Kefalonia Holidays

Tailor made holidays to Kefalonia – villas, hotels, apartments. 

We have had many happy clients holiday on the magical Greek island of Kefalonia – take a look at our testimonials for just some of their reviews!

Contact us on 01728 748209, use the live chat or send an enquiry – we often have special discounts available especially last minute!

Flights from Gatwick are direct once a week on a Saturday and we can usually include car hire with your holiday for a very reasonable price.

Kefalonia is often known as the ‘green island’ with it’s tree covered hills and sparkling clear waters.  It has a long history = there were settlements here in 50,000 BC long before the modern Mediterranean had taken shape. Wood from the prized Kefalonian fir trees, named Abies Cephalonica after its native island, has even been found in the Minoan Palace at Knossos in Crete.

The spectacular caves of Melissani and Drogarati near Sami, the magnificent sea cliffs of the northwest coast near Assos and picturesque villages such as Fiskardo, it is easy to understand why so many visitors return year after year. The island has seen some commercial tourist development in areas around Lassi near Argostoli and Skala, further south. Here one can find some of the best beaches with the cleanest water in the Mediterranean, however they may be crowded in high and peak season.

Although the properties we sell are situated in much quieter areas of the island, a visit to the beaches Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos near Lassi or the fine sandy beach at Skala can be great fun, especially if there are children in the party. Greeks in general and the Kefalonians in particular still believe in the principle of the extended family. This is the perfect island for a family holiday. Friendships quickly develop, especially when the common language is laughter. On the other hand Kefalonia has so much to offer those wishing for a quieter holiday away from it all. Some of the best walking in Greece can be found here, especially in the undeveloped Erissos peninsula in the north. Take a leisurely coastal stroll through forests of oak and strawberry trees to an empty cove, often with its own tiny chapel set amongst the olive groves. Venture through the old wheat fields and vineyards of Vari, now reclaimed by carpets of wild flowers in spring and autumn, or join a guided expedition from coast to coast with a knowledgeable local guide. Walking in parts of Kefalonia is as far removed from the crowded ‘footways’ of other parts of Europe as one could imagine. Kefalonia is an island for all seasons.

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The surrounding sea has long been a mecca for yachtsmen, but nowadays the land-based visitor also has the opportunity to explore Kefalonia by water. It’s said that you can’t have your cake and eat it. Possibly not, but surely the next best thing must be to stay in a comfortable waterside villa or apartment with the use of a motor boat to reach any one of a dozen or more little coves only accessible by sea; return in the evening to a friendly taverna serving an island speciality such as Kefalonian meat pie!

This is a perfect destination for honeymoons or couples holidays – The island’s romantic associations go back long before a certain Italian soldier plucked his mandolin! (this is the site of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin). Poros in the south and Agios Spiridion in the Lixouri peninsula both have strong claims to be the site of Odysseus’ palace. Lord Byron, perhaps the most romantic poet of a very romantic age, stayed on the island at Metaxata near Argostoli.  A week in a restored cottage surrounded by orange trees, wild rosemary on terrace walls with the moon rising above Ithaka might not be romantic enough, but a fortnight certainly would….

The northern part of Kefalonia is stunningly beautiful and Fiskardo and Assos are ideal locations for exploring the gorgeous sea and quiet coves with fishing harbours surrounded by tavernas – while away the hours watching the boats pass by and chat to the locals whilst enjoying great home cooked traditional food. 

Assos Bay

Assos Bay

Here are some of the most popular accommodation options we often book for our clients: (We still have some availability for September / October 2016 from around £550 pp)

