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Explore beautiful Kefalonia.

Explore beautiful Kefalonia on a romantic trip or family holiday. The largest island in the Greek Ionian island chain, Kefalonia is just under 500 square miles. The island is home to 35,000 residents (though this number increases significantly during the summer tourist season). The capital city is Argostoli and the most important port is called Sami. Start planning a Kefalonia holiday today by booking accommodations through HomeAway. HomeAway offers the following options for groups big and small, for short and long stays.

HomeAway offers accommodation solutions for every type of holiday group. For a large crowd, choose one of the multi-storied holiday villas on Kefalonia. Designed to sleep 10+ people, these grand villas come with a variety of amenities. For smaller groups, Kefalonia holiday apartments are available for a weekend or longer. Stay in one of our luxury apartments for ultimate comfort. You can even rent a yacht complete with skipper with HomeAway.

Things to do

Argostoli:

Discover Kefalonia's capital town, Argostoli. Argostoli has been the capital of the island of Kefallonia since 1757, and is home to over 10,000 permanent residents. The whitewashed buildings and narrow streets reflect classic Greek architecture, especially that of the post-1953 earthquake era. Be sure to make a visit to Maistrato Beach.

Earthquake of 1953:

Learn about the island's ancient and recent history. A major earthquake in 1953 left the entire island flattened, necessitating major rebuilding efforts. Some earthquake ruins are still visible, and combined with the forest fires of the 1990s, the island has truly had a rebirth in the last few decades.

Olives:

Over 55% of the island's land is covered in olive trees, and 13 olive presses operate full-time. Taste the Koroneiki and Theiako, the two main varietals of olive grown for oil production, and then taste the differences between various fresh-pressed olive oils. Visit any of the olive oil presses for a uniquely Greek experience.

Melissani Underground Lake:

Visit the popular Melissani underground lake. Accessible only by boat, this hidden gem is located just northwest of the town of Karavomilos. The lake is an extremely popular spot for tourists and locals alike, but don't let that serve as a deterrent from this wonderful swimming hole. Entrance is 7 euros.

Myrtos Beach:

Located in northwestern Kefallonia, Myrtos beach sits between the mountains of Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros. The beach is about 1.5 miles long, and has been described as one of the most breathtaking beaches in all of Greece.

Archaeological Museum of Argostoli:

The Archaeological Museum of Argostoli is well known for housing a variety of antiquities found on the island of Kefallonia. These pieces range from the prehistoric era to the Roman periods. The former museum was destroyed by the 1953 earthquake that damaged much of Kefallonia. The current building was designed by Patroklos Karantinos, and completed in 1960.

Weather in Kefalonia

The weather on Kefallonia is characterised by long, hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures reach as high as 30°C in summer, however the lack of humidity improves the summer climate. January and February bring some precipitation, with mild temperatures dipping down to 10°C. The Etesian winds, which blow from May to October across the islands, can cause problems for sailors, but are a major draw for watersport enthusiasts.

Travel to Kefalonia

Travel to Kefalonia is simple at any time of the year. Flights from Athens (ATH) and other nearby mainland cities arrive at Cefalonia International Airport (CFU) daily. Alternatively, both car-carrying and passenger ferries travel to and from mainland Greece daily. Ferries are also available between the various Greek islands at least once daily, and more often during the high tourist season.

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                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              A fabulous 2 weeks in the beautiful Villa Theos. For us, the holiday ticked ALL the boxes - a very well equipped and comfortable villa, immaculate private pool, idyllic peaceful location, within easy walking distance of good eating places & bars, most everyday needs available in the village, only 10 minutes to Argostoli and the airport (but no aircraft noise), the list goes on......... We particularly enjoyed our leisurely breakfasts by the pool with its extensive views over the mountains & sea, and the several places to relax in either sun or shade at different times of the day. Also, if you have a sweet tooth like me don't miss the cake shop! My wife also highly recommends the Martinis in George's Bar. There's not much we can add to previous reviews, and have no hesitation in highly recommending Villa Theos to future guests. Many thanks to Amanda & James for allowing us the use of their beautiful villa.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                              Amazing view and service

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                                                                                              I can't say enough good things about our stay at Villa Penelope. The view is second to none with amazing sunsets every night. In the pictures the villa looks like it may be old but it is brand new only built in 2010 with all the modcons you need like dishwasher, microwave, oven, stove, washing machine and wifi. We even arrived to the fridge stocked with beautiful local food and drinks. It is kept in immaculate condition by it's very generous and gracious owner Paraskevas. He met us at the aiport and escorted us back to the villa so we didn't get lost and his lovely wife baked us beautiful Greek desserts. You will need a car if you stay at this villa as it is down a long driveway and not walkable distance to any restaurants etc. However Paras has contacts with a few car rental places that will give you a good deal.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                              Lovely apartment

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                                                                                              Booked after seeing last year and decided to stay this end of island for 1 week, spotlessly clean did not have to clean anything as we normally find something loads of hot water , Very quiet at the end of Sami, Mark very accommodating nice welcome groceries which you don't' always have. Tried sol kitchen as Mark suggested and was not disappointed nice setting and lively food. Would visit again and would recommend you try we stayed in nectar which had a nice sea view from balcony. Thanks very much hope to see you again.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016