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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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Recent Reviews

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5 of 5
We were very impressed by how tastefully decorated everything was, so nice and welcoming, super clean and very friendly! I would recomend it to anyone!!! We LOVED our stay at the Karavaki Villa.Thanks! Cosmin & Iuliana
  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

Perfect for a long-term Greek island stay

5 of 5
We stayed at Villa Lito for two months in the autumn (October to December) and I can't quite put into words how magical our experience was. From the impeccable interiors to the sublime sea and mountain views, this villa is simply breathtaking and without a doubt the most exquisite place to stay on Kefalonia. The owners are incredibly hospitable and responded to our messages very promptly; although we did not meet in person, we felt very looked after and they were so keen to make sure our stay was seamless. The villa itself is just gorgeous, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs which are tastefully decorated, and on the ground floor the TV room, living area and dining area provide plenty of space for relaxation. Everything has been carefully thought out, and the elegant furnishings make you feel like you're staying in the lap of luxury while also right at home. We came to Kefalonia to work remotely for a couple of months, and we couldn't have asked for a more peaceful property. The inviting terrace was well appointed and meant we could work al fresco while admiring the views towards the sea, or the lights of Agia Effimia twinkling at night. The whole feel was incredibly soothing, with lush gardens beyond the pool and an outdoor dining area offering yet another shady spot for us to work; and the outdoor kitchen was a special touch that we weren't expecting! The location is also a real highlight, as the villa is discreetly tucked away yet it's just a short 5-minute drive to the shops and restaurants at Agia Effimia in one direction, and in the other the legendary Myrtos Beach with its brilliant blue seas. We highly recommend Cafe Giorgos whose staff are very friendly and the food is wonderfully fresh; turn left at the top of the road when you're coming from the beach. Other places not to miss which aren't far from the villa are Assos (by boyfriend proposed to me here!), Sami, Drogarati Cave, Melissani Lake and the beach at Antisamos. This whole area really showcases the best of the island! Overall, Phivos and Lito went above and beyond to make our stay perfect, and helped us so much even long after we had returned to the UK (we had a fleeting weekend visit back to the villa in January, in the snow!). It's this care and attention to detail that makes the whole experience unrivalled. Without a doubt we'll be coming back to this magical place.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

Beautiful villa for a relaxing holiday

5 of 5
We had a lovely stay in this beautifully appointed villa with stunning views to the coast. We loved the infinity pool and being able to relax on the patio areas around the villa. The villa and gardens have been finished to a very high standard - the owners had thought of everything to make this an ideal holiday spot.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016