CAVOS INN – ASSOS  

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A fabulous adults only family run pension (B&B) with views to the Lixouri peninsula. There are just 9 rooms (all sleeping two people). Cavos Inn is on a narrow promontory below the Venetian fortress and most rooms sea views. The owner is originally from Crete and her husband is Kefalonian. Each room is furnished in a different style and all are en suite with private balcony or patio area. Five minutes down steps leads to the tree-lined seafront of Assos, surrounded by a cluster of traditional fishing cottages, tavernas, village shops and the harbour nestling beneath the caves, cliffs and old vine terraces of the headland. There is a town beach here, and even on those afternoons when the Meltemi wind sets the surf pounding against the rocks just a few yards away on the other side of the isthmus, barely a wave disturbs the fish queuing for crumbs from the taverna tables. The Cavos Inn reflects the unique aspect of Assos. The tranquillity of an unspoilt fishing village,guarded by an historic castle, all set on a majestic wild coastline. Dolphins and on rare occasions even turtles, can sometimes be seen in the surrounding sea, so a pair of binoculars are recommended. The breakfast terrace has spectacular views that takes in the whole sweep of this truly wild coast. For civilised living in an exquisite setting, the Cavos Inn is unbeatable.

COSI’S INN – ASSOS

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Cosi’s Inn is situated just above the harbour of Assos with superb views Studio rooms all sleep 2 people. Cosi’s Inn is situated just above the harbour of Assos (see above) with superb views on both sides and has small but very welcoming apartments which are certainly one of the hallmarks of Kefalonia. It’s only a couple of minutes’ stroll from the Inn down to the harbour with its fishing boats, handy tavernas and mini-market. There’s even a lovely beach within the harbour a step or two away from the shady village square with its magnificent plane trees. Comfortably furnished, with modern fittings all the rooms have balconies one at the rear which looks out over the village and harbour, whilst ones at the front enjoy a breathtaking view across the wide bay framed by mountains and high cliffs. Each studio has a double bed, living area, shower room and kitchenette and air conditioning, although an evening breeze often arrives from sea and mountain, making the evening stroll down to the village for an alfresco supper on the quayside a pleasant prospect. 

EMELISSE ART HOTEL – FISKARDO

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This is a 5 star boutique hotel with spa, restaurant and pool on a peninsula close to the cosmopolitan harbour of Fiskardo Rooms sleep between 2 and 5 people. In its blissfully tranquil waterside setting, the Emelisse Art Hotel stands out as a blend of simplicity and sophistication, comfort and true Greek hospitality. The Tsimaras family have carefully planned all aspects of the hotel so as not to detract from the stunning view of the rugged coastline and the Ithaka channel, with clear blue waters stretching unobstructed as far as Lefkada. Accommodation ranges from the stunningly placed executive rooms for two, to the more spacious junior suites. The two bedroom family suites or maisonettes for larger parties are ideal for those wishing to use the facilities of a hotel whilst still enjoying the independence offered by self catered accommodation. The hotel offers two restaurants, both with differing cuisine’s. Riza Mezedopoleio is based on very traditional Greek delicacies and a selection of meze dishes. The Votsalo restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Kefalonia, offers high quality cuisine, imaginative dishes and an innovative style. Votsalo offers a la carte menus with a mediterranean flavour, in a stunning atmospheric environment.

The fabulous Emblisi beach and the hotels’ large swimming pool are perfect for hours of lounging in the sunshine. However, we recommend hiring a car to enjoy the sights of the island. The hotel can also arrange mountain bike hire for the more active visitors with a desire to get out and about! With the bustling waterfront shops and tavernas of Fiskardo close by, this is a truly idyllic setting for a relaxing holiday in a perfect location. The Elemis Spa – Walk into a complete world of sensory heaven…. From the moment you enter you will be taken on a unique journey that has been created especially for you. The spa has been designed to subconsciously stimulate all your senses through a multitude of textures, gentle music and therapeutic lighting. Treatments range from simple manicures right through to a 75 minute hot stone massage. The Elemis Spa offers an exotic blend of therapies from around the world ranging from Bali, Tibet, Polynesia, Japan, Morocco and Thailand.

