The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is a charming holiday destination of dramatic rugged scenery, friendly locals and some of the most picturesque beaches in Greece.
The setting for Louis de Bernières' celebrated novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Kefalonia has certainly become more popular over the last two decades, but still retains a rural feel and has escaped the tourist hordes which head to Corfu.
Summers can get very hot – particularly during August, but the more northerly location of the Ionian isles means the climate is cooler, with spring and autumn setting the mercury in the comfortable mid 20s.
Due to its large size, Kefalonia can feel remarkably quiet and laid-back – making it an ideal destination for a romantic getaway. But the island is well catered for tourism and the exotic beaches and seaside villages offer a wide range of accommodation choices from villas and apartments, to boutique style hotels and guest houses.
Myrtos Beach is a must see on Kefalonia – it’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world – backed by sheer cliffs and lapped by turquoise waters. On the eastern coast, near Sami, are the caves of Melissani and Dhrogarati, and the island’s rugged interior and coastline is dotted with traditional villages and monasteries.
Fiscardo is Kefalonia’s most cosmopolitan village with a port bustling with yachts from across the Mediterranean every summer. For wining, dining and shopping, visit some of the island’s other charming villages such as the capital Argostoli, Sami and Assos.