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The largest and most mountainous of the seven Ionian Islands and boasting the highest peak, Mount Enos, Kefalonia is known for its delightful bays and beaches, and pine covered slopes, and of course it was made internationally famous as the film setting for Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
In 1953 Kefalonia suffered a massive earthquake, but thanks to donations from thousands of Kefalonians who lived abroad, most towns and villages have been sympathetically reconstructed.
Kefalonia's capital town Argostoli, rebuilt in after the 1953 earthquake, boasts a British-built pedestrian bridge across the lagoon and trendy cafes and smart shops on the relatively elegant Lithostroto. A Museum of History and Folklore depicts interesting scenes of the capital before and after the earthquake. Kefalonia’s greatest assets, however, are its beautiful coves, bays and beaches. On the west coast, the perfect horseshoe harbour of Assos provides great swimming, better perhaps than the more famous Myrtos beach which, although extraordinarily beautiful, is coarse-pebbled and dangerous if the surf is up. With calmer waters and smaller pebbles, Agia Efimia is a fishing village on the east coast, and between it and the more functional port of Sami, lies the Melissani cave which contains an underground lake partially open to the sky. Nearby, the cave of Drongarati offers multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites, and is the occasional venue for concerts. On the southern tip of the island the busy resort of Skala with its superb sand and gravel beach fringed by pines boasts some extensive mosaic flooring in a free to enter Roman villa.
On the southwest corner Katelios at the western end of Mounda Bay is loved by Argostolian's and tourists alike for its fantastic seafood, tiny harbour and the sandy beach backed by flat fertile plains. Svoronata, 3km south of Lassi, is only minutes from the airport, but is peaceful and scenic with olive groves and fields full of wild flowers.
Kefalonia is a delightful island to visit with its glorious beaches and interesting history, fantastic caves and friendly locals, thyme scented honey and local specialities of seafood and riganata (feta cheese mixed with bread, oil and oregano), plus there’s easy ferry access from Sami to the island of Ithaka, ancient home of Homeric hero, Odysseus, and if you like to enjoy a twin centre holiday, Zante (Zakynthos) is easily reached by ferry from Pesada on the southwest coast.
We sell a wide range of holidays to Kefalonia so why not pop in to one of our branches or, call us on 01625 855855 as we'd be delighted to help you.
Kefalonia enjoys sunny days and a warm year round Mediterranean climate. The summer months enjoy particularly hot temperatures whilst the winter months are much milder.
Getting to Kefalonia is simple with many major airlines, including some "low cost" airlines, flying in from a number of regions across the UK and Ireland.
Car Hire is the most popular way of exploring this large island and is widely available.
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