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Kefalonia vacation: travel tips for an unforgettable summer vacation in Greece!

Who does not know them – the beautiful beaches with crystal clear water in Greece? Especially islands like Corfu, Crete, Rhodes or Santorini attract countless tourists year after year and have long been popular vacation destinations in Greece. But have you ever heard of the island of Kefalonia? If not, then you are not alone. Although Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, this beautiful spot is still a real insider tip among vacationers. Incredible mountain panoramas, sugar-sweet fishing villages and fabulous beaches in a fabulous landscape – all this offers the beautiful island! So if you want to enjoy the Greek flair far away from mass tourism, then you would be in the best hands with a Kefalonia vacation! What you should not miss there and the most beautiful places and beaches we reveal to you in the following!

Kefalonia entry regulations: This is what you should pay attention to!

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Although Greece has again been severely affected by COVID-19 in recent weeks, the Robert Koch Institute no longer classifies the country as a Corona risk area. Entry is generally possible for anyone 12 years of age or older who has a negative PCR or rapid test, can demonstrate complete vaccination or recovery. However, negative tests are only valid for 72 hours. Online registration is also mandatory for all entrants, and vacationers must complete an online “Passenger Locator Form.” However, infection levels in Greece have risen significantly and measures against the pandemic are still in place. The country is divided into different risk zones and short-term changes are possible at any time.

When is the best time to travel to Kefalonia for your vacation?

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With more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year, Kefalonia offers the perfect conditions for a sunny beach vacation. The swimming season starts around June and reaches its peak in July and August, when temperatures rise to over 30 degrees Celsius. Although it can get quite hot, there is usually a very pleasant wind blowing and rainfall is rare. If you prefer to enjoy your vacation at moderate temperatures, then September is the perfect time to travel, with temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees. The sea is then still pleasantly warm and the beaches are not so crowded – so perfect for a Kefalonia vacation with the kids!

The most beautiful places for the perfect Kefalonia vacation

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Although Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, it is also the least populated. The gorgeous island is one of the hidden gems of Greece and is still a real insider tip among vacationers. However, the small pearl of the archipelago attracts more and more tourists and it is not difficult to understand why. The charming fishing villages, stunning beaches with crystal clear water, rocky caves and lush flora create an exotic vacation paradise. In the following we will show you all the dreamlike places that you should not miss during your vacation on Kefalonia.


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Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and is located only about 15 minutes from the airport. The city is located on a small headland in the southwest of the island and can be easily explored on foot for a day. Lithostroto Street and its surrounding alleys are the heart of Argostoli and invite you to stroll and linger. In the evening, be sure to visit Platia Vallianou, the town’s main marketplace, and enjoy the regional cuisine in the cozy tavernas and restaurants. On the harbor promenade you will find yet another landmark of Argostoli: the De Bosset Bridge. Almost 700 meters long, the bridge is actually the longest stone sea bridge and has also made it into the Guinnes Book of Records. It leads to the other side of the bay of Argostoli and offers you a beautiful panoramic view of the whole city. Culture lovers will also get their money’s worth in Argostoli. In addition to imposing churches such as the Agios Spiridon Church, there are numerous museums that are worth a visit.

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And something you must not miss during your visit to Argostoli are the turtles in the harbor! The sea turtles (Carett Caretta), which can weigh up to 100 kilos and grow up to 1 meter in size, prowl the town’s waterfront to feed on the leftovers of the fishermen. Besides Zakynthos, Kefalonia is also known for its hawksbill turtle population and in Argostoli you can get closer to the cute little animals than anywhere else. The best time to observe the turtles is in the morning between 8 and 9 am.


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On the north coast of Kefalonia, another picturesque fishing village awaits you. Surrounded by dense forests, Fiscardo enchants all vacationers with its breathtaking bays and beautiful pebble beaches. With its almost 200 inhabitants, the village is quite manageable and therefore ideal for a quiet Kefalonia vacation. Since it was spared from the great earthquake in 1953, you can still find very well preserved buildings and imposing town villas from Venetian times there. Although Fiscardo is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Kefalonia, it has somehow managed to preserve its beauty. Since the 1970s, there have been very strict building regulations in the port town: not only must one adhere to a certain style and height, but the color of the shutters also plays a decisive role in the townscape. A special highlight is the beautiful harbor with its numerous fishing boats and luxurious yachts. Let yourself drift through the narrow streets, browse the small stores or treat yourself to a glass of ouzo in one of the excellent fish taverns at the harbor. And who knows, maybe one or the other Hollywood star will show up. Celebrities such as Beyoncè, Madonna and Nicolas Cage also appreciate the beauty of Fiscardo and have been guests there several times.


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The small and charming fishing village of Assos, also called Asos, should not be missing from any Kefalonia vacation. It is located about 20 kilometers north of Argostoli and is situated on a tiny peninsula, which is only connected to the mainland by a narrow land bridge. With about 100 inhabitants, Assos is one of the most charming and beautiful corners on Kefalonia. Especially worth seeing are the colorful villas and houses that line the waterfront. And those interested in history and culture should definitely visit the 16th century Venetian castle. Although the castle is in ruins, the fortress is one of the largest castles in Greece and definitely worth a visit. The route will take you through breathtaking olive trees and gorgeous nature and the view from the top over the sea and the village will simply blow you away. Or how about taking a little break and enjoying the atmosphere of Assos in one of the many cafes and restaurants along the harbor promenade?

