Kefalonia is the sixth largest Greek Island, with stunning beaches varying in tones from pale white and golden hues set against the turquoise sea. Unlike it’s busier neighbours, tourism here is set at a slightly slower pace, making Kefalonia an ideal destination for a relaxing, laid back first family holiday – perfect for toddlers! Numerous airlines provide direct flights of approximately 3.5 hours from the UK, appealing to those families searching for a short- haul holiday destination.
A villa holiday in Kefalonia offers not only more space and convenience for your family, but also the opportunity to relax and not worry about the daily battle to score a sun lounger. Enjoy the flexibility to meander through the local fish and vegetable market on the Argostoli harbour and purchase fresh delights for a relaxing family meal at home. Or, if you don’t fancy cooking, there are plenty of local tavernas and restaurants serving delicious cuisine. Try ‘Picnic’ for breakfast if you are in the north of the island.
Things to do in Kefalonia
Although many people stay in the south of the island, home to the capital Argostoli and close to the airport, the north should not be overlooked. Here you will find the picturesque harbour of Fiscardo, surrounded by Venetian-style houses painted in pastel colours, undamaged by the 1953 earthquake. Dotted along the front are the traditional tavernas, enticing you with fresh produce and welcoming smiles.
Around the area, drive though the craggy hillside and discover pretty fishing villages such as Agia Effimia and quiet coves with secluded beaches like Alaties beach: with a family run taverna just above, serving delicious mezze and other Greek culinary delights.
The island is best tackled by car, enabling visits to the Venetian fortress ruins at pretty Assos or to the perfect white sandy beach at Myrtos, A boat trip to the Caves of Mellisani, is enchanting for all the family. This underground grotto has a burst of sunlight shine though the ‘roof’, revealing the turquoise hues and delights of this previously hidden cave.
Little ones will enjoy viewing wild Loggerhead turtles in the Argostoli harbour and feeding fish from the shore line. Or marvel at more of the underwater world by riding on a glass bottom boat from Argostoli. Additionally, catch the ferry for a day trip to Lixouri, the second largest village of Kefalonia. For fantastic views, visit the St Georges’s castle ruins for free.
These delights, along with the island being the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, have made Kefalonia one of Greece’s most treasured holiday islands for families.
Have you visited Kefalonia with kids? What did you enjoy the most? For more information on Greek Island with kids, see here.
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