On how to spend your time on the island
The island of Kefalonia
South of Lefkada and Ithaca and north of Zante, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands which also include, Corfu, Paxos and Kythira. The most mountainous island of the group, Kefalonia is approximately 53km in length and 38km wide with a 237km coastline.
The island benefits from long hot sunny summers and short mild rainy winters with occasional snow, mainly on the mountains.
Kefalonia has developed over the past few years into a family destination, and it has managed to keep the authenticity of Greece gone by, with a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful people, delicious food and wine.
Apart from unwinding on exotic beaches such as Antisamos, Lourdas, Skala, Xi, Myrtos (awarded multiple times worldwide for its beauty) and swimming in the crystal clear Ionian Sea, there are picturesque villages, mediaeval castles, beautiful monasteries and famous natural sites to visit.
Argostoli, found on the west coast, is the Capital, and where you will see turtles swimming in the sea around lunchtime each day. Whereas in the North is Fiscardo, the most cosmopolitan resort on the island and where you will observe a selection of luxurious yachts moored throughout the summer.
Once voted tenth in the world for scenic beauty, and with lovely beaches (there are around 40), caves and the magnificent mountains, Kefalonia is an island to be explored
Hire a boat
Why not hire a small boat and find your own private beach or take a trip to Ithaca the birth place of Odysseus and have lunch at a quayside taverna? We have a large selection of exceptionally well maintained boats and all Greek Island Retreats guests enjoy a healthy discount, you can book these yourselves using this link www.fiscardoboathire.com alternatively just let us know the dates you would like and we will do it all for you.
Go on a hike
With its spectacular scenery, large wooded areas and rugged coastline Kefalonia is a hiker’s paradise. Over the last few years the shepherds’ paths, used for hundreds of years as a way of moving around the island, have been renovated and sign posted with distance between 2 points and the estimated time for completion. You can wander through Cypress forests and deserted villages or visit WW2 battery emplacements. Visit some of the more secluded beaches with a picnic and then a slow walk back to the villa for a cocktail on the terrace.
Explore by car
For those that want to discover Kefalonia a car is essential. Largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia has a diverse terrain and amazing places to visit. Sleepy villages tucked up in the hills, silent Monasteries or fantastic fishing marinas, all give the visitor a glimpse of a more relaxed and traditional way of life. We have excellent car hire contacts with a personal approach and would be happy to organise all your car hire requirements. Guests are met at the airport arrival hall with an English speaking chap holding a board with their name on and taken directly to their vehicle, no waiting in endless lines of travelers! We have available a large selection of modern vehicles to suit all party sizes and needs from 7 seater mini vans to jeeps and mini’s.
Found on the western side of the Island and the capital of Kefalonia since 1757, Argostoli was virtually destroyed by the earthquake in 1953, with only a few original buildings with Venetian architecture remaining. Argostoli has a modern feel to it even though the reconstruction was carried out in the tradition of the old town. There is a main pedestrianised shopping area called the Lithotroto and many side streets off this with a variety of shops. There is a lovely selection of fruit, vegetables, salads, meat and fish found along the waterfront, and fresh fish can also be purchased from the fishermen around lunchtime.
The second largest town on Kefalonia is Lixouri and found on the Pali peninsula, which forms the southwestern side of Kefalonia. There are plenty of tavernas to choose from along the sea front and the square hosts some lovely cafes. The Lakovatios Library and Museum has a garden which occasionally hosts cultural events during the summer. A regular ferry connects Lixouri and Argostoli with sailings every half hour during high season and hourly at other times of the year. Tickets are purchased on board.
Surrounded by cypress tree covered hillsides and small coves, Fiscardo is situated on the northern tip of Kefalonia; an area so beautiful the Greek government have protected it by law. Almost like stepping back in time you can wander through the small fishing village and imagine when the Venetians ruled Kefalonia. The pretty harbour is enclosed by pastel coloured Venetian style houses which escaped the 1953 earthquake. You can take your choice of which café or restaurant you will enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, and watch as the luxurious yachts arrive in the harbour.