Mount Enos

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What makes Kefalonia so fascinating and unique is the incredibly diverse landscape. Would you like to do some sports on your Kefalonia vacation? Then we can recommend a trip to Mount Enos! The 1628 meter high mountain is located in the Enos National Park of the same name and is ideally suited for a short hiking tour. The place is also a nature reserve, because the dark Kefalonia firs, the “Abies cephalonica”, grow exclusively there. This makes the mountain look extremely dark and it is still called “Monte Nero” (Black Mountain). The ascent and descent from the entrance of the National Park to the top takes about 4 hours and at the top of the mountain you will be rewarded with a fabulous view over the whole island. In clear weather you can even see the neighboring islands of Lefkada, Zakynthos and Ithaca. If you are very lucky, you can also spot wild horses at the top.

Melissani Cave

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Melissani Cave in Karavmylos is a real natural spectacle and undoubtedly the most imposing and impressive sight on Kefalonia. In the cave there is an underground lake, which at its deepest point is about 35 meters deep, but only 45 meters wide and 160 meters long. The stalagmites and stalactites of the cave are about 20,000 years old and archaeological findings indicate that the cave was a place of worship for the god Pan. For an unforgettable experience, it is best to visit Melissani Cave at noon. When the sun is at its highest point at noon, it shines in on the crystal clear and turquoise waters and the view is truly indescribable. The best way to admire the spectacular scenery is to take a rowing boat on a small guided tour. Although Melissani Cave is one of the most popular excursion destinations on Kefalonia, the high walls, which only allow you to see the sky, make you feel isolated from the rest of the world.

Drogarati Dripstone Cave

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Just a few kilometers from Lake Melissani you will find another popular Kefalonia sight, and that is Drogarati Dripstone Cave. It is also the largest on the island and therefore should not be missed on any vacation on Kefalonia. The impressive stalactite cave is more than 150 million years old, but was discovered only about 300 years ago by chance after an earthquake. The cave is divided into two rooms and the main cave is about 60 meters deep. A slippery staircase leads to the large room where you can admire the yellow and orange stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the ceiling at close range. The other room is still known as “Apotheosis Hall” and is a real natural amphitheater with fantastic acoustics. For this reason, concerts of Greek opera singers are often held there. And it actually goes without saying that a concert in a cave is a truly unique experience. The more adventurous among you can go on a small exploration tour and explore the approximately 2 kilometer long labyrinth that borders the stalactite cave.

The most beautiful beaches for the perfect Kefalonia vacation

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Crystal clear waters and long sandy shores in a unique landscape – without a doubt, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on Kefalonia. From flat, sweeping sandy beaches to hidden and natural coves, the Ionian island has something for every type of beach!

Myrtos Beach

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Myrtos Beach is located about 30 kilometers north of Argostoli and is undoubtedly the most famous beach on Kefalonia. The breathtaking mixture of cypress, pine and olive trees contrasts in a unique way with the light blue water and creates a Caribbean flair. Myrtos Beach has made a name for itself worldwide and has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world several times. The play of nature is particularly impressive at midday, when the sun is reflected in the water. The view is so breathtaking that you want to jump right in. Numerous umbrellas and sunbeds provide for your comfort and for the small hunger in between there is a small snack bar. However, since Myrtos Beach is supposed to be protected, there are no taverns or restaurants there, so you should bring a packed lunch. The best view of the entire bay is from the Pilarei viewing platform, which is located directly on the road above the beach.

Xi Beach

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On the Paliki Peninsula you will find a spectacular jewel and one of the most extraordinary beaches on Kefalonia – Xi Beach! Due to the high, gray rocks that fall steeply into the sand, the beach looks like a real paradise. The thing that makes the place so unique is the red beach, which is even considered curative among the locals. So don’t miss to treat yourself to a free spa treatment by rubbing it on your body. In addition, the approximately 3 kilometers long beach is a real all-rounder and everyone is sure to find there what they need for the perfect Kefalonia vacation. Whether it’s various water sports, such as surfing, jet skiing and parasailing, or just relaxing under the umbrella – there is guaranteed to be something for everyone! Since Xi Beach is shallow sloping, it is best suited for a vacation on Kefalonia with the kids!

The beaches of Lassi

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Lassi’s ideal location and rare, natural beauty keep visitors coming back year after year. The place is very close to the airport and the capital Argostoli and the many beaches and bays make it ideal for a Kefalonia vacation. Since there are really many beautiful seaside resorts around Lassi, we can’t name just one gorgeous beach. Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos Beach are right next to each other and are two of the most popular Lassi beaches. Platis Gialos Beach is rather quiet and small, while Makris Gialos Beach is much more touristy with its beach bar and varied water sports. Other really charming and quieter beaches are Antonio Beach, Gradakia Beach and Kalamia Sand Beach.

Antisamos Beach

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Antisamos Beach near Sami is definitely one of the most beautiful Kefalonia beaches. The pine trees, the deep blue water and the white pebble beach will enchant you as soon as you arrive. The beach also scores with its cleanliness and has been awarded the “blue flag” several times. The beach became especially famous because of the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” with Nicholas Cage, which was filmed there. Since the water is not very deep and shallow, Antisamos Beach is excellent for families with children. And for the water sports enthusiasts among you, there are numerous water sports to choose from, such as sailing, diving and snorkeling. But that’s not all, because not only the beach, but also the monastery Agrillion is worth a visit. At a height of 180 meters, the monastery provides a breathtaking view of the bay and makes your vacation on Kefalonia even more unforgettable.

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