When I first visited Kefalonia I had no expectations. The trip began a bit uphill when there was a strike at the Kefalonia airport, so we had to fly to Preveza on the mainland and then go by bus to Lefkas and continue to Kefalonia by ferry from there. Once we were on Kefalonia, we had to go by another bus for about an hour before reaching Lassi which was our destination.
The realisation that Kefalonia and the Ionian islands are a piece of paradise started on that boat trip from Lefkas to Kefalonia. The nature, the ocean, the views and of course the dolphins made all the annoyance about not getting to fly directly to Kefalonia disappear.
But the real moment when I fell in love with the island, was when we were on that bus from Fiskardo down to Lassi. The road goes along the sea all the way, and the views are just breathtaking. I remember that I just sat there staring out the window amazed that none of my freinds had ever talked about or visisted this place. By the time we reached the breathtaking beach Myrtos, I knew that this was going to be a great vacation. And so it turned out to be. And I have come back many times after that.
The island of Kefalonia is blessed with incredible scenery and untouched beauty and rugged charm unmatched by the other Mediterranean islands. Kefelonia is also home to one of the highest mountains in Greece, Mount Enos. For nature lovers the Island also is host to rolling hills and lush forests and vegetation.
Kefalonia is a big island and there are certainly different characters of this island depending on were you are staying. But no matter were you are staying you should without doubt try to visit Myrtos mentioned above, lake Melissani and the villages Fiskardo and Assos.
So what is a good spot to stay on Kefalonia. Well it depends on what your preferences are. Read some more about Lassi, Skala, Sami, Lourdas and Fiskardo to learn more about them before you decide.
Top photo by Dimitris Smixiotis (Flickr)
When it comes to restaurants and food, Kefalonia boosts an impressive range of taverns and cafés. When you visit the island during May you might wonder how all taverna owners can survive, but come again in August, and you can see why. But quantity isn’t everything and there certainly are some taverns on the island that should downright avoid eating at. You can usually spot these places as they tend to have a bouncer, pictures of the meals on a big sign outside the tavern and rather few guests.
That being said, there are some amazing food experiences that you can have while being on Kefalonia. Check out the different village pages to get recommendations for where to eat.
If you happen to have a kitchen in your hotel/apartment it is fun to cook some of your own food. The best place to pick up groceries and food is in the islands main capital Argostoli. There you will find both a fish market and a fruit- and vegetables market. There are also a couple of really good super markets with decent prices.
So what should you try when you’re staying on Kefalonia. Well if you’ve never been to Greece there is a whole lot of things for you to try. For starters there is Souvlaki which is a skewer made by pork, chicken or lamb. They are usually seasoned with thyme and lemon.
The Greek kitchen also have a number of slow and long cooked meals. Lamb Kleftiko is an excellent example of when the meat just melts in your mouth. If you are more of a fast food lover you should try Gyros.
Other dishes like Moussaka, Greek sallad and grilled fresh fish are also worth trying. Or why not order som meze like fried cheese, tzatziki and other small dishes.
Even if Kefalonia is a truly magical place, there are other places in the world that can compete with this greek island. For instance, the island of Madeira with its breathtaking nature. Much like Kefalonias west coast. Bur Madeira lacks the beaches that Kefalonia has. Madeira have lots of great hiking if you’re in to that. Other differences are the fact that Madeira is bigger and boosts a "real" city in its capital Funchal.
Other places to visit that in Europe if you like Kefalonia is Alicante. Everything around Alicante is bigger and busier, but still beautiful.
The hugely popular island of Mallorca is another place worth checking out if you’re a fan of Kefalonia. Mallorca is a big island and not all parts are as cosy as Kefalonia, so be aware and choose wisely. Look at places such as Puerto Dé Soller or Puerto Pollensa. They are both villages that are small and very picturesque.