KALOKERI APARTMENTS 

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One of the finest panoramas in Kefalonia with views over Ithaka and Lefkada There are 19 apartments with a shared swimming pool sleeping between 2 and 5. For our clients staying here we usually deliver a car for 3 days of the week so you can explore the island. This is a very popular property with families – see testimonial from a family who have stayed here.  Fiskardo encapsulates everything that makes the Ionian Islands so special; history, architecture and above all an outstandingly beautiful location. The view of the waterfront with its colourful mix of fishing boats, yachts and the old Venetian lighthouse across the bay is justifiably famous. To appreciate the full grandeur of the setting, one should really walk up the hill and find a glade in the fir forest above the village as suddenly all is revealed in a wide sweep that encompasses the gleaming white peaks of Lefkada, the green hills of Epiros, mysterious Ithaka and the sparkling waters of the Ionian. It is quite simply breathtaking and inspirational. The Kalokeri Apartments are a ten minute stroll from Fiskardo. The apartments are comfortable and designed to maximise the amazing views, a good size pool for all to enjoy with ample shade on those very warm days and a snack bar for drinks and light lunches. The two bedroom apartments have a twin bedroom at the rear and a double bedroom at the front which leads onto a private balcony. There are also two shower rooms and a balcony leading out from the living room. The one bedroom apartments have double or twin beds with a shower room, living room with a sofa bed leading onto the balcony (air conditioning is in the living area). Studios are extremely spacious and have double or twin beds, shower room and their own sizeable private balconies with those amazing views. Ground floor apartments each have their own terrace. Exploring the fascinating Erissos coast couldn’t be easier; the picturesque Emblisi Beach is less than ten minute walk. Motor boats are available for hire to discover the uninhabited east coast with its bays only accessible by sea, or across to the fascinating island of Ithaka. Kalokeri or ‘Summer’ translates literally as ‘fine weather’ and as northern Kefalonia experiences over 300 days of sunshine a year, the spirit of summer lasts a long time here!

Thank you for booking our lovely holiday to Rhodes. The Atrium Prestige was beautiful, the food at the hotel was very nice, service at the restaurants and beach bar very professional. The sea was amazingly clear as you can see from all the fish pictures Leo took whilst snorkelling! Waters were crystal clear and not too cold to swim in just fab - overall this holiday was another winner, thanks so much! Rebecca x
Brooks Family – Greece – Rhodes (July 2017)
August 5, 2017

We had a fabulous holiday to Corfu thank you! We opted for Kalami Bay in Corfu (home of The Durrells) Things we enjoyed most included; The little bay next to Kalami – Kouloura – had a great little beach and top taverna (Taverna Kouloura); Driving off the beaten track and exploring the little mountain villages, like Sinardes. High points provided spectacular views; Reading two Durrell books overlooking The White House! Thank you for making it happen we will come back to Travel With Jules again.
Clare & Gerry Sheehan – Corfu (June-July 2017)
July 28, 2017

The whole trip was great, you chose lovely accommodation - just what we wanted. Highlights included beach life in Naxos, village in Crete, awesome sights in Santorini, and Athens is one of our favourite places. If I had to choose the best, the small hotel in Panoramos was fantastic and we enjoyed the ferries between islands etc. and the friendliness & service of the Greek people.
Chris and Annette – Greece Island Hopping (July 2017)
July 19, 2017

Loved Kefalonia and Assos as you had said we would. Good job, you! Managed to do 400 km in the little Fiat Panda so must have had fun in the sun. Cavos Inn was fine, the view from room 7 was probably better than the front sea view ones as we got to see the village as well. Good time had by both, only spoiled by coming back! We loved the holiday - thanks again!!
Jenny & David Stagg – Greece, Kefalonia (June 2017)
June 29, 2017

As a very busy local business owner and family man I do not have the time or energy to flick through hundreds of High Street Travel agents brochures. This is why I use Julie and Mags at Travel with Jules. These lovely ladies ask questions and talk to you to find what your "perfect" holiday would be. Having booked several times with them they now know what we as a family enjoy doing on holiday.
Darrell & Vicki – Kefalonia (Greece) May 2017
June 7, 2017

We got home last night after a fab week away at Cosi's Inn, thank you! It was wonderful. We loved the island, people, food, local wine etc etc - magical ! Everything went to plan as far as travel, transfers, accommodation, car hire etc. We would definitely ask you to help us with our travel plans again as well as recommending you to friends and family. Speak to you soon x
Greece, Kefalonia – Sarah & John (Sept 2016)
September 19, 2016

