Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands, is marked by a green hilly landscape and absolutely gorgeous beaches. The island in fact is famous for a number of spectacular white sand and pebble beaches sheltered by dramatic cliffs. Some of these are relatively easy to reach: Myrtos (remember it from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin?) in the north is the most famous; Petanoi on the west coast is beautiful too, while others require more of an effort to get to (notably Plateia Ammos on the west coast – some 400 steps down, and up again after your swim!). But you will find all sorts of fantastic beaches all around the island, ranging from easy-to-get-to, organised beaches where you can get your sun bed and umbrella, to secluded paradise-like corners – with the east facing Koutsoupia Beach, only reachable by boat, topping the list.
What else to see and do on Kefalonia
Kefalonia is popular among British and Italian tourists, and beaches can get crowded in July and August, but come off season, rent a car and have some decent shoes with you, and paradise is yours to explore. Don’t expect too much in terms of traditional villages: a devastating earthquake in 1953 left few old houses standing, and most towns and villages were rebuilt after. Fiscardo in the north is the only village that escaped this fate and with beautiful Venetian buildings lining the coast it has kept its old charm. But there is plenty more to explore on the island: there are the remains of Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches, Mycenaean tombs as well as a number of caves. Not far from the main port, Sami, you can visit the Drogarati Cave which is filled with stalactites, and the Melissani Cave which has a mesmerizing underground salt-water lake. And of course, as the island has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, there are possibilities for scuba diving, boat excursions, wine tasting, horseback riding, sea kayaking and all sorts of other water sports and entertainment.
Small hotels and other special places to stay in Kefalonia