Kefalonia is a large island with so many things to do.  It is the only island with a mountain range (filled with wild horses). There are beaches of every type catering to every beach style. Myrtos is the most famous, a stretch of white sand and pebbles bordered by steep limestone cliffs. The fishing villages, natural caves, historic villages, churches, small bays, nightlife, big busy squares and expansive promenades all add to the island experience here.

How to Get to Kefalonia

Kefalonia’s airport is in Svoronata. Aegean Air and Olympic Air fly direct from Athens and Thessaloniki. Flight time is one hour.

During the peak tourist summer months, there are direct flights into Kefalonia from abroad with low-cost carriers and with charters.

For the best deals on flights, check out CheapOAir.

Ferries to Kefalonia depart from Killini in the Peloponnese. They arrive in Poros, the main port of Kefalonia.  Journey time is 1.5 hours.

Occasionally, ferries to Kefalonia depart from Patra.

Additional ferries depart from Astakos port  on mainland Greece arriving in Sami, Kefalonia. Ferry service also runs from Vassiliki on Lefkada island arriving in Fiskardo.

Ferries depart from Shinari on Zakynthos island and arrive in the port of Pessada in southern Kefalonia.

Kefalonia has its own ferry system as well. Ferries between Argostoli and Lixouri run daily, every 30 min.

Between July and September, Sami port in Kefalonia receives ferries from Brindisi, Italy.

Where to Stay on Kefalonia

The villages that line the coastline offer a more charming country feel. Some are quite close to beach. These areas include Fiskardo, Katelios, Lassi, Lourdas, Skala and Svoronata.

If you are looking for a secluded yet beautiful property with fantastic views and close to a gorgeous beach read my review on the Petani Bay Hotel.

I also recommend:

Apollonion Resort and Spa

Avithos Resort

Apostolata Island Resort and Spa

Emelisse Hotel

What to Do on Kefalonia

Tours I recommend on Kefalonia:

Small Group Wine Tour on Kefalonia

Half-Day Picnic with Wine Tasting on Kefalonia

6-Hour Best Experiences on Kefalonia Tour

Insider’s Look at Kefalonia Island

Here’s my insider’s look at Kefalonia, one of the loveliest Ionian islands to explore in Greece.

Abandoned Earthquake Villages of Kefalonia

The abandoned earthquake villages of Kefalonia are a fascinating look into the island’s past before an earthquake flattened the island and changed it forever.

Among the Wild Horses of Kefalonia

I didn’t think I’d even catch a glimpse of the famous wild horses of Kefalonia.  Turns out, it was my lucky day. I was surrounded by them!

The Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia

The Petani Bay Hotel in Kefalonia is tucked in a secluded corner of the island complete with a view that inspired me to just stop, sigh and relax.

The Beauty of Trapezaki Beach on Kefalonia

During a September afternoon that couldn’t decide on rain or sunshine, I found myself at Trapezaki Beach on Kefalonia. 

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