Kefalonia has a spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, utterly translucent sea, mountains thickly forested with cypress trees, traditional villages tumbling with a riot of flowers and a rich history combining Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian influences.
You may just want to relax in beautiful surroundings whilst on holiday in your Greek villa. However, Kefalonia offers a huge variety of delights to explore.
Pretty Good Beaches and Bays
There are numerous beautiful beaches on Kefalonia and below is just a small selection of beaches in the northern part of the island. Hiring a boat for a day through Regina's Boat Hire based in Fiskardo is a wonderful way to explore the coastline (please see Pretty Sporty section below):
One of the most stunning locations on Kefalonia. The atmospheric, sleepy harbour is lined with pretty bougainvillea-clad neo-classical houses. From the beautiful beach, a path winds up to a huge Venetian fortress. The views over the Ionian Sea are magnificent.
Scenes from 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' were filmed on this stunning beach
Foki is a small, beautiful inlet with a beach fringed by huge olive trees
A gem of a beach which is little known and is quiet even at the height of the summer. Excellent for snorkelling.
This small beach has white lava rock formations which have created natural salt pans. 'Alaties' in Greek means 'salt'. All beaches in the northern part of Kefalonia are excellent for snorkelling and this is no exception. There is also an excellent taverna right on the beach with fabulous views.
This lovely beach is accessed from the village of Antipata down a shaded path
Located near the Panorama Herodotos taverna to the west of Fiskardo, here there are beautiful, white, flat rocks for sunbathing
Lovely beach located near the Taverna Alexandros
Once a Venetian fishing village, Aghia Efimia has some lovely small, pebbly coves
Pretty Good Day Trips
One of the most picturesque fishing villages in Greece, Fiskardo is well worth a visit. The horse- shoe shaped harbour is lined with colourful neo-classical buildings with a dazzling array of Mediterranean plants and flowers. There are plenty of very nice cafes, tavernas, shops and bars to while away some hours.
Ithaka by boat
Ferry Boats and Day Cruisers leave Fiskardo, Agia Efimia and Sami headed for the Island of Ithaka. Ithaka was the home of Odysseus, who was responsible for the destruction of Troy. The island is a great destination for a day trip and the coves opposite Northern Kefalonia are well worth visting by boat. The harbours of Kioni and Frikes are especially beautiful and Kioni, in our opinion, rivals Fiskardo itself.
Ifigenia Express From Aghia Efimia and Fiskardo. Tickets can be bought from a local office in the harbour of Aghia Efimia and Fiskardo
Ikaros From Aghia Efimia.
Sami Star From Sami. This is a romantic, wooden caique cruise boat. Tickets from Sami harbour at the Blue Sea Shipping Office
Romantica From Fiskardo. This is a beautiful, small caique boat that visits Frikes and Kioni on Ithaka - two of the most beautiful locations on the island. Tickets from Fiskardo harbour
Cruises from Asos and Myrtos to local bays
Myrtos & Atheras Cruise. Captain Vasilis and his wife, Vasso, take guests on their traditional caique boat, the 'Alderhern' leaving from the sublime harbour of Asos to Myrtos and nearby bays. Tickets are available from outside Nirides Tavern, Asos.
Snorkelling with a marine biologist
Jamie Stirling at Fiskardo has a caique, the 'Ayia Kiriaki'. He is a marine biologist who takes guests out snorkelling and has a wealth of information on the subject. Tickets from Pama Travel, Fiskardo
Drogharati Cave, near Sami
The cave has incredible acoustics and many stalagtites. It is situated a few kilometres from the port of Sami
Melissani Cave, near Sami
Another fantastic cave with a cave lake. Boat rides can be taken to the inner cavern. The colours of the cave and the cobalt blue water are magnificent
Wild Horses of Mount Aenos
Mount Aenos is an area of outstanding natural beauty located in the southern part of the island. Fantastic for nature lovers and walkers, there are wild horses as well as wild goats, hares, foxes, hawks, eagles and an unusual variety of woodpecker. The views over the island are stupendous
Zakynthos by boat
There are two boats per day (March – October). The boat departs from Pessada on Kefalonia and from Agios Nikolaos on Zakynthos. The journey time is 70 minutes. If you are not on a coach tour, transport by car or moped is essential since neither port is served by local buses.
