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Head to the Greek island paradise of Kefalonia for your 2019 holiday, and you’ll find an island populated with idyllic beaches and charming villages. One of the most popular of the Ionian Islands and the biggest of the group, the island boasts a coastline of fine sand and turquoise sea, and is the perfect place to enjoy everything from a long lazy day on the beach to an adventure filled day exploring the island’s magical underground attractions. Factor in Kefalonia’s breathtaking scenery and landscapes, plus a whole host of cultural attractions and laid-back nightlife, and it becomes an ideal getaway for those looking for a stress free holiday.

The busiest and most well known beach on the island, Lassi’s stretch of coastline comes complete with beach bars and water sports. Couples will love the romantic views and relaxing ambiance. For a more secluded spot, head to the north of the island. The coves of Fiskardo offer a luxurious escape and a perfect place to enjoy a picnic, along with the views over the island’s iconic turquoise waters. Families will enjoy spending time exploring some of the quieter villages like Lourdas or Trapezaki, and are guaranteed a warm welcome in the locally owned tavernas. For a taste of café culture, Ionian style, a visit to Skala is a must. Its pavement cafés serve up delicious coffees and pastries – perfect for a break from exploring its four kilometres of shoreline. Skala’s friendly streets see visitors from every age group enjoying the sights and sounds of this coastal resort.

When you’ve finished discovering Kefalonia’s many hidden delights, hop on a boat to explore the coastline, or island hop to the nearby locations of Lefkada and Zakynthos. With so many fantastic hotels on the island you may just choose to spend your days relaxing by the pool instead.

Top attractions

Top attractions

If you’re picturing unspoilt beaches with tranquil, turquoise waters when you imagine a Kefalonia holiday, you’re in luck. That’s just what you’ll find, plus a multitude of things to do, if you can tear yourself away from any one of the 40 beaches you can sunbathe on during your stay, that is. From horse riding through the countryside to diving below the waves to discover Kefalonia’s diverse marine life, there’s an activity every holidaymaker can enjoy. Explore the otherworldly underground caves and lakes, or take in the island’s history and stunning scenery. It’s Kefalonia’s beauty that made it the setting for famous Hollywood blockbuster and these locations plus many more hidden gems are ripe for exploring. Immerse yourself in Greek island life in the bustling town of Argostoli or take a more laid-back stroll through the charming village of Sami – both have phenomenal food and stunning sights to see.

Beaches

Beaches

However you like your slice of sun, sea and sand served, you can find it on a Kefalonia holiday. White, soft sands or pebbles? Crowded beaches full of bustling holidaymakers, or secluded coves? Whichever you choose, the waters lapping at the shore will always be magical, tempting and warm, inviting you to take a dip, paddle with the little ones or take the plunge and go in search of adventure with your snorkel. For a unique beachscape that’s perfect for those all-important holiday selfies, head to Xi. The red sands here make for stunning pictures, and, most importantly, the beach slips gently into shallow waters – perfect for even the smallest beach visitors. For soft golden sands, plenty of facilities and more shallow waters, Skala beach is the quintessential coastline you image when you think of a beach holiday in the sun. Umbrellas, sun loungers and expanses of sand just waiting to welcome you while you enjoy the latest bestseller or sip a cocktail in the sun.

Eating out

Eating out

For traditional Greek food with an Ionian twist, a Kefalonia holiday delivers. On any Greek island holiday, a visit to one of the many psaro tavernas is a must. These restaurants specialise in seafood and serve up the freshest catches caught off the island’s shores. Other speciality restaurants on the island include Psistaria’s, which specialise in grilled meats and rotisserie chickens. Not forgetting the ouzeries that serve light snacks alongside the all-important ouzo. For meals with a stunning view, head to Lassi. Pick a spot where your dining table overlooks the beach to enjoy one of the island’s simplest pleasures – the sunset. During your stay, be sure to sample some of the local wines. Grapes have been cultivated on the Greek islands for over 5,000 years and Kefalonia’s wines can compete with some of the best vineyards the world over.

