Kefalonia is the largest of the
Ionian Islands and is a popular destination for
discerning travellers - those looking for Greece the
way it used to be. Kefalonia awaits!
Kefalonia is located on the West
coast of Greece, and has a mild climate along with
excellent beaches. The island of Kefalonia has escaped mass tourism and
recently was used to film Captain Corelli's
Mandolin, set in war-time Kefalonia. The film, with
Nikolas Cage, was a huge success and it put
Kefalonia firmly on the 'must visit' list of destinations.
Planning to Visit Kefalonia - Greece?
Kefalonia Travel Guide, is an independent guide to
Kefalonia for the independent traveller and offers a refreshing selection of articles on
Kefalonia and ideas on ways to enhance your stay on
Kefalonia. The Agni team, along with the help of
Francesca - who lives in Argostoli - has used their
experience and visits to create this informative and
accurate guide of Kefalonia.
Kefalonia is a large island with diverse and
dramatic scenery. The island has many wonderful bays
and inlets which help to form its unusual shape. The
northern rocky coastline has small and clean, pebble
beaches whilst those on the southern shores are long
Kefalonia is just waiting to be explored and with a
good road network the island is ideal for driving.
For those who prefer a slower pace, Kefalonia is a
great island for walking, cycling and horse-riding.
With the Greek islands of Lefkas, Zante and Ithaca
close by, you can take a ferry, motor-boat,
or yacht to explore the Ionian
shores. Or maybe you just want to unwind? Kefalonia’s stunning beaches await.
The Kefalonia weather is currently: Light Drizzle
Current Temperature in Kefalonia at: 2:00
(The Kefalonia Temperature camera is located outside of the Kefalonia Agni Travel office, in Argostoli.)
Getting to Kefalonia
In the aviation world the airport is known as Kefallinia. The airport is situated in the area of Svoronata, 9km from Argostoli. The airport was founded in 1971 when tourism was introduced to Kefalonia. It's a fairly small airport in the south of the island near Svoronata.
You can fly to Kefalonia from most of
the major airports in the UK and depart
on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or
Sunday and the flight time is
approximately 3 hours and 15 mins.
TRANSFER TIMES FROM
KEFALONIA AIRPORT Argostoli 25 minutes
Sami 1hr 15 mins
Aghia Efhemia 1hr 45 mins
Lourdas 45 minutes
Fiscardo one hour 30 mins
Assos 1hour 15 mins
Kefalonia Villas, Houses and Apartments to Rent
The Kefalonia Travel Guide offers 'unpackaged' rental properties, including luxury villas with swimming pools, Typical Greek houses and apartments - all individually hand-picked by us.
Kefalonia Villas and Apartments
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Kefalonia - Statistics
Kefalonia Population: 36,312 Location of Kefalonia: Ionian Islands, North-West Greek
Coast (38°15′N 20°30′E) Capital of Kefalonia:
Argostoli Kefalonia Island Size: 907km² (Aprox 53km Long and 38km
Wide) Highest Mountain on Kefalonia: Megas Soros (1,627m) Kefalonia Coastline: 237 km Number of Beaches on Kefalonia: 39 (Sandy and Shingle) Language Spoken on Kefalonia: Greek (English commonly spoken)
Kefalonia is the largest of the
Ionian islands and dramatically different from the
rest. Once voted 10th in a world scenic beauty
league, Kefalonia boasts some of the best beaches of
the Greek islands. It's an island to be explored.
First on the list must be the
Kefalonia Caves. The caves have stayed cool over
the thousands of years it has taken to form the
multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites that fill
Kefalonia is more mountainous than
any other Ionian island with Mount Ainos in the
south with its tallest peak - Megalos Soros - which
reaches up to 1626 metres. Mount Ainos is covered by
a very rare species of fir tree (Abies Cephalonensis).
Read more in the
Kefalonia Flora and Fauna section.
Kefalonia has many wonderful bays and inlets to form
its unusual shape and the rocky coastline has small
and clean, pebble and sandy beaches. On the
north-east coast of the island lies Myrtos Bay with
its stunning white sand and pebble beach and
incredibly deep aquamarine sea. From here the
Assos is visible - a tiny hamlet nestling at the
base of a peninsula crowned by an imposing Venetian
fortress. Further north the village of
Fiscardo retains its Venetian style with a
pretty harbour lined with fishing caiques, luxury
yachts and daily cruisers. The south coast boasts
some more wonderful beaches favoured by marine
turtles which are closely monitored by a local
turtle protection group.
