The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia was brought to the world’s attention when it featured in the blockbuster film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, based on the novel by Louis de Bernières. Looking around the island, you can see immediately why it was deemed worthy of the big screen - picture perfect white or golden sand beaches are lapped by warm turquoise waters, and the sky is the most dazzling blue. Inland, meanwhile, pine clad hills give way to rolling vineyards and tiny, traditional settlements.
Myrtos Bay was featured in the Captain Corelli movie – a crescent of pure white sand fringed by inviting, clear azure waters. If you hanker after somewhere with plenty to do, eat, drink and buy, the popular southeastern resort of Skala has a long, tree-lined beach and is renowned for its lively nightlife scene. Lassi also attracts tourists each evening, who often go to enjoy a long, cool drink as they watch the spectacular sunset.
Skala isn’t only popular because of its busy resort centre. Further out of town, there are hiking routes that take in farmland and vineyards, and located within easy reach of the resort you’ll find an impressive clutch of ancient Roman ruins. The entire island is dominated by Mount Ainos, an imposing mountain situated in the midst of a protected national park. The top is surprisingly accessible by car, and if you’re blessed with clear skies when you reach the summit, you’ll see mainland Greece laid out before your eyes.
The largest Ionian island appeals to all sorts of holidaymakers, so Kefalonia hotels have sprung up to supply the needs and wants of visitors. The most luxurious properties on the island include 5-star hotels in Kefalonia, which provide the highest standards of accommodation, dining and service. A range of cheap hotels in Kefalonia also exists, which prove particularly popular with the young and single crowd who tend to dance all night and sleep on the beach by day.
Eating out in Greece is a social event, and Kefalonia is no exception. Make variety the spice of your meal by ordering a selection of tempting meze platters, or sample the island’s very own Kefalonian meat pie. Freshly caught and cooked fish and seafood are popular, and simple meals based around these ingredients often offer holidaymakers great value for money, as well as an authentically Greek experience.
If this beautiful Ionian island is calling you, why not check out the hotels in Kefalonia, Greece we have to offer?