Kefalonia Luxury Yachting Guide

The darling of the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia is a picturesque dream of mountainous scenery and peaceful seaside towns. The largest of the Ionians, discerning travellers are constantly drawn to Cephalonia’s gorgeous beaches, cavernous underground lakes and sumptuous cuisine that make the island so unbelievably appealing.

From the rocky landscapes of the Erisos peninsula in the north to the fragrant olive and citrus groves in the southwest and the sprawling sandy beaches in the southeast, Cephalonia is a real sailing delight. Visitors to this remarkable island are never at a loss for engaging ways to spend their time; quaint fishing villages, Roman ruins, architecturally-brilliant castles and stunning scenery all await lucky travellers. 

Argostoli is the charming island capital, striking an exceptional welcome with its dainty palm-lined quay, bougainvillea dripping balconies and lovely mosaic pavements. A classic mix of coastal-cosmopolitan and traditional Greece, Argostoli offers some wonderful archaeological and artistic museums alongside chic shops, bright cafés, and elegant bars.

After dark, the place to head is Lithostroto; a casually elegant piazza that simply over-flows with tempting boutiques and a sophisticated collection of restaurants and bars that hum with addictive vibrancy once the sun sets.

North of the main town is Myrtos, a particularly pretty sandy crescent of golden beach that is consistently ranked one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. Smooth sun-kissed sands make this a fabulous sunbathing stretch but head south for lovely bathing spots.

Pretty and peaceful and enriched with old-fashioned flavour is the town of Lixouri. A short sail west of Argostoli, this delightful coastal town boats some of the Island’s best beaches and indulgent resort escapes.

Cephalonia’s north is home to the village of Assos with its picture-perfect castle and Fiskardo, whose pristine nature is reflected in its quiet beaches. The only town on the island to have survived the traumatic earthquake of 1953, Fiskardo is a fascinatingly preserved living-museum, brimming with glorious Venetian-style buildings and ambrosial tavernas.

Cave of Melissani
The extraordinary Cave of Melissani can be found on the island’s east, accessible only by boat and famous for its overarching limestone walls and spectacular colours created by the reflection of the sun’s rays through the water. The lovely pine-lined beach of Anti-Samos is also well worth a visit while sailing the scenic east coast.

For a day inland, head to the 1,627 metre marvel that is Mt. Ainos; the perfect place to hike and perhaps even spy herds of wild horses.



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