Kefalonia is the largest of eleven islands, strung out along the west coast of mainland Greece and are collectively called the Ionian Islands.
Kefalonia with its wonderful natural environment, abundant water, fascinating towns and villages, mild climate, superb beaches, inviting bays, crystal clear seas and archaeological sites, is a precious jewel in the vast blue Ionian sea waiting to be discovered.
Kefalonia covers 786sq km in area with 254km of coastline. Its terrain is basically mountainous with rich woodlands and extensive vineyards, with highly indented coastline and deep clear bays. There are small traditional Greek towns and villages situated both on the coast and nestled in mountainous woodlands.
Tourism on the island is well managed with small clusters of villas and locally run hotels on the outskirts of small towns and villages. The island has not been overdeveloped and still has its traditional charms.
There are several archaeological attractions for tourists that include:
- Drogarati cave
- Melissani water cave
- Virgin of the Themata monastery
- Lake Karavomylos
Of course there are also many beaches that attract tourists to return year after year, these include the world famous Myrtos Beach, which was used in the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
May is a beautiful month as the island is still lush and green from the spring rains with an abundance of meadow flowers. You will find the sea temperature cooler at approximately 18C/64F. The average air temperature is 24C/75F with 10 average daily sunshine hours.
October has a similar daytime temperature of 25C/77F with an average of 8 sunshine hours. The sea temperature is warmer at 21C/70F. At the beginning of May and in October expect changeable weather.
The beaches are generally quiet and you will find plenty of opportunities to find secluded areas on most beaches for naturist sunbathing.
You may also find that some attractions, tavernas and restaurants will not be open at the start of May and may be closed by October. Therefore we highly recommend you hire a car.
The evenings are cool so we advise bringing extra layers, also it is more likely to rain at these times of year.
June and September are popular months for holidays, being able to combine beach holidays with sightseeing.
In June the average temperature is 30C/86F, though can reach 35C/95F, 12 average daily sunshine hours and an average sea temperature of 21C/70F.
September sees an average temperature of 29C/84F, 10 average daily sunshine hours and an average sea temperature of 23C/73F. The weather can start to become changeable in September, so you may experience some rain.
The beaches are busier but you should still be able to find beaches suitable for naturist activities.
All the attractions, restaurants and tavernas should be open. Some textile beaches will also have small beach bars open on them.
As the temperatures soar in these months, this lends itself to more traditional beach holidays.
In July and August the average temperature is 34C/93F, 13 average daily sunshine hours and an average sea temperature of 23C/73F. Though the temperature has been known to creep up near the 40’s/105F+.
The more mainstream beaches are busy and the naturist areas in the famous beaches of Myrtos and Antisamos can be taken over by textile holiday makers. Many other areas of beaches remain naturist plus with a little exploring you can always still find a gem of a quiet bay.
(Weather information given is to be taken as a guide; you should always be prepared for all conditions. Have plenty of suncream but bring a sweater!)