A true Greek paradise, Kefalonia is quietly solidifying its reputation as one of the best holiday islands for families and couples. Allowing you to enjoy all the best parts of the Greek lifestyle - think sumptuous food, stunning beaches and scenic views - without the tourist overcrowding of its neighbours, Kefalonia won't stay a hidden gem for long.
Serving as the setting for Hollywood's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Kefalonia offers so much to see and do throughout your stay. If you're looking for a quiet spot to soak up some history, head to the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos. Overlooking the Omala plateau, and with Mount Ainos in the background, this 1560 build acts as a tribute to Kefalonia's patron saint, Gerasimos. Whether you treat it as a pilgrimage site or not, you're sure to feel at peace in this sacred space.
For those hoping to get their heart rate up while on their villa holiday in Kefalonia, there are ample options to explore. A hike up Mount Ainos rewards you with panoramic views, ascending 5341ft of flourishing natural park. And, for a water-based adventure, you can row your way into the extraordinary Melissani Cave, dodging stalactites as you go.
Given its close proximity, we'd also recommend taking a day trip to Ithaca with Kefalonia Excursions. It's said to be the home of Odysseus, but even those who know nothing of Greek mythology will love wandering its hidden beaches and uncovering the magical waterways.
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Kefalonia cuisine is renowned for using only the freshest ingredients, sourced from across the island. Some must-tries include souvlakia (skewered meat), horiatiki (traditional Greek salad) and imam eggplants (stuffed with onions and tomatoes).
A true comfort dish, Kefalonian meat pie sees cooks season veal and lamb with bay leaf, garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg, simmering them all together in a tomato wine sauce. Prefer something cheesier? Don't miss the chance to indulge on feta, halloumi and kefalotiri.
Those with a sweet tooth will also have plenty to try. We'd suggest snacking on baklava, glazed almonds and kataifi, while loukoumades are the ultimate indulgence - deep-fried doughnuts soaked in honey and sesame.
Of course, you'll need to sample some local wines with your meal too. Want to make a day of it? Head to the Gentilini and Haritatos estates for a vineyard tour and tasting.