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Argostoli is Kefalonia's capital. And 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 stay on Kefalonia 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 best places to stay on Kefalonia are in 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.
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.
If you're here for spectacular beaches some of the best places to stay on Kefalonia are Divarata and Agia Efimia, near 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. And 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. The same goes if you're looking for a villa or apartment (check out the selection with our online partner Booking.com) - these sell out fast in July and August.
- If you're travelling with children we'd recommed 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 activites for all ages.
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 a holiday villa or apartment
- For those travelling in larger groups of friends or with extended family, a villa or apartment might be the best option. For a wide range to suit all tastes and budgets, we recommend our online partner, Booking.com.
Still not sure which to choose? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on Kefalonia, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our properties on neighbouring Ithaca.
Best Hotels in Kefalonia
Kefalonia Grand 42 rooms from $72Argostoli, 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 priceSights 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.
Museum Hotel George Molfetas 6 rooms from $119Faraklata, 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.
Petani Bay Hotel 12 rooms from $151Pelaki, 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. Very family friendly, and lots to do in the sea and around.Views - Looking out to the Ionian SeaValue chicFamiliesBeach Life
F Zeen Retreat 25 rooms from $154Livathos, 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.
Emelisse Hotel 36 rooms from $246FISKARDO,, 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 viewsFamilies - 2 bedroom apartments.Cinema - Open-air.Beach LifeRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet