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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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                                                                                                  A lovely 3 bedroom villa in a fantastic location in Skala

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                                                                                                  This beautiful villa is perfectly situated in a quiet secluded part of Skala but has everything you need within a few hundred meters. It has three good size bedrooms all beautifully decorated and a lovely comfortable layout downstairs as well as impressive outdoor space in which to relax. A hundred yards up from the villa and you are in the amongst the many wonderful bars and restaurants that Skala has to offer, it is also a short walk to the beach and twenty yards to a lovely pool bar which we used regularly. We had such a lovely relaxing time in Skala and the time spent in this beautiful property was a major factor to this. A special thanks to Galia who was always available to help and advise us and also to the owners who made everything so easy for us from start to finish. Hopefully we will return for another holiday here and in this fantastic villa.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  Wonderful two week break.

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                                                                                                  We had a wonderful two week holiday in Villa Lito. We'd wanted to visit Kefalonia for years, and were not disappointed. The island is stunning, with a relaxed pace of life. The villa is in a fantastic location around 600m from the road, so it's very peaceful and has a beautiful view down the hill to Agia Efimia and the sea. We really enjoyed all the facilities in the villa and it really felt like a home from home with all the personal touches from the owner. The bed was really comfortable and we had great nights' sleep. The local town has two supermarkets, butchers and bakeries and lots of places to eat. Everyone we met was super friendly and kind. We travelled around the island and there is plenty to see and do. Highlights include taking a boat out for the day, visiting Fiscardo, climbing the fort in Assos, paragliding over Myrtos Beach with my children and discovering little bays dotted around the island. We all agreed it was one of our best family holidays, and the villa was the perfect base for us to explore from. Lito was lovely to deal with and answered any question promptly. We really appreciated the beautiful welcome hamper, especially the home made marmalade. We'd have no hesitation in recommending Villa Lito or Villa Phivos as excellent places to stay. Whilst next door to each other, they don't overlook each other and we barely heard the other guests. I hope we can return one day.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  Incredible nice experience! Come back in 2017 :)

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                                                                                                  We stayed in this villas two times (2014 and 2015) and decided to return in 2016. It was an excellent idea :). Greece is our preferred destination for summer (for the last 16 years). We traveled in different locations, in different islands. We can say that, definitely, Odysseus and Penelope are the the best accommodations with gorgeous location and extraordinary friendly environment we experienced. Since we have been here for three times already (and preparing to come back again in 2017!), I would like to mention that not only the villas stay as nice as they were first time but also we find in Paraskevas, the owner of the villas, an outstanding host and a good friend. We are looking forward to see him soon. Thank you very much Paraskevas!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016