We loved The Pelion and Pounda Paou so much when you picked it for us in June, we had to go back again!
Greece Pelion – Jenny and David (Sept 2016)
September 13, 2016

The holiday was great, and different from our usual - was great not to have a car! Some of it surprised us how much we liked things we hadn't tried! Villa Anatoli was just beautiful. Quiet, relaxed, in a brilliant location where we could walk to the beach and the harbour for evening meals and the view blew us all away. A lovely part of the the chilling out process. We are totally refreshed and had a great break - is it too early to plan for next summer?!
Island Hopping in Greece – Waine Family (August 2016)
August 13, 2016

I have always been an independent traveller booking the holidays by myself as I found it was the only way to get what I wanted, however with Jules, I have found she has a great understanding of what customers need and since she organised our USA road trip last year I have not considered the DIY option any more. Jules and Mags managed to find a perfect holiday again, within the budget, leaving the time for me to plan what I want to do during the holiday.We loved being able to discover the island at leisure, this was the best part of our holiday. The information we received in advance (booking pack with maps, leaflets) was extremely helpful....
Anna Alcalde-Mills – Greece, Kefalonia (May 2016)
June 9, 2016

We had an amazing time and are so grateful to you for finding such a beautiful place for us to go on our honeymoon at the last minute! It was paradise. Straight after our wedding I contacted Jules and asked her to help with a last minute honeymoon. Jules spent time listening to our requirements and came back with various options. Once we agreed on our destination Jules promptly booked everything and a few days later we were off on our honeymoon to the most wonderful luxury spa resort in Rhodes.
Marianne & Ray – Greece, Rhodes (May 2016)
June 9, 2016

We wanted to have a relaxing week away with some sunshine, good food and fabulous views and Kefalonia had everything we were looking for!
Sam and Andy – Kefalonia (October 2015)
October 27, 2015

The villa you found was absolutely perfect. It was peaceful but within walking distance of everything we needed. It was our best family holiday ever.
Waine Family – Kefalonia, Greece (August 2015)
August 31, 2015

In my view life is too short NOT to use Julie's experience and contacts when booking a holiday! I couldn't recommend Travel With Jules more highly.
Nicky Fussell – several destinations (July 2015)
July 3, 2015

Our feedback is genuine and meant from the heart. I would love for you manage our travel reservations from now on. You have an amazing business and you do it well.
Laura & Robin – Greece, Crete (Oct 2013)
October 25, 2013

Just a big thank you for the holiday and all your work finding me a late sun getaway! I really enjoyed Vasilikos (on the Greek Island of Zante). It was very beautiful and peaceful and the hotel (The Belvedere) was really nice too. Although very remote and right at the beginning of the season. But this allowed for a little exploring, so it was great. I'll be in touch for my next holiday!
Lee Young – Zante (May 2013)
May 20, 2013

Our honeymoon was everything it should be and more - the place was perfect, the administration and logistics went as smoothly as could be and we could not have been more delighted. Thank you very much: we appreciate your unique combination of very professional yet always relaxed and so friendly. We will start saving up for next year now!
Helen & Mark – Corfu Honeymoon (Sept 2012)
September 18, 2012

We have just returned from a fabulous week in Kefalonia, organised at lightening speed (a day and a half in fact!). Jules' unflustered approach, helpful advice, huge enthusiasm and willingness to put herself out for us is something we will not forget in a hurry, and really appreciate. We will not hesitate to consult her when we next want a holiday - thanks Jules!
Helen Roberts – Kefalonia (July 2011)
August 6, 2011

Within three hours of me posting a Tweet for holiday help, I received a phone call from Jules. By the next morning my week’s holiday in Crete was researched, sorted and agreed, including a good deal on car hire. We stayed in some great apartments in the heart of the resort and enjoyed a really relaxing week. I can’t recommend Jules highly enough (or Twitter!) and will certainly consider using her services again.
Graham Richards – Crete (July 2011)
August 24, 2011

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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