Kefalonia (Κεφαλονιά), also Kefallonia (Κεφαλλονιά) and Kefallinia (Κεφαλλήνια), is an island in the Ionian Islands in Greece. It is also known by its Italian form, Cefalonia. Kefalonia towns are clean, friendly and small enough to get round with no hassle. The capital of Kefalonia is Argostoli, but the main port and town is Fiskardo.
Kefalonia has lots of beautiful beaches and natural attractions. They are all within easy reach of each other on the island, so you can take a short break in one place before moving on to another. The majority of people live off the land on the island and places to see this culture are plentiful. Kefalonia is also home to lots of impressive architecture, including many Venetian castles.Ithaca was chosen because it has a small-sized city with a large number of universities and cultural hotspots. There are many opportunities for unique experiences such as taking a kayak tour.
It’s the breathtaking natural scenery you visit this gorgeous island for, and visitors will not be disappointed. Lush forests, breathtaking mountains and dizzyingly high cliffs dropping down to glittering azure seas are what Kefalonia is all about. The towns are mere conveniences – except for Fiskardo they were all levelled in the 1953 earthquake, so most of what you see is of functional concrete construction with no nod to aesthetics.
Lixouri is the island’s second city and faces the capital, Argostoli, across a kind of elongated bay (there is a ferry). Argostoli, a long thin town, has serious shops and a rather underwhelming museum.
Fiskardo, at the northern tip of the island, is popular with yachts and rather pricey and upmarket. Fiskardo is the only part of the island which survived the earthquakes of the last century intact, but extensive refurbishment and repairs have given it a rather bijoux feel rather than one of authentic old Kefalonia. Assos, in the north-west, has a scarily steep descent to a Venetian castle on a small peninsula.
Agia Efimia and Sami in the East are both quiet and agreeable small towns, Sami with one of the island’s main ports. Poros, further to the south, is rather self-contained between the sea and mountains, and has a substantial ferry port slightly separated from the rest of the town. Skala, at the south-eastern tip of the island, is a relaxed place focussed on beach holidays.
Sami – The port town on the eastern part of the island facing Ithaka. (The ferry from mainland, Patra, arrives here.)
Argostoli – The island main town.
Agia Efimia – sleepy fishing village north of Sami, becoming increasingly popular with tourists.
Katelios – A small village near Skala. The seafront tavernas reputedly serve the best seafood on the island and some of the most authentic dishes.
Skala – The most popular tourist area in the island south eastern edge.
Lassi – A major tourist area close to Argostoli.
Poros – A yacht marina and a picturesque village in the eastern edge of the island.
Leibatho – A Tourist area south of Argostoli.
Fiskardo – A yachts marina in the Island northern edge.
Lixouri – A Town and an area face to Argostoli reachable by frequent ferries.
Lourdas – A spartan and sleepy village scattered alongside a beautiful long sandy beach on the Southern coast.
🏨 Hotels Near Kefalonia
|Forestata Village||📍 Lixouri, Kouvalata 282 00, Greece Lixouri, Κουβαλάτα 282 00||Kefalonia||📞 +30 694 457 9849||forestatavillage.com/|
|Panorama Fanari studios & apartments||📍 Ιταλικό Μνημείο, Argostoli 281 00, Greece||Argostoli||📞 +30 697 483 3434||panorama-kefalonia.gr/|
|Nostostudios||📍 Moussata 281 00, Greece Μουσάτα 281 00||Kefalonia||📞 +30 2671 031591||nostostudios.gr/|
|La Signora Hotel||📍 Lourdata 281 00, Greece Λουρδάτα 281 00||Kefalonia||📞 +30 2671 031157||lasignorahotel.gr/|
|Sunset Paradise Resorts||📍 Epar.Od. Argostoliou - Lakithras - Pessadon, Argostoli 281 00, Greece Επαρ.Οδ. Αργοστολιού - Λακήθρας - Πεσσάδων, Αργοστόλι 281 00||Argostoli||-||sunsetparadise.gr/|
|Olive Grove||📍 Svoronata, Σβορονάτα, Svoronata 280 83, Greece||Kefalonia||📞 +30 2671 042200||olivegrovekefalonia.gr/|
|The Alley Hotel Kefalonia||📍 Dionysiou Layragka 3, Argostoli, Kefalonia 281 00, Greece||Argostoli||📞 +30 2671 025115||thealleyhotel-kefalonia.com/|
|Mirabel City Center Hotel||📍 Dion Layragka, Argostoli 281 00, Greece Διον Λαυραγκα, Αργοστόλι 281 00||Argostoli||📞 +30 2671 025381||mirabelhotel.com/|
|Diana Suites||📍 Μουσάτων Mousata Trapezaki Trapezaki, 281 00, Greece||Kefalonia||📞 +30 694 671 2593||dianasuites.com/|
|Avra Private Suites||📍 Makris Gialos, Kefalonia 281 00, Greece Makris Gialos, Κεφαλονιά 281 00||Kefalonia||📞 +30 697 398 1749||avraprivatesuites.com/el|
🎉 Tourist attractions Near Kefalonia
|Saint Theodore Lighthouse||📍 Argostoli 281 00, Greece Αργοστόλι 281 00||Argostoli||Historical landmark|
|Fanari Beach||📍 Cephalonia 281 00, Greece Κεφαλονιά 281 00||Cephalonia||Tourist attraction|
|Poseidon Fishing Tourism||📍 Rizospaston, Lixouri 282 00, Greece Ριζοσπαστών, Ληξούρι 282 00||Lixouri||Tourist attraction|
|Sacred Monastery of Agios Gerasimos of Kefalonia||📍 Μόνη Αγίου Γερασίμου 281 00, Greece||Μόνη Αγίου Γερασίμου||Convent|
|Κάστρο Αγίου Γεωργίου||📍 Livathou 281 00, Greece Λειβαθού 281 00||Livathou||Castle|
|Agia Effimia Marina||📍 Cephalonia 280 81, Greece Κεφαλονιά 280 81||Cephalonia||Tourist attraction|
|Melissani Lake Cave||📍 Unnamed Rd, Karavomilos 280 80, Greece Unnamed Rd, Καραβόμυλος 280 80||Karavomylos||Tourist attraction|
|Eglina Beach||📍 Cephalonia 281 00, Greece Κεφαλονιά 281 00||Cephalonia||Tourist attraction|
|Fanari lighthouse||📍 Argostoli - Killini, Argostoli 281 00, Greece Αργοστόλι - Κυλλήνη, Αργοστόλι 281 00||Argostoli||Tourist attraction|
|Drogarati cave||📍 Sami 280 80, Greece||Sami||Tourist attraction|