What's the weather like in Kefalonia in February?
February on the Greek and Ionian Island of Kefalonia remains fairly cool but there is slightly less rain to worry about than in January. Many hotels and restaurants on the island remain closed as it is the winter season. However, the accommodation that remains open will usually reduce their prices and if you book far enough in advance you could potentially get a very good deal.
The average temperature in February is 10°C with highs and lows similar to that of January, with daytime temperatures only reaching a of 12°C and dipping down to 5°C after the sun sets. The lowest recorded February temperature is 7°C, while the record daytime high is a balmy 20°C, though temperatures this high are unusual. The last week of the month may be a little warmer by a degree or so. It would be best to bring only warmer clothes along on your trip, such as trousers, long sleeved tops and coats.
A waterproof jacket and an umbrella would also be necessary due to the high risk of rain in Kefalonia. As the weather can be quite changeable, check the local weather report before you travel. There is slightly less rain than in January, with an average monthly rainfall of 55mm over 11 days. The chance of some form of precipitation occurring is 38% of days, remaining steady over the course of the month, with thunderstorms and moderate to light rain showers most likely. Skies are partly cloudy or overcast throughout the month and wind speeds are typically just calm to moderate breezes.
Sunshine hours in February rise to seven hours a day and they are set to keep rising each month until July. The average sea temperature is only around 15°C. It's at its coldest of the year, along with March, so certainly not the best time of year to come if you're hoping to do some swimming or water sports.
Hotels in Kefalonia in February
The Melidron in Skala is a family-run property surrounded palm trees and with sweeping views of the countryside and mountains. It's a sociable resort as guests gather for regular barbecue and Greek themed nights of music and dancing.
There's an infinity pool with enviable views of the ocean and mountains and a pool bar, or for beach lovers, the sand and waves are only a two minute walk away. The well-loved town of Skala is under 10 minutes' walk away. The food at this resort is highly regarded, as the onsite restaurant serves home-cooked, traditional Greek cuisine. If you and your party wish to dine in style, staff can set up a spot lit table by the pool, accompanied by music.
This chic resort also has attractive gardens for lounging in. Children will enjoy having fun and making friends in the playground, while adults can grab a new read at the book-swap library. The standard air conditioned guest rooms here can sleep up to three people. Decorated in a light palette, they come with a TV and a private balcony or terrace. Larger groups can choose a family room which sleeps up to four guests, with a separate twin bedroom and a sofa-bed in the lounge area.
The Trapezaki Bay Hotel
The Trapezaki Bay Hotel is a highly recommended adults-only boutique resort located high on a hill in Trapezaki, boasting impressive views across the Ionian Sea and a peaceful ambiance. Guests are treated to impeccable service in this relaxed setting. Swim in the freshwater swimming pool or lay back in the Jacuzzi as you sip a drink from the pool bar. The a la carte lunch and dinner menu includes gluten free options or stay in your room and take advantage of the room service.
There is a range of opulently furnished rooms across two floors and they can be made up as a double or twin room to your preference. All benefit from the property's splendid views. Close to the popular resort of Lourdas, the village of Trapezaki is largely residential but there are shops and supermarkets nearby, as well as tavernas for a traditional Greek meal out. Grab a complimentary beach towel as you head ten minutes downhill to Trapezaki Beach or take a longer walk 20 minutes to St. Thomas Beach or 45 minutes to Lourdas Beach for a tranquil moment to unwind and take in the island's beautiful surroundings.
Bars and Restaurants
The Aquarius Restaurant
The Aquarius Restaurant in Skala is popular with both tourists and locals. Located close to the town's main square it serves top quality Mediterranean cuisine from an extensive menu, which can also be home delivered. The friendly and attentive service combined with the chic yet laid back ambiance of this restaurant makes it an attractive venue for a memorable evening out, whether you are celebrating a special occasion with family or friends or simply enjoying a romantic dinner for two.
Taverna Avithos Preview
Located in Svoronata in the south-west of the island, the Taverna Avithos Preview restaurant overlooks the beautiful beach of Avithos. Ideal for an affordable and enjoyable meal out, the owners Panos and his mother Angela serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring delicious and authentic Greek cuisine, as well as a snack menu. Come to this restaurant for the fresh fish and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at this friendly taverna.
Things to do in Kefalonia in February
If you are interested in the social history of Kefalonia, why not pay a visit to the Fiscardo Museum. Located on the quayside in the laid back town of Fiscardo, it exhibits an interesting collection of implements, artefacts and old photographs showing life here over the years. Learn how electricity did not arrive on the island until 1974 and how islanders survived before then in this isolated agricultural environment. Entrance to the museum includes a complimentary bar of handmade olive soap as a souvenir of your visit.
Kefalonia Natural History Museum
Flora and fauna fans should head to Davgata, three miles north of Argostoli, for the award-winning Kefalonia Natural History Museum. This small museum's aim is to preserve and showcase the environmental and ecological significance of the two islands. One of the building's rooms is dedicated to the nearby Mount Ainos, one of Greece's ten protected natural reserves. Many of the museum's exhibits are collected from its slopes, dating from the period when Kefalonia and Ithaca first emerged from the sea. A separate room exhibits Kefalonia's plants and wildlife, while another traces the human story across prehistoric and ancient times. Next to the museum is the Centre of Environmental Education, which houses a large collection of shells from around the world and has a room dedicated to dinosaurs. Seminars, performances and educational programs are regularly hosted here.