The island of Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands group in Greece and the most varied. The island boasts 150 miles of coastline, picture-perfect villages and plenty of fantastic family-friendly beaches. Head inland, and you’ll find a rugged mountainous interior with scattered traditional villages, wineries and underground lakes.
In terms of accommodation, there’s just about everything in Kefalonia, from purpose-built huge hotels to small guesthouses and apartments available to rent. There’s something to suit all family types and all budgets.
This guide to Kefalonia will take you through where to stay in Kefalonia for families, the best resorts in Kefalonia and the best hotels in Kefalonia to help you find the best accommodation in Kefalonia for you and your family.
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Best places to stay in Kefalonia
As the capital of the Greek island of Kefalonia, Argostoli is one of the most popular places to stay in Kefalonia for families. You’ll have everything you need for a wonderful trip away.
The town has a bustling scene, traditional Venetian architecture and a local feel. The main square is the hub of the town, where you’ll find plenty of tavernas, coffee shops, bars and cafes selling delicious Greek food from traditional Gyros to greek salads.
The cheapest accommodation is often found in Argostoli if you’re on a budget. The town is the hub of all major bus and taxi transport networks on the island. If you’re planning on exploring the island by bus, this could be the place for you.
There’s plenty to do without even leaving Argostoli, from walking along the seafront promenade eating in the local tavernas and souvenir shopping to visiting the Archeology museum. Argostoli has all the amenities you could ask for, including banks, shops and chemists.
A few of Kefalonia’s beaches are within a 10-minute drive of Argostoli, including Plati Yialos beach and Makri Yialos beach. Argostoli is a great place to base yourself on day trips from Kefalonia.
Hotels in Argostoli Kefalonia
On a budget – Camping Argostoli is located 1.5km out of Argostoli town, but the price definitely makes up for it! There’s a beach right in front of the campsite perfect for families due to its shallow waters and a slight breeze. It’s a great area to try out some water sports too.
On a budget – Argostoli Hotel 2*| This family-run hotel is set right in the centre of Argostoli town. Rooms come in twin, double, triple, quadruple or family. Cots can be provided on request, and all rooms include a fridge. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Luxury – The Kefalonia Grand 4* | The Kefalonia Grand has beautifully decorated rooms with a modern feel and fantastic views. The rooms even have a seating area. A fantastic breakfast is included in the room rate, and cots are provided on request. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Lixouri is one of the most pretty areas of Kefalonia and the second biggest place in Kefalonia after Argostoli. You’ll have all the amenities you need here for the perfect family holiday.
Lixouri has two picturesque white sand beaches with crystal clear water and perfect swimming conditions. – Petanoi beach and Platia Ammos beach. Platia Ammos is quieter but you’ll have to climb down 200 steps to get there. Petanoi beach has been awarded blue flag status.
Lixouri is also home to the port of Lixouri. All year round, there are ferry services to Argostoli. During the summer season, you can travel to Patras and Killini on the mainland for onward travel to Athens.
Best places to stay in Lixouri
Budget – Sea and City Apartments Lixouri – The Lixouri one-bedroom apartments are equipped with everything you need for a perfect family holiday in Lixouri. The port of Lixouri is only 750 yards away – ideal day trips. Cots are NOT provided, but extra beds can be accommodated. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Mid-Range – Ionian Sea Villas & Waterpark – Located nearby Lixouri, this hotel features a waterpark with plenty of slides for all the family. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Slice of Luxury – Apollonion Asterias Resort & Spa 5* | Just 600m from Lixouri beach, the Apollonion resort is the best five star hotel in Kefalonia for families. The property features a large outdoor swimming pool, gym, outdoor cinema and spa. Guests can choose between a Half Board and an All-Inclusive package. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Sami is a picturesque seaside town that used to be the capital of Kefalonia. Not, the town has been turned into a tourist resort in the modern-day. Sami is one of the top resorts that families love.
