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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 holiday destinations in Greece. But have you ever heard of the island of Kefalonia? If not, you are not alone. Although Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, this beautiful piece of land is still a real insider tip among holidaymakers. Incredible mountain panoramas, sugar-sweet fishing villages and fairytale beaches in a fabulous landscape – the beautiful island offers all of this! So if you want to enjoy the Greek flair far away from mass tourism, then you would be in good hands with a Kefalonia vacation! In the following, we will tell you what you should definitely not miss there, as well as the most beautiful places and beaches!

Kefalonia entry requirements: what you should pay attention to!

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Although Greece has been severely affected by COVID-19 again in recent weeks, the Robert Koch Institute no longer classifies the country as a corona risk area. Entry is generally possible for all persons aged 12 and over who have a negative PCR or rapid test, who can prove a complete vaccination or a recovery. However, the negative tests are only valid for 72 hours. There is also an online registration requirement for all travelers and holidaymakers must fill out an online “Passenger Locator Form”. However, the number of infections in Greece has increased significantly and measures against the pandemic are still in place. The country is divided into different risk zones and changes at short notice are possible at any time.

When is the best time to travel to Kefalonia?

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With more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year, Kefalonia offers the perfect conditions for a sunny beach holiday. The bathing season begins around June and peaks in July and August when temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius. Although it can get quite hot, the wind is usually very pleasant and there is rarely any rainfall. If you prefer to enjoy your vacation in moderate temperatures, then September with temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees is the perfect travel time for you. The sea is still pleasantly warm and the beaches are not that crowded – perfect for a Kefalonia vacation with the children!

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 dreamy island is one of the hidden gems of Greece and is still a real insider tip among holidaymakers. However, the little pearl of the archipelago is attracting more and more tourists and it is not difficult to understand why. The charming fishing villages, breathtaking beaches with crystal clear water, rock caves and the lush flora create an exotic holiday paradise. In the following we will show you all the dreamy places that you cannot miss on your vacation on Kefalonia.

Argostoli

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Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and is only about 15 minutes away from the airport. The city is located on a small headland in the southwest of the island and can easily be explored on foot for a day. The Lithostroto Street and its surrounding alleys are the heart of Argostoli and invite you to stroll and linger. In the evening you should definitely visit the Platia Vallianou, the main market square of the city and enjoy the regional cuisine in the cozy taverns and restaurants. On the harbor promenade you will find another landmark of Argostoli: The De Bosset Bridge. The almost 700 meter long bridge is actually the longest sea bridge made of stone 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 wonderful 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 not to be missed when visiting Argostoli are the turtles in the harbor! The sea turtles (Carett Caretta), which weigh up to 100 kilos and are up to 1 meter in size, hang around the city’s promenade to feed the remains of the fishermen. In addition to Zakynthos, Kefalonia is also known for its hawksbill turtle population and in Argostoli you can get closer to these cute animals than anywhere else. The best time to watch the turtles is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m..

Fiskardo

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Another picturesque fishing village awaits you on the north coast of Kefalonia. Surrounded by dense forests, Fiscardo enchants all holidaymakers with its breathtaking bays and beautiful pebble beaches. With almost 200 inhabitants, the village is quite clear and therefore ideal for a quiet Kefalonia vacation. Since it was spared the great earthquake in 1953, you can still find very well-preserved buildings and imposing city villas from Venetian times there. Although Fiscardo is one of the most popular travel destinations in Kefalonia, it has somehow managed to preserve its beauty. The port city has had very strict building regulations since the 1970s: you not only have to adhere to a certain style and height, but the color of the shutters also plays a decisive role in the appearance of the town. A special highlight is the beautiful harbor with the numerous fishing boats and luxurious yachts. Let yourself drift through the narrow streets, browse the small shops 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 like Beyoncè, Madonna and Nicolas Cage also appreciate the beauty of Fiscardo and have been there several times.

