Cephalonia, Kefalonia, Kefallinia, it does not matter which way you say it, they all have one thing in common – they are the various names of the island that truly is the gem in the Ionian crown.
Surrounded by several other islands and a stone’s throw from the Peloponnese peninsula, Kefalonia offers stunning beaches and crystal clear waters in every shade of blue.
Its winding coastline is peppered with wide expanses of sand and rocky coves. Local roads meander through sleepy villages with the dramatic views changing between steep rugged cliffs, acres of rolling farmyards and an abundance of villas and traditional pastel-painted dwellings, oozing with Ionian charm.
Its very own mountain range dominates the island and hosts a variety of wildlife and flora. Add to that the underground lake, a network of caves, and a strange water phenomenon that has mystified locals for hundreds of years, and it is plain to see that it certainly is an island of natural contrasts.
Its rich and colourful history gives the island even more of a character. Venetian, British and a range of European influences come together in the melting pot that is Kefalonia.
Kefalonia enjoys a Mediterranean climate from May to October, with temperatures reaching well over 40°F in July and August. The start and end of the season is much cooler and occasional rain showers are not uncommon. However the island is quieter during these months, making it a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the feeling you have the island to yourself.
If you are planning a visit to Kefalonia, there are various ways of getting here. The most popular way is to fly here, but we also have great ferry links to the island. Find out more on our Kefalonia travel page.
You may be wondering when is the best time to travel to Kefalonia, so there is also a section on festivals and events that will be taking place this year – check out our "What's On" guide to the island events and festivals.
We also have delved into Kefalonia's colourful history for you. If you have seen or read Louis De Bernières' "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", you may have an insight to this already. Travel back in time and discover Kefalonia’s hidden past.
The RealKefalonia website has been set up by two friends - one of whom lives on Kefalonia - to give a 'real' feel of what life is like on the island. It aims to give a candid yet informative view of what life is like here and of course if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact us. Whether coming on an organised holiday or, especially, if you are travelling under your own steam, we hope the site will help you discover the hidden treasures and uncover 'local' information.