What's the weather like in Kefalonia in November
November on the Ionian island of Kefalonia is cooler than previous months of September and October with much higher rainfall. It is also the end of the tourist season and most hotels and restaurants will now have closed for the winter.
The average temperature on this Greek island is 14°C, reaching a high of 17°C, but it drops down to around 9°C in the evenings. It's best to visit early in November, as temperatures fall by an average of 4°C over the course of the month. The hottest temperature on record in early November is 28°C, while the lowest recorded for the month is a chilly 5°C, so temperatures can vary enormously.
There are only seven hours of average daily sunshine and November is very wet, with an average monthly rainfall of 100mm over 10 days. It's officially the 'wet season', with some of the highest rainfall of the year on the island. You'll have around a one in three chance of experiencing rain each day during this month, which is usually a light shower, thunderstorms or moderate rain. Skies will be partly cloudy throughout the month. Typical winds will be a calm or moderate breeze, easing slightly as the month progresses.
The average sea temperature is around 20°C, so the water is warm enough to swim in however due to high winds and unpredictable weather changes, this is not advisable. Make sure to check the local weather report before planning any activities in Kefalonia in the month of November. Boat travel is severely limited due to the unpredictable weather and any planned trips are subject to cancellation.
Kefalonia Hotels in November
The Limanaki Hotel in the southwest town of Lassi has a tranquil and friendly atmosphere. Its spacious and airy rooms are classically designed and can accommodate two adults and a child, or four guests by special arrangement. Room service is available. Views from the hotel include the onsite flower gardens, the Ionian Sea and some of the island's most stunning sunsets. The staff here will be happy to organise trips around the many sights of the island.
There's an outdoor pool with fresh water and hydro-massage area, deckchairs and umbrellas and a childrens pool and playground, plus there is also easy access to the beach. Disabled guests are well accommodated for, with ramps and rails installed in the common areas. There is also free WiFi and parking available for guests. The hotel organises daily and nightly activities around the pool, with theme nights and social events and they are also able to host weddings, christenings and receptions.
Hotel Summery in Lixouri is a family run seafront property with beautiful sea views, expanded gardens and a convenient location. This affordable accommodation is a great place to chill out or use as a base to explore the island's many attractions. There are double, triple and quadruple rooms available, which can accommodate families of three or four and the town or sea views are delightful. Take a dip in the onsite swimming pool or stroll through the attractive gardens.
There's a guest sitting room with a TV and free WiFi access in all areas. Breakfast is served daily and there's a bar and barbecue for a sociable meal. This property provides wheelchair access for disabled guests. Families can also benefit from the babysitting service. Each room has a balcony, telephone, TV, safe box, bathroom with shower, a hair dryer, refrigerator and a baby cot on request. Leisure activities on site include basketball, table tennis and a children's playground.
Bars and Restaurants
Tassia Restaurant on the harbour front at Fiskardo enjoys views across to the neighbouring island of Ithaca. This family run restaurant combines the owners' Greek hospitality with their passion for healthy good food. All of the dishes here are home cooked using fresh local ingredients, including olive oil, meat, fish, eggs, cheese and vegetables grown in their garden. The menu includes a wide variety of appetisers and main courses, including vegetarian dishes, a children's menu and a tempting selection of traditional Greek desserts.
The Blue Sky
The Blue Sky Restaurant in Lassi has a pergola and a garden, where the friendly staff serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The experienced chefs use carefully selected ingredients to create a wide variety of Greek and international dishes, including Kefalonian meat pie and a chicken fillet known as Blue Sky Wonderful. The restaurant hosts live music every Tuesday and Saturday.
Things to do in Kefalonia in November
There are still some attractions open on the island in November, including the remains of a Roman Villa at the edge of Skala village. Here you can find some very well-preserved mosaic floors, as well as artefacts on display from excavations of the site. This 2nd century villa belonged to a wealthy Roman and was accidentally discovered in 1944 by the owner of the land. The floor's dramatic mosaics depict an altar with a sacrificial bull about to be killed, and the god Envy being attacked and eaten by four wild animals. During the early Christian times, a church was constructed over part of the villa. The roman villa was probably destroyed by fire in the 4th century and the church was consumed by fire in the 10th century. Six rooms of the villa are preserved, including an ante chamber, three main rooms, a smaller room and an open courtyard.
Archaeological Museum of Argostoli
Located in the capital city, the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli displays a selection of Roman and prehistoric items, including a conical cup dating from the 12th century BC. The museum's three halls showcase exhibits from the Palaeolithic period to beyond the Roman period. The artefacts are taken from excavations across Kefalonia, from locations including Sami, Fiskardo, the Drakaina and Diakata caves, Poros, Skala and cemeteries in Kokolata and Metaxata. Come and satisfy your history cravings and see its exhibitions displaying flint tools from the Paleolithic period, pottery from the Middle Helladic period, gold coins from the Mycenaean era, bronze swords and an Egyptian scarab. The current building was founded in 1957, replacing the old building, which was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1953.
Katavothres is a rare natural phenomenon, where the sea water get into crannies and following the underground route, they reach Melissani Cave, Sami and Agia Efimia, 15 km away. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Kefalonia.