Kefalonia, Kefallinia or Cephalonia is the largest of Ionian Islands of Greece. Amongst its diverse scenery lie a number of tiny, historic villages, wild mountains and fine sandy beaches. Wartime bombs and the 1953 earthquake destroyed much of the old villas and buildings, but there is now a captivating mix of traditional and new holiday villas in Kefalonia. Fine beaches, clear turquoise waters, picturesque villages and stunning mountains all add to the culture and relaxation associated with taking holiday rental accommodation in Kefalonia.
Walking is a favourite pastime in the forested mountains of Kefalonia’s interior, which provide both good exercise and a change to stumble upon some of the beautiful, traditional mountain villages, but also discover breath taking viewpoints of the Mediterranean. Bike rental is also available, and there are many routes to explore the mountains and hills of the interior.
The island is not only a great place to relax, sunbathe and indulge in Greek culture, but the seas provide many hours of entertainment. Windsurfing and sailing are particularly popular, as there are very reliable sea breezes and warm waters. Taking a self catering apartment in Kefalonia is an ideal solution for exploring the Ionian Islands by yacht or boat, as the freedom and flexibility are endless.
Scuba diving in the crystal clear waters is big business in Kefalonia. There are a number of dive schools if you would like to learn, and there are some magnificent dives to choose from. If you do not wish to get wet, glass bottomed boat tours are also available.
Lassi is probably the most famous town in Kefalonia. It is the second largest town on the island after the capital, Argostoli. Lassi is a serene destination which has gained popularity since its showcase as the setting for the 2001 film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
Svoronata is a peaceful village untouched by the hands of time, with some great tavernas, and within easy striking distance of some great beaches. A Kefalonia holiday villa here is closest to Ammes beach, a beautiful, un-crowded beach, but be warned, there are strong currents out to sea. Walk a little further from your Kefalonia holiday rental in Svoronata and you arrive at the stunning beach of Aviathos. The soft white sand and shallow seas are perfect for bathing, and there is a tavernna offering refreshments set into the cliffs.
The Mediterranean climate of Kefalonia prolongs the summers, which last from June until the end of September. Average temperatures in winter are mild, averaging around 8°C, and summers are warm, averaging 28°C in the warmest month, September.
Kefalonia’s airport is services by Athens International Airport which is a 45 minute flight from Kefalonia. The airport is just a few minutes from the capital Argostoli, and the furthest a holiday villa in Kefalonia could be from the airport is 50km away.