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Destination Guide: Kefalonia
With some of the best beaches and luxury villas in the whole of Greece, Kefalonia is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. Being the largest of the Ionian Islands it tends not to feel crowded. Whether you are walking along the picture perfect Mytros beach, or enjoying a long lazy lunch in a marina-side restaurant in Fiscardo it doesn’t have the overwhelming crowded feel that many of the islands have. The island was the setting for the Louis de Bernières' fabulous novel ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’, and despite the success of the novel – and the film adaptation – it remains wonderfully un-spoilt by mass tourism. Kefalonia is an island ideal for both family holidays and romantic breaks with it’s magnificent scenery and stunning beaches, you’ll feel truly spoilt when you arrive on a luxury villa holiday here.
The beaches are undeniably some of the main attractions of Kefalonia. With the crystal blue waters and relaxing atmosphere, home will feel a million miles away. Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas and Skala are regarded as some of the nicest beaches, but with 237km of coastline and 39 beautiful beaches you’ll never lack choice of where to explore.
However, if you want to see what more the island has to offer, there is plenty to explore on a luxury villa holiday here. From picturesque villages to old medieval castles and beautiful monasteries, Kefalonia has it all. For a more cosmopolitan experience, head to Fiscardo, which is a lovely port village on the northern side of Kefalonia that welcomes many private yachts throughout the summer. Another seaside village to see is Assos, with its brightly coloured houses and the Venetian castle at the top you’ll easily get swept up by the charming atmosphere of this small village. Take a stroll around the narrow streets of Assos and then head to a small local tavern on the quayside overlooking the bay for a Greek mezze and some cold wine.
There are many ferry and plane connections between Kefalonia and other countries, with many charter flights arriving here in the summer months.
Best places to eat and drink in Kefalonia
Tasty Greek mezze platters and lunches picking at dish after dish of little nibbles can stretch on for hours when in Kefalonia. Fresh seafood obviously features highly on the menus but be sure to try the homegrown tipple ‘Robola’, Kefalonia’s most famous wine whilst on your luxury villa holiday. It’s dry and honey coloured and is often presented in bottles that are wrapped in hessian with a wax medallion on the front.
For some of the best Kefalonian cooking, there’s no competition, head out of your luxury villa to the harbour town of Fiscardo, in the north of the island. Here you will find the waterfront ‘Tassia Restaurant', owned by chef and cookery-book author Tassia Dendrinou. Popular amongst both the locals and yachters, you can see why with its unique dishes, selection of local cheeses and an impressive list of fine Kefalonian wines to match.
Best time to visit Kefalonia
May through to September are considered the best times to go, with the peak months of July and August having the highest temperatures. May is thought of as a beautiful month to visit as the sea gets warmer and the island starts to bloom with flowers, whilst September is thought of as perfect by the locals as the weather is ideal. Be aware that many beach bars and sport centers won’t open until early June.
What we love about Kefalonia
We love heading to Fiscardo and relaxing in one of the waterfront restaurants with some fresh seafood, whilst taking in the views of the neighbour island Ithaca as well as the private yachts and fishing boats.
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