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Kefalonia offers something very different to other Greek islands. Its scenery encompasses lush, green fir-capped mountains alongside the golden beaches and rocky coves that you’d expect. And tucked away inside this gorgeous landscape are old castles, monasteries, forts and beguiling old towns to explore.
The peak season in Kefalonia runs from May to late October. During this time cheaper flights are harder to find – although booking a visit in May, September or October could help you unearth some bargains.
Outside of peak season the weather still promises you the sun you seek, except during the period between December and February when temperatures do drop significantly.
November, March and April are generally pleasant, although the weather can be more unpredictable and the air can feel chilly at night.
You can find great deals on your flight tickets outside of the peak season – and you’ll definitely have a quieter, more relaxing break.
Booking ahead of you planned departure always increases your chances of bagging a bargain – as does the season you are looking to book flights to Kefalonia in.
However, at any time of the year there are ways you can find cheaper flights. Using Expedia you can select ‘Show flexible dates’ when you search for flights. This will quickly reveal if booking your flights on a different day will offer significant savings.
You can also check if ‘Nearby airports’ offer more convenient flight times or a cheaper airfare. If you are flying from a London airport it’s always worth selecting ‘All London airports’, rather than just one, to see if carriers using an alternative London airport offer lower-priced fares.
With flight option available from many UK airports here are some typical flight times:
Kefalonia Airport is located on the southwest part of the island, just five miles from the capital of Argostoli. There is a limited bus service from the airport to the city but most people opt for a taxi or arrange car hire.
If you are travelling straight on to a resort arranging a shuttle through your hotel is your best bet if you are not hiring a car to explore the island during your stay.
The carriers offering cheap flights to Kefalonia include:
Car hire is definitely an attractive option – and Kefalonia’s roads are easy to navigate. It is possible to get to almost any point on Kefalonia, even remote beaches, villages, and monasteries, by the KTEL bus service but its schedules are restrictive and it makes journeying around the island time-consuming. For shorter journeys taxis are widely available on the island.
There are many reasons to visit the capital of Argostoli but one lesser-known one is to see wild loggerhead turtles. Drop by Argostoli Bay in the morning and these turtles patrol the waters waiting for fishermen to discard unsold scraps.
You can take a gondola ride over the stunning underground Melissani Lake. Glide over its electric-blue waters as you take in this undiscovered gem.
Just a 40-minute drive from the capital the Drogarati Caves offer another underground world to explore. Make your way down the stone steps and you’ll arrive in a chilly, floodlit cavern filled with twisting stalagmites and stalactites formed over thousands of years.
And you thought this was going to be a beach holiday!
Tourists from the UK will not need a visa to visit Crete for stays of up to 90 days.