Kefalonia – The Perfect Island Getaway

Kefalonia – The Perfect Island Getaway

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is known for its mild climate and diverse topography. A sense of old Greece awaits you on Kefalonia, an island made more popular by the movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ starring Nikolas Cage. Though the island is popular, it’s not wall-to-wall with tourists, making it a lovely place to spend a relaxing vacation. With miles of sandy beaches, historic forts and castles and wonderful local cuisine, Kefalonia is a must see holiday destination.

Accommodations

When planning your trip to Kefalonia, one of the first things to decide is where you will stay. There are many cities and villages on the island, all offering a distinct experience. Dendrinata is a beautiful village in the center of the island making it a great home base during your trip. By renting a car you can combine the best of traditional Greek life with the modern delights of larger cities just a short drive away. Lassi is considered one of the main resorts on the island and is located within easy distance of both the airport and the island’s capital, Argostoli. Whether you want to camp on the island, book a hotel near a vineyard or stay in a luxurious villa, you can find the perfect accommodation on Kefalonia.

Active Adventures

Kefalonia - Mirtos beachOnce you’ve arrived and gotten settled, it’s time to start planning some activities! Kefalonia offers amazing natural attractions: lakes, caves, beaches, flora and fauna. There are also amazing old forts and castles to visit as well as incredible archaeological finds to see. Visit one or more of the amazing monasteries on the island or stop by one of the many shops and choose a great souvenir of your trip.

Myrtos and Argostoli offer two of the island’s most popular beaches: Eliou-Pronon and Platys Gialos. From swimming or snorkeling to simply relaxing in the hot sun—spending the day on the beach is one of the favorite activities on Kefalonia. If you’re looking for animals native to the island, head to Mount Ainos, the third largest mountain in Greece. There you will see wild ponies, osprey, golden eagles and a host of protected species. Keep your eye on the shore while you’re sitting on the beach—you just might spot a rare monk-seal or the popular loggerhead turtle!

History and Local Culture

Melissani Lake, KefaloniaIf you’re a history buff or just love all things ‘ancient,’ take a trip to the Livatho District. There, excavations have unearthed Mycenaean cemeteries and incredible artifacts ranging from weapons, amber jewelry and precious stones. Chamber tombs have revealed vases and hundreds of smaller artifacts that can be seen in the Archaeological Museum in Argostoli. Be sure to visit the tombs at Mazarakata and take in the castle of Saint George, a truly stunning site.

Kefalonia has a vast array of wineries, some world famous. Take a tour of some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world: Metaxas Wine Estate, Gentilini Winery & Vineyards, Foivos Winery and Robolla Vineyards. You don’t have to be a wine lover to be able to appreciate the beauty of these vineyards and wineries! Everyone in your group will enjoy the breath-taking scenery.

You’ll have no trouble finding food and drink on the island. Nearly every city and village has an extensive list of fabulous diners, taverns and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a five-course meal, you can find just what you want in the many villages on the island. The people of Greece know how to eat and how to eat well; be prepared to loosen your belt!

The island of Kefalonia is an amazing place for a holiday. No matter the time of the year, you are guaranteed beautiful weather and will be welcomed like family. Turn your vacation into an action packed adventure or keep it low-key and relaxing, the choice is yours! From historical sites to modern shops, you’ll find it all on Kefalonia!

Author Francesca Santelli is an avid European traveler who writes for cheapholidaysabroad.org, a site to browse for holidays to gran canaria, and a great place to start planning for a kefalonia holidays 2012 vacation.