Cefalonia Island Travel Guide

  • the island
    the island
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    The village of Assos.
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    Myrtos Beach
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Cefalonia Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     Just about everything 

  • Con
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     Il Gabiano Bar, Lassi. Plays the same song over and over and over... 

  • In a nutshell
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     The Best Beaches in the Ionian 

Cefalonia Island Things to Do

  • Peratata to Markopoulo

    This photo was not taken from a plane but from our car ! The road from Peratata to Markopoulo is winding all the time on 15 km and steep but it offers breathtaking landscapes on the shore of Cefalonia like this one.

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  • Pesada

    Pesada is a small village east to Argostoli. The first photo shows the very small harbor we found hen e were on a road trip. It was perfect to launch our Zodiac! (photo 1)We were happy to find the fountain of the second photo to get fresh water as it is not always easy in Greece to find a tap when you avoid campings!. In this beautiful fountain of...

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  • Noon rest in a nice cove

    Sailing along the coast allows discovering nice little coves that cannot be reached from land. This is always a pleasure for a midday rest, when the sun is high, the wind not blowing and anyway, stomachs need to be fed with a tomatoes, olive and boiled eggs salad sprinkled with olive oil and fresh oregano… Almost paradise! Everybody is resting,...

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Cefalonia Island Restaurants

  • just go and chill out:

    when arriving at the airport for your flight home, as soon as you have checked in your bags, don,t wait around the airport is two small, just come outside to the exit and a short walk up the hill , this is on the right, just chill out couple of beers and a sandwich and watch the views over the bay, you can then watch your plane land, and then a...

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  • Just about Authentic

    You know how it is... you swear not to go somewhere and then, one day, you have an overwhelming and uncontrollable desire to go there.Well, that's what happened to me and Lassi's Chinese House. I swore I would be loyal to Greek food... but I just couldn't help myself. I did, however, check that the food was cooked by a real Chinese person.The...

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  • Lassi's Leafy Eatery

    Nefeli is undoubtedly one of Lassi's nicer restaurants. The service is first class - incredibly friendly and incredibly welcoming. It's also family run, which really makes a difference. The food is probably the best we tasted in Kefalonia - they offer a large selection of Greek cuisine, plus a daily specials board. Grandma's Meat Balls... awesome.

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Cefalonia Island Nightlife

  • Argostoli's main night spot

    Phoenix was a first for me - my first Greek club. The atmosphere was great, and there's a really ecelectic mix of people. Best of all, I didn't see one British tourist - this really is a club for Kefalonia's local party goers.There wasn't an entry fee - but drinks were pretty expensive: 6 euros for a small bottle of Amstel. I guess you pay for the...

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  • Bar crawling and clubbing in Argostoli

    If you want a late night out in Kefalonia this would be the most popular spot to end up. Locals usualy gather for the earlier part of the evening at the cafe/bars around the square only to move on later to a bigger bar/club. There are usually a couple of smaller cafes around.The club called Bass is within walking distance from the central square...

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  • LIFE STARTS AFTER 01:00 am

    CINEMA is the most famous club in Argostoli,the capital of kefalonia. People from everywhere are looking forword to visit CINEMA because of it's great program of lots of kinds of music! Don't miss it!! You can be yourselves!

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Cefalonia Island Transportation

  • By ferry-boats

    Many ferry-boats from different ports of Greece and Italy served the Island.1. From Patras to Sami (kefalonia) two times/day (by Strinzis Lines).2. From Kyllini to Poros (kefalonia) more than six times/day (by Strinzis and Zante Lines).3. From Astakos to Vathy (Ithaca) and Ayia Efimia (Kefalonia) two times/day (by Agoudimos Lines).4. From Lefkas...

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  • Argostoli Airport

    The islands main airport is just South of the capital Argostoli and has some pretty basic amenities. I'd to spend a few hours extra on arrival and departure as my flights didn't quite match up with my friends and witnessed the confusion of the boarding scrum. For some reason, the staff seem to only open the check-in desks for a minimum period so...

