Kefalonia / Cephalonia

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.

Kefalonia climate

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!

Below are the most popular Kefalonia resorts, click the headings to find out more about each one. If you need more information then why not ask a question in our forums.

Aghia Efimia



Fiskardo / Fiscardo













Below is a list of the main sight seeing and tourist attractions on Kefalonia. Click each heading to find out more.

Castle Of Saint George

De Bosset Bridge

Drogarati Caves


Melissani Lake Cave

Monastery Of Kipoureon

Mount Aenos National Park

Saint Theodoroi Lighthouse / Fanari

St Gerasimos Monastery

The list of beaches below will give you an idea of what the beaches are like on Kefalonia, there are many more secluded and lesser known beaches on the island but these are the main ones. Click each heading to get more information.


Antisamos / Anti-Samos

Foki / Focki



Kaminia / Mounda



Lourdas / Lourdata

Makris Gialos



Petani Bay

Platis Gialos




Xi / Ksi

If you want a lively night out with bars and clubs then you will have to head to Argostoli as this is the only resort that has anything close to this, I still wouldn’t expect anything like what Falaraki or Kavos have to offer but there’s certainly some late night drinking to be had. The next most lively resorts are Skala and Lassi but these certainly aren’t for clubbers.

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.

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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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  1. Kefalonia is in my top 3 Greek Islands! I had visited Kefalonia 3 years in the row! Amazing place to spend your vacation!

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