Where to stay in Kefalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea
Explore the largest island of the Ionian Sea
Kefalonia (sometimes spelt Cephalonia) is located in the Ionian Sea, roughly 30 miles west of mainland Greece. The island is a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from around the world with its heavenly beaches, pleasant climate, lush forests, friendly residents and delicious food. An area rich in natural beauty, there are many things to see and do in Kefalonia. As well as exotic beaches, visitors can explore the quaint and traditional villages of Argostoli, Fiscardo and Assos, and head to Mount Ainos National Park. This park is filled with fir and pine trees, interesting caves and magnificent panoramic views. For walkers, there are a variety of trails to choose from, so you're sure to find one that suits your ability.
Unwind on beach breaks
The island is home to some of Greece's most beautiful beaches. You can expect clear azure waters and pristine white sand or stones at them all. Myrtos beach is one of the most stunning, with gorgeous natural scenery as it lies between two mountains. Antisamos and Skala beaches are also recommended, with Skala having the added benefit of being sandy. Most beaches on the island offer watersports and have nearby cafes and restaurants. For a slightly different experience on the water, the Cave of Melissani contains a lake with trees and plants surrounding it. At noon, the sun shines into the cave and fills it with blue light, resulting in a truly mesmerising sight.
Enjoy some local specialities
Kefalonia has some local specialities that need to be sampled on your visit. Olive oil production is a large contributor to the island's economy, so you can find some of the freshest tasting olive oil there. Kefalonian wild thyme honey is another product of Kefalonia; it is deliciously sweet and can be purchased at many souvenir stores. The local wine, robola, is widely acknowledged as one of Greece's best wines and has a rich taste with citrus notes. Kefalonian meat pie is unique to the island and is a tasty rustic comfort food. You'll also find standard Greek fare, such as gyros and moussaka, throughout the island.
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