There are so many different ways of
spelling Kefalonia: Cephalonia, Cephallonia,
Kefallonia, Kefallinia. Some believe that the island
of Kefalonia was named after the mythological figure
Cephalus while others say it is derived from the
Greek work for head,'kephalos' as the island is the
biggest of the Ionians and is thier natural head or
Many local families of Kefalonia have surnames
ending in "atos" and almost every community in
Kefalonia has a name ending in "ata"
Kefalonia Travel Guides
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands with an area of 750 sq km. It is the 6th largest of the Greek Islands with a population of about 42,000. Mount Ainos is one of the highest muntains of the Ionian Islands, rising to 1640 feet.
The Agni Team have visited the island of Kefalonia many times in an effort to give all the information needed before your visit.
Use the Kefalonia Resort Guide for information on the regions of Kefalonia to help you to decide where to stay or visit. The north of the island is completely different from the south and is famous for the scenic coastal villages of Assos and Fiscardo whereas the southern part of the island offers a selection of locations geared to beach holidays due to its sandy shores.
For Kefalonia holiday accommodation, not generally found in the mass market holiday package brochures, from simple village rooms to luxury villas with private swimming pools, see our Kefalonia Accommodation Guide.
Kefalonia boasts some of the best beaches in Greece, so whether you prefer a long sandy beach with water-sports or a tiny secluded cove, use our Kefalonia Beach Guide which describes the wonderful beaches on offer in Kefalonia.
If beauty is from within, then Kefalonia is a fine example with its well documented and strange geological phenomena which are manifested in its vast underground water network, subterranean lakes and stalactite encrusted caverns. Wherever you stay on Kefalonia, it is easy to visit the centrally located caves of Drogarati and the underground lake of Melisani.
Planning on buying an Island near Kefalonia? You may be surprised to learn that there are still some islands near Kefalonia for sale! So if you are related to the Onassis family or have similar wealth, these pages are for you! For those with smaller pockets, there are plenty of real estate opportunities on Kefalonia island whether you wish to retire or buy a holiday home.
Getting married in Kefalonia Greece combines the advantages of a wonderful climate and a wedding organised at a greatly reduced cost - all just a few hours' flight away. Couples combining their wedding and honeymoon in Kefalonia Greece can not only reduce the cost of the wedding but the more relaxed atmosphere may help in reducing the stress that is so often associated with getting married! Why not choose Kefalonia for your wedding?
The 400 year old patron saint of Kefalonia now lies in his silver sarcophagus at the monastery of Saint Gerassimos. Visit the old monasteries and modern day churches from Greek Orthodox to Catholic on Kefalonia.
Kefalonia offers endless coastline for wonderful sailing and cruising. The crystal clear Ionian waters await your arrival. Maybe you would like to learn to sail or hire a skippered yacht. Perhaps combine a sailing holiday with a villa rental.
There are 7 Ionian Islands - Kefalonia being the largest of the Ionian islands with Zante (Zakynthos) to the south, Lefkas (Lefkada) in the north and its sister island, Ithaca (Ithaki) a few miles off its eastern coast. North of Kefalonia, near Lefkas, there are many smaller islands, such as Meganissi, Madouri, Skorpios, Skorpidi, Thilia, Tsokari, Sparti, Heloni.
If you prefer a holiday that is not centered round a Greek beach, then take a look at some of the activity holidays available on Kefalonia: walking, painting, sailing and horse-riding holidays which can be booked through a tour operator or with the local operator on Kefalonia.
During the summer of 2000 the town of Sami received a Hollywood facelift, as filming took place for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set in war-time Kefalonia. Anyone who has read the book will delight in visiting some of the places in Kefalonia mentioned. For news on Kefalonia and suggested books, click here.
Mount Ainos is Greece's third largest mountain. It is one of Kefalonia's national parks and its stunning dark pine forests are home to wild ponies, golden eagles, osprey and other protected species. Marine wildlife on Kefalonia's shores includes dolphins, rare monk-seals and the loggerhead turtle "Caretta-caretta".
Rich Roman tombs in Fiscardo - Archaeologists have recently uncovered more Roman tombs in Fiscardo with rich findings of jewelery and coins overlooked by grave-robbers. The dig continues revealing an ancient theatre and sea-faring links between Greece and Italy.
This is a short course of five lessons, which will teach you a few useful conversational Greek phrases and words. We are also working on a printable version so that you can bring it to Corfu on holiday with you. The locals will not know what has hit them!
There is more to Kefalonia than its beautiful beaches. If castle and fortresses, churches, monasteries, caves and lakes sound interesting, Kefalonia offers a wealth of history and interesting places to visit.
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