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Kefalonia – The Best Greek Island

Kefalonia

Kefalonia – is it the best of the Greek islands?

Kefalonia (or Cephalonia) has well and truly stole our hearts!

Famous for its amazing landscapes, Kefalonia beaches are the pull to this Venetian inspired Greek heart-throb.

Ever watched Captain Corelli’s Mandolin? Yes – you know Kefalonia as it was filmed here. It really is one of the best Greek islands.

Are you’re looking for travel inspiration? Then read on. You will want a taste of one of the best places to visit in Greece.

We LOVE this amazing island and we know you will love it too.

What camera did we use to capture these amazing shots?

To make the most of this beautiful island, we used a Nikon D3300 which you can check out here.

Kefalonia Island – why you have to visit

Visiting Greece is all about one thing…

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Myrtos beach – Kefalonia

You guessed it. Kefalonia beaches are some of the best throughout the whole of Europe. In fact, Myrtos has been voted the best beach in Greece 12 times and the 6th best beach in the world!

Cephalonia is just one of those places that steals your heart.

Do you love good food?

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“Art” bakery – Agia Efimia

Do you love Greek dancing?

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May Day festival – Zorba

Any reputable Kefalonia guide will TELL you, no, FORCE you to visit in spring.

“Why?” – You ask.

One huge reason to visit Cephalonia in spring time is clearly explained in the photo above. You’ll find that if you’re on the island on May 1st, (or May Day) the locals go crazy for the start of summer.

And if you’re staying in one of the best traditional resorts in Kefalonia, a village like Agia Efimia, (North East) you’ll find this very Greek festival.

We woke to what was a sleepy, small harbour town in Agia Efimia, to a totally transformed full Greek festivity.

And no Greek festival would be complete without Zorba’s Greek, would it? It just didn’t get any more Greek than that.

But wait, there’s more than just the festivities. You’re in one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe.

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Not only can you get super cheap holidays to the island (Cephalonia) in spring, but before the awesome heat of the Greek summer arrives, flowers are in full bloom.

It really is the best time to visit this beautiful island.

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Kefalonia points of interest

So what do you think so far? Do you think we were stuck for things to do whilst here?

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“Elies Beach” – Agia Efimia

When in Rome..or Greece.

Why should you visit the island in Spring?

If you choose to visit Cephalonia, the very first thing you have to do is visit the beaches.

It’s a crime not to visit a beach when in Cephalonia (well, in our books it is).

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Kefalonia beaches

Remember we said the beach in Greece is found in Cephalonia? Well it doesn’t stop there…

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“Dafnoudi Beach” – Fiskardo

Oh, and just one more…

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“Foki Beach” – Fiskardo

A huge bonus to visiting the island in spring, is that you may just have this whole view to yourself as many beaches are often quiet or totally deserted!

Resorts in Kefalonia

Going self catering Kefalonia style allows you to be choosy as the island is covered with beachside apartments.

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“Poseidon Apartments” – Agia Efimia

We paid £220 for 7 nights, including breakfast (which was huge) – WOW! Now that’s cheap travel accommodation. And look at the view of the harbour!

Kefalonia Weather

When is the best time to visit?

Well, it all depends on your taste. Do you like it hot? Or do you prefer quiet evening strolls with warm day time temperatures?

If you’re anything like us, and hate searching for a piece of beach to park yourself, the best time to visit the island is in spring. (Or late summer)

The weather is perfect.

Our flight from Manchester was 29th April, and that same evening we were enjoying the best of what the Ionian sea has to offer.

But

Kefalonia weather can be unpredictable in spring. However, we had temperatures of around 25 degrees. We needed sun cream, let’s just put it that way.

Cheap Holidays to Kefalonia

If you’re looking for a great deal to Greece, visit the island in spring. (April and May)

The holiday season is just about to begin and you’ll enjoy cheaper hotel rates and flights. We paid £48 pp return, but there were cheaper tickets before we booked.

How to Sleep

Self catering Kefalonia style.

Why?

Because you’ll really taste (quite literally) what being Greek is all about.

Visiting the island is all about laid back, traditional living. You won’t find any high-rise, Mcdonald’s or KFC here.

So, if you’re looking for an amazing adventure in Europe – visit Kefalonia (or Cephalonia).

You will LOVE it!

For more inspiration, be sure to check out our Kefalonia guide.

What’s your favourite Greek island? We would love to know. Comment below.