Ferries Zakynthos – Kefalonia 26950 23984 (Booking Office)
(Agios Nikolaos to Pesada) 28 Lomvardou Street, Zakynthos Town. several boats a day from Zakynthos Town’s main port to Kyllini on the Peloponnese mainland. The journey time is about 1 – 1 hours. Most of the major archaeological sites are found on the Peloponnese mainland including Olympia.
Ferries Zakynthos – Kyllini(Peloponnese) 26950 22083 / 41500 (Booking Office)
1 Lomvardou Street, Zakynthos Town
Kefalonia has a rich and varied heritage with Byzantine churches, beautiful frescoes, a Roman villa with wonderful mosaics, an acropolis, Cyclopean walls, a Venetian castle and many colourful neo-classical buildings as well as some unusual museums.
St George's Castle, Kastro
This hilltop village was for a time the ancient capital of Kefalonia. The Venetian fort of St George, with its ancient citadel wall is definitely worth visiting. The village of Kastro itself is very pretty with marvellous views over a fertile valley to the sea beyond.
History & Folklore Museum, Argostoli
Tel: 26710 28835
Byzantine Monastery of St Andrea
Tel: 26710 69700
Museum of Natural History, Davgata
Tel: 26710 84400
Owl & Hedgehog Museum, Spartia
Tel: 6938 813766
Roman Villa, Skala
If you manage to be lucky enough to find the site open, you will be able to see some very beautiful mosaic floors.
Pretty Greek Festivals
Throughout Greece, every island and place has its share of festivals. A religious ceremony is held in the local church followed by eating, drinking, dancing and fireworks until dawn. Kefalonia has its fair share of fun
Feast of the Virgin Mary, 15th August
Celebrated all over Greece, this ceremony is in honour of the Virgin Mary.
Feast of Agios Gerasimos, 16th & 20th October
The largest festival on Kefalonia is in honour of the patron saint of the island. The main celebration takes place at the 11th century Monastery of Our Lady Themata near Agia Efimia. After the religious ceremony, there is dancing, eating and drinking in the local square.
Feast of Panagia Atrou, 8th September
This feast is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and takes place at the 8th century Monastery of Panagia Atrou.
The bays of Kefalonia are fabulous for snorkelling and diving. The seas around Kefalonia are a haven for the caretta-caretta turtle and the rare monk seal.
Aquatic World Diving School, Agia Efimia
Owners are Kyriaos Papasotiriou and Gerasimos Sotirooulos.
Tel: 26740 62006
Fiskardo Nautical & Environmental Club
This is a non-profit/non-government organisation conducting environmental activities on Kefalonia including diving courses.
Tel: 26740 41182
Snorkelling with Jamie Stirling
Jamie Stirling is a marine biologist who takes guests out snorkelling on his traditional caique boat from Fiskardo. For tickets enquire at Pama Travel, Fiskardo.
Small motorboats can be hired from various harbours. They are very easy to manoeuvre and cost between Euro 50 - 80 per day:
Regina's Boat Hire, Fiskardo
Boats for hire to the left of the ferry boat jetty and 200m from the light house. Look for the yellow tent with ‘Regina’s Boat Hire’ written on it.
Assos Rent A Boat
Dimitris and Giorgos are the owners and can be found at the cafe 'Sea-Side' on the harbour front at Assos.
Tel: 6977 708342
Boulevard Boats, Agia Efimia
Situated in front of Hotel Boulevard in the harbour, boats can be hired from Johnny.
Yellow Boats, Agia Efimia
Situated at the large jetty of Agia Efimia, you can hire a boat or Yellow Boats will pilot a boat for you. (They also offer a water taxi service.)
Barzoukas Boat, Fiskardo
Boats for hire at the small jetty near 'Captain's Cabin' restaurant.