Nightlife

Nightlife

A holiday to the Greek island of Kefalonia is all about rest and relaxation. The infectious laid-back vibe permeates everything on the island, including the nightlife. Long leisurely meals in a taverna, beachside evenings with chic cocktails and moonlit strolls on the sand are the jewel in this island’s chilled out crown. That said, there’s a party somewhere on the island for anyone wanting to kick off their shoes and dance ’til the sun comes up. During the summer months, beach parties hit the shores on some of the island’s most famous stretches of coast. For thumping beats and neon lights, the best club on the island is in Argostoli. Bass Club plays Greek chart toppers, along with some more international flavours, to keep the party going all night long. For a more quirky venue in Argostoli, head to the Cinema Music Club. An old cinema, complete with all the old fittings and projector, this club offers a slightly more laid-back vibe for partygoers wanting a change of scene.

Families

Families

With almost 40 beaches to choose from on the island, a Kefalonia holiday guarantees some serious sandcastle building options. Skala Beach and Kaminia Beach are great spots if you want to avoid the crowds. Their gorgeous beaches have clear and shallow waters, perfect for paddling little ones or adventurous youngsters looking to swim or snorkel. Nature lovers will want to head to Argostoli Bay to see if they can spot loggerhead turtles. The best time to catch them is early morning as they’re looking for a free meal from the daily catch being hauled ashore. Ignite eager young minds with a trip underground. The sparkling blue waters of the underground lake at Melissani Lake or the craggy stalactites in the Drogarati Caves are the stuff of fairytales. With water sports, glass bottomed boat rides, horse riding, biking and trekking into the countryside all on offer – plus so much more – a Kefalonia holiday is jam-packed with fun activities for everyone in the family.

Couples

Couples

For a true taste of Greek island paradise, a Kefalonia holiday is a must. From the picture perfect sands of Myrtos Beach, with its inviting white coastline and clear turquoise seas to the rugged countryside further inland, this island is full of secluded spots to enjoy together as a couple. Sami’s Antisamos Beach is excellent for snorkelling or just lazing on the sands together to top up that all-important tan. Then stroll around the small harbour in Assos south of Fiskardo. The stunning views and the two charming tavernas are just the place to enjoy a spot of small-town Greek hospitality the islands are renowned for. For a truly romantic day at the beach, head to Platia Ammos Beach in Lixouri. The secluded coves come complete with stunning sunsets and are among the most beautiful beaches in all of Kefalonia.

Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

With the whole island to call your adventure playground, a holiday to Kefalonia comes with a huge range of exciting options when it comes to sports and experiences. If it’s water sports you’re after, Makris Gialos Beach is the place to be. Crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling, and sea kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline. It you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, but still with a side order of excitement, take a cruise to a neighbouring island or explore the seas with a glass bottom boat trip. See a whole new side to Kefalonia by heading underground in the Drogorati Caves near Sami, or enjoy the view from horseback on a trot through the mountain trails. One of the best days out for thrill seekers is a day’s canyoning. Guided tours take you to the best spots and ensure everyone has a day full of adventure, gorgeous scenery and challenging moments to keep you on your toes.

Culture

Culture

A Kefalonian holiday places you at the heart of the setting for the famous story of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Fans of the film who remember the picturesque scenery and historical sites can visit these popular Kefalonia attractions and reminisce, while newcomers can take it all in for the first time. Using the village of Sami and Myrtos Beach as its main settings, these are unspoilt villages that are in keeping with Kefalonia’s past. A wander through their streets takes you back in time, and they’re a great place to enjoy some peace and tranquility. Another pin on the map you’ll definitely want to visit is the former capital of Kefalonia, Argostoli. Home to an imposing Venetian castle, its streets are paved with traditional houses and old Byzantine churches. Also home to two of the island’s most fascinating museums a splendid botanical garden, Argostoli is a day out full of cultural delights to enjoy.