Fishing village of Assos surrounded by turquoise sea and green hills, Cephalonia, Greece

Things to do in  Cephalonia

It’s all beach to me

When imagining the pleasures of Greece in summer—a waterfront taverna, a peaceful beach with calm, clear waters for swimming—you're likely to be picturing Cephalonia. The largest of the Ionian islands, Cephalonia offers respite from the crowds and nightlife of other Greek islands. On Cephalonia, you'll find colorful fishing villages, reasonably-priced restaurants, and too many beaches to visit on a single trip. Of all the things to do in Cephalonia, don’t miss the chance to get out on the water and see the surrounding cliffs and caves by boat.

Top 2 attractions in Cephalonia

Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos)

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A regular on lists of the world’s best beaches, Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos) is a 0.5-mile (700-meter) expanse of gleaming white sand curving between two high promontories on Cephalonia’s north coast. While the stunning color comes from rounded pebbles and coarse sand, not fine powder, the view from the blue Ionian Sea is spectacular.More

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

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With white sand and marble cliffs, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)makes a striking setting for swimming and sunbathing. Set on sun-soaked Zakynthos island off the coast of Greece, Navagio Beach is a popular day trip destination. The beach’s centerpiece is a long-abandoned freighter—the remains of a smuggler’s shipwreck—that still languishes on the sands.More
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All about Cephalonia

When to visit

High season in the Greek Islands is during the summer months—crowds peak in July and August. However, the season extends from May to October if you want to explore Cephalonia without the summer buzz. June and September are great for mild weather and fewer crowds. Popular annual events on the island include the Saint Gerasimos Feast Day and the Cephalonia Wine Festival, both in August.

Getting around

The coves and villages of Cephalonia are best reached by rental car. Be sure to book a rental car in advance of your trip, especially if you're visiting during the summer season. It's possible to explore the island using its extensive network of buses, but schedules are limited so might cut into your vacation time. Group and private tours are a great option if you want to visit wineries without worrying about driving afterwards. Biking, hiking, and boating are also available.

Traveler tips

Most visits to Cephalonia focus on beaches and fishing villages, but no visit to the island is complete without a day trip to visit Mt. Ainos. Check out sweeping views of the island from the top of the mountain and explore Valsamata, a village that was abandoned after an earthquake in the 1950s. It’s possible to plan a day trip with your own car or by booking a tour and driver.

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What not to miss in Cephalonia?

Cephalonia is home to varied landscapes featuring beaches, caves, and wineries. During a visit, don’t miss the chance to explore Myrtos Beach, Melissani Cave, and the Gentilini Winery. Beach lovers might also want to swim and sunbathe at Navagio Beach (nicknamed Shipwreck Beach), Petani Beach, and Skala Beach.

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What is the prettiest part of Cephalonia?

All of Cephalonia is beautiful; the part you find the prettiest will depend on what you're after. Sandy beaches are in the south, whereas the north offers pebbly beaches. Myrtos Beach, in the northwest, with its dramatic cliffs is often voted prettiest beach in Cephalonia while Sami is often called the prettiest town.

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How many days is enough in Cephalonia?

Plan at least three days in Cephalonia. This island has many beaches, villages, and caves to explore, so a minimum of three days or up to 10 days is recommended. This will give you enough time to check out a local winery, take a boat tour, and go swimming at different beaches.

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Do I need a car on Cephalonia?

Yes, in order to maximize your time in Cephalonia, it's recommended to hire a car. While the island is well-serviced by bus routes, you may find the bus schedules limiting. To explore Cephalonia’s beaches and villages with ease, book a car rental in advance of arriving on the island so you can pick it up at the airport.

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What is the best time to visit Cephalonia?

Summer is the best time of year to visit Cephalonia for weather, but July and August do see the most visitors. If you want to explore the island without the crowds, visit Cephalonia in June or September instead. Summer offers the best water temperatures for swimming, while the winter months are known for rain.

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Which side of Cephalonia has the best beaches?

Myrtos Beach is the prettiest beach in Cephalonia. With dramatic sea cliffs framing the Ionian Sea, this beach is in the northwest of the island. Generally, sandy beaches are located in the south while the north has pebbly beaches. Consider location, accessibility, and type when you're considering the best beaches.

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