KEFALONIA ISLAND, GREECE
FOR UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAYS
Make memories that last a lifetime
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands with breath-taking views, idyllic beaches and quaint little villages to explore.
We fell in love with Kefalonia on our very first visit many years ago and are now extremely fortunate to call the island home.
Here at Visit Kefalonia we want you to make the most of your holiday time, so we have created this website with the help of our Facebook group members to ensure you have a memorable stay.
Sheila ”I love Kefalonia for so many reasons. The warmth and hospitality of the Kefalonian people fills my heart with joy. The sheer beauty of the island is breath-taking at times. The food is the best I’ve ever tasted, so fresh and healthy. The lovely warm clean air makes me feel 10 years younger. There’s a laid back friendly atmosphere, wherever you go. The only thing I don’t like, is when I have to leave, I cry every time, heart breaking’‘
Joan ”My love for Kefalonia has evolved over the last 5 years, it grew more and more during each holiday. I fell in love with the relaxing, safe, beautiful surroundings and the ambience. I also fell in love with the lovely hospitality of which I/we received, from everyone, everywhere. My health and feeling of wellness whilst there is enhanced by the clean air, beautiful colours, crystal blue sea and the wonderful organic food”
From tree-lined mountains and undulating valleys, to crystal blue water lapping onto golden sandy beaches, there is always something new to discover on Kefalonia.
You will find something to suit all tastes, from energetic & exhilarating adventure activities to hilly walking trails and guided tours by bus, private taxi or boat.
You could be adventurous and hire a boat for the day, explore the amazing coastline and discover some of the most beautiful beaches and hidden coves which are only accessible by sea. Should you prefer to explore on land you can hire a car, moped or quad bike; there are some fabulous tavernas and café bars to be found, lose yourselves in paradise.
If you have an interest in historical buildings and old ruins, you will not be disappointed. There are some beautiful monasteries and churches here, far too many to mention but Saint Gerasimos Monastery in the Omala valley is the perhaps the most well known.
Close to the monastery is the Robola winery where they produce this famous Kefalonian tipple; pop in to see how everything works and sample this locally produced wine, it goes nicely with a Kefalonia sunset from your balcony.
Nearby are what remains of the original village of Valsamata, now known as Palia Valsamata. It was the main settlement in the area at the time of the 1953 earthquake and was all but destroyed, however many of the buildings are remarkably well preserved. The new village of Valsamata was established shortly after and today it thrives with a population in excess of 700.
Patricia ”I fell in love with Kefalonia 15 years ago when I went with a friend. I just had that really strong feeling to go there and it certainly paid off. I love the island, the food and the friendly homely people. I have been back most years with my husband and fortunately he’s hooked on the island too. We personally love Lourdas and have made several Greek friends, and can’t wait to go again”
Elaine ”It had been my dream to visit Kefalonia since watching Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and had the pleasure of visiting 3 years ago, I absolutely fell in love”
Sue ”My friend and I are hoping to visit sometime this year (2021) because it looks amazing”
Over the years, like ourselves, more and more couples have followed their dream of getting married abroad. Kefalonia is a very popular wedding location and is one of the most idyllic places to hold your dream wedding. You will be spoiled for choice of planners and venues but whether you choose to have a romantic day for two or a bigger celebration, your wedding planner will ensure that you have the most perfect day ever. If you need help organising any kind of celebration or event, take a look at our list of wedding and event planners, you may well find exactly who you are looking for.
To help you find everything you will need throughout your stay, we have created a FREE to use local business directory.
If you own a tourism related business here and would like to be added, please contact us with your details and we will happily include you.
We don’t pretend to know everything, so if you have information to share, any suggestions for additional pages or would like to contribute to this website with comments and photos, please contact us on this site or via Facebook messenger.
Eamonn ”we stayed at San Giorgio Hotel in 2019 for the 3rd time. It’s a great hotel, it’s a long way from the main village, but the free bus is great. The food is great, rooms are lovely and staff very helpful. The hotel is set up on a hill so great for views. Make sure that you have one or more meals in the village, Old Times and Ta Pitharia are excellent. Make sure you call into the bakery opposite the church on the main street, Nikos will look after you.
Kefalonia has many beautiful beaches, from golden sands to pure white cobblestones and many have been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness.
One of the most famous is of course Antisamos beach, Sami. It was the setting of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Many scenes for this movie were filmed in Sami, on Antisamos beach and the surrounding countryside. Antisamos attracts thousands of visitors each year, it’s white pebbly shoreline, the iridescent blues of the ocean & surrounding greenery are absolutely stunning.
Myrtos beach is also famous around the world, it sits at the foot of two mountains. With its 700 metre long arc of dazzling white pebbles it has been described as one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece.
And finally – a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this website so far. The positive response we have received has been overwhelming. It’s been hard work but your genuine positivity regarding what we are trying to achieve makes it all worthwhile. We have been made to feel very welcome since moving here and after such a lousy year, we hope to help local businesses get back to doing what they do best.
Of course, after having many holidays here ourselves in the past, we have our own memories and photos to share, but we want the site to be mainly about you, the people who have visited and are still visiting the island and would like to share their experiences with everyone.
“I thought the website would be good. It isn’t, it’s amazing. So well laid out, easy to follow. The text and pictures are all very clear. There is so much information too. I’ve been sitting with a smile on my face looking through the pages, it’s just beautiful to look at. I’ve seen and learned at lot in my first 10 minutes review”. Well done, very very VERY impressed. Congratulations – by Eamonn Harvey
“What a great site!! Lots of hard work, ideas and perseverance gone into this and it's still expanding. Everyone, businesses, tourists and local people, can most definitely benefit from it. Thankyou for your time and tireless care and dedication in promoting Kefalonia
- by Joan Marfleet
“A fantastic web directory of Kefalonia for those who are looking for several services on the island
such as restaurants, transportation, activities.... !"– by Dimo Fanis
"Great website focusing on the whole of Kefalonia, the go-to site for visitors to the island. Well done to all concerned...
Your format is spot on.... Its a refreshing change to know that members of this site actually explore the island, and if asked, can comment on their own experiences! Thank you" - by Neil Threadgold
"Just checked the website, very informative, nice work.
I'll definitely save it on my browser for my next trip in July"
- by Manuel Deimudder
"So excited for this launch.
It really is the one stop shop for anything you need to know about this amazing Island"
- by Angie Mass
"Bravo, lots of hard work which has paid off
....all the very best to you both xx"
- by Donna Palimeri
"Indeed it’s a great job and it will be very good for Kefalonia in general
- by Antonia Vassiliou
"Wowie, looks beautiful.
I have something to do this Easter weekend!! Discovering Kefalonia but in a different way"
- by Marian Abel Krootjes
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