Kefalonia or Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands in western Greece. The capital of Kephalonia is Argostoli. Most of the island was destroyed in the 1953 earthquake with only Fiskardo in the north being undamaged.
Due to most of the islands towns and villages being rebuilt after the earthquake some people would say that Kefalonia doesn’t have the same “authentic” Greek feel to it that some of the other islands do. It also doesn’t have ancient sites to visit and explore like some of the other islands do.
That said, Kefalonia is regularly in the top 10 lists for best Greek island for a reason, it has crystal clear waters, lots of vegetation which isn’t always the case on other Greek islands and plenty of natural beauty spots to visit from the stunning Myrtos beach to the awesome Melissani Lake Cave.
Kefalonia was the setting for the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin so if you’ve watched that film and thought how beautiful the island looked then this is the place for you. Most of the filming took place in Sami with the camp site of the Italians based on the beach of Antisamos bay.
Above is the current weather in Kefalonia and below is the average climate graphs.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit is early or late in the season, the mass crowds arrive around the middle of June and it stays busy until the end of August, June to August is also the hottest time of year and temperatures can get in to the 30s which can be too hot for some so if that’s you we’d advise visiting early or late, or both!
To find out more about the individual beaches click the button below to be taken to our full Kefalonia beach guide.
The Nightlife in the rest of Kefalonia revolves mainly around bars rather than clubs, Kefalonia is most popular with couples and families so if your plan is to go for a nice meal, relax by the harbour or beach, stroll round the streets and maybe have a few cocktails or some local wine before bed then this is definitely the place for you. Go to Argostoli and sit at one the restaurants around the squares and soak up the atmosphere, take a walk up the Lassi ‘strip’ and stop off for a pint of Mythos on the way. This is a slow paced island and should be enjoyed that way.
The Flight time from London to Kefalonia is about three and a half hours without stops, there are usually direct flights from other airports in the UK as well and these will be about the same flight times give or take 10 minutes.
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