Captivating seaside villages lapped by warm, crystal clear waters, a backdrop of tall imposing mountains and some of the most beautiful sand and pebble beaches in all of Greece; it is with these charms that Kefalonia tempts the visitor. No less than ten of Kefalonia's beaches proudly fly a coveted Blue Flag in recognition of their exceptional standards with the much photographed Myrtos Beach regularly selected as being among Europe's top five.
Other Blue Flags fly alongside the beaches of Petani, Avithos, Lourdas, Skala, and Katelios. Special mention must also be made of Antisami, renowned for its natural beauty and widely featured in the film of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
Leaving these sun-dappled beaches behind you, head inland across the fertile lowlands to Kefalonia's highest point, Mount Ainos. Snow capped in winter and at 1628m, taller than our own Ben Nevis, it is a designated National Park, home to both a rare species of forest fir and the celebrated but elusive Kefalonian wild ponies. Lourdas Beach lies at the bottom of Mount Ainos, a wonderful stretch of 3kms of pale fine sand.
A variety of tasty seafood, olives, honey, wild vegetables, many different fruits and surprisingly good wine ensure local menus are not lacking in their choice of dishes.
As is common throughout the whole of Greece, Saints' Days are numerous and widely celebrated. Gerasimos (1506-1579) is the patron saint of Kefalonia and many local people believe he performs miracles on August 15th (the anniversary of his death) as well as on his 'name' day, October 20th, which is celebrated with an elaborate procession.
The island enjoys a reliable Mediterranean climate with pleasantly warm days from May through to October and hot, dry summers with temperatures consistently in the high 30's.