A few words about Kefalonia

Kefalonia island is rugged and high, with mount Ainos dominating the landscape. Sheer cliffs and turquoise seas add to the dramatic beauty, along with undoubtedly some of the best views and beaches in the region. Recent discoveries on the paliki peninsular indicate that Kefalonia may well be Odysseus' kingdom of Ithaka, and undoubtedly this will spark further interest in tourism to the island.

Kefalonia has seen new tourist development over the last few years, and in resorts such as Katelios and Lourdas a lot of new apartments and studios have been built to accommodate extra seasonal visitors. Skala has seen the most development with Hotels and Villas now extending the length of the road towards Poros, and new villas having been built in Old Skala.

Getting around

Car hire is definitely recommended to see the diversity of kefalonia and to really explore and appreciate its landscape, and attractions.

Climate

Kefalonia has a Mediterranean climate; the summers are hot with very little rainfall. Summer temperatures range from 13.8C to 40.2C and in the winter 2.2C to 22.3 C.

Language

The official language is Greek; English is widely spoken as are Italian, French and German.

Local cuisine

The food is Greek with an emphasis on seafood, fresh vegetables and fruit. There are many Kefalonian specialties among them the local white wine, robola, which is one of the best in Greece, fine honey from bees feeding on thyme, feta cheese, virgin olive oil, and Kefalonian meat pie. The island is also known for its many grape varieties.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro; most places accept credit cards or traveller's cheques and Euro cheques.

Local markets

The villages have mini markets for essentials and Argostoli, the capital, offers a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables (most of them local products) in a colourful market. Argostoli is also well served by large supermarket chains

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