Until a decade ago, few people knew about this fantastic Greek island with incredible beaches. It took a Hollywood movie (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, filmed in 2001) to make Kefalonia island world famous and to start attracting thousands of visitors every summer. Today the beaches and sceneries of Kefalonia are among the most photographed places in Greece, featuring in travel magazines worldwide. Also getting there has been very easy, with direct flights from abroad or taking the ferry to Kefalonia from the Greek mainland.
The top feature of Kefalonia is certainly the amazing beaches. Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas, Xi and Makris Gialos are only few of the beautiful beaches on the island, as there are many more great places to swim there. Due to the large size of Kefalonia, visitors can find almost anywhere a perfect place for a relaxing day on the sea, from immense sandy beaches to little coves.
Apart from beaches, Kefalonia also has many nice places and monuments to visit. After the severe earthquake in 1953 that hugely affected the entire island, almost all villages in Kefalonia were reconstructed. This is why they lost some of their traditional character. However, they remain charming places for a visit, particularly the villages of Fiscardo, Assos and Argostoli.
Historical monuments and museums in Kefalonia are many. In the centre of Kefalonia, there is the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, the protector saint of the island. On the southern side, there is the strong Medieval Castle of Saint George with great view to the Ionian Sea. Another castle is found above the village of Assos but it is accessible only by foot (about 20 min walk from the village).
A nice monastery is also the Monastery of Kipoureon in the peninsula of Lixouri. Constructed on the edge of a cliff, this place offers breathtaking view to the vast sea and the sunset.
Ferry to Kefalonia
Visitors can go to Kefalonia either with internal flight from Athens and Thessaloniki and direct flight from abroad, or taking the ferry to Kefalonia from the ports of Killini and Patras, in mainland Greece. The ferry to Kefalonia from Killini has about 4-5 daily schedules and arrives at the port of Poros in about 90 min trip. The ferry to Kefalonia from Patras is longer and arrives at the port of Sami.
In high season, there is also ferry to Kefalonia from the port of Brindisi in Italy. Another ferry to Kefalonia and Zakynthos operates in August from the port of Bari Italy. As for ferry connections with other Greek islands, Kefalonia is connected with Lefkada, Ithaca and Zakynthos.
In particular, there are local ferries between Fiscardo port Kefalonia and Vassiliki port Lefkada as well as Frikes port Ithaca. Another local ferry operates between Pessada port in Kefalonia and Shinari port in Zakynthos. Tickets for these local companies are not available for online booking and have to be bought at the port before departure.
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