The countryside and mountains of Kefalonia provide a wonderful setting for horse riding and pony treking.
Bavarian Riding Stables, Koulourata
Contact Cornelia Schimpfsky on 6977 533203.
Pretty Delicious! Food and Drink
Kefalonia has many tavernas, restaurants and cafes as well as a number of vineyards that can be visited where the famous 'Robola' wines of Kefalonia can be tasted. All the tavernas and restaurants listed offer delicious food at reasonable prices.
Tavernas & Cafes
Taverna at Alaties Beach
Delicious fish and local dishes at this lovely taverna situated in one of the prettiest bays on the island. Great for a sunset meal.
Litrouvio Taverna, near Fiskardo
This taverna is situated on the road leading down to Fiskardo opposite the Russian church. Excellent home cooking and delicious home-made pizzas with friendly service.
To Pefko, near Fiskardo
Beautifully presented and mouth-wateringly delicious dishes at this little family-run taverna. It is situated on the road leading down to Fiskardo near the Litrouvio Taverna (also recommended). Friendly atmosphere, pretty flower-filled garden and small corner shop next door.
Sitauted to the back of the harbour, this taverna specialises in grilled food. The grilled chicken and souvlaki are particularly delicious and prices are reasonable.
Kastro Cafe, Kastro
Situated just below the Castle of St George in Kastro, this is more than an ordinary snack bar. Owners Nicky and Spiros create some delicious treats and the view is fabulous.
Memories Restaurant, Kastro
Also located in the picturesque hilltop village of Kastro, Memories offers delicious dishes and a friendly atmosphere.
O Makis, Vasilikos
Guests staying at Almond Tree House will be delighted that 'O Makis' is down the road serving local grilled meats, traditional salads and vegetarian options, and all available as take-away options.
Cafe Ektos, Vasilikos
Another good find at this small village with tasty snacks and drinks
Ly Enosis, Enosis
Also near Vasilikos, this restaurant is open only in the High Season serving delicious home-made pizza and pasta dishes
Panorama Herodotos Taverna, Emblissi
This excellent taverna is situated on the road above the beautiful Emblissi Beach
Taverna Alexandros, Divarata
A very good taverna on the road leading to the famous Myrtos Beach
Odysseus Taverna, Agia Jerousalim
Set in a large garden next to the quiet beach of Agia Jerousalim, this taverna is more like a private home. Excellent cooking and some unusual recipes from the owner who is a retired baker. Open during main season only.
Spiros Taverna, Agia Efimia
Delicious home-cooking and fresh fish at this harbour-side restaurant
Paradise Taverna, Agia Efimia
The locals love this taverna and rightly so. Great home-cooking as well as local fish, this taverna is situated along the harbour front
Finikas Taverna, Agia Efimia
All the dishes are delicious at this harbour-side taverna. We especially enjoyed their moussaka and kleftiko - two of Greece's traditional 'oven' dishes.
Steki Taverna, Agia Efimia
Situated in the harbour, this excellent fish taverna also offers some appetising local dishes.
Gialos Taverna, Agia Efimia
If you feel like a good old 'English Breakfast', then this is the place for you. Situated on the harbour front.
Mermaid Taverna, Sami
Excellent home-cooking and friendly service at this family-run taverna in Sami
Pretty Greek Shops
During the summer season, this boutique shop in Kastro has a stylish collection of artefacts, clothes, slippers, candles and other goodies
The harbour area is lined with many shops including a few excellent clothes shops
Airport of Kefalonia. Tel: 26710 41511 / 28808
KTEL Bus Depot. Tel: 26710 93200
Taxi. Tel: 26740 22308 (Sami)
Lixouri Hospital. Tel: 26710 92222
Argostoli Hospital. Tel: 26710 24641
Sami Hospital. Tel: 26740 22807
Police of Argostoli. Tel: 26710 22200
Port Police of Argostoli. Tel: 26710 22224
Fire Brigade. Tel: 26710 23312 / 23199