A local's travel guide of what to do in Kefalonia, Greece

Kefalonia, or Cephalonia, is a large island with a wide range of things to do, as well as places to eat and drink.

To find the best places in Kefalonia we spoke to Kefalonian local, Anna Koklanakis, to make sure we were armed with the best insider’s knowledge before visiting.

Ocean view, Kefalonia, Greece

Ocean view, Kefalonia, Greece

Anna’s first piece of advice was to hire a car on arrival, and this couldn’t have been more necessary. Not only is this island the largest of the Ionian islands - but it is mountainous with winding roads, dusty dirt tracks, and a hot climate. Taxis in Kefalonia can be pricey and, while public transport exists, it’s not always easy to navigate and timings are not always obvious.

So, with that in mind, where did Anna suggest we visit?

First up, the best beaches in Kefalonia. In Kefalonia you can find Myrtos beach, one of the most photographed beaches in Europe, but you can also discover red clay beaches, hidden beach coves and trendy beach resorts serving champagne to sip on as you sunbathe.

Kefalonia, Greece

Kefalonia, Greece

Beaches aside, there are plenty of places to visit in Kefalonia. Try visiting cute villages, hidden caves, yachting harbours. Take part in bee keeping tours or wine tasting at local vineyards.

And the food. Greek food is unarguably delicious, and these are some of Kefalonia’s best restaurants to visit whether you want home-cooked food, upscale dining, dinner with a view, or local tavernas. In some cases these restaurants are a mixture of a few.

We’ve also outlined the best of the nightlife in Kefalonia with bars in or near Argostoli, for those evenings you fancy more than just dinner and bed.

Small parts of Kefalonia are very touristy, and best avoided unless you fancy a bit of sub-par Greek food and fake plate smashing.

Read through our complete guide to Kefalonia to find the best the island has to offer.

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