the beaches of the Livathos area, such as Avithos, Ammes, Trapezaki, Lourdas, Karavados and Klimatsias in Spartia, Lixouri, the famous Petans and Xi with the reddish sandy beach. Beautiful beaches can be found in the northern part of the island.

Kefalonia Gastronomy - local products

In the taverns, try the typical sausage pie, goat’s sauce, potatoes, spinach and herbs with rice and rabbit sauce (a rabbit fried and cooked with garlic and lemon). The Kephalonians also love the hot sardines (with potatoes) and boiled zucchini. And, of course, you will not leave the island without taking some of their traditional flavors with you: mandolos (typical keflonated roasted almonds with sugar coating), Robola wine or thyme honey.

Kefalonia Tours

From Sami, you can pass to Piagetos Ithaca in half an hour. You should take the coastal walk to the charming Vathy, Kioni and Frikes. There you will see the idyllic bay of Schinos, the pebbled Gidakis or Ai-Giannis beaches with a background of Kefalonia. And yet, discover the old churches of the ruined Paleochora, the small archaeological collection on Stavros, the church of Panagia and Anogi. For panoramic views, set up at the Monastery of Katharon and at the old monastery of Panagia in Pernarakia. The ferry from Fiskardo arrives at Lefkada’s Basilica in about an hour, so you can continue from there to the coastal fishing village of Sivota and the city of Lefkada.

Beautiful walk in the villages of Sfakioti, Karya and Egluvi, through ravines, slopes with cypresses and the path with the background of the sea from Ai-Nikitas to the beaches Egremni and Porto Katsiki. During the summer season the ship departing from Pessada reaches an hour and a quarter in Agios Nikolaos Volimes, in the north of Zakynthos. Nearby Astos Stone Park and the panoramic view of Navagio Beach are within walking distance. A nice carriage ride on the wild west coast to Keri. From Keri, via Laganas (the famous Caretta-Caretta sea turtle nesting turtle), you can continue for a walk in the city of Zakynthos.

Sights

Argostoli

You can visit some of the most popular destinations in our country, such as Argostoli, which is the largest city and capital of the island. It is built amphitheatrically overlooking the beautiful bay that surrounds it. You can have your coffee on the stone-paved pedestrian street with dozens of cafes and bars or take a swim in the beautiful sandy beaches of Makry and Platys Gialos. In the city of Argostoli you will find numerous hotels and rooms to let as well as restaurants for every taste.

Lixouri

Another popular destination is the beautiful Lixouri, the second largest city in Kefallonia, known for its carnival. It is also known for the Library with its huge collection of books. It has excellent tourist facilities and some of the best taverns on the island, while Xi beach is well known for the clay color of sand due to clay, which is essentially a natural spa, but also the beautiful beaches of Petani, Platia Ammos, Lepida, Atheras and others.

Sami

To the north and to the east coast of the island is Sami. It is built in the depth of a bay and combines the greenery of nature with the blue of the sea as the trees reach almost ashore. The film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolino” was filmed in the city and in the wider region. Here you will find many shops, rooms to let, restaurants and cafes. You can enjoy the sea on the main beach (Karavomylos) or Antisamos. Do not miss to visit the beautiful Melissani Cave. The further north you to the north you will see the village of Divarata, which is the nearest settlement on the well-known beach of Myrtos, the most popular on the island and one of the most beautiful, not only in Greece but also in the world.

Skala

At the southernmost end of the island, you will see the seaside settlement of Skala with its vast and busy beach with the water sports infrastructure. There you will find a beach bar, umbrellas and sun loungers. Other destinations on the island of Kefalonia are Poros, Svoronata, picturesque Fiskardo, home of poet Nikos Kavvadias and others.

Fiskardo

Traditional village on the northern edge of the island and favorite destination for cruisers. Experience with the seasonal aroma, stroll along the seaside and its alleys between colorful two-story mansions. There are also scenic routes to get here either from Argostoli or Agia Efimia (from narrow streets with panoramic sea views). It is connected by ferry to Lefkada (in Vassiliki) and Ithaca (to Frikes).

Assos Castle

A brilliant example of the Venetian fortification, built on the Assos peninsula, is linked to the land by a narrow strip of land. You can hear the hooves of the horses as you climb the uphill road on an autumn day, with the view of the Ionian sea on one side and Assos on the other.

Kipouria Monastery

Built in 1759 on a cliff overlooking the sea, on the west coast of the peninsula of Paliki (15 km from Lixouri), it offers the most exciting sunset on the island, with the sun sinking in the Ionian Sea.

Visit: the well-known Katavothres 2 km away from Argostoli, the Caves of Melissani and Drogarati near the settlement of Sami, the beautiful beach of Myrtos, the Archaeological and the Historical Folklore Museum of Argostoli, the Venetian Castle of Agios Georgios in the village Peratata and others.

Monastery of Agios Andreas of Malapidia, Peratata

Historic female monastery to the south of the castle of St. George. It has an ecclesiastical museum with remarkable post-Byzantine icons, wood carvings and religious relics from all over the island.

Monastery of Agios Gerasimos

A Great site for the travelers as it houses the saint’s relic.

Monastery of Atros

The most ancient monastery on Kefalonia island (8th century BC), where the holy Klimis lived. Its medieval tower is very well preserved.

Saint Euphemia

A picturesque tourist hut opposite Ithaca, with cafes and taverns.

Activities

  • In the summer, many cultural clubs make festivals and traditional dances
  • There are many hiking trails, especially on Mount Ainos
  • Water sports
  • Shopping in he shopping streets of Argostoli town
  • Horseback Riding
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