Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and has become increasingly popular with holidaymakers since hit movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed here in 2001. However, despite the amount of annual visitors who come here, the island has managed to retain its traditional charm and laid-back lifestyle.
Why hire a car at Kefalonia airport?
Although Kefalonia is used to welcoming visitors, its public transport network has some catching up to do. Without a hire car, you’re at the mercy of taxi drivers and will find getting off the beaten track almost impossible.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Kefalonia airport?
Unlike us, islanders drive on the right hand side of the road. Apart from that the road rules are the same; stick to the speed limit, stay sober and thank other courteous road users with a wave or nod.
The airport is quite small; there is only one terminal and you’ll arrive into it, so the car hire desks are really easy to spot. Land, get your bags, get your car and get your holiday on the road.
If you don’t come home with a large bottle of Kefaloinian olive oil, you’ll regret it. It’s so good here that there is no need to distinguish between virgin and extra virgin; all of it is simply delicious.
There are bars and restaurants available in the airport, but facilities can become crowded during peak season. To avoid the queues, stop off at one the suburbs en route to the airport to pick up some supplies. There are some great cafes and snack bars in Minia and Lakithra.
Because the weather is so hot, most stores and businesses close between 14.30-17.00, so make sure your Kefalonian hire car has air conditioning when you book, and for a few hours every day, while the rest of the island dozes, you can have the roads to yourself.
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Just a short drive from the airport is the popular town of Lassi. This seaside location is ideal for families. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to browse around, while the beaches are well equipped with facilities and a great choice of watersports to choose from.
Just a little further along the coast from Lassi, is Argostoli, the capital and main port of Kefalonia. With a long promenade, markets, street sellers and restaurants, this is one of the livelier spots on the island and guaranteed to offer something for everyone.
This sleepy village a few miles inland is perfect for thinkers and daydreamers. There are great views of Mount Enos and the atmosphere has been the inspiration to many poets and writers. Lord Byron spent so much time fine tuning his poetry here, that there is a statue of him in the central square.