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  • Boat hire

    Now I didn't actually hire a boat - I spent all my money on food. But hey, no regrets!Boat hire is pretty expensive, a not-very powerful motorboat will cost about 90 euros for the day (from Makris Yialos beach, Lassi). But I'm sure it would be money well spent - you'd be within reach of some of Kefalonia's finest beaches, many of which you can't...

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Cefalonia Island Shopping

  • Robola Wine Factory tour

    This is where the locals bring their grapes. They are weighed and then bought by Robola. The guide will show you round whenever you drop in and show you how the wine is made. At the end is a very nice tasting session. Your guide will tell you that you're getting the wine at 'special factory prices.' This is true; the only problem being that it is...

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  • Kefalonia's finest supermarket

    Vagelati (shortened to Vag - I have a crude sense of humour) supermarket is awesome. Located in the centre of the Lassi strip, it is one of the resorts landmarks.The supermarket is run by a big Greek family - I assume the Vagelatis. They're incredibly friendly and sell their products at reduced rates. It's by far the cheapest supermarket I went to...

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  • Greek Bakery

    You must visit a Greek bakery, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Pictured is the largest on I saw on Kefalonia, in Argostoli (it has eight branches around the island). It has a large range of breads, biscuits, pastries, small cakes, and, my particular interest, the syrupy baklavas.Now, these are fantastic cakes. Very dense, soaked in syrup (or...

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Cefalonia Island Local Customs

  • Kefalotiri

    The first time I have tasted the famous kefalotiri, a Greek hard cheese made with the milk of goats was on Kefalinia. Because of the name, I naturally made the connections and concluded that it was a cheese from the island. I was wrong! I have found the official definition of Kefalotiri as it ownd a DOC. I quote :Kefalotiri is traditional Greek...

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  • Beehives

    Yoghurt sprinkled with honey is a great Greek delicacy. Bakhlava is another delicacy sprinkled with honey. And there are many others. Then, someone has to produced a lot of honey! Look at those beehives, standing on the slopes of Mount Ainos. I have found 80 of them, tightly arranged as if it was a busy city.

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  • Local tipples

    Beer is pretty big across Kefalonia - mainly down to a healthy tourist industry. The most popular are Amstel (which always tastes better outside Britain), and Greece's most well-known beer: Mythos. They're both pretty cheap - usually about 2.50 euros for half a litre. In some of Argostoli's more upmarket bars you can expect to pay 6 euros.Wine is...

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Cefalonia Island Warnings and Dangers

  • The sun

    One thing a summer visit to Kefalonia guarantees is hot weather. Temperatures are going to constantly be in the early to mid thirties - although some days can reach into the forties.A lot of people struggle to deal with the heat - it goes without saying that you should carry plenty of water and take enough sun cream.Deal with it the Greek way......

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  • The Lassi 'Strip'

    Lassi is built along a main road, and is often referred to as the 'strip'. The road can get pretty busy, and quite a few lorries seem to travel down it.A few guides refer to the main road as Lassi's major downside. In all fairness, it's not much of a problem - just take care when crossing it. We all know what some Greek drivers are like...

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  • BOOK IN ADVANCE!

    A mistake we made was that we didn't book beforehand. Kefalonia was not a major touristic island at the time (Corelli came years later :D ) so we thought, although it was August, we would go there, check for a beautiful beach or other spot and find a room somewhere near there. But this was not the case.The first day on the island was wasted looking...

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Cefalonia Island Tourist Traps

  • Myrtos Beach

    You're clutching at straws trying to find a tourist trap on Kefalonia - but if you had to pick one place, this would be it.Myrtos beach is arguably Kefalonia's most famous site, and is undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in the Ionian. It gets pretty crowded in high season though, and there isn't any shade.Swimming is also a tad dangerous due to...

