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Everything You Need to Know: Kefalonia, Greece

Andy is the most recent addition to our team. Andy has plenty of experience travelling repeatedly throughout the USA, Europe and Indian Ocean, as well as having a strong knowledge about the airline industry as a whole. Andy’s main role will be to pass on this knowledge to our clients and help and assist with any queries they may have.

If you are yet to still visit Kefalonia, you have started off in the right place. You may already recognise photos like these or the island itself, whether that’s from seeing popular Kefalonia posts on social media or that time you watched a famous war film called ”Captain Correlli’s Mandolin.” A classic that was filmed on the island itself, that holiday-makers like myself will sit down and watch before visiting the island. 

Be assured, Kefalonia is a greek-island gem, with an exotic twist. Tall mountainous ranges of greenery descend into and contrast the blue-turquoise waters that surround the island making a truly unique look and beloved destination.

Situated in the Ionian sea off the west coast of mainland Greece, Kefalonia is the home of iconic picturesque coastal villages like Assos and Fiscardo that show off lagoons and hidden coves. If you prefer more space to relax or more entertainment in your evenings, then popular resorts like Lassi, Skala, and Svoronata boasts long stretches of white or golden sandy beaches topped with local taverns and bars. Buildings in Kefalonia notably have pink roofs and most houses are lined with the stand-out pink Bougainvillea flowers. 

During the high season, each of the taverns in the previous mentioned resorts will alternate in holding a ‘Greek night’ making every night of your holiday a memorable one. Here, you will enjoy the most memorable greek sunsets while experiencing the finest of greek cuisine, also listening to live Greek Bouzouki music and being persuaded to get up on your feet to dance to the famous bouzouki song ‘Zorba the Greek’ . With Ouzo and carafes of wine flowing, some tavernas still even offer the chance to take part in the traditional ‘plate smashing’. 

In the island’s capital, Argostoli, you can visit typically Greek style street-cafes, bakeries and fruit markets after having a stroll down the marina where turtles will rise to the waters-surface and follow you along promenade. 

With all Greek islands being such beautiful, Kefalonia is unique in many ways and tends to be a firm favourite with many. I feel the main reasons being…

  • The relaxed easiness of going through Kefalonias brand-new but small airport after landing.

  • The sheer friendliness and respect from the locals who make you feel very welcome on their island.

  • No densely populated or too built up areas across the island.

  • The blissfully idyllic and turquoise waters that surround kefalonia and blend into the evergreen hills, vineyards and mountains.

  • An equal balance of small peaceful coves to large open white sandy beaches, including the famous Myrtos beach. 

  • Attractions such as Melissani Lake, Drogarati Caves and Myrtos Beach viewpoints.

  • Stunning picturesque seaside villages such as Assos, Fiscardo, Agia Efimia, Zola, Sami and Poros. 

  • Greek nights are like no other, within excellent tavernas that all serve a delicious variety of Kefalonian dishes, Greek style dishes and mediterranean dishes. My all time favourite restaurant on the island is Avithos Preview Taverna which can be found in Svoronata above Avithos beach. Here you will find some of the best food on the island with stunning views over the sea out towards Zakynthos. 
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  • The island is large enough to experience a full days worth touring with a hire car, however, it is small enough so you can cover most of the island in that same day. 
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  • Neighbouring islands include Ithaca and Zakynthos, where you can hop on-board a glass-bottom boat-tour to, from Skala located on the southeastern corner of kefalonia. These boat trips include a visit to Zante’s famous ‘shipwreck beach’. 

Finally to conclude, Kefalonia is a place that should definitely be on your bucket list whether you will be travelling as a family or as a couple, or even groups of friends looking for that relaxed getaway, so be sure not to miss out. With only a short 3.5 hour direct flight from most UK airports, make sure it’s you that’s stepping off the aircraft in kefalonia ready to be hit with the Mediterranean heat.

For more details,  email enquiries@pillingerworldtravel.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01772337448

 

 

 

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