Visiting Kefalonia in Greece - Holiday and Beach Guides and Photos and ideas on things to do and places to visit while staying on the Island.
Situated in the beautiful Ionian Sea the somewhat unusually shaped and quite hilly Greek Island of Kefalonia offers holidaymakers miles of beaches to relax on - varying from pebble to sand depending on which part of the coast you visit. The island is quite well covered with lots of trees and foliage with only several of the higher parts of the island bare of growth
- in fact the highest point of Cefalonia is Mount Ainos (1628 metres) and even the top is mostly covered in trees.
The island is still on several of the holiday companies books (unlike many of the Greek Islands these days) so finding package holidays out to the island is one way of getting there - charter flights go most days from several U.K. airports and for instance from Gatwick the flight takes a little over 3 hours.
Kefalonia's airport is a quite small affair - when arriving there is a passport check but this takes
little time and you soon get through. The departures area has about enough room to seat two plane-loads of passengers. - there is somewhere to find snacks and food though prices are pretty expensive - you can also buy tobacco and alchohol at Departures.
Much of the island was devasted in an earthquake in 1953 with only the northern tip (Fiskardo area) escaping significant damage therefore most of the houses and buildings on the island have had to be rebuilt. This means there are few old houses, churches and monasteries on the island to look round as normally found
on Greek Islands.
Driving on Kefalonia and about car-hire.
Many of the tracks on the island have been tarmac'd with even some of the smallest beaches and coves having a hard surface to drive down too. However the roads are often quite narrow and nearly always full of really tight hair-pin bends so slow and easy is the way when driving on Kefalonia. The local islanders do seem to drive excessively fast and often quite carelessly on their roads (even by Greek standards) - with pick-up truck drivers the worst
offenders - as well as bus, coach and lorry drivers who tend to bully their way along even very narrow roads. Car hire is widely available on Kefalonia but for some reason the availability of smaller cars to hire can be somewhat difficult even before the main August holiday season gets underway. Normally when visiting a Greek Island the best deals for hiring a car can be done face to face i.e. when you get to the island however in the case of Kefalonia it might just be worth considering booking your car before travelling.
The Island still suffers from minor earthquakes which particuarly in the mountains and high hills can mean roads are closed because of slippage - because of the high hills this can mean considerable diversions become necessary often via very narrow local roads which are not always surfaced. Incidentally there are plenty of petrol-stations throughout the island - it is worth checking the prices though because the price per litre does vary considerably.
Kefalonia and accommodation - tavernas and shops i.e. supermarkets.
Obviously if taking a package tour then the accommodation is sorted out already for you - seems to be the case that much of the self-catering apartments and rooms are often as not situated quite high up the sides of hills - Lassi is typical of this. If you go for hotels then there are quite a few at Skala which are down close to the beach and there is a large hotel near one of the beaches at Lassi. Of course staying up in the hillsides has it's advantages and dis-advantages -
maybe a long and hot walk down too and significantly back UP to beaches and tavernas but lots of fresh air and beautiful views up in the rooms. There is a lot of accommodation available if you are arriving by ferry and therefore booking in somewhere yourself - certainly in June and early July you can drive around and take your pick on where to stay.
There are plenty of supermarkets around the main towns which are well-stocked - bread, fresh milk and most items you expect to find for sale at home all available - as with petrol the prices do vary somewhat so it's worth checking out who is the cheapest to go too. The Tavernas are pretty good - prices not too bad at all and quite varied menus - you usually do get served up a huge
platefull of well-cooked food - also the waiters and staff are typically very freindly and happy to have a chat and so on as is normal on Greek Islands.
Generally about the beaches on Kefalonia Island.
Starting from Skala and continuing pretty much up to the capital of Argostoli (i.e. clockwise) the beaches are a mix of fine pebble and mostly sand. Going anti-clockwise from Skala the beaches the beaches are not too brilliant for a while but once you get to Poros they become pretty good again - although now more
pebble than sand. In parts of the island - for instance around the coastal area at Assos they are of often of white pebble - the contrast when
looking at these beaches - along with the often high white cliffs, hills and beautifully coloured sea are tremendously scenic.
Please see our Kefalonia Beaches
item for lots of pictures.
Also our other Greek Island holiday, walks and beach guides
- around 30 Greek Islands plus Athens.