Best places to visit in Kefalonia, Greece
Things to do on Kefalonia vary. Sun bathe on stunning beaches, take a bee keeping tour, discover a Kefalonian vineyard, visit Lake Melissani, explore Assos and Fiskardo, or take a ferry from Sami to neighbouring island, Ithaca.
Kefalonia has a range of different beaches. It won’t be hard to find one that suits you, or even to visit a different beach every day for a month! We’ve listed some of our favourite Kefalonia Beaches here, but exploration is encouraged - you’ll never be far away from a secret beach cove or a lively beach bar. Let us know your favourite Kefalonian beaches in the comments below.
Assos is a quaint small fishing village based around an old fort. Probably Kefalonia’s most picturesque village, and at the centre of Assos is a bay, perfect for a cooling dip. Surrounding the bay are cute village houses stacked up across the mountain-side, a couple of small pebbly beaches, and a handful of local Tavernas to relax in.
Fiskardo is a small village based around a yacht harbour, in the north of Kefalonia. Here you’ll find upmarket restaurants, cute cafés an elegant way of life. If you haven’t packed to join the yacht-set for dinner, head into one of the swanky boutique stores to pick a new outfit and you’ll fit right in. We loved ‘Christine’ for its dressy kaftans, embroidered clutch bags and day or night time jewellery; you’ll find ‘Christine’ directly opposite Kayak Ice Cream Shop.
DAY TRIP FROM KEFALONIA TO ITHACA
Ithaca day trips from Kefalonia are easy. Ithaca is Kefalonia’s neigbouring island and often said to be the most mythical island in Greece; it’s the birthplace of Homer after all. Ithaca is easily visited as a day trip from Kefalonia. On arrival in Ithaca drive to its capital, Vathy, for breakfast. From here visit Kioni Harbour and stop for lunch in Frikes Village.
GETTING TO ITHACA FROM KEFALONIA
The ferry from Sami, Kefalonia to Ithaca takes 40 minutes and departs at 8AM. The return ferry leaves at 3PM - and don’t miss it as there is just one ferry a day. The ferry from Kefalonia to Ithaca costs €17 each way.
Everyone loves honey, but did you know that bees also produce a range of other products including pollen, royal jelly, venom, propolis and more? Find out more about both the products of the bees’ hard work, and what goes into being a bee keeper with a Kefalonian bee keeping tour led by friendly locals, Thanassis and Eleni. A truly eyeopening and worthwhile experience. Find out more about bee keeping tours in Kefalonia here.
A hidden lake flowed for years, undiscovered, under a caved roof until one day an earthquake shattered that roof - and Lake Melissani was found. Walk down from the entrance to the lake-side, hop on a boat, and row around the cool waters; part exposed to the sun and part still hidden in a cave full of stalagmites.
TICKETS TO LAKE MELISSANI
Tickets to Lake Melissani cost €7 per person, and can be bought at the entrance. This is one of Kefalonia’s more touritsy attractions - we recommend visiting mid to late afternoon to avoid a lot of tour buses and people.