Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands in Western Greece and features some stunning beaches, mountains and pine forests. The Island has still maintained its peaceful, old fashioned charm, with traditional tavernas and fishing villages mixed in with modern, family orientated resorts. You’re never too far from the sea here. This makes Kefalonia a good place to try and swim, go diving or perhaps for something more gentle such as a boat ride. As is the case for most of Greece, Kefalonia has a wonderful climate for sun-seekers, even during winter when it’s surprisingly mild.
The wide roads mean that a medium-sized car will easily get you around the city, countryside and outlying villages with relative comfort.
Driving in Kefalonia
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Important things to note
Kefalonia has largely modern roads, which were built by the English in the 19th century and connect the majority of the beaches and villages, making getting around relatively easy.
Watch out for local livestock, who can wander onto the roads unannounced from time to time.
The main road in Kefalonia is National Route 50. Given its status, traffic is almost a given here during peak hours and in the summer.
Highlights & Hotspots
Sun worshippers have an abundance of beaches to choose from, one of the more popular ones being Lassi, a purpose built resort found just 3km from the capital town of Argostoli. Encompassing five, sandy bays, Lassi has a number of bars and tavernas to sample. For something less commercial, head to Sami, a peaceful hideout surrounded by greenery and made famous in the book and film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
If you want a bit of adventure, then you may want to try hiking up Mount Ainos, which is the tallest on the island. Taking on average between 3-4 hours, those that reach its peak will be rewarded with stunning views of neighbouring Zante. Kefalonia is also a caver’s dream, with Cave Drogarati being the largest and oldest Greece has to offer. There are many boat trips to select from, and one with a difference includes a trip to the underground lake at Melissani.
For a spot of al-fresco dining, head to one of the many sea front tavernas, where you can enjoy the many seafood restaurants to a backing track of live mandolin music. The island is also known for its home-made pies, which can contain different meats, spinach and fish. For a more upmarket vibe, go to Fiskardo, where many choose to anchor their yachts to soak up the atmosphere over some fine cuisine.
Kefalonia International Airport is located approximately six miles south of Argostoli, making it a short drive after your flight.