As expert connoisseurs of our beautiful island, we have prepared a list of all the top things to do in Kefalonia, best attractions and must see beaches. Apart from the so photographed and advertised places to visit on the island, we attempt to guide you through the alternative part of Kefalonia that thrives with natural beauty and picture-perfect settings unknown to the many. So, if you are wondering what to do and what are the top places to visit during your holiday in Kefalonia, consult our list of suggestions below or just ask us!
Your Hidden Gems’ Bucket List
Undiscovered Kefalonia, the story we love to tell…Read on to discover some of the most enthralling beaches not only n Kefalonia, but the entire Greece!
The stunning and unspoiled beaches of Fteri and Amidi are found on the western part of the island and the northern side of Paliki peninsula. Two untouched havens of turquoise waters and white, dramatic cliffs in the backdrop, only visited by boat or on foot. Very near Fteri and Amidi, you will also find Vouti beach, a tranquil coast with emerald waters and large white pebbles boasting views to the open sea and the imposing mountains of the island. Heading to the south, only a few minutes’ drive from Kefalonia’s capital Argostoli, in the area of Lassi, you will find Paliostafida beach, a calm and uncrowded coast with views to the bay, surrounded by steep verdant cliffs, tall pine trees and various indigenous plants. The beach, although quite unknown, is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds and features shallow, clean waters ideal for families with young children. This is the beach right in front of Thalassa Boutique Hotel! Saint Thomas (Agios Thomas) beach is another hidden gem that has been left out from most travel guides; a small, beautiful coast surrounded by lush greenery with fine sand and shallow, warm waters. This and its easy access make it ideal for children while the seabed is perfect for snorkeling lovers. Here you will also find caves and paths waiting to be explored.
Even southern, near the popular beach of Skala, you will find Koroni beach, similar in looks but much quieter and especially scenic. Its golden fine sand, turquoise waters and the stunning sunset views make this one of the best attractions on this part of the island. Our list of insider’s tips for beach life in Kefalonia concludes with two more treasured heavens, Horgota and Alaties. Horgota got in the spotlight after the release of the Hollywood film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” as it served as the venue of one of the movie’s most popular scenes. A picturesque coast, totally unorganized, with coarse white pebbles and green waters that reflect the lush greenery that surrounds the bay. Horgota is found on the eastern coastline of Kefalonia, between Fiskardo and Agia Efimia. Alaties is located at about 45km northern of Argostoli and consists in a peaceful small bay with sand and turquoise waters formed by two white cliffs with a lunar morphology. There are several holes on those two rocks where seawater sits and evaporates and this is the spot where locals used to gather salt in older times. And this is where the area took its name as it means Salt in Greek.
POPULAR YET STUNNING
And we could not leave out some of the island’s top beaches that have been the favourite spots for thousands of tourists, foreigners and Greeks alike, that flood Kefalonia each year! So add those in your top things to do in Kefalonia and you are ready to go! Myrtos: undeniably one of the favourite attractions in Kefalonia, the beach is found within a dramatic scenery, surrounded by high, white cliffs with abundant greenery. Stop and gaze at the coast as soon as you reach the narrow winding road to the beach because this is a must see picture when visiting Myrtos. Antisamos: surrounded by cliffs and slopes carpeted with lush greenery, Antisamos is another of Kefalonia’s stunning coasts with large white pebbles, clean, soothing waters that deepen quickly, and an ambience that combines tranquillity with a vibrant mood due to the various beach bars in the area. Makris & Platys Gialos: two adjacent coasts at the seaside resort of Lassi and only a few minutes away from Argostoli, Platis and Makris Gialos boast fine sand, azure waters and an exotic ambience created by the lush, steep cliffs that envelop the shore. Foki: enveloped by a lush forest of pine and olive trees, this is one of the most graphic coasts of the island featuring white pebbles, emerald waters and natural shade. Calm and serene, Foki is found only 5 minutes by car from the charming village of Fiscardo. Petani: found on the peninsula of Paliki, Petani is a scenic coast of crystalline waters, lush greenery and a mostly sandy coast. This is also the place to be in order to enjoy one of the most awe-inspiring sunsets in the Ionian Ai Helis: in the area of Svoronata, Ai Helis is a long and ultra-wide shore of coarse sand and clean, shallow waters. Ideal for watersports, the beaches also features two volley courts and its partially organized with umbrellas and a beach bar. Emblisi: surrounded by steep, flat rocks ideal for sunbasking, Emblisi is another beach worth visiting around Fiscardo, sharing the lush greenery and the azure, crystal-clear waters of the area. The beach is quite popular during the busy summer months as it also features easy access from the main road and a car parking Kaminia: one of the longest coasts of the island, Kaminia is at the southern part of Kefalonia and close to the popular Skala coast. Soft golden sand, shallow waters and abundant space make Kaminia a favourite among families.
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS OF KEFALONIA
If you are still wondering what to do during your holiday in Kefalonia, apart from visiting the dozens of the island’s beaches, we provide below an indicative list of the top sightseeing on the island.
Koutavos Lagoon and De Bosset (Drapano) Bridge
Argostoli, the island’s capital
The Castle of Saint George
Melissani Cave & Lake
The villages in Livatho area from Svoronata – Kourkoumelata – Sarlata – Peratata – Ntomata – Lakithra
The graphic village of Fiscardo
Assos, the most romantic, fairy-tale like settlement of Kefalonia
PALIKI PENINSULA: THE ALTER EGO OF KEFALONIA
LIXOURI The second largest settlement on Kefalonia, Lixouri is the main village of Paliki peninsula, right across Argostoli, and can be accessed either by car or boat. A picturesque, lively settlement with the typical Kefalonian style, despite being found on the Paliki peninsula whose geomorphology differs greatly from the rest of the island.
BEACHES Platia Ammos Beach: A breathtaking coast on the eastern part of the peninsula, accessed through a steep staircase that descends the imposing cliffs of the area. Completely unspoilt and peaceful, this is maybe the island’s most secluded spot Xi Beach: One of the most distinctive coasts of the island, Xi is surrounded by steep grey hills due to the abundance of clay in the area. Its reddish, soil-like coast reminds nothing of the golden sand of the rest of the island, making it one of its must see attractions Vatsa Bay: A small sandy coast with shallow waters and a small river that ends to the sea ideal for families with young children. Quiet and calm Vatsa also features a snack bar and is located very near Lixouri (9km) and Xi beach (5km) Megas Lakos Beach: A substantially long coast that boasts hidden corners for those who wish to enjoy utter calmness and serenity. It boasts reddish soft sand and shallow waters and is partially organized while it also features a snack bar and easy access.