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Pick up your hire car in Kefalonia airport to start enjoying the hidden charms of this rugged Greek paradise.

60-second guide to Kefalonia

in its own head

"We're the God of Greek islands with finely chiseled cliffs, soft sandy curves, impressive mountains and a very sunny disposition."

but more realistically

Other Greek islands may dispute Kefalonia's lofty claims, but earthquakes, war and Nicolas Cage sporting a horrendous Italian accent have all visited and none have damaged its natural beauty and tranquillity.

the vibe

Even in the capital, Argostoli, the pace rarely rises above walking. So when you're exploring Kefalonia, just relax and take your time.

the natives

They're used to tourists and will give you an enthusiastic welcome, especially if you've mastered a few words of Greek.

the weather

Winters in Kefalonia are wetter than on other Greek islands, which is why it's green and lush by comparison. Summers are long, hot and dry.

the local speciality

It's not all feta cheese and ouzo. Help yourself to a Kefalonian pie instead, you'll find rice, vegetables, fish and meat hidden inside.

the celebrity

Forget Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz - stars of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which was shot here. Lord Byron is the visitor locals cherish most. The English poet stayed in the earlier 19th century and is a national hero for his support of Greek independence.

did you know?

Kefalonia suffered a huge earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale in 1953, which destroyed most of the island's houses and lifted the whole place by 60cm.

they say

"The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece! Where burning Sappho loved and sung, Where grew the arts of war and peace, Where Delos rose and Phoebus sprung!" - poet Lord Byron

5 to see in town...

1. Fiscardo harbour

This fishing village on the island's northern tip escaped the worst of the 1953 earthquake and has managed to retain its 18th-century charm, while adding a healthy dose of seafood restaurants.

where to park?

There is no designated parking apart from street parking.

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2. Kefalonia Archaelogical Museum, Argostoli

You'd expect an island with such a colourful history to have the odd archaeological gem and you'd be right. Take a look at them here.

where to park?

There is street parking outside the museum.

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3. Kefalos theatre, Argostoli

It may have been ruined during the Second World War, but the successful restoration of this impressive theatre has ensured Argostoli's thespians won't go without.

where to park?

There is a visitors' car parking area.

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4. Platia Valianou, Argostoli

At least half of all holidays should be spent lolling about in cafes on pretty squares. And this is the place to do it in Argostoli.

where to park?

Parking is available in the surrounding streets.

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5. Sami beach

The other half should be spent on beaches that specialise in golden sand and clear, warm waters. A lot like this one in fact.

where to park?

There is a car parking area at the beach.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. The Cave of Drogarati

Most people make do with a parasol when they need a bit of shade, but you can head underground for a bit of cool time with some stalactites and stalagmites.

how to get there?

How to get there? It's about 10 miles inland of Argostoli. Get onto the Argostoliou-Samis road and it's just before Fragkata.

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2. Myrtos beach

A more spectacular stretch of sand would be hard to find. Steep cliffs provide an impressive backdrop to one of Europe's top beaches.

how to get there?

Head north on the Divaraton-Katochoriou road for 25 miles. Follow the coast round and look for signs.

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3. Ithaca island

Jump on a ferry to the home of The Odyssey's Odysseus, and you'll soon understand why Homer was inspired by this island.

how to get there?

A cheap ferry runs from Sami. Cross Kefalonia to Sami on the Argostoliou-Samis road for 25 miles, then the ferry takes 40 minutes.

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4. The Monastery of Our Lady Themata

The people who built this monastery in the 11th century really wanted to get away from it all. It's deep in a forest on the slopes of the island's second highest mountain.

how to get there?

Head around the Argostoli bay towards Drapana. Then follow signposts north to Dilinata. Keep going for 25 miles to Makriotika and do a right to Drakopoulata until you find the monastery.

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