What's the weather like in Kefalonia in April?
Things get livelier in April on Kefalonia, as the seasonal hotels and restaurants begin to open up again. Temperatures are getting warmer, with an average of 15°C, and more tourists arrive on the island. The daytime temperature on this Ionian island in Greece rises to a high of around 17°C and in the evening goes down to around 9°C.
Record daytime temperatures here in April have reached a balmy high of 26°C and the relative humidity can vary from mild to very high humidity. The lowest April temperature on record is still a chilly 3°C, but conditions this cold are rare. Average daytime temperatures can increase as much as three or four degrees over the course of the month, especially over the last week.
The number of average daily sunshine hours is on the rise to a bright ten hours a day. With warmer temperatures during the day and greater amounts of sunshine, you might like to bring some lighter clothes like t-shirts and shorts, though do be prepared as the evenings are much chillier. There is still a fairly high risk of rain, so it would be advisable to pack a light jacket or waterproof mac. Make sure to check the local weather report for a better idea of what to bring before you make your trip.
While April is drier than previous months of February and March, there is still an average monthly rainfall of 30mm over ten days, so do expect some thunderstorms or light rain showers. On average the chance of rain is every one in three or four days, decreasing in the latter part of the month. Typical wind speeds are usually no more than a calm or moderate breeze. Skies are usually partly cloudy but will clear as the month progresses.
The average sea temperature is up slightly to 16°C, so if you are feeling brave you could try swimming however with the changeable weather this would not be advisable. It will start to heat up considerably next month as summer arrives.
Hotels in Kefalonia in April
Spartia Bay Cottage
If you're after a private getaway for two, the Spartia Bay Cottage, situated just outside the picturesque hamlet of Spartia, could be for you. Its peaceful and secluded location makes it perfect for a romantic holiday or even a naturist retreat as you enjoy its panoramic views over Spartia bay, the Ionian Sea and the surrounding countryside. After laying back and relaxing in these blissful surroundings, why not take a dip in the private infinity-edged swimming pool or rustle up a meal on its purpose built barbecue for an al fresco meal.
The traditionally furnished, air conditioned cottage benefits from large patio doors that let the light in and show off the view. The open plan lounge has a TV and music system and there's a dedicated dining area. The fully equipped kitchen has a dishwasher and there's also a washing machine in the property. The en suite bedroom's patio doors lead straight out to the furnished terrace and swimming pool at the front of the villa. The local amenities in Spartia include tavernas, a mini supermarket, a bakery and a couple of small shops, and there's a tranquil beach with rock platforms less than a mile away.
Greka Ionian Suites & Villa
The Greka Ionian Suites & Villa in the village of Aghia Efimia offers a modern holiday complex with excellent service. Comprising one villa, five suites and two studios, there is also an onsite swimming pool. The air conditioned studios have a king sized bed and a kitchen, equipped with a TV, CD / DVD player, telephone, a small refrigerator and a cooker top with two hot plates. There is a small shower room and a small balcony with a partial sea view. The suites have a balcony looking out over either the sea or the pool and accommodate up to five people. They are stylishly decorated with traditional furniture and fittings, with a king sized bedroom and plenty of storage space in built-in wardrobes. The spacious living room has a double sofa bed and a single bed, while the kitchen is fully equipped with an electric cooker, microwave, filter coffee maker and large fridge freezer. It is well stocked with cutlery, glasses, crockery and utensils. There is also a hair dryer and an iron, plus a telephone, CD / DVD player, TV and free WiFi access. The bathroom has a powerful shower and luxurious towelling bath robes are provided.
For the ultimate in decadence, the Grand Maisonette is a vast two floors offering spectacular views of the sea and the swimming pool. It consists of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a large fully equipped kitchen, large terraces and even a barbecue.
Bars and Restaurants
One of the oldest restaurants in Assos village, with stunning views of the castle, is Assos Restaurant. This small, family-run restaurant offers a laid back ambiance and all of the dishes are freshly prepared by the chef Anthoula, using carefully chosen ingredients. If you're a fan of hearty, home-style, reasonably priced food in large portions, then this is the place for you. Here you can traditional Greek and Kefalonian recipes, including the famous Kefalonian meat pie or rabbit in tomato and garlic sauce, as well as a large choice of local meat dishes, fresh fish, seafood, home-made pizza, vegetarian dishes and home-made traditional desserts. Don't miss the walnut pie with ice-cream.
Lorraines Magic Hill
The family friendly Lorraines Magic Hill restaurant, just above the beach in Lourdas, serves a large variety of traditional Greek and local dishes. There are also menus for children and vegetarian diners. You can enjoy a meal here while admiring the wonderful views across the sea and over to the island of Zakynthos. The restaurant's chef, Peter, has over 35 years of experience, while his wife Lorraine welcomes guests with an open smile and organises traditional Greek music and dancing nights. Their children also work in this business, making it a truly family affair.
Things to do in Kefalonia in April
Kefalonia isn't known for its nightlife, but if you're keen to dance the night away, the best place to head is the Bass Club, near the main square in Argostoli. With non-stop dance-music, both Greek and foreign, as well as guests, DJs and live music, everyone is ensured a fun night all year round. Other popular nightclubs on the island include Argostoli's Cinema Music Club and the four-level amphitheatre-shaped Kastro Club in Fiskardo village.
The island's largest castle, Assos Castle is 22 miles north of Argostoli. A European heritage site, this 16th century building is in fact one of the largest fortresses in Greece. With two thousand metres of stone walls and winding passages, it's a great place for adults and children to spend an afternoon exploring before heading down to Myrtos Beach to relax.