Kefalonia

One of the largest and most green islands in Greece, Kefalonia is located approximately in the middle of the Ionian Sea, to the south of Lefkada, north of Zakynthos and west of Ithaca. It has an area of ​​781 sq. km. and is the largest island of the Ionian Islands. Kefalonia is traversed by the mountain range of Ainos, with the highest peak “Mega Soros” at an altitude of 1,628 m.

Its oldest name “Kefalinia” is frequently used, as well as the alternative spelling – “Kefallonia”.

The island was named after the mythical Cephalus – the hero of many ancient Greek myths. In the Homeric texts the island is mentioned under the name “Sami“, which even today is the name of one of the largest towns of the island, while the people who lived there and were led by Ulysses, where called the “Cephallenians”.

It is characteristic that in Kefalonia the names of the villages end in – ata, as well as the surnames of the residents end in – atos, as for example Kourkoumelata and Tzanata and correspondingly “Georgatos” – a very common surname in Kefalonia.

The magic of nature in Kefalonia will not leave you unmoved, as, apart from the rich cultural attractions, archaeological sites and the Venetian castles, the natural beauty of the island is unparalleled. Few beaches in the world can surpass Myrtos in beauty, while all the other beaches in Kefalonia are also of undeniable beauty. Ainos, the “Black Mountain”, covered with rare fir dominates the landscape, while in Kefalonia, you will also have the opportunity to visit sites of unique geological phenomena, such as the Cave of Melissani.

Every corner of Kefalonia is ready to welcome and indulge the wishes of its visitors!

  • Kefalonia - Access

    Kefalonia is located approximately in the middle of the Ionian Sea, opposite Peloponnese and at a short distance from mainland Greece. The visitor has a variety of options on how to get to the island, depending on where he is coming from. The most frequent itineraries to and from Kefalonia are realized from the port of Kyllini at Elia. Every day, the ferries of the two companies that serve the line, connect the port of Poros, in the south-eastern side of Kefalonia, with the opposite shore. The trip takes about two hours, while at specific days of the week, there is ...

  • Kefalonia - Accommodation

    It is absolutely certain that in Kefalonia you will find the accommodation that suits you! The variety of offered rooms, hotels, luxury homes, and even campsites, will satisfy all the requirements of our guests and let them  enjoy their stay on the island and fully experience its beauty. • Hotels that offer all the comforts. • Luxury villas to rent, for visitors that want to enjoy their autonomy and not lose anything of their comfort. • Apartments for rent, part of large or small establishments. • Rooms to rent for those looking for something more simple and economical for their stay in Kefalonia. • Campsite ...

  • Kefalonia - Activities

  • Kefalonia - Apartments for Rent

    A trend has prevailed in recent years for the visitors of a destination to choose for their accommodation furnished apartments, equipped to provide except from sleep and hygiene, additional capabilities. In a rental apartment, for example, the visitor can use the kitchen, relax watching TV or a movie from the provided services, enjoy his coffee and drinks on the balcony of the apartment and use the swimming pool of the establishment, which the rental apartment usually belongs to. Τhe benefits offered in this category vary: a rental apartment can provide limited services and be a very economical solution. Or, if it is ...

  • Kefalonia - Archaeological Sites

    Kefalonia is an island with a rich history. Archaeological excavations have been carried out throughout the whole island and the visitor has the chance to visit the archaeological sites that belong to different eras and periods. The oldest findings indicate signs of habitation in Kefalonia since the 10th millennium BC, while some scholars trace the beginning of human presence on the island to 50,000 BC.  Tools and other items belonging to the Paleolithic era, were unearthed from the archaeological site west of Ancient Krani. The Mycenaean tombs in the archaeological sites of Tzanata, Metaxata, Mazarakata certify that Kefalonia was an important ...