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  • Eva | Happy Blogging Mom
    May 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this post! It makes me want to leave everything and head to Greek! What a BEAUTIFUL place!

    • James
      May 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks! Yes, Greece is amazing and there are so many islands to visit here. Kefalonia is a MUST.

  • Casey the College Celiac
    May 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    The scenery is absolutely breathtaking – and I bet the food is equally scrumptious! I’ve never traveled to any Greek island, but this one would be A-OK with me!

    • James
      May 11, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      It is, everything is amazing in Kefalonia. It’s one of the prettiest places we have travelled to in the world. You have to viist.

  • Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    May 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I wish I would have found this post prior to my honeymoon! The color of the water here is unreal. I need to go to that Art Bakery!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 7:20 am

      It really is amazing in Kefalonia. You have to visit as there are so many serene beaches and villages to relax in.

  • Delphine
    May 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I would really love to go to Greece, it’s on my bucket list. thank you for this post, there are so many islands to choose from!

    • James
      May 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      You really should visit Greece. It has to be our favourite destination in the whole world. Thanks for commenting.

  • Pam Avoledo
    May 12, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I want to eat the photo of the desserts. Greek is on my bucket list. The ocean looks so beautiful.

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Fantastic! Yes you really should visit Kefalonia, it’s such a beautiful island.

  • Candace
    May 12, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I cannot wait to be able to travel the world! Definitely on my list!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Brilliant. You have to visit Kefalonia for sure.

  • Barbara
    May 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Quiet evening strolls with warm daytime temperatures sounds good to me. 🙂 And that water. Gorgeous.

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Yes, it’s such a beautiful island. You won’t want to leave once you’ve had a taste of the Greek culture.

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    May 12, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Simply stunning! And that “Art” Bakery looks absolutely divine!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

      It is stunning. Yes, we ate far too many cakes here and it’s so cheap. Thanks for commenting.

  • Angela
    May 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Beaches, food… I want in!
    I’ve always wanted to visit the Greek Islands – will continue to be on my bucket list for now!
    I think Spring sounds perfect also, I like looking at beaches but not swimming so it would be nice to be able to admire them peacefully!
    I have a beautiful greek friend here in Australia, who absolutely adores visiting and tells me all about the amazing culture!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

      You really should visit Greece. Some of the best beaches in the world are found dotted around this amazing place. Kefalonia is a must if you do decide to take the plunge. Thanks for commenting.

  • Natalie
    May 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Omg! That water is so blue! Stunning photos.. I’ve always wanted to travel to the Greek Islands. Kefalonia sounds and looks amazing!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Yes, you should visit Kefalonia! It really is a fantastic place to experience real Greek culture. Thanks for commenting.

  • Lena
    May 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

    OH MY GOD THE PICTURES!!!! They’re all so cool!!!!!! the water looks insanely blue haha is it photoshop? good job!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

      It really is that blue. We use a Nikon D3300 and what you can do with it is amazing. We have brought some of the colours out using Photoshop yes.

  • Gill Pawlowski
    May 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I have been to Crete(twice) Zakynthos,Kos,Corfu,Rhodes and Cyprus (twice)
    We are going to Kefalonia this year and can’t wait.
    We have loved every island and would return to them all. Loved them all for different reasons.
    A Greek holiday has to be self catering.
    Eating out in all the fabulous restaurants in a massive part of our holiday and a must to experience the Greek hospitality.

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Cool. Greece is just so addictive. You have chose well. You will absolutely love Kefalonia. We recommend visiting Pessada beach on the South West Coast. Enjoy!

  • Bridget | Antics of a Nutty Hiker
    May 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I have always wanted to visit Greece, the water looks so beautiful! Maybe one day I will get there!

    • James
      May 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      You really should. It is so amazing and there are so many beautiful places, like Kefalonia. Let us know if (when) you book and we can help you put with the best places to visit.

  • Emily
    May 14, 2017 at 2:32 am

    This looks so gorgeous! I would love to travel here someday.

    • James
      May 14, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Kefalonia is such a beautiful place. The beaches here are something else. You really should visit. Thanks for commenting.

  • Sarah Harris | Makesmewander.com
    May 15, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Whoo, you have challenged my belief that Santorini is the best island! I look forward to visiting and deciding for myself – but you make a compelling case!

    • James
      May 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      You will love it. Santorini and Kefalonia are great and totally different in their own ways. But for sure, you will love Kefalonia.