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  • North Kefalonia-Beutiful but expensive

    The North side of the island can way to expensive. Places like Fiskardo and Assos are definately worth a visit but accomodation and restaurants are very pricey. Go take a nice Frape or Milkshake at a cafe by the sea. There are small villages around that have a taverna and accomodation but you will need a car.

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Cefalonia Island What to Pack

  • Books

    Captain Corellis Mandolin was filmed and set on this island, mainly in the vicinity of Fiskardo, I bought the book whilst here, but its a great read, if you can see the film you will be able to identify that its in Kefalonia straight away, although they did dress Fiskardo especially for the film and then took the set away.

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  • Pack Beach Shoes for Cefalonia

    Since few Beaches in Cefalonia are sand, and most are "cobble", it's wise (and comfortable) to wear Beach shoes on the Beach or in the Water.Be warned, if you travel to Cefalonia without them (as I would expect ANYONE to do when flying half way around the world), you may be forced to buy a pair. Unfortunately, 5 euros (maybe more) will only...

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Cefalonia Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Myrtos Beach

    I wasn't sure this qualifies as off the beaten path but it just seemed so quiet and idyllic that I thought is sat well here. The road to the beach is signposted in typical fashion that if you were not looking that you'd drive straight by. An incredibly steep road then takes you down the gully and eventually starts to zig-zig down to the beach.Once...

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  • Amos Beach

    This is probably one of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen. Although hard to find, being on the extreme west side of the island, unsignalled, full of bumpy roads until reaching it, the experience itself was absolutely astonishing.To reach Amos Beach you trully have to be an orientated person. And try to get in touch with the locals. After...

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  • Castello Di San Giorgio

    Visually, not off the beaten path as it is just by the main road south from Argostoli, but it is a scary hairpinning road to get up to it - and probably worse coming down! I didn't drive, but my friend was gripping the wheel as tight as he could - and this was after driving all over the island.As far as I know, the castle itself dates back to the...

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Cefalonia Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Bat n' Ball

    This is the mother of all beach sports - bat n' ball. Far more people do this than go water-skiing or doughnuting. Best of all, it only costs a couple of euros for bats... and ball.Don't try to save drowning bees from wet sand with your bat. I tried it - and my bat snapped. It was a sad day - but my holiday just about recovered. Vagelati...

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  • Tennis in Lassi

    I've never been much of a tennis fan - but a few games was just what I needed to get get re-energised after a long day on the beach. Lassi's tennis court is located behind Maris Yialos beach, on the main road. It's linked up to First Choice accommodation, but was always empty when we saw it.The owner charges different rates according to what...

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  • Sami Beach

    Sami Beach is a pebbles beach you will find almost out of town, heading north (to the left if you are looking to the harbour).Not the best beach in my life but pretty nice, with a pedestrian walkaway, transparent waters and walking distance to town.It's got public showers and a wooden cabin to change your clothes.

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Cefalonia Island Favorites

  • ARGOSTOLI-THE CAPITAL

    Argostoli is situated at the southern part of Kefallonia and has been its capital since 1757 when the Venetian Alberto Magno moved the capital of the island from the Sain't George's Castle to Argostoli because he wanted to take advantage of the port of the town.It is the biggest town of the island with rich trade activity and a well-organised...

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  • a mountain in the sea

    well the possitive view is that you have one destination but many images!you can pick a beach totally different to visit every single day you stay!you hate sand thers myrtos NW, antisami NE, and scala S for you!Do you love sandy beaches? theres makrys yalos , platys yalos , lassy for youyou feell like beeing a loner?alls 0ok there is petani at...

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  • The magic of... Lassi

    If you go on a package holiday to Kefalonia, chances are you'll end up staying in Lassi.Lassi is a purpose-built resort set along the main road from the airport to Argostoli. Doesn't sound too great, does it?Well fellow travellers, that's where you'd be wrong!Granted, Lassi is no traditional Greek town/village. But if you've done your research on...

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