From its visual beauty to its affordable property prices, discover five reasons to fall in love with Kefalonia.  

Greece has an incredible 6,000 islands – though not all of them are inhabited. And while we’ve all heard of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, there are some equally wonderful islands that are a little less well-known. Today, we are going to focus on the beautiful Kefalonia. Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands at 800


1. Visually stunning

Kefalonia is such a beauty that it’s been a movie star before – it was the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2000), starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz. The island is made up of caves, beautiful beaches, and charming villages. Here, you can see the highest mountain in all of the Ionian islands, Mount Ainos at 1,628 metres. It is a wonderful place to hike and spy the wild horses. Plus, the Cave Melissani is a must-see the visit, especially given that its other, intriguing name is the Cave of the Nymphs. Surrounded by forests, there’s a lake within the cave, and many moons ago, the ceiling fell in, allowing the sunlight to seep through. It is truly magical.


2. Breathtaking beaches

Kefalonia has a total of forty-two beaches, many have been awarded a Blue Flag, recognising their cleanliness and excellence. The beach that you will truly love is Myrtos, as it is surrounded by steep cliffs, which frame the water. You will want to catch the sunset here.

Meanwhile, another beach, Foki Kefalonia, is surrounded by olive trees. So, a great spot if you like a touch of shade at the beach.

Female tourist with blue sun hat staying in Assos village in front of cozy veranda and admiring turquoise colored bay of Mediterranean sea and beautiful colorful houses of in Kefalonia, Greece

5 reasons to fall in love with Kefalonia.

3. A quieter atmosphere

One of the potential problems with the Greek islands being so adored as a tourist destination can be, well, the tourists. But one of the great pluses of Kefalonia it is not on the map in the same way that Mykonos or Santorini or Crete are. This means that you can appreciate your new home in Kefalonia, without any disturbances.

If your vibe is more dinner for two in a waterfront restaurant than a wild nightout, Kefalonia is definitely for you.

4. Food & wine

As well as your favourite Greek dishes (somebody pass the tzatziki and souvlaki please), Kefalonia has an established reputation for fantastic wine. Wine production dates back centuries and you can learn all about it (and have a sip or two) in the Robola Cooperative winery.


5. Affordable property options

Another advantage of not having the status of Mykonos is that the price of property has not been made sky high by wealthy international buyers. If you like the idea of buying a fixer-upper, then these can be purchased for as under €50,000. However, if you’d prefer somewhere more key ready, then a one-bedroom can be found for just €80,000. While a home of three bedrooms or more will cost €300,000 or more.


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