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Kefalonia

The centre-piece of the gorgeous Ionian Islands, Kefalonia dazzles its visitors with its immaculate pale sands, turquoise waters and sedate pace of life. Famously featured in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the island is thronged with verdant hills and vineyards as well as a spectacular shoreline. Kefalonia has something for everyone from vibrant nightlife and modern amenities on the beaches of Skala to the more tranquil squares of Lourdas. Romantic sunsets can be enjoyed at Lassi and the island’s spectacular natural features include the Melissani Lake and the Drogarati caves. The infamous Myrtos Beach, set inside an idyllic bay with pale sands, also makes an excellent day-trip from anywhere in the island.

 

What you’ll love most about Kefalonia

  • Relax on the stunning shores of Myrtos Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, with its turquoise waters, white pebbles, and dramatic cliffs, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and admiring the breathtaking scenery
  • Explore the enchanting Melissani Cave, an underground lake cave located near Sami, with its crystal-clear waters, stalactites, and submerged chambers, as well as boat tours that allow you to glide across the illuminated lake and witness the magical play of light and shadow
  • Discover the picturesque village of Assos, nestled on a narrow isthmus between two bays, with its colourful houses, Venetian castle ruins, and tranquil atmosphere, as well as tavernas serving fresh seafood and local delicacies overlooking the sea
  • Descend into the depths of Drogarati Cave, a natural wonder with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, formed over millions of years, providing a cool escape from the summer heat and opportunities for guided tours and photography
  • Stroll along the charming harbour of Fiskardo, the only village on Kefalonia to have survived the devastating earthquake of 1953 intact, with its colourful buildings, waterfront cafes, and luxury yachts, as well as scenic views of the Ionian Sea and neighbouring islands
  • Hike to the summit of Mount Ainos, the highest peak on Kefalonia, with its dense forests of black pine and fir trees, as well as rare species of flora and fauna, offering panoramic views of the island and the surrounding sea from its summit

Where to Book

  • Assos Village, Kefalonia

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 12℃
  • 12℃
  • 14℃
  • 17℃
  • 22℃
  • 26℃
  • 29℃
  • 29℃
  • 26℃
  • 21℃
  • 17℃
  • 13℃
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 10
  • 7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 8
  • 10
  • 12

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

February

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

March

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

April

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

May

May marks the start of the holiday season. Bars, restaurants and hotels open their doors, temperatures rise above 20 degrees and fewer tourists means this is a fantastic month for a spring time beach holiday. What’s more, there are usually great value offers to be had from tour operators and hotels.

June

As temperatures start to rise, the holiday season is well underway. This is the perfect month for those wanting a Summer break before the schools break up for holidays.

July

As schools break up and the destination experiences some of the best weather. This is a fantastic time to travel so special offers are becoming limited - book early if you have specific holiday needs.

August

Schools out for the Summer and the weather is perfect for beach holidays. There are little or no deals available during this period and popular hotels are likely to become booked out.

September

As schools return, the crowds reduce making September a great time to sit back and relax on the beach. Special offers return as familes are unable to travel during this period.

October

The temperatures start to drop but it's the perfect time to grab a beach holiday away from the crowds and to take advantage of any special offers.

November

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

December

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

Our Ratings

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Where to book


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Award winning, family-owned Olympic Holidays has been arranging holidays to Kefalonia for over 50 years. We offer flights from 27 UK airports with a range of airlines and when you book, pay from just £89 per person deposit. Return to the sun in 2021 with Olympic Holidays, the island specialists. Atol protected.

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Riviera Travel is the UK’s leading luxury river cruise & tour company with over 38 years’ experience in crafting worldwide tours, luxury river cruises, rail holidays and UK tours. Their commitment to quality & thoughtfulness has earned them a coveted Which? recommendation.

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SPL Villas has curated a collection of beautiful villas within the most sought-after destinations across the Mediterranean. Family run, SPL Villas aim to truly look after their customers, by offering a full Covid-19 refund policy, independent financial protection, low deposits, and an unrivalled personal service.

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