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Kefalonia, is the largest island in the Ionian and has some of the most spectacular scenery. There are the famous fir forests of Mount Ainos, the spectacular caves of Melisani and Drogorati, magnificent sea-cliffs in the west and the gentler beauty of the Lixouri and Erissos Peninsulas in the north.
It’s easy to understand why so many visitors return to Kefalonia year after year. As well as the stunning natural beauty of the island, the Kefalonian people are genuinely friendly and possess a marvellous sense of humour. Popularised by the hit Hollywood movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, the island has become a ‘must visit’ destination. However, despite its increasing popularity, it seems able to soak up a lot of people without feeling at all crowded.
A cosmopolitan history, that includes rule by the Turks and the Venetians, has left behind a wealth of sites of cultural and historical interest. As well as Venetian fortresses and various Roman ruins, there’s an ancient acropolis that predates its more famous counterpart in Athens. British designed roads and bridges are a legacy from the period when they governed the island in the early 1800s.
Kefalonia is an island of contrasts: the high mountains of the interior separate landscapes and ways of life that are uniquely different; south to north, east to west, each region has its own distinctive atmosphere.
- Explore secluded coves around Fiskardo in your own motor boat
- 3 island cruise: Skorpios, Lefkada & Meganisi
- Visit Melissani’s underground lake
- See the stalactites and stalagmites of Drogarati Cave
- Tour the Robola winery
- Enjoy Kefalonia’s 11 Blue Flag beaches including Myrtos Beach near Assos
- Horse riding in the Sami area
- Visit the peak of Mount Ainos (1627m) the highest mountain in the Ionian
- Visit St. Gerassimos monastery
- Snorkeling tour with the Marine Adventure
- Natural history, dolphin spotting and mythical Ithaka tour from Fiskardo
- Visit the ancient Venetian remains at St. George’s Castle and Assos
- Visit the Archaeological and Folk Art museum in Argostoli
- Celebrate St. Gerassimos feast days: 16th August & 20th October
- Visit FNEC’s nautical and environmental museum in Fiskardo.
Tucked into the northern tip of Kefalonia and lined with elegant Venetian houses, Fiskardo was spared by a quirk of geology from the devastation of the Great Earthquake in 1953. Natural beauty, an intriguing history, attractive waterfront shops and tavernas and the comings and goings of fishing boats, ferries and yachts, Fiskardo has it all but on an intimate scale and with none of the brashness of the larger Mediterranean resorts.
The north of Kefalonia is blessed with crystal clear waters and blissfully quiet shingle beaches. Those near Fiskardo stretch around the headland with the more secluded beaches reachable only by sea.
- Fiskardo has its own shingle beach, Zavalata, just seconds from the main harbour sheltered by olive trees
- Two shingle beaches, Foki Bay and Emblisi Beach, 10 minutes walk from Fiskardo, excellent swimming and snorkeling in the translucent waters
- Dafnoudi Beach has an enticing cave to cool off in away from the heat of the summer. Alternatively, one can explore a sunken wreck just off Doliha Bay
- The coves at Alaties Beach and Agia Jerusalim are only 10 minutes drive away and well worth a visit if not only for their excellent waterside tavernas.
Markandonata: In the 17th century two brothers acquired all the land around the present day hamlet of Markandonata and built themselves a house. Their names were Markos and Adonis, hence the name. The present patchwork of fields, olive groves and vineyards date back to that time. There are many fabulous walks in this area on the old bridleways through the woods and down to the coast.
Antipata: A footpath from Markandonata leads to the nearby village of Antipata with its plateia. There are three traditional tavernas and a mini market.
Manganos: The village of Manganos, with a well-stocked corner shop, greengrocer and a taverna with magnificent sunsets, is within easy reach of all our properties.
Matsukata: A drive from Fiskardo along the eastern coastline through the olive groves brings you to the charming old village of Matsukata. The village is a world away from the bustle of Fiskardo, such is the wonderful atmosphere and peace of your surroundings. This village is full of secret trails, dry stone walls and walks that do not disappoint as they bring you to exquisite views of Doliha Bay and across the channel to Ithaka.
The main coast road from Argostoli, Kefalonia’s capital, to Fiskardo rivals any of the more renowned corniches of the French Riviera. Constructed over two centuries ago by the islanders it is a marvel of civil engineering and hard manual labour, allowing the modern traveller access to one of the island’s most historic settlements; the tiny harbour and village of Assos, with its clifftop fortress and sheltered cove. Just a few minutes drive away is the world famous Myrtos Beach, a crescent of white shingle and sand enclosed by towering cliffs.
- Alexanna Apartments
- Aloni Cottages
- Anna's House
- Cavos Inn
- Emelisse Art Hotel
- George's House
- Kalokeri Apartments
- Karteri Apartments
- Peristera's House
- Rowena's Villa
- Sea Path Apartments
- Talenti's House
- Villa Aquarius
- Villa Arozza
- Villa Astra
- Villa Chloe
- Villa Christina
- Villa Eleni
- Villa Ellie
- Villa Gerassimos
- Villa Kamini
- Villa Louisa
- Villa Nikeli
- Villa Spiros
- Waterfront Apartments
- Villa Helios
- White Rocks Hotel
- Villa Pelagos
- Villa Luna
- Sofia's Cottage
- Villa Marina
- Alexander's House
- 4 Seasons Villa - Winter
- Marianthi's House
- Villa Margarita
- Villa Nickie
- Villa Georgia
- Villa Aphroditi
- Villa Stella
- Villa Nonna Maria
- Villa Nonna Niki
- Dafnoudi Beach
- Kimilia Beach
- Emblisi Beach
- Fiskardo Town Beach
- Foki Beach
- Dolicha Bay
- Pefko Taverna
- Picnic Coffee Bar
- Mini Market
- The Old Stone House Tavern
- Panorama Taverna
- Pama Travel / Ionian Office
- Ionian Taverna
- Maganos Tavern
- Mini Market
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester
|London Heathrow||Kefalonia||Dep: 10:35hrs
|Terminal 5||From: 22nd May
To: 18th Sep
|Terminal 1||From: 1st May
To: 26th Jun
|Terminal 1||From: 3rd Jul
To: 2nd Oct
KEFALONIA SOUTH COAST: Hire car will be waiting for you at the airport (Approx transfer 10 minutes)
FISKARDO & ASSOS: A coach transfer is provided and where applicable hire cars will be waiting close to the accommodation
Approx transfer time: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 45 mins
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
British Airways: For Heathrow flights to Preveza, please click here; pre-seating only available up until Tuesday 23:59hrs
Jet2 Airlines: Visit Website (You will need your Ionian booking reference and surname)
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.