Assos

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

Mount Enos

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What makes Kefalonia so fascinating and unique is the incredibly varied landscape. Would you like to do some sport 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 ideal 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 appear extremely dark and is still called “Monte Nero” (Black Mountain). The ascent and descent from the entrance of the national park to the summit takes about 4 hours and at the top of the mountain you will be rewarded with a fairytale view over the whole island. If the weather is clear, you can even see the neighboring islands of Lefkada, Zakynthos and Ithaca. With a lot of luck you can spot wild horses at the top.

Melissani cave

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The 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 is about 35 meters deep at its deepest point, but only 45 meters wide and 160 meters long. The cave’s stalagmites and stalactites are approximately 20,000 years old and archaeological findings indicate that the grotto was a place of worship for the god Pan. For an unforgettable experience, it is best to visit the Melissani Cave at lunchtime. When the sun is at its highest point at noon, it shines on the crystal clear, turquoise water and the view is really indescribable. The best way to admire the spectacular scenery is in a rowing boat on a small tour. Although the Melissani Cave is one of the most popular excursion destinations on Kefalonia, the high walls, which only allow a view of the sky, make you feel as if you are isolated from the rest of the world.

Drogarati stalactite cave

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Just a few kilometers from Lake Melissani you will find another popular Kefalonia attraction, namely the Drogarati stalactite cave. It is also the largest on the island and should therefore not be missing on any holiday on Kefalonia. The imposing stalactite cave is more than 150 million years old, but was discovered by chance after an earthquake around 300 years ago. The cave is divided into two rooms and the main cave is about 60 meters deep. A slippery staircase leads to the great room, where you can admire the yellow and orange stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the ceiling up close. The other room is still known as the “Apotheosis Room” and is a real natural amphitheater with fantastic acoustics. For this reason, concerts by Greek opera singers often take place 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 short tour of discovery 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 water and long sandy coasts in a unique landscape – without a doubt you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on Kefalonia. From flat, spacious sandy beaches to hidden and natural bays – the Ionian island has something to offer for every type of beach!

Myrtos Beach

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Myrtos Beach is about 30 kilometers north of Argostoli and is undoubtedly the most famous beach on Kefalonia. The breathtaking mix of cypresses, pines 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 voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world several times. The play of nature at lunchtime, when the sun is reflected in the water, is particularly impressive. The view is so breathtaking that you want to jump right in. Numerous parasols and loungers ensure your comfort and there is a small snack bar for those who are hungry in between. Since Myrtos Beach is supposed to be protected, there are no taverns or restaurants there, so you should bring a packed lunch with you. You have the best view of the entire bay 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 Kefalonie – the Xi Beach! The high, gray rocks that fall steeply into the sand make the beach look like a real paradise. What makes the place so unique is the red beach, which locals even consider healing. So don’t miss out on indulging in a free spa treatment by rubbing it on your body. In addition, the approximately 3 kilometer long beach is a real all-rounder and everyone is sure to find what they need for the perfect Kefalonia vacation there. Whether various water sports such as surfing, jet skiing and parasailing or just relaxing under the parasol – there is guaranteed to be something for everyone! Since the Xi Beach is gently sloping, it is ideal for a vacation on Kefalonie with the children!

The beaches of Lassi

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Lassi’s optimal location and rare, natural beauty ensure that visitors return year after year. The place is in the immediate vicinity of the airport and the capital Argostoli and the many beaches and bays make it ideal for a Kefalonia vacation. Since there are so many beautiful bathing resorts around Lassi, we cannot name just one wonderful 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 with the beach bar and the wide range of water sports is a lot more touristy. Other really charming and quieter beaches are Antonio Beach, Gradakia Beach and Kalamia Sandy 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 particularly famous because of the film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” with Nicholas Cage, which was filmed there. Since the water is not very deep and gently sloping, Antisamos Beach is ideal for families with children. And the water sports enthusiasts among you can choose from numerous water sports such as sailing, diving and snorkeling. But that’s not all, because not only the beach, but also the Agrillion Monastery 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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