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

    All access information to Kefalonia, whether you are looking to travel by airplane, car, boat, train etc. Learn how to get there no matter your starting point.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kefalonia - Beaches

    Discover all beaches of Kefalonia on the map, with transport information and nearby points of interest. Popular or hidden beaches, family or nude, with a restaurant or beach bar on the coast, you will find it in TerraBook.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Kefalonia - Cultural Attractions

    Discover all sights & points of interest of Kefalonia on the map, with transport information, hours of service and contact details. Everything you should do & see on your trip.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kefalonia - Villages

    Learn where to stay in Kefalonia, and which places to visit. Browse all the villages, cities and communities on the map, along with nearby points of interest

  • 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.

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