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The Kefalonia area guide

Things to do

The largest of the Ionian Islands, sitting 30 miles off the west coast of Greece, Kefalonia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, for foreigners and Greeks alike. Also known as Cephalonia, the island is most famous for its beaches and stunning natural beauty.

Nearly half of the island is occupied by olive groves, dozens of gorgeous beaches and spectacular natural caves. The Drogarati Cave hosts stalagmites over 150 million years old, while the underground lake at Melissani is extremely popular, with boat tours available through the caverns. Visitors might be greeted by loggerhead turtles, which lay their eggs on some of the beaches or the Mediterranean monk seals that sometimes populate the coastline.

Myrtos beach is the most popular, with blindingly white sand shaded by the cliff sides that overlook the clear blue waters. When busy, Antisamos and Makris Gialos beaches are also extremely popular, though you might be at a loss to find a beach on the island that isn’t beautiful.

The Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi is another popular structure, having been built in 1828 by British occupiers of the island, and offers views across the ocean and island alike. That same ocean hosts a variety of water sports and activities, from kayaking to lagoon tours and scuba diving or snorkelling. Charter boats are also available, allowing you to travel the coastline or even explore some of the surrounding smaller islands of the Ionian region.

The Castle of St. George, first built by the Byzantines, proves a popular destination. Renovated by the Venetians in the early 16th century, despite its crumbling facades, is a fantastic sight and one that should not be missed.

Places to eat

That same castle offers a fantastic little café, one that takes full advantage of Peratata, a small picturesque village, below. It’s a fun spot for lunch; with quick service, excellent food of international and local varieties, and a selection of good local wines.

A lunch at The Castle Café might be later followed up with a meal at the Acqua Alaties Beach restaurant, one that sits directly on the side of its namesake. While many enjoy the tapas offered at the restaurant, others instead vouch for its fresh seafood, though if you ask any resident or visitor they will all agree that all of the food is simply fantastic.

Off the road to Skala, you can find the Andromeda restaurant, which serves traditional Greek food and a selection of the local wines. Occasionally the restaurant will showcase dancing and singing, along with particularly fine hand-made feta, wine, and local olive oil.

Shopping

Shoppers in Kefalonia may not experience the high fashion brands that many tourist destinations offer, but will not be disappointed with the variety of wares available throughout the island.

The main shopping avenue, known as Lithostrotos Street, can be found in the capital, Argostoli. With some shops selling clothing, others crafts, some food and many stocking the locally made olive oil - the street has a little something for everyone. Visitors should ensure they purchase some of the local thyme honey, or perhaps a Robola or Calliga wine, both excellent examples of the local drop.

Argostoli also hosts several markets, with fruit and vegetable markets often found on the harbour front during the daytime, with the occasional craft market occurring once the sun has set.

Getting there & around

Kefalonia national airport flies mainly to Athens, though offers charter services to several European destinations around the summer and tourist season. Several ports and harbours allow access from the sea, with ferries available from Italy and the mainland.

One popular option is a bus service that runs from Athens and includes a ferry ticket to Kefalonia. Once on the island, car hire services are abundant and the simplest way to travel around the island. Bus services are intermittent and can be somewhat complicated for visitors and locals. Taxi services are quite popular and scooter rental is often a fun, easy way to get around the island.

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