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What To Do In Kefalonia – Top 10 Sights

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What to do in Kefalonia

So you’re wondering what to do in Kefalonia for your holiday this year? Well go get a pen, or save this page, because there’s so much to do and see on this amazing Ionian island.

Famous for the set of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefalonia is a must see destination. Surrounded by lush green scenery, jaw dropping landscapes, dominated by Byzantine inspired buildings and stunning beaches, there’s no wonder this island is the top of travellers list this year.

Follow us on our journey, as we show you the 10 best places to visit for those looking what to do in Kefalonia.

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What to do in Kefalonia – top 10 best things to do

1. Melissani Cave

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For those looking where to go in Kefalonia – this is a must. Located just outside of Sami, this strange and captivating phenomena will capture your imagination. Why? Because the cave has a lake inside it, surrounded by trees and forest! As you pass through the cave , look up, and you’ll notice the roof of one of the halls has caved in (a long time ago, so don’t worry). This allows the amazing colours of the water to be emphasized in this magical place. So much so, it’s as though someone has switched on a blue light. So for those looking what to do in Kefalonia – visit Melissani Cave.

Location: Sami 280 80, Kefalonia, Greece

2. Castle of Assos

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Are you tired of sitting on Kefalonia beaches (impossible)? Then take one of the many walks Kefalonia. But don’t forget your water because it’s a long way up. The Venetian Castle of Assos dates back to the 16th century, however, not much of it is left. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts as you’ll find some fascinating structures, such as an old church and house. But the main reason visitors hike up this hill is to get a breathtaking view of the bay. We recommend visiting in May, as temperatures in Kefalonia in May aren’t too high. What to do in Kefalonia – hike up to a castle.

Location: Asos 280 84, Kefalonia, Greece

3. Drogarati Cave

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Discovered over 300 years ago, the Drogarati Cave is  must for those looking what to do in Kefalonia. Constructed by a an earthquake, it’s this that has caused a huge collapse that allows visitors to marvel at this great masterpiece. But don’t forget to take some water, as temperatures are high and humidity is at 90% in the cave. Look up and gaze at the marvelous shapes that have formed from stalactites over the many years. So if you’re looking where to go in Kefalonia, make sure you visit the Drogarati Cave. It’s worth it.

Location: Sami 280 80, Kefalonia, Greece

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4. Myrtos Beach

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Stop right there! If you are strapped for time, and looking what to do in Kefalonia – visit Myrtos beach! Without a doubt, Myrtos beach is the most famous attraction and the best of the Kefalonia beaches. But to appreciate just how amazing this place is, drive to the top of the road to the left hand side of the beach. The view is simply breathtaking. The colours of the bay do not look real. But believe it, because they are. Where is the best place to stay in Kefalonia? Try Agia Efimia. Put simply, make sure you stay close by, because you’ll be going back for more.

Location: Paralia Mirtos, Kefalonia, Greece

5. Fiscardo

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Where is the best place to stay in Kefalonia? Looking for something pretty and up market? Fiscardo is surrounded and dominated by its waterfront, the home of many yachts and boats. Eating out in Kefalonia won’t be too difficult either, as Fiscardo serve up some of the best Kefalonia food recipes such as the famous pie and Lamb Kleftiko. Wait there’s more! Some of the best Kefalonia beaches are found here, so you might want to bring your swimming attire. We recommend visiting Dafnoudi beach, located just a short 5 minute drive from the centre.

Location: 26740 Fiscardo, Kefalonia, Greece

6. Antisamos Beach

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You’ll recognise this as one of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Kefalonia sets. For sure, Antisamos Beach is one of the best Kefalonia beaches you’ll find. Famous for it’s calm turquoise waters, green backdrop, it’s an area of natural beauty and has to be visited if you’re wondering where to go in Kefalonia. Enjoy sunbathing or walk up to the Monastery of Agrillion. For photography enthusiasts, we recommend standing at the top of the road on your way down. The view is spectacularly brilliant. Within close proximity to the port of Sami, it’s a great place for walks in Kefalonia.

Location: Sami, Kefalonia, Greece

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7. Agia Efimia

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Where is the best place to stay in Kefalonia? Agia Efimia is one of those picturesque villages that steals your heart. Located within a natural bay, this sleepy town is is a top spot for those with boats and yachts. If you’re looking where to stay in Kefalonia, we recommend staying in the Poseidon Apartments, overlooking the harbour. If you plan to visit Agia Efimia, eating out in Kefalonia won’t be a problem. This traditional little harbour village is home to some of the best tavernas on the island. Enjoy a coffee in the afternoon sun at one of the many coffee shops and bakeries. You can enjoy traditional nightlife in Kefalonia at this small village.

Location: Agia Efimia, Kefalonia, Greece

8. Mount Ainos

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Feeling like a hike? Mount Ainos or Aenos is the tallest mountain to be found on this beautiful Ionian island. Getting to the top of the Mount Ainos is definitely one of the best walks in Kefalonia. To enjoy this natural parks beauty, we recommend visiting the island during spring, as the temperature in Kefalonia in the summer months make any physical activity difficult. Plus, you’ll enjoy all of the flowers and wildlife that come with visiting Greece in spring. So if you’re active and don’t know what to do in Kefalonia, climb Mount Ainos. (Pssst…don’t wear your flip-flops)

Location: Sami 280 80, Kefalonia, Greece

9. Emblisi Beach

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Located near Fiskardo, the white pebbles of Emblisi beach, calm clear waters, make this one of the best places to visit for nature lovers looking where to go in Kefalonia. Enjoy the midday sun as you look out to the sight of boats crossing the Ionian sea. Due to its natural landscape and serene green coloured waters, Emblisi is one of the best Kefalonia beaches. Because of this, the area does become quite busy during summer months. To avoid brushing side with your tourist neighbours, we recommend visiting during May and September to take advantage of this beautiful landscape.

Location: Emblisi Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

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10. Foki Beach

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If you’re looking for the best Kefalonia beaches, look no further. Foki (which when translated means Seal) has to be visited if you’re looking what to do in Kefalonia. Just a short 5 minute drive from the harbour of Fiscardo, Foki is one of those picture perfect places to enjoy a swim amidst the green olive trees that sit right along the water. The beach is pebbled, as are most of the Kefalonia beaches found in the north of the island. Waters are calm and as clear as you could ever imagine. It rarely gets too busy so it’s a great spot for nature lovers looking what to do in Kefalonia.

Location: Foki Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Have you been to Kefalonia? What are your favourite things to do when visiting this glorious island?

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  • Nick Stamoulis
    May 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t forget about Xi beach! The water is gorgeous at all of these beaches but the red sand at Xi really makes it stand out from the rest.

    • James
      May 17, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Sounds fantastic. We have never been to Xi beach but will have to visit next time we are in Kefalonia! Thanks for the tip.