  • Kefalonia - Bars - Clubs

  • Kefalonia - Beach Bars

  • Kefalonia - Beaches

    Crystal clear waters, deep blue, blue-green, as they mirror the green nature... This is what you will find at whichever beach in Kefalonia you choose for your dives and to enjoy your swim! The more centrally located ones are organized with sun beds and parasols, but you will find numerous beaches, equally beautiful, without, however, the human intervention, such as Koutsoupia in eastern Kefalonia - to reach it you have to take the path Antisamos - Poros. One of the most famous beaches in the world, Myrtos, is located on the west side of Kefalonia. It belongs to Pylaros and is very ...

  • Kefalonia - Beauty

  • Kefalonia - Buildings

  • Kefalonia - Cafeterias - Bars

    There are countless cafes in Kefalonia that will offer you the delicious - and for many the vital – beverage that comes from distant Brazil: coffee!! You will find them everywhere and open at all hours, especially during the summer months, when some operate on a 24 hour basis. On squares and beaches, in the smallest of villages, where you will find the traditional cafe (kafeneio) and in the busiest places, where you will not know what kind of coffee to choose! Lithostroto, in Argostoli is among the most popular areas with cafes, as well as the central square Vallianos. The ...

  • Kefalonia - Camping

  • Kefalonia - Car - Motorcycle - Boat

  • Kefalonia - Churches

    The religious tradition of Kefalonia is evident in every step of the visitor at the island. The churches, from the smallest ones to the most important monastery, are an integral part of people's lives and the landscape of the towns, villages and the environs of the island in general. The church of each village is usually a unique attraction, with many being strongly influenced by elements imposed by the Venetian rule and then incorporated into the tradition of Kefalonia. Among the churches of Kefalonia, a prominent position is held by the Holy Monastery of St. Gerasimos, the patron saint of the ...

  • Kefalonia - Clothing - Footwear

  • Kefalonia - Construction offices

  • Kefalonia - Cruises

  • Kefalonia - Cultural Associations

  • Kefalonia - Cultural Attractions

    Kefalonia is a place of rich natural beauty and great historic importance with attractions that will entice every visitor. Apart from the beautiful shores and beaches, which by themselves are the attractions of nature - who does not admire the surroundings of Myrtos, for example - the natural environment of Kefalonia is very diverse. Although it is an island, Kefalonia presents quite extensive mountain massifs, dominated by its highest mountain, Enos. Marine wetlands, a single lake, Avythos  in Poros, as well as rare and exceptional phenomenons, such as the Katavothres outside of Argostoli and the lagoon lake of Mellissani in Karavomilos of Sami are ...

  • Kefalonia - Culture

    The beginnings of the history of Kefalonia are lost in the mists of time. Civilization has left the modern generations with thousands of years worth of varied cultural elements, whose presence is intense and easily recognizable today. • Archaeological sites of great interest, from the prehistoric city’s walls, Mycenaean cemeteries, classical Tetrapolis of Kefalonia and Roman villas, dating back to the last years of the Roman Era. • Churches and Monasteries constituting elements and components not only of the religious expression of Kefalonia, but also of its culture, as they are made with special attention to Art - so that today they are ...

  • Kefalonia - Customs - Feasts

  • Kefalonia - Education

  • Kefalonia - Entertainment

    The inhabitants of Kefalonia are lively people that dance and sing at the slightest chance! With a big tradition of feasts, it is certain that in Kefalonia, the fun will be nonstop! The options are endless: from a simple café that offers its guests special coffee of any kind, to the big clubs for the avid partygoers and the popular traditional feasts in the villages - the fun at Kefalonia never stops. Choose for your recreation a cafe by the sea or on one of the beautiful squares of the island, such as the square Kampana or the central square Vallianos in Argostoli ...

  • Kefalonia - Event Centers - Estates

  • Kefalonia - Fast Food - Snacks

  • Kefalonia - Food

    It is more than certain that the local cuisine of Kefalonia will make your food 'experience', during your stay on the island, very special. Pure ingredients, traditional flavors, in combination with the Kefalonian hospitality and the love of the locals for the art of cooking, but also of serving their guests, are all undeniable guarantees for your pleasure. Tasteful restaurants, with a beautiful ambiance that goes with their special food, to be found throughout the whole island, on the shore or in tidy little gardens and backyards. On the shores of Sami and Fiskardo you will find a multitude of small ...

