Where to stay in Kefalonia

Where is the best place to stay in Kefalonia?

Kefalonia, also referred to as Cephalonia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands and arguably the most beautiful. Kefalonia shot to fame when it featured in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin', with wonderful shots of the landscape inspiring millions of people to hop on a plane to see the movie come alive. Kefalonia certainly is picture perfect, with bright bougainvillea and geranium plants standing out against the traditional white washed houses.


The golden beaches are also a treat for the senses, you only have to look at a picture of the Kefalonian coastline and you can picture yourself sunning yourself on the beaches of Sami or Lassi. Both Sami and Lassi are laid back towns where you can enjoy a typical beach holiday of lazy days by the pool and long candle-lit dinners and cocktails of an evening. The most popular resort on the island is Skala, a town that has something to suit couples and families alike. If you are looking for a more tranquil holiday, the picturesque harbour town of Fiskardo is delightful. Wherever you stay on Kefalonia, you are never too far away from the next town and can easily travel across most of the island on a typical two week stay. The island's capital, Argostoli offers something a little different, with a main square, similar to what you will find in many capitals, where you can soak up the local atmosphere and watch the world go by.

Hotel   Avg price
Paspalis Hotel
82€ - 98$
Sami Beach Hotel
103€ - 123$
Tourist Boutique Hotel
105€ - 125$
Fiscardo Bay Hotel
154€ - 183$
Hotel   Avg price
Avithos Resort
151€ - 180$
Petani Bay Hotel
288€ - 343$
Hotel   Avg price
Emelisse Nature Resort
215€ - 256$
F Zeen
367€ - 437$


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Best places to stay in Kefalonia


ArgostoliArgostoli is the island’s buzzing capital, with its main square coming alive at night with locals and tourists. The square is filled with coffee shops, bars and gyros (Greek Kebab) cafés where people sit outside and take in the atmosphere. With all the amenities you will need, including banks and chemists plus lovely boutique shops, a day trip to Argostoli is well worth the trip if you are staying outside of the town. Those staying in Argostoli can enjoy a stay in a city hotel or can rent an apartment in the centre of town.


There are a few larger hotels by the harbour, alongside traditional tavernas and modern cafés that look out to the sea. A beach is only a 10 minute drive away in nearby Lassi, so you really do get to enjoy the best of both worlds on your holiday.



Hotels in Argostoli





LassiLassi is an ideal place to stay for those wanting a traditional beach holiday with an intimate atmosphere. Hotels and self-catering apartments are all within walking distance of the main strip of bars and restaurants, where there are beautiful open spaces to enjoy long summer evenings. Lassi does attract couples but some hotels do cater to families, with pools, child friendly play areas and babysitting facilities.


Lassi is a purpose-built resort, meaning it has all the amenities you will need and is a great place to use as a base for your holiday if you are wanting to explore the island rather than stay in one place. Despite its very modern look, buildings have been built to fit in with traditional Greek aesthetics and the natural beauty of Kefalonia is not lost. There are two beaches to enjoy, Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos, which are both long, sandy and great for swimming and water-sports.



Hotels in Lassi





SamiSami is a popular town with a working port and two harbours house both working and commercial boats. The area around the harbours is bustling, with locals looking for the catch of the day and tourists taking up place in cafés and tavernas to watch the world go by.


There is no beach in Sami but Antisamos beach is nearby for those wanting a day away from the vibrancy of the town. The seafood restaurants in Sami are of a different class, making it the ideal place to stay for foodies. Sami is also a prime place to stay if you are wanting to explore the nearby island of Ithaca, the most idyllic of the Greek Islands.



Hotels in Sami





SkalaSkala is the most developed of resorts on the island, with all the amenities couples and families will need for a relaxing holiday. There is a variety of hotels, with some developed specifically with families and children in mind and others that are adults only, for those wanting a more laid back holiday. If you are wanting to stay close to a good nightlife, Skala has a well-established array of bars, nightclubs and karaoke bars, as well as good restaurants and traditional Greek Tavernas.


Daytimes can be filled with chilled out days at the pool or a spot of swimming at the resort’s blue flag beach. Skala is also popular with hikers and ramblers, who love to tackle the 8 km walk to Poros. Whilst very modern, Skala still displays its history with pride, with Roman temples and an ancient theatre of Apollo mixing in with the modern day facilities.



Hotels in Skala





FiskardoOlder couples or those looking for a romantic place to stay may want to head to Fiskardo, a sleepy harbour town where everything is done at a slightly slower pace. The town is small but perfectly formed, with dozens of small cafés and tavernas surrounding the harbour where you can sit and watch the world go by.


The harbour is a fun place for celebrity spotting, with many famous faces mooring their luxury yachts in the harbour whilst they enjoy a spot of lunch. Hotels are smaller and more intimate here, but still have all of the modern amenities that you will need, as well as great swimming pools and concierge services. There is only a very small pebbled beach in Fiskardo, which is nice for a short walk or a dip in the sea but you are never farther than a short ride away to a beach in Kefalonia with Foki beach the nearest to Fiskardo.



Hotels in Fiskardo




Wherever you choose to stay in Kefalonia, you will find yourself enchanted by this dreamy island, it truly is a special place to visit.




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