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Cephalonia

Family Holidays to Cephalonia in Greece

Cephalonia (or Kefalonia), named after a Greek hero from around the 5th century BC, lies in the centre of the Ionian Sea, 53 nautical miles from Patras. This is one of the most enchanting of the Greek islands, which accounts for its having become one of the most sought after by holidaymakers. Thousands of visitors descend on the island year round, avid for the quiet, windless beaches, many at the base of steep cliffs that plunge into the sea, or to explore the verdant mountainsides clad in shadowy forests.

Cephalonia has an excellent tourist infrastructure, is connected to Athens by air (the airport is situated just south of the ancient capital of Argostoli) and to Patras and surrounding islands by ferry. In addition to some spectacular golden beaches, Cephalonia boasts numerous historic and natural attractions. Best known of these are the caves at Melissani, where a subterranean lake reflects a kaleidoscope of gorgeous colours; the enormous caverns of Dragostoli; and the 'swallow holes' where visitors marvel at the phenomenon of seawater literally disappearing through the rock.

The beautiful city of Argostoli, the island's capital since ancient times, was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, but among the remains are the fascinating archaeological and folk art museums. The island's main town, Lixouri, is peaceful and picturesque, situated close to the south coast where the best beaches are to be found. Visitors to Cephalonia are never at a loss for an entertaining way to spend their time. There are quaint villages, traditional fishing harbours, Roman ruins, architecturally marvellous churches and castles, and magnificent views to discover.

Cephalonia Sightseeing

Cephalonia (or Kefalonia) is a small island in the Ionian archipelago which enchants visitors with its verdant hills, eerie caves, stunning beaches and rich mythological resonances. The tourist infrastructure is basic, and the attractions on Cephalonia retain their mystery and authenticity and the landscapes are untarnished by masses of holidaymakers.

A great deal of the island's mystique lies in its remarkable landscapes and many of the things to see and do on Cephalonia revolve around natural attractions. Of course, the beaches always top the list of things to see on a Greek isle, and Cephalonia has some of the best in the country: the most famed is Myrtos Beach, which has been voted the best beach in Greece numerous times; Kaminia Beach, with its population of loggerhead turtles, is a great option for those travelling with children; Antisamos Beach and the blue-flag beach at Skala are also lovely and very popular. Visitors should be aware that most of the beaches on Cephalonia are pebbled so beach shoes are a good investment.

Cephalonia is also richly endowed with subterranean wonders, and the Melissani and Drogarati Caves are both exciting places to explore - Melissani's underground lake is strikingly beautiful and the enormous stalagmites and stalagtites of Drogarati are a must-see. For the energetic there is good hiking and horse riding on the island as well as various watersports.

For those who crave a bit of culture in their holiday itinerary St George's Castle, in Peratata, is an interesting attraction with a slightly eerie atmosphere and breathtaking views. The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos was rebuilt by locals after being devastated by an earthquake in 1953, and it houses the remains of its holy namesake; the saint's coffin is opened weekly so that visitors can see the body and pay tribute. You can also explore the tiny catacomb space below the church, where the saint used to be concealed.

The small island of Ithaca, famous as the setting for Homer's Odyssey, and for its scenic beauty and long history, is a popular excursion from Cephalonia, though there is little infrastructure on the island itself.

Cephalonia Climate

Like all the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate with very warm, sunny summer months and mild, wet winters, giving the island its lush vegetation. Snow sometimes covers the mountain peaks in winter. The heavy winter rainfall starts tailing off by April as temperatures rise, and by June the long, dry summer has set in. Summer is the most popular time to visit the island, although for those not used to it the heat and humidity can be overpowering. July and August are the hottest months and the peak tourism season.

Spring is also a good time to visit the island, particularly May, when the crowds have not yet descended and the water is getting warm enough for swimming - it is also lovely and lush on the island in spring after the benefits of the winter rainfall. Autumn is also a pleasant time on Cephalonia and September is particulary lovely, with warm seas, ripe fruit ready for the harvest, and warm, sunny weather.

The tourism industry shuts down somewhat during winter and those that visit during the off-season may well find that many shops and restaurants have closed and not as many amenities are available.

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This family-owned complex enjoys a stunning setting in Karavados Kefalonia. The complex is set amidst an olive grove, perched on a hillside setting. The complex is set outside the picturesque, peaceful village of Karavados, overlooking the island of Zakynthos..
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