Kefalonia Holidays holidays are one of the most popular choices with holiday-makers due to the sheer beauty of this Greek island. Situated in the Ionian Sea, lying midway between Corfu and Zakynthos, the ancient island rewards travellers with its white-sandy beaches and turquoise seas. As one of the largest Ionian Islands, the coastline is awash with mysterious secrets and has a tremendous range of landscapes and activities on offer. Mountains soar over unspoiled white beaches and the island’s fertile pine tree valleys are home to some of the finest olive and citrus harvests in Europe. With affordable flights taking place throughout the year, the island offers a genuine alternative to the better known Greek islands such as Crete or Rhodes. Natural beauty is one incentive for any intrepid traveller to set foot in Kefalonia. Like Zakynthos to the south, Kefalonia is a nesting ground for the loggerhead turtles, which lay their eggs on the southern beaches in June, and the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the rarest of seals and one of the six most endangered mammals in the world.
Renowned throughout in Greece for its Byzantine monasteries and pristine beaches, Kefalonia offers natural beauty and entertainment nearly all year round. Kefalonia usually peaks during the early summer months when the island’s flowers provide a beautiful mélange of colour for visitors to admire. The blooming flowers were fortunate to survive to the devastating earthquake of 1953, which destroyed the majority of the island’s Venetian buildings. However, not all has been lost by this terrible natural disaster. New visitors to the island will soon discover picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour villages such as Fiskardo Holidays to Fiskardo provide a real insight into traditional Greek life. The town was left virtually undamaged during the great earthquake of 1953 and this fishing village provides boat tours in the daytime and takes on an entirely different perspective at night. The turn of the century atmosphere, fairy lights and authentic restaurants, all combine to provide a magical Mediterranean atmosphere.
Such is the range of activities and landscapes on offer in Kefalonia, the island is best explored by car. The northern coastal route is the most tourist orientated part of the island, with a stunning array of white-washed cliffs and hedonistic nightclubs. With an attractive range of luxury hotels, restaurants and bars on offer, the northern coast is the best place to go partying in Kefalonia.
Argostoli holidays are a great way to explore the island’s capital and this attractive working town is lined with charming cafes and tavernas, which are usually quiet by day but comes alive at night with locals taking their evening stroll. Providing an excellent base to explore the island’s coastal qualities, Argostoli is home to an impressive archaeological museum and countless swimming pools for casual bathers. Local excursions consist of barbecue boat trips to the red-sand beach of Xi and turtle-spotting at the lagoon, which is a local breeding ground for loggerheads.
The author Louis De Bernieres, set his famous novel Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin on the island and it fittingly provided the setting for the Hollywood production of his work starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. The filming took place in the beautiful village of Sami in 2002, which is nine kilometres south of Agia Efimia.
Floating on an emerald cocktail on the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia offers an untapped casket of wonders for romantic travellers who want to throw back the years on holiday.