kefalonia Weather October Averages, Greece
What's the weather like in Kefalonia in October
October on Kefalonia in Greece is slightly cooler and wetter than the summer months of July and August, but it is an ideal time to visit if you want a quieter, milder holiday. The average temperature is 18°C. This Ionian island still reaches a respectable high of 21°C in the daytime and only drops to around 13°C in the evenings.
This means that light clothing such as t-shirts and shorts are fine for day wear. You may want to consider long sleeved tops or perhaps a lightweight jacket for the evenings. It would be best to check the local weather report before you travel so you can pack appropriately.
The hottest daytime temperature on record for October is a toasty 31°C, while the lowest is 8°C at night-time, though this is unusually low for the month. Temperatures usually fall 2°C to 3°C over the course of the month. Sea temperatures remain balmy at 23°C during October, so you can still swim and try your hand at some water sports!
There are around eight hours of average daily sunshine but October can be quite rainy, with average monthly rainfall being 70mm over eight days. The probability of rain varies through the month, generally peaking around the 20th October. It is likely to occur in 23% to 31% days on average. Light rain is the most common kind of rain this month, followed by thunderstorms. Skies are partly cloudy, increasing as the month goes on. Wind speeds are likely to be no more than a moderate breeze and will ease up as the month progresses.
Towards the end of the month, some hotels and restaurants begin to close and some travel services also begin to be scaled back. As the winds start to increase, boat travel between various islands can also become more difficult.
Kefalonia Hotels in October
The Lovides Village
The Lovides Village hotel is set among olive groves in Lourdata, just outside Argostoli. It is walking distance from Lourdas beach, with its many taverns and bars. With 12 buildings on four acres of land, guests will enjoy the tranquil environment with seats provided to relax among the pretty flowered gardens.
The property's affordable and comfortable rooms are each air conditioned with a private bathroom and shower, a kitchenette and a private balcony with beautiful views of the Ionian Sea or Mount Ainos. There's outdoor swimming pool to enjoy a dip, with a pool-side bar, a sociable barbecue area and complimentary sun beds on the sun terrace to top up your tan. The staff at this hotel can help you arrange activities including hiking in the stunning local countryside.
The award winning Palatino Hotel offers breath-taking views from its position on the top of a small hill, just five minutes' walk from the amenities of Lixouri. Close to some of the island's best known beaches, including Lepeda, Xi, Petanoi, Plateia, Ammos, Porto Atheras and Myrtos, the hotel provides a shuttle bus service to the beautiful nearby sandy beach of Lepeda. Offering guests a warm welcome, this property serves top quality food and drinks as you relax.
Each of its chic, air conditioned rooms has WiFi access, a TV, telephone, a safety deposit box, en suite bathroom, fridge and a private balcony with a sea or mountain view. There are also family apartments available with a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchenette. A buffet breakfast is served daily and there's a cocktail bar for evening drinks. In the grounds there is a swimming pool with a poolside bar-restaurant, a dedicated children's pool, vast private gardens and a large olive-tree garden. Parking is available for guests. The hotel regularly hosts barbecues, local dances and other traditional events for a truly memorable holiday.
Kefalonia Beaches in October
Dafnoudi Beach situated by the fishing village of Fiscardo is a wonderful hidden gem of a bay, accessed via a path among tall cypress trees. A small cave provides some shade, but there are no facilities here so bringing a parasol and supplies is well recommended. The water is beautifully clear and blue, perfect for swimming.
The beaches along the popular area of Lassi are a mix between well facilitated, busy beaches, and less populated coves. The busier sections consist of white sand, shallow waters and a range of kiosks and bars. They also offer showers, changing rooms, toilets and close access to the nearby shops and restaurants.
If you're looking for a solitary beach that's off the beaten track, head to Vrachinari, a small but picturesque sand and pebble beach. It is a perfect place to relax as its remote location means it is not often visited so you may even get it to yourself. There is nothing much here except for crystal clear waters, lush green countryside and a few houses dotted on top of the neighbouring hills.
Spartia beach lies next to a traditional fishing village, enclosed by a steep limestone cliff known as Hatzoklis. As well as adding to the area's undeniable natural beauty, the cliff offers shelter from the sun and the strong winds. A wander around the beach will uncover a host of fascinating rocky enclaves and pools. There are also a couple of taverns towards the back of the beach.
Restaurants and Bars
One of the island's most popular restaurants, the highly recommended Portside Tavern in Argostoli is located just metres from the sea. As well as the salty sea air, you will enjoy a delicious menu including seafood, a large variety of coal grilled meats and locally grown vegetables. The pork souvlaki and beef stifado are fabulous and must be tried!
If you're staying in the area of Lixouri, make sure you check out Captain Nicolas restaurant. Here you will find an amazing floral terrace area overlooking the beautiful coastline. Authentic Greek dishes include homemade mousakka and stuffed squid, both highly recommended. If you fancy a light dessert, try the flavoursome Greek yogurt served with fresh fruit and exquisite local honey.
The well-known Zanza café bar is located on the beachfront of Poros, affording excellent views out to sea. Mostly frequented for its fine cocktails and pumping music, the bar also serves coffee and breakfast from 9am. In the evenings, while the bartender rustles up original cocktails, the DJ plays music from a range of genres. The bar also hosts special occasions and parties.
Things to do in Kefalonia in October
Built in 1534 AD on the site of the ancient city of Pali, Lixouri is the island's second largest village. Lying on the bay of Argostoli, it is popular with tourists thanks to its wide selection of waterfront restaurants and bars that attract a younger crowd. The main square, Plateia Petritsi, is surrounded by many old-fashioned cafés. Known for its rich cultural tradition, the village hosts one of Greece's oldest philharmonic schools and the locals are similarly steeped in music. Take a stroll around Lixouri and you'll find attractive old churches such as Pantokrator, an archaeological museum and neoclassical buildings.
Nine miles outside of Lixouri is the Kipouria Monastery built on the edge of a cliff 90 metres above the sea, with breath-taking views over the area. Situated near the village of Havdata, the monastery was founded in 1750 by the archbishop of Paxi and is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin. It has suffered over the years, once when it was attacked in error by a French ship and again during the earthquake that destroyed much of the island in 1953. A sole monk named Father Eusevios lives here and is dedicated to rebuilding the monastery buildings.