8 reasons to visit Kefalonia Island
The island of Kefalonia is the largest in the Ionian sea and the only Greek island to have a national park. It is also home to two different turtle species. It is rather larger than other Greek islands, offering plenty to see and do. Kefalonia has one of the most beautiful landscapes and most beautiful golden sandy beaches on one side of the island, while the other side is full of white pebble beaches. The picturesque villages and harbours are so colourful and full of authenticity and culture that would make you fall in love in an instant. This island is typically less busy that other Greek islands so you can make the most of it. I would recommend staying for a week at the minimum, but many tourists travel here for day trips or even for a long weekend.
I went to Kefalonia at the beginning of October when the weather was still warm, a little bit chilly in the evenings, but nothing a cardigan won’t fix. Our flights to Kefalonia were with Jet2, being the perfect destination for your all inclusive holidays from flights, hotels, activities and so much more for really amazing deals. If you’re looking for adults only holidays, Jet2 Holidays is the right place to search.
After exploring the island for 4 days, here are my recommendations on what you should not miss when in Kefalonia.
1. Visit Myrtos Beach, the most stunning beach in Kefalonia.
This beach sits between mount Agia Dynati and Mount Kalon Oros creating the most beautiful and dramatic backdrop. The stunning mix of greenery makes a contrast with the bright blue water that would leave you speachless. The waves of the beach create a magical effect while illuminating the sea, revealing a stunning shade of turquoise water. Soak up the Greek sun, swim in the sea, visit the nearby caves, there are plenty to enjoy here.
There are lots of other beautiful beaches you don’t want to miss such as Antisamos, Kalamia, Petuni, Skala etc.
2. Melissani Lake
Melissani Lake in Karavmylos is a must when exploring Kefalonia. The lake is set in a cave with an opening directly at the top. At certain times of the day, the sun shines through the cave and illuminates the water to a bright turquoise! Depending on the timing of your visit it can get pretty busy but you would definitely want to visit this lake. The tour lasts around 20 minutes and it is magical.
3. Go Turtle Spotting on Koroni Beach
Kefalonia is home to two different species of Turtles. The loggerhead turtle and the green sea turtle. There are a few destinations in Kefalonia known for regular turtle spotting. They can often be spotted in Argostoli harbour following the boats as they make their way into the port. However, Koroni beach is an incredible destination for Turtle sighting that is slightly off the tourist track and a beach loved by the locals. Check out the work that wildlife sense do in Kefalonia to learn about turtle conservation efforts on the island. We sadly didn’t spot any of the turtles but will be back in season!
4. Drive the Coastal Road
The Coastal road between Argostoli and Assos hugs the cliff sides and provides some of the best viewpoints in Kefalonia. The road is never too busy, and many places pull over to get out and admire the views. Many goats call this road home; we spotted a few along the way, while admiring the beaches and the views. Make sure to visit the viewpoint over Myrtos beach, the great view over Assos and so much more.
5. Visit Assos
Assos is a beautiful colourful village with Venetian style houses which sit right on the water’s edge. Assos has two beaches and a Venetian castle’s ruins with some incredible viewpoints over this picturesque town. There are lots of little corners to admire, little tavernas to enjoy drinks or food and many photography opportunities. You can also hike to the castle of Assos which is a stunning example of Venetian Architecture. Although it is mostly ruins today, certain parts are well-preserved. Make sure to check out the beautiful Arched entrance gate and find some incredible viewpoints over Assos village itself.
6. Visit haritatos Vineyard
The vineyard is a beautiful small place owned by Ioanna and her brother Kostas. Their passion for the estate, the vinery, the olive trees, the tradition of wine making, are addictive. The house that has passed many generations, the chapel, the courtyard transport you to hundred years ago and everything is so charming. The wine is absolutely fabulous and such good value for money, make sure to take some home!
7. Experience yoga on the beach
We had such a fantastic time with Sophia, an amazing instructor on a beautiful morning on Petani beach, with a fabulous view, while stretching and getting our bodies in tune with the calming waves. It is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss, and also the beach is simply beautiful with white soft sand.
8. Hike up Mount Ainos and Explore the National Park
Kefalonia is home to the only national park to be situated on a Greek island. This national park spans over 3000 hectares and is the hub of Kefalonia’s biodiversity. The park is covered in beautiful black pin trees and Greek Fir. There are also wild ponies that call this National Park home! The highest point of the mountain reaches 1,628 meters! On clear days you will be able to see as far as the Peloponnese, Ithaca and Zakynthos. The hike up is worth it for the incredible views.
Where to stay in Kefalonia
There are lots of Kefalonia hotels you can book via Jet2 Holidays, we stayed at Thalassa Boutique Hotel Kefalonia which is adults only. Set in the beautiful resort of Lassi, the luxurious hotel is perfect for couples wanting to experience a romantic getaway in this picturesque Greek island. Located seconds from the beach, and a short walk from the Lassi resort centre you have everything on your doorstep for a memorable stay in Greece. Jet2holidays has a great selection of package holidays to Greece, and I can’t wait to explore and be back!
I hope you enjoyed my travel guide to Kefalonia, there are is much more to explore and I am planning on going back soon!
Article written in collaboration with Jet2 Holidays. All opinions are my own.