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Kefalonia, or Cephalonia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands, located west of the Greek mainland. Summers in Kefalonia are warm and with what feels like continuous sunshine, perfect for a family villa holiday. The island contains some of the most beautiful, picture postcard scenes, in the Mediterranean, with pretty villas and stunning beaches a plenty. Fiskardo, Assos, Skala and Spartia combine traditional Greek hospitality with exceptional beaches and inspirational culture. With so much to see and do, a villa holiday in Kefalonia is ideal for all ages.

Things to do in Kefalonia

In Kefalonia you can explore eye catching beaches, jaw dropping view points from the top of Mount Ainos National Park, take a boat trip through the dramatic Melissani Cave and Lake, which are steeped in Greek mythology, or an excursion out to sea.

Myrtos Bay is one of Greece’s most stunning beaches consisting of white pebble stone, turquoise blue waters and commanding chalk cliffs. With a peaceful, unspoilt nature, it is a great location to relax with family and friends. 

The Hollywood blockbuster film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed in Kefalonia, capturing the vibrant scenery and spectacular beaches, none so, more than Antisamos beach. Similarly to Mrytos beach, it is made up of small white pebbles, which appear to be sand from a distance. With warm waters and a gentle current, there are plenty of sea activities to do from here.

A villa holiday with groups of friends allows you to explore all of this and more.

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia
Cave in Kefalonia

History and Culture in Kefalonia

The earthquake in 1953 destroyed many of the island’s towns and villages, however, Fiskardo, located on the east of the island, somehow managed to survive. Without doubt, it is Kefalonia’s prettiest village, consisting of 18th century Venetian architecture. The bay area is an absolute delight, with many of the houses operating as upmarket seafood restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy a coffee whilst overlooking the ships, bobbing up and down in the harbour.
We have an array of villas in Fiskardo, which make for a great base for exploring this area.

Along the southwest coast, the capital city of Argostoli can be found. Despite it predating the 1950s, much of the town was destroyed during the earthquake, but it has since been rebuilt with a modern style. Here you can find a small museum with artefacts from previous periods. Following a trip to the museum, explore the capital and frequent some of the cafes and restaurants.

Family Holidays in Kefalonia

Kefalonia is ideal for a family villa holiday, and like many of the other Greek islands it is very welcoming to families with children of all ages. No matter where your villa with a private pool is based on the island, there is something suitable for families to do.

The coastline provides plenty of family filled activities, from relaxing beach days, to engaging water sports. Rent a kayak and explore the caves and lakes, which can be accessed via the coast, darting in and out of underground entrances around a maze of waterways.
With shallow waters, the beaches are also ideal for those who love snorkelling. Explore the reefs among the sheltered coves, providing wonderful memories for your family.

There are plenty of excursions to enjoy out on the sea. Hire a boat for the day and take the family on a mini cruise around the island. Discover private bays and secluded coves that you can stop off at and swim in. See if you can spot the loggerhead turtles on your trip, along with various other marine life too.

There are plenty of welcoming tavernas that are family friendly. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine by the sea, tucking into some freshly caught seafood, whilst admiring the setting sun.

Kayaking in Kefalonia
Cycle route in Kefalonia

Adventurous activities in Kefalonia

Aside from the coast and the various water sport activities, there are plenty of routes to trek through the National Park. Pine clad hills lead to spectacular views across the island, particularly from Mount Ainos. Whilst surveying the beautiful landscape, it becomes very apparent why Captain Corelli's Mandolin was chosen to be filmed in Kefalonia. 

For those that enjoy cycling, there are some incredible coastal routes to explore. Spend a day cycling around the island, taking in the views of the towns, the sea and the various harbours that Kefalonia has to offer.

Romance in Kefalonia

With a plethora of coastal paths, wander at your own pace, stopping off to sample the local culture among a backdrop of beautiful hills and coastline. Enjoy the warm, hazy summer evenings at your own pace, cherishing the time you have with your loved one. With the peace and tranquillity offered by staying on a couples villa holiday, what more could you ask for?

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