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Kefalonia Holidays

Kefalonia Holidays

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Bursting with rugged landscapes, rich Greek culture and beaches for every occasion, Kefalonia is the perfect setting for a scenic getaway to Greece.

Destination Highlights

  • Beaches for all types of travellers
  • Mouth-watering Mediterranean food
  • Amazing historical ruins
  • Festive summer season
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Kefalonia?

    Long, sandy coastlines, dramatic backdrops, and turquoise waters—Kefalonia’s beaches are exotic paradise. With 36 different versions of heaven to choose from, there’s something for everyone on this stunning Greek island.

    • Myrtos - A white pebble beach surrounded by lush vegetation. One of the island’s best spots for a sunset.
    • Xi - A family favourite, with golden sands, sun loungers, and safe waters.
    • Skala - Colourful seabeds make this the go-to snorkelling spot in Kefalonia.
    • Makris Gialos - Find powdery sand with water sports facilities and a beach volleyball court at Makris Gialos.
    • Lourdas - Bordered by restaurants, bars, greenery, and waterfalls, this popular beach has something for everyone.
    • Petani - White sand and ‘gram-worthy waters that range in colour from deep blues to emerald to aquamarine.
    • Antisamos - Towering cliffs provide the stunning backdrop for this popular swimming spot.
    Kefalonia beach

    What are the top hotels in Kefalonia?

    From five-star luxury, to cosy, down-to-earth apartments, Kefalonia has it all. Here are some of our favourite picks:

    • Apostolata Island Resort and Spa - An elegant resort with panoramic views of the Ionian Sea. Sports facilities and a spa make this place great for active holidaymakers, and for those looking to unwind.
    • Panas Hotel - Nestled in the pretty village of Spartia, this homely accommodation is a great choice for travellers who want something affordable but don’t want to compromise on quality.
    • Kefalonia Bay Palace - A luxurious, villa-style property with all the modern amenities you could want.
    • Princess - A small, friendly hotel surrounded by nature. The private balconies that overlook the sea are perfect for those on a romantic getaway.
    • Regina Dell Acqua Resort - A five-star hotel situated right on the beachfront with stunning architecture, outstanding food, and plenty of facilities for kids.
    • Evita Studios - Set among lush green gardens, with an outdoor pool and sun terrace, these cosy apartments suit those looking for a laid-back stay.
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    What's the food like in Kefalonia?

    Fall in love with traditional Greek cuisine on a holiday to Kefalonia. With fresh local veg, fish, and meats complementing the Mediterranean base of wheat, olive oil, and wine, how could you go wrong? Chuck on a generous amount of lemon juice, the right herbs and spices, and the Greeks have won you over for good!

    • Tzatziki - A staple side dish of yoghurt, cucumber, and herbs. You can pair this with almost any traditional meal. Fresh, simple, and insanely moreish.
    • Moussaka - Arguably Greece’s most popular dish, and for good reason. Layers of fried aubergine, potatoes, and minced meat are covered with a creamy béchamel sauce and baked until golden.
    • Gyros - Rotisserie meat, onions, fresh salad, and sauces all wrapped lovingly in a pitta. Ask to swap out meat for halloumi if you fancy a veggie version!
    • Dolmades - Steamed vine leaves stuffed with well-seasoned rice and meat.
    • Baklava - Tiny pastries layered with crushed nuts and soaked in a sweet, honey-like syrup.
    • Ouzo - An aniseed-flavoured liquor often taken as a shot at the end of a meal.

    Check out these top dining spots in Kefalonia:

    • Casa Grec - A romantic patio in the Venetian-inspired port of Argostoli serving grilled slabs of local meat and fish with beautiful salads.
    • Captain Nikolas - This traditional terrace overlooks forest and sea and is filled with families eating juicy produce grown in the gardens surrounding them.
    • Lorraine’s Magic Hill - Situated on the green slopes above Lourdas beach, we’re big fans of this family-run restaurant with its famed home-cooking and desserts. Chat with Lorraine herself for a recommendation of which special to go for.
    • Flamingo - A vine-filled courtyard in the buzzing Skala resort, popular with twentysomethings for the butterbean stew and banter with the lively staff!
    • Drosos Tavern - Fish fresh off the boat is served in this lesser-known gem. The beautiful view is just as much of a reason to visit as the Red Snapper.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in Kefalonia?

    Kefalonia is one of the more mellow Greek islands when it comes to partying. There’s no wild strip that runs all night, but check out these top spots for dancing, drinking, and chatting the evening away:

    • Bass Club - The biggest, liveliest club in Kefalonia. It plays top-notch dance music in a stylish, modern venue.
    • Bee’s Knees The Bar - Artisanal cocktails accompanied by live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Check out Bee’s Knees #6—a signature drink with saffron-infused local honey!
    • Eden Bar - In a dreamy garden away from the hustle and bustle, this bar’s wide selection of food and drinks has something for everyone.
    • Trentis Bar - With a daily happy hour (including mocktails for kids), views of a glittering ocean, and screens showing sports, this one's a solid family favourite.
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    What events can I go to in Kefalonia?

    Many festivals and events are held on this picture-perfect island, with the summer months being extra jam-packed.

