Kefalonia, also spelled Cephalonia and Kefallinia, is the largest of the Greek Ionian islands and one of the country’s most captivating destinations. Despite being the setting for Louis de Bernières’ popular Captian Corelli’s Mandolin and the film adaptation, this beautiful island remains untouched by mass tourism. Without a doubt, the island’s principal draw is its collection of pristine beaches. If you tire of the beach, the island has a number of quaint villages and natural landmarks to explore such as Melissani Cave and Drogarai Cave.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Kefalonia is in the early autumn between September and October. This is because the weather is still nice and warm, but the island is less busy. May is another fantastic time to visit Kefalonia, during this month the sea is warm enough for swimming and the island is in bloom. However, the nights are a little bit cooler.
Despite not being touched by mass tourism, Kefalonia has a varied selection of accommodation. In particular, Kefalonia has an abundance of self-catering apartment. Much of the best accommodation in Kefalonia is concentrated around the island’s capital, Argostoli.
What to Do in Kefalonia
Kefalonia is fringed by a collection of beautiful beaches, the most beautiful being Myrtos Bay which is situated on the west of the island. Other popular beaches on the island include Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos which are near to the popular Lassi resort. These beaches have good facilities and offer a range of activities including water-skiing, banana boats and jet skiing.
Kefalonia’s most important landmark is the Assos Castle in Patricata. The castle is not only one of the largest in Greece but it is also listed as a European Heritage Site. You can easily spend half a day exploring the castle before heading to the nearby Myrtos Beach.
Located 2.5km away from Sami, the Melissani Cave is one of Kefalonia’s most unique attractions. The lake was discovered after the 1953 earthquake and is intense blue in colour. Getting a boat ride around the lake is great fun and it gives you the opportunity to view the interesting geological formations close up. The best time to view the lake is 2pm in the afternoon.
The Drogarai Cave is another one of Kefalonia’s interesting geological features. This enormous cave is more than 2 million years old and is full of stalactites and stalactites. In addition, the cave hosts concerts and events throughout the year.