What’s your perfect beach? Broad and sandy? Pebbly and secret? How about therapeutic, with silky mud that’ll cleanse your skin? If the answer’s any of the above, or all – or even if you fancy something else – you’ll find what you’re looking for on this photogenic Ionian island. We’ve scoured north, south, east and west to bring you the best beaches on Kefalonia. Read on and relax. You’re practically there…
This flat, forest-shrouded strand was put on the map by Kefalonia-filmed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, but it has long been popular with snorkellers and walkers. Reached on a pretty walking trail from the nearby port of Sami, its pale shallows drop off to inky-blue, with rocky outcrops to explore just offshore; umbrellas and loungers are on hand for maximum comfort. Arrive early and hike up to the Monastery of Agrilion before the heat kicks in, descending to the beach afterwards for a dip.
Evergreens and large boulders give way to emerald waters at this impossibly pure-looking beach, just south of Fiskardo. Take the coastal walk there if you’re staying in the village, wearing sturdy trainers for the steps down to the sea. The beach itself is a small patch of shingle, so be prepared to share – many come for a quick dip before or after retreating to its one simple taverna, which is charming, and serves all the Greek home-cooked classics.
One of the island’s longest beaches, Kaminia’s pale-gold sands are popular with holidaymakers following the beaten track from nearby Skala; loggerhead turtles nest here during summer, given the soft sands and gentle shallows. It’s a family favourite, with no watersports maniacs whizzing by. It might not have the pin-up white-and-turquoise of other Kefalonia beaches, but there’s a wild, windswept feel that makes it a lovely destination for coastal walks.