  • Kefalonia - Food Supplies

  • Kefalonia - Garages - Tire Services

  • Kefalonia - Gas Stations

  • Kefalonia - Health

  • Kefalonia - Hiking

    Kefalonia is ideal for hiking through the nature, since it is a very green island. The mountain massifs, especially Enos, cover a big part of the island's surface, contributing to the diversity of the landscape, a trait of Kefalonia that excites the hikers. Hidden beaches and less 'famous' peaks, that offer astonishing views of the Ionian sea and the surrounding islands. There is a big variety of possible routes, for experienced and less experienced hikers, but whichever you choose, it is certain that on your way you will enjoy not only the amazing natural scenery, but also one or more cultural ...

  • Kefalonia - Home - Office - Garden

  • Kefalonia - Hospitals - Health Centers

    Two major hospitals, a health center and several regional clinics comprise the body of public health in Kefalonia. The General Hospital of Kefalonia is in Argostoli and serves dozens of patients daily. The second hospital, Mantzavinatio, is located in Lixouri. A Health Center operates in Sami, while the regional clinics in 12 villages of Kefalonia care for the diagnosis and treatment of residents and visitors of the island. In Kefalonia operates also the Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse Prevention "Apoplous (Departure)".

  • Kefalonia - Hotels

    Kefalonia is the island of both cosmopolitan holidays and of family summer vacations at sea. Its hotel units cover a wide range of categories and the various needs of its visitors. From the hotels in the category of "Art Hotel" to the simpler ones, all have the same common denominator: the hospitality and the comfort of their guests. Hotels that are located next to the sea, have their own pool, each one with its own distinct character and decor, that will not leave any visitor dissatisfied. Clean rooms, from the simple singles to the luxury suites. You will find hotels in Kefalonia ...

  • Kefalonia - Information

    Since it is one of the largest islands in Greece, Kefalonia is suitable for all types of vacations: peaceful holidays, vacations of partying all night, beach holidays, as well as vacations on the mountain, swimming in secluded beaches with crystal clear waters, or enjoying the sun and the sea on some of the most organized and, at the same time, most beautiful beaches of the Ionian Sea and of Greece. All this, without even mentioning Myrtos, Melissani, Enos and dozens of other natural and cultural attractions of Kefalonia... All the necessary information for the potential visitor of Kefalonia is gathered here, ...

  • Kefalonia - Jewellery - Accessories

  • Kefalonia - Legal - Finance-Accounting Offices

  • Kefalonia - Market

    Kefalonia is one of the largest islands in Greece, with a permanent population of 35.590 inhabitants. It covers all the needs of the local residents and visitors, with shops and related services of all kinds. All the central points, particularly the touristic ones, have a market with all the necessary shops. In Argostoli and Lixouri, Poros, Skala, Fiskardo, Sami and many of the inland’s villages, there are shops that will cover your every need. The self-sufficient market of Kefalonia is situated in Argostoli and the Industrial Area, located at the outskirts of the city. Lithostroto, the main pedestrian street that crosses Argostoli, ...

  • Kefalonia - Meze Restaurants - Ouzeri

  • Kefalonia - Museums

    The rich history of Kefalonia, the particularities of its natural environment and also the traditions of past centuries are presented in a number of museums and cultural centers throughout the island. The Museums of Kefalonia cover every aspect of interest and are located in different parts of the island, not limited to the capital: the Maritime Museum in Fiskardo, the Olive Museum in Makriotika , the Museum of Electricity in Faraklata and others. In most of them there is a small fee for the admission and they operate the normal hours and days as museums throughout Greece. The Museums of Kefalonia are ...

  • Kefalonia - Music Stages

    The inhabitants of Kefalonia are lively people that dance and sing at the slightest chance! With a big tradition of feasts, it is certain that in Kefalonia, the fun will be nonstop! The options are endless: from a simple café that offers its guests special coffee of any kind, to the big clubs for the avid partygoers and the popular traditional feasts in the villages - the fun at Kefalonia never stops. Choose for your recreation a cafe by the sea or on one of the beautiful squares of the island, such as the square Kampana or the central square Vallianos in Argostoli ...

