The largest in the Ionian island chain,
With 350 square miles of beautiful countryside and rugged coastline, Kefalonia is the largest in the Ionian island chain, and, if you haven’t already been charmed by its role as the backdrop for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, it’s beauty – from sheer cliffs and towering mountain ranges to clear blue seas – will take your breath away.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hour (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||3 hour 40|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 18.6°C
Make a Captain Corelli’s pilgrimage and visit the village of Farsa and nearby Argostoli for a fuller flavour of the film, the locals and the natural scenery. Must eat at: If you’re hungry, then head straight to the Captain’s Table in Argostoli. It’s one of the best places to go for a Kefalonian regional favourite – a hearty meat pie.
Must be there for:
The last weekend of March witnesses an invasion of the two-wheeled variety as the International Cycling Tour of Kefalonia gets into gear. Attracting veterans, former champions and Olympic medal winners, the tour traditionally comprises a gentle warm-up followed by full-on racing starting in the island’s capital Argostoli.
Hire a boat or join a tour boat and get out to Melissani cave (which is more like a volcanic lake) with stunningly clear waters fed by an underground source.
Fans of the Romans should hot-foot it to Skala to see the remains of a villa with intact mosaic floors, and ongoing digs to unearth yet more.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Greece.
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