Cheap Holidays to Kefalonia

As the largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is a popular choice for holidaymakers thanks to it's mild climate and glorious beaches. Kefalonia is one of the greenest islands, blanketed in forests of Fir trees, olive groves and vineyards. There are some great beaches but as the island is rich with legend, myths and historical sites there are also some great places to see.

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How Hot?

Kefalonia enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers which begin to rise in May and last through to October. July and August are the hottest months with average highs of 84ºF (29ºC).

Out and About

Kefalonia has escaped mass tourism and was the location for the filming of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The film was a huge success and has put Kefalonia firmly on the list of places to visit.

There are numerous caves with the Melissani and Drongarati, and Agalaki caves being the most visited. Melissani cave stopped being a cave in ancient times when it's roof collapsed leaving what looks like a lake at the bottom of a sink hole.

A popular spot for hiking is Mt Enos which is the tallest island mountain in Greece. Mt Enos rises to 1627m and is crowned by a forest of protected national park. There are some fantastic views to be had so definitely a worthwhile trip for those who enjoy hiking.

Although many of the endangered Loggerhead turtles nest in nearby Zante, a lot of them do come to Kaminia and Skala beaches to lay their eggs with the nesting season coinciding with the holiday season (May to August).

Watersports are popular on the island and while many of them take place in the commercial holiday resorts there are plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling around the island. Sailing is another popular activity and is a great way to explore the surrounding islands.

So if you enjoy outdoor activities and watersports, Kefalonia has certainly got lots to offer.

Out for Lunch!

Kefalonia is known for its several Italian eateries throughout the island as well as traditional Greek menus. Argostoli and Lassi offer a wide variety of different cuisines in the restaurants going away from the traditional Greek cuisine. these areas are more catered for tourists looking for Mediterranean food. Chinese and Indian dishes are available in some restaurant as well as fish but this tends to be expensive throughout the island.

Lamb and chicken are served in almost every restaurant as is pork. The most famous dish served is Kefalonian Meat Pie, found anywhere that serves food. There are little local tavernas scattered around the island where you will be able to try local produce and traditional dishes. Fast food outlets are cropping up here and there as well as luxury restaurants.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From Glasgow 3 hrs 50 mins, From Manchester 3 hrs 40 mins, From London 3 hrs 20 mins

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars and Cafes - mixed.

Best Time to Visit: May to October

Top Hotels In Kefalonia

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Kefalonia, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

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Skala
The Asteris Hotel is well suited to those looking for a comfortable base to explore the area from. Situated 4km from the centre of Skala, car hire would be recommended for this hotel....

4.9 / 5 from 12 reviews

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Skala
A small and simple complex of just 6 studios situated on the outskirts of the resort, ideally suited to the independent traveller seeking a peaceful base to explore the surrounding area from....

5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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Lourdas
These family run apartments offer spacious self catering accommodation within easy reach of the beach and village centre....

5 / 5 from 3 reviews

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Lixouri
Comfortable accommodation for a self catering holiday. The apartments are in a great location for the beach and the local area with Lixouri just a short distance away. ...

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Lourdas
The Christina Studios provides simply furnished accommodation and makes a great base for those looking to be near the beach....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

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Svoronata
The Ammes offers a welcoming environment with self-catering studios and apartments, access to a spacious outdoor swimming pool with pool bar and family run restaurant....

5 / 5 from 7 reviews

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Lassi
The apartments are situated on a hillside only 300m from the sea overlooking the crystal blue waters and the coastline. With truly magnificent surroundings the complex ensures to make guest feel rela...

4.7 / 5 from 10 reviews

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Lourdas
The family run Lara Hotel offers a traditional feel and is set in a high location overlooking the resort area, surrounded by greenery....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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Argostoli
Panorama Fanari Studios and Apartments sleep up to 6 people and are surrounded by pine trees and sea views....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Svoronata
A good choice of hotel for those are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday....

5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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