What's the weather like in Kefalonia in March?
March is still the winter season on the Greek island of Kefalonia, so many of the larger hotels remain closed and often businesses such as restaurants will also still be shut. The average temperature in March is slightly higher than preceding months at 12°C, reaching a daytime high of 14°C, but still dipping down at night to a cool 6°C.
Temperatures in Kefalonia can vary enormously in March. The lowest recorded temperature on this Ionian island at this time of year is 2°C. However, daytime temperatures have been known to hit 23°C, which rivals the summer months of July and August. The average daytime temperature in March generally increases a degree or two as the month proceeds. If the sun shines during the day then you may want to remove some layers, but warmer clothes are the most sensible option most of the time. Check the local weather report before you arrive to decide what clothes to bring when you travel.
A waterproof jacket would be a good idea to bring as you may get caught in a shower. March is slightly dryer than previous months, with an average monthly rainfall of 45mm over around 10 days. You are likely to experience thunderstorms or light to moderate rain showers in around one in three days, but the chance of rain decreases over the month. Skies during March are usually partly cloudy or overcast, but the average daily sunshine hours rises to eight hours a day. Winds speeds are typically calm to moderate breezes.
The sea temperature stays steady at 15°C so too cold for water sports but after this month it will start to heat up slightly again as summer approaches.
Hotels in Kefalonia in March
The Emelisse Hotel sits in Fiskardo's Emblissi Bay and is the perfect resort if you're looking for the ultimate in tranquillity and luxury. The views from the pools, bars and outdoor restaurants are a showcase of this island's natural beauty. There are plush sofas and gentle lighting outside so you can wrap up, sit back to watch the sunset and the stars start to shine. The hotel is styled throughout in minimalist décor, using natural materials in earth tones. As well as three swimming pools, including one for adults only and one for kids, there is an array of leisure amenities at your disposal. Take advantage of the tennis court, pool table, state-of-the-art gym, outdoor cinema and free bicycles, or indulge in the onsite spa.
If you're feeling adventurous, the hotel's staff are happy to organise other activities including scuba diving, self-drive boat rental, hiking, canyoning, caving, kayaking and horse riding. There are two bars and two restaurants offering a high quality menu of meals. The accommodation options range from double rooms to maisonettes and executive suites. Each air conditioned room comes with bespoke teak wood furniture, a TV, DVD / CD player, iPod docking station, phone, mini bar, espresso coffee machine, safe box, hair dryer and complimentary cosmetics, with the aim of giving guests the ideal home from home experience during your stay on Kefalonia.
For a cosier and more secluded affair try Villa Romanza, located between the village of Old Skala and the popular resort of Skala. This modern, two bedroomed villa is nestled in a countryside setting with stunning views over the Ionian sea to the island of Zakynthos. Contemporary architecture is combined with bold colours and natural materials such as wood, wrought iron and warm fabrics, for a comfortable and romantic setting. The spacious open-plan lounge and dining area offers the ultimate in relaxed convenience with a TV, music system, DVD player and free WiFi access and air conditioning throughout. There's a kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and even an American style fridge/freezer with integrated ice maker. These areas lead out via wide patio doors leading to a vast south facing sun terrace, where you can enjoy a meal prepared on the onsite barbecue.
You also won't be able to resist taking a dip in your very own infinity-edged swimming pool with hydro massage jets. There's a master double bedroom with a 4-poster bed, en suite bathroom and two private balconies. The twin bedroom is also en suite and has doors leading straight out to the pool terrace. Beaches, tavernas and the nightlife of Skala are just a short taxi ride or drive away, meaning you have the best of both worlds in this secluded spot.
Bars and Restaurants
The Diana restaurant in Argostoli harbour has been operating for over twenty years. It is best known for its traditional Greek cuisine, including stifado and moussaka, though its local island specialities are also well regarded. Try the octopus in vinegar, the stuffed mushrooms or the hearty Kefalonian meat pie. There's a good selection of local wines to accompany your meal. The restaurant's warm and friendly atmosphere is complimented by excellent service. There's even a small play area for children with slides and swings, making it a great destination for families. In the evenings, there are occasionally live Greek music performances here to entertain you as you savour your meal.
Oskars restaurant also provides a family friendly atmosphere. It is located on the scenic Fanari route in Lassi. The restaurant's chefs aim to satisfy all tastes with a menu offering everything from soups to appetizers, steaks, fresh fish, salads and traditional Kefalonian recipes, all made from fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. There is also a children's menu and vegetarian menu available. Those with a sweet tooth will want to sample the homemade desserts and ice cream, while wine lovers will be kept happy with the restaurant's menu of high quality local wines. Come here for the traditional Kefalonian Greek nights with dancing and feasting, held several times a week.
Things to do in Kefalonia in March
The Koutavos Lagoon
The Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli Bay is a scenic nature reserve for local wildlife, including the Caretta Caretta turtle and a number of waterfowl species. Cycle or stroll along the path around the lagoon from the harbour front, across to the town's park with forests of eucalyptus and pine trees. Once a mosquito-infested swamp, the lagoon was created following the construction of the Drepano Bridge in 1813 to improve access to Argostoli from the villages across the bay. A small islet sits in the centre of the lagoon, which serves as a private nesting and feeding ground for waterfowl.
The Korgialeneios Museum in Argostoli is a centre for history and folklore in Kefalonia, housed on the ground floor of the Korgialenios Library. It collects and studies data from the 16th century Venetian period and up until the earthquakes of 1953, which destroyed many elements of Kefalonian culture. There's a permanent exhibition divided into sections detailing urban and rural development, ecclesiastical art and city plans. Exhibited separately is a collection of Byzantine icons. In the museum you'll find fascinating historical documents, artworks, household ware, embroidery and daily farm utensils and a reconstructed bedroom. Comprehensive photographic records reveal what Kefalonia looked like before the earthquakes.