Kefalonia Travel Summary

Kefalonia island is the largest of the Ionian group and one of the most beautiful Greek islands known for its unspoiled beauty, stunning secluded beaches, lush forests, charming villages and spectacular mountains.

The Kefalonia Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Kefalonia:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island:

Kefalonia’s calling card are its beaches and its most famous, Myrtos is considered one of the best beaches in Europe with glistening white sands, turquoise waters and surrounding cliffs.  You will also love Antisamos, Lourdas, Skala beaches.  The coastline is dotted with traditional fishing villages.

Assos is one of the most picturesque villages in Kefalonia Island.  Built around the most photographed peninsula in all of the Ionian Islands the village is surrounded by forests.  The castle of Assos, built in the late 15th century dominates the village.  The castle was of significant strategic importance and served as a stronghold of the Venetian army that protected inhabitants from pirate raids.  Fiskardo is a beautiful fishing village located on the northeastern tip of the island and is the only settlement to have retained its 18th-century Venetian-style architecture from before the earthquake.

Kefalonia is popularised by the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin novel.  The book is believed to be inspired by the picturesque village of Farsa, just outside of Argostoli.  Kefalonia is neighbours with Ithaca, the homeland of one of the most famous myths of Ancient Greece’s culture – Ulysses.


2. What to See:

Myrtos Beach

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Considered as one of the most scenic best beaches in the World, Myrtos bay is one of the poster child beaches in Greece
  • Lush verdant hills rising steeply from the azure waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Situated on the west of the island the area is rewarded with beautiful sunsets
  • For food check out the tavernas in Divarata which is the closest village



AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Located at the northern tip of the island, Fiskardo is a picturesque fishing village known as the St Tropez of Greece much loved by A-listers
  • Fiskardo retains much of its original Venetian architecture owing to the village avoiding the earthquake of 1953


Assos Village

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Assos is a small village famous for its idyllic picture-perfect ochre-coloured houses sitting within a crescent-shaped cove
  • The village is dominated by the remains of a Venetian fortress dating from 1584


Boat trip to Ithaca

AllThingsTravel Top Pick

  • Explore Kefalonia’s sister island Ithaca to enjoy peaceful traditional Greece at its best
  • Explore Vathi the capital of Ithaca, hidden coves and small villages
  • Head up to Kathara Monastery, perched on the south-eastern peak of Mount Nirito for great views to the Ionian Sea
  • Also check out the medieval village of Anogi


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