  • Kefalonia - Natural Attractions

  • Kefalonia - Nature

    Green slopes, majestic mountains, rich lagoons and many important geological phenomena that compose unique sceneries. It is the nature of Kefalonia, which promises to enchant you! Apart from the wonderful beaches that rank among the best of Greece - and beyond the borders - when you visit the island, you will find the countless secrets that are hidden in the nature of Kefalonia. Cave Melissani is perhaps the most distinctive monument of nature in Kefalonia, and you should definitely not miss it. Not very far lies one of the most important caves in Greece, Drogarati with the excellent acoustics - it ...

  • Kefalonia - Patisseries - Bakeries

    It is almost certain that during your visit to Kefalonia, you will be tempted by the smells and images coming from the patisseries of the island! Traditional desserts, but also contemporary ones, influenced by European and American cuisine, invite you to try them! In all the patisseries of Kefalonia, you will find typical local desserts: • Mandoles: They look like candy, have a deep fuchsia - reddish color. They are roasted almonds coated with sugar and you will find them in various packaging in all the patisseries. There is also mandola with honey, that has a more natural brown color, but the ...

  • Kefalonia - Pharmacies

  • Kefalonia - Photographers

  • Kefalonia - Public Services

    Kefalonia, being one of the largest islands of the country, is also an important administrative center. Most public services are concentrated in the island's capital, Argostoli, such as the Tax Office of Argostoli, which has under its jurisdiction the whole island and Ithaca, IKA departments (social Security), OAED offices (Employment Agency), etc. In addition to the public services, in Argostoli are also the offices of the Security Forces, namely the Police Department, the Fire Department and the Port Authority. Public services in Kefalonia you will also find in Lixouri, Sami and Poros.

  • Kefalonia - Restaurants

    It is more than certain that during your stay in Kefalonia, you will enjoy eating in its restaurants and taverns! It will not be difficult to find something that you like, as the island is highly developed in terms of touristic services. You will find restaurants and taverns of all kinds everywhere on the island, from the most remote corner, even in the most mountainous village in the hinterland to the most "popular" places on the island, such as Fiskardo or the beach of Sami. Your options are endless! The restaurants and taverns on Kefalonia have excellent quality products. Usually they ...

  • Kefalonia - Rooms to let

    For those who want simple, but satisfactory solutions, the rooms to let in Kefalonia is the answer to all their questions. It is primarily family businesses, in complexes that include the owner's own house. So the rooms to let in Kefalonia are kept in excellent condition, clean and tidy, so that the visitors feel comfortable, cosy and are receiving the best care. The rooms to let in Kefalonia are mostly newly built buildings, with modern furnishings. They usually have a bedroom and bathroom, probably a refrigerator and a basically equipped kitchen, along with a balcony, where you can relax, while enjoying the beautiful ...

  • Kefalonia - Services

    During your stay in Kefalonia there will be no need that will go unsatisfied, since the island offers a plethora of services that correspond to any possible issue. Bank branches and ATMs are spread throughout the island, so you will have no trouble finding one. The same goes for gas stations and pharmacies that are almost everywhere. Among the offered services in Kefalonia are rental agencies, for cars, motorbikes, but also boats. You can also find hairdressers, accounting offices, garages, tire services, property management services, and much more. Regarding the touristic services, travel agencies and agents are located at all the points ...

  • Kefalonia - Small Islands

    Green slopes, majestic mountains, rich lagoons and many important geological phenomena that compose unique sceneries. It is the nature of Kefalonia, which promises to enchant you! Apart from the wonderful beaches that rank among the best of Greece - and beyond the borders - when you visit the island, you will find the countless secrets that are hidden in the nature of Kefalonia. Cave Melissani is perhaps the most distinctive monument of nature in Kefalonia, and you should definitely not miss it. Not very far lies one of the most important caves in Greece, Drogarati with the excellent acoustics - it ...

