Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian Sea in Greece, set in between Corfu and Zakynthos. It is an island blessed with wondrous beaches, crystalline emerald waters, picturesque villages, diverse natural beauty, historical marvels, prestigious wineries and mouthwatering local cuisine – as most of Greece. If you are thinking about a summer vacation, Kefalonia is one of the best choices, bundled with other greek islands. But before you go, you must prepare for a true sensual awakening, and make sure that you have your travel list is ready before you go.
Where to Stay in Kefalonia
As to other destinations, the first order of booking is accommodation: where to stay in Kefalonia? With Argostoli being the island’s capital, it is a first choice to have it as a base among visitors. The area is as busy as you would see in a city with cafés, shops, bars, and tourists going here and there. One of the most top-rated is Hotel Aggelos Kefalonia, a few stops away from the beach and famous for the sea view snack bar visitors love.
Proudly standing on a cliff overlooking the azure sea in Errisos, Braunis Horio Villas offer the ultimate blend of island authenticity and contemporary refinement. Each villa with its own distinctive Mediterranean personality will capture your heart in its heartwarming embrace allowing you to enter at once the pacifying pace of island life. Unwind under the cerulean sky, immerse in the crystal clear waters of your private pool in Kefalonia and bask in the sun while gazing at the panorama. Treat yourself to the pleasures of luxury and set off to explore this gorgeous island of the Ionian Sea.
Immerse in the authentic beauty of Assos beach, its beachfront houses would remind you so much of Italy’s colorful coastal towns but with clearer waters. Swim at one of the most famous beaches in the world and lose yourself in the exotic beauty of Mirtos, a white sand beach situated between the feet of two mountains, it’s like having a private beach of your own.
Embrace the cosmopolitan spirit of Makrys Gialos, the best sandy beach in Kefalonia, with light-coloured sand that leaves a turquoise clarity in the water. Also explore its youngest sibling Platys Gialos, a lively village and resort anchored by a beach of the same name, a sandy stretch bay lined with waterfront bars, taverns, and seafood restaurants, where you can yacht, parasail, and windsail. Enjoy a day with your family at the red beach of Xi and partake into a series of watersports adventures at the beach of Skala.
Let the sun lure you into the morning tranquility with an ice-coffee at Costa Costa in Lassi, Rumours in Argostoli, Seven at Lourda and Veto at Skala as you listen to the whispering summer breeze. The Classic Café, Polo, Bass Café and Rock Café in Argostoli offer the perfect place to chill to the sounds of contemporary music after a day of sightseeing. As the night begins to deepen the Bass Club of Argostoli, the Kastro Club of Fiscardo, the Zebra bar of Skala and Zanza bar of Poros will get you into the groove until the early morning hours.
Relish local delicacies at Sto. Psito, enjoy a barbeque meal at the Portside restaurant or the special Lobster dish at Captains restaurant in Argostoli, experience a sensual evening at Sirocco Restaurant in Scala Kefalonia and delight with mouthwatering Greek recipes at the seaside taverns of the scenic village of Fiscardo and home cooked meals at Platanos, Nefeli and Assos Taverna in Assos village.
Visit the patron saint of the island at the monastery of Agios Gerasimos, explore the intriguing geological formation of Drogarati Cave and swim to the idyllic setting of Melissani Cave, hike up to Mount Aenos to marvel the unique black firs of Kefalonia, let the day unfold at the waterfront village of Lixouri and feel the rhythm of the night in the central square of Argostoli.
Seafood, will be best to have in a peninsula as Kefalonia. With the sea a few minutes away, expect the restaurants to sere the freshest of dishes. Make sure to try the local Aliada dip, the famous Kreatopita (pie with meat and rice), the Bourbourelia soup, the Bouryetto dish, the Tsigari dish, the local Robola wine and the sweet Mandoles.
The Senses of Kefalonia, So Many Things to Enjoy
From side to side the island of Kefalonia is like a valley of pleasures for each sense to absorb. You can enjoy good food, get a waff of those good food as you enjoy nature and seawater, relax with the sounds of seawaves or music from the night, and just relax totally in experiencing the island life.
There are so many things to enjoy in Kefalonia, this article is a very short list to start with. But with this, we hope you get inspired and get ready to walk the valley and discover one by one the senses of Kefalonia.