Types of Holidays
Located in Greece, Kefalonia has abundant beaches, is quite close to the UK and has many diverse holiday locations. Enjoying typical mild Mediterranean weather, Kefalonia is a great destination at any time of year.
Best Time to Go
The temperatures in Kefalonia are enjoyable all year long, with warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature between November and April is around 13°C and the hottest temperature tends to be September where it averages 28°C.
Rainfall can vary throughout the year, but the average annual amount is three times higher than the Aegean Islands. November is by far the wettest month, with an average of 90mm rain, dropping consistently as the months pass by, from 45mm in March to 20mm in May and 0mm in June, then gradually rising again. November and December can average between 15 and 17 rainy days in the month, while the summer months are considerably less.
From a weather point of view then, the best time to visit Kefalonia is during the summer, but from a tourist perspective of crowds and local costs, it could be more enjoyable to visit outside of the peak months.
Sights to See
Aside from the abundant beaches, Kefalonia has excellent ways to spend relaxing days. The Mount Ainos National Park is a perfect way to spend a day. Situated in the mountain foothills, there are countless wild flowers in the early summer and higher up are fragrant fir forests, where the island’s shipbuilding trade once took place. There are wild horses roaming in the area, and if you drive to the top of the 1620 metre summit you will be treated to stunning views of the coastline.
The harbour town of Fiskardo is one of the prettiest sights and charming places in Kefalonia. The 18-century houses cluster the harbour and it is brimming with yachts and brightly coloured fishing boats. There are also tavernas on the waterside, which offer a perfect place to pass the time. In the town are also shops and boutiques, winding alleyways, Roman and Norman ruins and a museum.
One of the most popular activities in Kefalonia is bird watching, thanks to its wild countryside and coastline. There are many resident species such as warblers and bunting, as well as many migratory birds.
Kayaking is another local favourite, and Monte Nero Activities runs excursions that cater to all abilities, from novice to advanced. A particularly popular excursion is the seven-hour trip from Agios Kiriaki Bay, which takes guests through sea caves and deserted coves and provides views of the open sea. There is even the possibility of glimpsing the Mediterranean monk seals, which is one of the six most endangered mammals in the world.
Kefalonia has a number of beaches and most have been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness. Myrtos is probably the most famous and impressive not just in Kefalonia but along the Mediterranean Sea in general. It is the beach most commonly used in pictures and postcards of Kefalonian beaches, and it’s no surprise given its white sand, turquoise water and steep cliff backdrop.
Antisamos is another beautiful beach, surrounded by gorgeous greenery. This was the beach where scenes from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed.
Lourdas beach is a calm beach, complete with sunbeds and umbrellas, making it ideal for families or those seeking a quiet afternoon.
Xi is another popular beach in Kefalonia. It is a very large beach and also has umbrellas and sunbeds. It is perfect for tanning, swimming or trying your hand at some water sports.
Although Kefalonia may not be particularly famous for its nightlife, it has many clubs and bars providing ample opportunity for drinking and dancing on any night of the week. Bass Club is one of the entertainment hubs of Kefalonia; a café by day, it becomes a club at midnight and plays nonstop dance music.
Kastro Club is essential to visit if you’re on a night out in Kefalonia. The club is inside a stone building, which provides a distinctive and uniquely atmospheric environment that has to be experienced.
For a quieter night out, the island has many bars. Captains was the first bar in the area, first opening in 1987, and is well known for good hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere.
Stavento is situated on the beachfront in Argostoli, providing an amazing view of the sea during the daytime and evening.
One of the most luxury hotels in Kefalonia is the Odyssey Hotel, which is centrally located to be within easy reach of the beaches and sights. The hotel boasts 22 rooms with private balconies, a sitting area, and a luxurious bathroom with hydro-massage jets.
Each room is named and decorated in a unique style, taking inspiration from different characters from the poem The Odyssey. Each room also has a flat screen television and high-speed Internet, as well as air conditioning, electronic blackout curtains and a large closet. The hotel’s facilities include a spa and fitness centre, and a restaurant and bar.Villa Daphni is another excellent choice of accommodation; situated in Pylaros valley it has an abundance of natural beauty. The villa rooms offer sea view rooms with air conditioning and satellite television, as well as kitchen facilities including a dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, stove, and a washing machine, swimming pool with panoramic views of Kefalonia, a barbeque and Internet access.
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