  • Kefalonia - Souvenirs - Gifts

  • Kefalonia - Sport

  • Kefalonia - Taverns

    It is more than certain that the local cuisine of Kefalonia will make your food 'experience', during your stay on the island, very special. Pure ingredients, traditional flavors, in combination with the Kefalonian hospitality and the love of the locals for the art of cooking, but also of serving their guests, are all undeniable guarantees for your pleasure. Tasteful restaurants, with a beautiful ambiance that goes with their special food, to be found throughout the whole island, on the shore or in tidy little gardens and backyards. On the shores of Sami and Fiskardo you will find a multitude of small ...

  • Kefalonia - Taxi

  • Kefalonia - Technology

  • Kefalonia - Tradition

    The beginnings of the history of Kefalonia are lost in the mists of time. Civilization has left the modern generations with thousands of years worth of varied cultural elements, whose presence is intense and easily recognizable today. • Archaeological sites of great interest, from the prehistoric city’s walls, Mycenaean cemeteries, classical Tetrapolis of Kefalonia and Roman villas, dating back to the last years of the Roman Era. • Churches and Monasteries constituting elements and components not only of the religious expression of Kefalonia, but also of its culture, as they are made with special attention to Art - so that today they are ...

  • Kefalonia - Transportation

    Since it is one of the largest islands in Greece, Kefalonia is suitable for all types of vacations: peaceful holidays, vacations of partying all night, beach holidays, as well as vacations on the mountain, swimming in secluded beaches with crystal clear waters, or enjoying the sun and the sea on some of the most organized and, at the same time, most beautiful beaches of the Ionian Sea and of Greece. All this, without even mentioning Myrtos, Melissani, Enos and dozens of other natural and cultural attractions of Kefalonia... All the necessary information for the potential visitor of Kefalonia is gathered here, ...

  • Kefalonia - Travel Agencies

  • Kefalonia - Various objects

    Kefalonia is one of the largest islands in Greece, with a permanent population of 35.590 inhabitants. It covers all the needs of the local residents and visitors, with shops and related services of all kinds. All the central points, particularly the touristic ones, have a market with all the necessary shops. In Argostoli and Lixouri, Poros, Skala, Fiskardo, Sami and many of the inland’s villages, there are shops that will cover your every need. The self-sufficient market of Kefalonia is situated in Argostoli and the Industrial Area, located at the outskirts of the city. Lithostroto, the main pedestrian street that crosses Argostoli, ...

  • Kefalonia - Vehicles For Rent

    During your stay in Kefalonia there will be no need that will go unsatisfied, since the island offers a plethora of services that correspond to any possible issue. Bank branches and ATMs are spread throughout the island, so you will have no trouble finding one. The same goes for gas stations and pharmacies that are almost everywhere. Among the offered services in Kefalonia are rental agencies, for cars, motorbikes, but also boats. You can also find hairdressers, accounting offices, garages, tire services, property management services, and much more. Regarding the touristic services, travel agencies and agents are located at all the points ...

  • Kefalonia - Villages

    All the villages of the island belong to a single municipality, that of Kefalonia, which is divided into 8 municipal units, reflecting the previous administrative division. The seat of the municipality is Argostoli, that belongs to the homonymous municipal unit, while the rest units are: Leivathos, Eleios-Pronnoi, Paliki, Omala, Sami, Erisos, Pilaros. The villages of Kefalonia are 300 in total, while there is a popular belief that they amount to 365, "one for each day of the year". A common trait among the majority of the villages is that their names end in "-ata", - the same goes for the surnames ...

  • Kefalonia - Villas

    If you are the kind of travelers who equate vacations with luxury, then the most reliable solution for your stay in Kefalonia are villas. Especially in recent years, this solution is more and more emerging as there are ever more guests who prefer isolation combined with all the comfort and luxury offered at a villa in Kefalonia. They are mainly newly built, architecturally impressive houses all around the island, with their own pool, even when they are right next to the sea. The interior design follows the international trends and is constantly updated, while the external environment, which is usually isolated ...

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