Omala vineyards
Melissani Lake

The island has a rich biodiversity, with a substantial number of endemic and rare species. Some areas have been declared a protected site in the European Union’s Natura 2000 network. The Mountain Ainos (a National Park since 1962 supporting rich flora and fauna) looks impressive from far away and is even better to explore. Kefalonia is well known for its endangered loggerhead turtle population which nests on many beaches along the south coast of the island. A small population of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus Monachus, also lives around the island’s coast, especially on parts of the coast which are inaccessible to humans due to the terrain. Dolphins are regularly spotted from the shoreline and from boats.

The landscape is wild; we have rare geological phenomena such as the intriguing Katavothres, some of the best beaches and waters in Greece, beautiful sunsets, Venetian castles, scenic walking trails, extreme sports, archaeological sites, local festivals and local delicacies. Kefalonia is a destination that combines everything that a visitor can dream of and it still keeps the serenity of an undiscovered island.

Mount Ainos
Assos village
Katavothres, Argostoli

Tourism really took off during the 1980’s and the popularity of the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) which was shot here in help boost visitor numbers. However the island retains its wildness, traditional charm and village atmosphere whilst offering visitors comfort and amenities necessary for a great holiday.