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About Kefalonia

It was Captain Corelli's Mandolin which put Kefalonia, largest of the Ionian Islands, on many people's travel radar. But even the island's recent popularity hasn't decreased the rural charm of the pretty villages or the unspoiled sands or waters of the numerous almost-perfect beaches. And our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay on Kefalonia are just as charming.

What not to Miss

  • Argostoli is Kefalonia's capital. The island's second city, Lixouri, lies directly across a long thin bay. Both centres run long and thin like the bay. These are the best places to visit if you're here to see the Caretta caretta - Loggerhead turtles - which feed in the lagoon.
  • Argostoli is also perfect if you're not planning to hire your own transport. Public transport links aren't great on the island, but the links from Argostoli are significantly better than from other towns and resorts.
  • Some of the prettiest places to see are the small villages of the Livatho Peninsula which are south from Argostoli. Spartia is one of the most charming of these, but all of them are surrounded by pretty beaches and rural views.
  • If you're here for spectacular beaches then head for Myrtos Beach. Voted 'Best Greek Beach' more than ten times, this stretch of white cobbles surrounded by steep, bright limestone cliffs is extremely photogenic. Tiny bits of marble in the water make the sea here a particularly dramatic shade of bright turquoise.
  • Xi Beach on the south coast is a favourite with families and watersports enthusiasts and it has unusual reddish sand. Petani Beach on the west coast is another beach in a pretty dramatic location.
  • If you like things lively and upmarket as well as beautiful, Fiskardo is probably for you. Here you'll find swanky, marina-side restaurants and boutique shopping. There are also a few old Venetian buildings which survived the 1953 earthquake and there's an excellent selection of beaches nearby.

As you'd expect, it's a busy destination during the peak summer months, and if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Kefalonia, you'll need to book early.

For Historic Kefalonia

  • The Museum Hotel George Molfetas in Faraklata is a traditional six room hotel. Recognised by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a ‘museum hotel’ which means it’s meticulously refurbished with authentic and handmade furnishings from the 18th to 20th century. You can also take cooking classes here - which are equally as authentic.

For pure luxury

  • For seekers of an indulgent break away, look no further than the Emelisse Hotel in Fiskardo. Rooms offer four poster beds, balconies with stunning views and if you stretch the budget you'll get your own pool!

For Romance

  • The F Zeen Retreat is a romantic, adults only hotel perched on a hill overlooking a gorgeous sandy beach. There are 25 simply designed rooms - all with private balconies - plus a pampering spa and lovely pool.

For families

  • If you're travelling with children we'd recommend the Petani Bay Hotel overlooking the Ionian Sea. Luxurious, yet not overpriced, it offers superb facilities including a children's pool and they can arrange activities for all ages.

For Great Value

  • It’s nice when a property with a name like the Kefalonia Grand is also great value. This luxurious, seafront hotel with 42 chic, minimalist rooms, incredible water views and a restaurant specialising in local cuisine has a room rate which starts at just £55 per night.

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Travel Information

  • During the summer Kefalonia Airport is fairly well linked to European destinations, mostly by low-cost and charter airlines. During the ’off season’ it’s mostly a domestic airport and you can fly from here to Athens or Thessaloniki in about an hour. If you’re arriving by ferry they come in to Poros or to Sami.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend because the public transport isn’t great - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Even at its worst, weather-wise, Kefalonia is still quite lovely, with six or seven hours of sunshine a day even in mid-winter. Most people visit during the summer months - July and August average maximum temperatures are 29°C and 30°C and the water is quite warm. It is also beautiful in spring when it’s sunny and dry and in autumn when its still warm but there’s a bit of rain.

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Best Hotels in Kefalonia

  • Kefalonia Grand 42 rooms from £55

    Argostoli, Kefalonia

    Luxurious, seafront hotel on the Greek isle of Kefalonia. Focused on providing modern comforts, the rooms are chic and minimalist. Visit the Korgialenio Historic and Folklore Museum or hire a bike and cycle along Kelafonia's stunning coastline. Great for a romantic break.

    Value chic  -  Utterly chic accommodation, plus sea views and delicious local dishes - all at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Monastery of Agios Andreas Milapidias and Monastery of Agios Gerasimos are both five miles away.
    Local markets  -  Wander through the markets of Argostoli.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Museum Hotel George Molfetas 6 rooms from £91

    Faraklata, Kefalonia

    An incredible snapshot of the historical traditions of Greece. This Greek Ministry of Culture recognised museum hotel features authentic handmade furnishings from the 18th to 20th century. Take a traditional cooking class at the hotel or explore Kelafonia's beautiful coast. An island gem.

    Local exploring  -  Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region in this meticulously refurbished museum hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 12th century Castle of Saint George, which is six miles away.
    Sailing  -  Great place to stop on a sailing trip around the Greek isles.
    Great walks  -  Take beautiful walks along the Kefalonian coast line.
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  • Petani Bay Hotel 12 rooms from £116

    Pelaki, Kefalonia

    A very well positioned and good value hotel on the coastline with fantastic sea views. A collection of suites with kitchenettes and private balconies, all in muted tones. Lovely pool and relaxation area, restaurant and bar. Adults only.

    Views  -  Looking out to the Ionian Sea
    Value chic
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Infintity pool with breathtaking views of the bay.
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  • F Zeen Retreat 25 rooms from £118

    Livathos, Kefalonia

    A romantic haven perched on a hill overlooking a gorgeous sandy beach. Simply designed rooms invoke an element of calm with neutral tones, private balconies and exposed stonework. A glorious spa to aid complete relaxation. Numerous activities on offer or simply unwind with a book by the pool.

    Total relaxation  -  A beautifully tranquil property ideal for complete rejuvination, whether it's relaxing by the pool or being pampered in the spa.
    Honeymoons  -  Honeymoon heaven with elegant secluded rooms, couples spa treatments and romantic sunset boat rides.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coastline in a kayak.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Emelisse Hotel 36 rooms from £189

    FISKARDO,, Kefalonia

    Supreme luxury on the coastline. Fantastic rooms and family apartments (sleep up to 5) have all the mod cons, four poster beds, balconies and private pools (some). Excellent spa, restaurant, and boats to charter. Great for an indulgent holiday.

    Views  -  Most rooms enjoy wonderful sea views
    Families  -  2 bedroom apartments.
    Cinema  -  Open-air.
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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