Cephalonia, Greece

Cephalonia (Kefalonia) is the largest island in the Ionian Sea and sixth in size in Greece. It is located between the islands of Lefkada and Zakynthos and across the Corinthian Gulf, 35 km from mainland Greece and 30 km from the coasts of Peloponnese.

On Cephalonia tourists are drawn to the beautiful blue sea, the golden sandy beaches, the unique caves, the rocky mountains and the traditional settlements. Cephalonia also boasts findings of the Paleolithic era and impressive historical monuments.

Above the small peninsula, in the area of Fanari, stands Argostoli, the capital of the island. Attractions here include the bridge of Drapano, the Koutavos lagoon, the Lighthouse of Agii Theodori and the Cave of Agios Gerasimos.

The island's main town, Lixouri, is peaceful and picturesque and is situated close to the south coast where the best beaches are located.

Things to See & Do

* Argostoli
* Myrtos beach
* Lixouri
* Swallow Holes
* Melissani Caves

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Greek
Land Area – 781 km²
Population – 45,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – 0030

Port Location – Cruise ships drop anchor in the bay behind the Police Port buildings in Argostoli.

Transport Links – The main airport is located 7 km’s from Argostoli,and is a typical small island airport. The main travel day is Sunday. You can also arrive by frequent ferry in Argostoli or Sami from Italy, the Greek mainland, or other islands.

The bus service on the island is too infrequent to be much use to tourists. You can hire a car or bike to get around the island.