    • Easter (April) - Easter in Kefalonia is a deeply spiritual event, as it is in all of Greece. Celebrations will include folk dances, lunch banquets with whole lambs on the spit, and the painting of eggs which are broken with friends afterwards.
    • Union of the Ionian Islands (May) - A festival full of music and great food held to celebrate the union of the islands with mainland Greece. Keep an eye out for the marching bands that snake through the capital.
    • Agia Efimia Festival (July) - A procession, live music and dancing by the harbour accompany local market stalls in the village of Agia Efimia. Chat to the locals at this welcoming, family-friendly event.
    • Saristra Festival (August) - A modern Greek art and music festival taking place at the ruins of Old Vlachata, a town destroyed in the 1953 earthquake, with plenty of live bands, and DJs playing everything from Greek rock to indie to dance music.
    • Colour Festival (August) - The biggest beach party of the year! Find live DJs and buzzing bars at Lourdas this August. Many of the younger locals flock here for a night of dancing on the sand with colourful paints.
    • Saint Gerasimos Name Day Festival (August) - A religious ceremony celebrating the island’s patron saint’s name day. This festival is often considered the most important event in Kefalonia’s calendar. In fact, pilgrims from all over Greece make their way to St. Gerasimos Monastery to kiss the feet of his mummified remains for a blessing!

    Things to do in Kefalonia

    Discover Melissani Cave

    Or the Cave of the Nymphs, as it’s known in Greek mythology. Grab your partner and book a boat tour to watch the water glow blue and green as the sunlight streams through the hole in its roof.

    Make the most of the Med

    Explore the crystal-clear waters that surround Kefalonia however you like best. Rent a sea kayak or a snorkel, give scuba diving a go, or just sit on the shore and let the ocean lap over you. Whether you're looking for an adventure or just a serene afternoon, soak up the paradise that is the Mediterranean Sea.

    Jump on a sun cruise

    Glass-bottom boat trips run throughout the months of May to September. Catch some rays while you pass ancient shipwrecks and spot sea creatures in the waters beneath you.

    Get your history hat on

    Despite the sun, sea, and sand in Kefalonia being more than enough to win you over, the island also boasts a rich history. Check out cultural hotspots such as the Lighthouse of Saint Theodori, De Bosset Bridge, and Agios Georgios Castle—the ruins of a Venetian stronghold originally built in the Byzantine era.



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    What's the weather like in Kefalonia?

    Kefalonia has the classic, much-loved Mediterranean climate of hot, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters, with inviting sea temperatures year-round.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 9 °c 16 °c 6 h
    Feb 10 °c 15 °c 7 h
    Mar 12 °c 15 °c 8 h
    Apr 15 °c 16 °c 10 h
    May 18 °c 19 °c 12 h
    Jun 23 °c 23 °c 13 h
    Jul 26 °c 25 °c 14 h
    Aug 26 °c 26 °c 13 h
    Sep 22 °c 25 °c 10 h
    Oct 18 °c 23 °c 8 h
    Nov 14 °c 20 °c 7 h
    Dec 13 °c 17 °c 6 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Kefalonia

    How long does it take to fly to Kefalonia?

    It takes about 4 hours to fly to Kefalonia from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Kefalonia?

    Kefalonia is 2 hours ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Kefalonia?

    The official currency of Kefalonia is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Kefalonia?

    The official language spoken in Kefalonia is Greek.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Kefalonia?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Kefalonia?

    From 1st of January 2018, the Greek Govt. are charging a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which will be payable on arrival in the hotel:

    • 5-star hotels: €4 per room, per night
    • 4-star hotels: €3 per room, per night
    • 3-star hotels: €1.50 per room, per night
    • 1-star & 2-star hotels: €0.50 per room, per night
    • 1-4 key apartments: €0.50 per room, per night

    Do I need a visa to travel to Kefalonia?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Kefalonia. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Kefalonia?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Kefalonia on the FCO website.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Kefalonia for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Holly Brady:


    Easy app to use, booked many holidays with this company and never disappointed! Brilliant!!

    Elizabeth Finnigan:


    Amazing service will always book with on the beach

    Mr & Mrs Harmes:


    We have booked with On The Beach several times and never had any issues. Looking forward to another stress free holiday next year.

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    Ammes Studios

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    Apollonion Asterias Resort & Spa

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    Liocharis Apartments

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    Diamanto Studios

    Karavomilos, Kefalonia, Greece

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    Skala, Kefalonia, Greece

    Eagles Nest Studios

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    Irinna

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    Porto Skala Hotel and Village

    Skala, Kefalonia, Greece

    Barbara Studios

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    Agnantio

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    Pegasus Studios

    Karavados, Kefalonia, Greece

    Filoxenia Hotel & Apartments

    Poros, Kefalonia, Greece

    Marina Anna Studios

    Trapezaki, Kefalonia, Greece

    Mouikis Sun Village

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    Afrato Village

    Vlachata, Kefalonia, Greece

    Kefalonia Weather

    Like the other Greek Islands, the weather in Kefalonia is brilliant all year round. In the early and later months it is normally around the 20's but in the summer months it can be well over the 20's and up into the 30's. If you want Kefalonia holidays with the highest temperatures, July and August are definitely the month's worth visiting. Make sure you pack your sunglasses and your sun cream!

    Jan 12ºC
    Feb 12ºC
    Mar 14ºC
    Apr 19ºC
    May 23ºC
    Jun 26ºC
    Jul 30ºC
    Aug 30ºC
    Sep 24ºC
    Oct 20ºC
    Nov 15ºC
    Dec 13ºC