Hotels in Sami Kefalonia
Budget-Mid – Staggia Studios | Just 100m from the beach you’ll have stunning sea and mountain views here. The studios are set up for families with fully equipped kitchenettes and cots provided upon request for €5 per night. Rooms sleep 2-5 adults depending on the option chosen. There’s also a yummy breakfast included in the room rate. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Budget-Mid – Remezzo Apartments | The Remezzo apartments are set in a fantastic location, 350 yards to the beach and within close proximity to amenities. Each room is set up for families with a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area. Studios sleep 2 adults + kids. Cots can be provided on request. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Luxury – Ionian Emerald Resort | 2km from Sami town, this picturesque 5-star hotel is set right on the beachfront – perfect for a relaxing family break. The resort also features an outdoor pool, kids pool and restaurant. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
The resort of Skala is the main resort of Kefalonia. It’s hugely popular with families and includes small – privately run guesthouses and huge purpose-built hotels and resorts.
Holidays in Skala Kefalonia will be spent enjoying the beautiful blue flag beach – one of the best beaches in Kefalonia, eating in the many tavernas, bars and restaurants, shopping for souvenirs and learning about the history of Kefalonia. Skala is home to the ancient temple of Appolo.
Studios, resorts and hotels in Skala Kefalonia
Budget – Kate-Mari Studios – Located in the centre of Skala, 0.7 miles from Loutraki beach, the Kate-Mari studios provide a range of double, triple and family rooms that sleep up to 4 guests. A fantastic breakfast can be provided at an extra cost. Cots are available free of charge, but children over 9 are considered adults. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Mid-Range – Summer Sun – Just 150 yards from Skala beach, the Summer sun is the perfect choice for a family beach holiday. Rooms come with spacious balconies and panoramic sea views. Rooms are also equipped with a kitchenette. Cots are also available on request. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Luxury – Apostolata Island Resort and Spa – Located our of Skala but with a complimentary bus service to both Skala and Poros slightly. The Apostolata resort offers luxury rooms and an outdoor pool area fully equipped with sunbeds and parasols. The Zephyros Restaurant. has panoramic views and an extensive a la carte menu. Guests can pay a little extra for a panoramic sea view or/and a private hot tub. Cots are provided on request. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Located in the North West of the island, the Lassi Penninsula used to be a farming area. Now Lassi is a purpose-built tourist resort very close to Argostoli. Lassi is now one of the most popular resorts in Kefalonia for families. Holidays in Lassi Kefalonia will be spent browsing the extensive range of souvenir shops and tavernas and enjoying the beautiful beaches – Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos.
Hotels in Lassi Kefalonia
Luxury – Princess Hotel – Located at Makris Gialos Beach, this family-run hotel has fantastic rooms with panoramic views and balconies. There’s also an outdoor pool. Guests can choose between bed and breakfast of half board, which features local Greek seasonal specialities. Rooms are available in twin, double or family (+bridal suite) and cots are provided on request. Children over 3 are considered adults. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Once one of Kefalonia’s main fishing villages, Agia Effima is now a popular tourist resort. The main draw is the picturesque waterfront, popular with yacht island-hoppers.
Best places to stay in Agia Efimia
Budget – Logaras Apartments – In the heart of Agia Efimia, Logaras Apartments are just 1.3 miles from the picturesque Ellinika beach. Each room has a patio and equipped kitchenette with a partial sea view balcony. Apartments sleep up to 3 adults. Cots are NOT provided, but extra beds can be accommodated. Children over 10 are considered adults.
Assos (also known as Asos) is a small picturesque town in the North of Kefalonia. If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere, Assos could be the perfect place to stay.
Best places to stay in Assos
Luxury – Romanza Studios – Right in the heart of Assos village, the rooms feature sea views across the bay. All rooms are double (sleep up to 2 adults) and come with a fridge. No cots or extra beds are available, although kids are very welcome. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Svoranata is a small, quiet village in the southwest of Kefalonia island, near Lassi and Argostoli. The village is perfect for a laid back family holiday to Kefalonia – exploring the winding streets and seeing what you discover along the way.
There are 3 beaches close to Svoranata – Avithos, Ai-Helis and Ammes beach.
Places to stay in Svoranata
Luxury – Avithos Resort Hotel – Very close to Avithos beach. The resort features spacious rooms, a freshwater pool with sunbeds, umbrellas and a luxury pool bar + gardens. Rooms are either family studio or superior studio with breakfast included. Cots AND extra beds can be accommodated. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
This small harbour town and fishing village has a very calm atmosphere and is often named the most beautiful place to stay in Kefalonia. The town is often named one of the prettiest in Greece and one of the best places to visit in Kefalonia.
Everything in Fiscardo is somewhat more laid back. Holidays in Fiskardo Kefalonia will be spent strolling around the yachts, eating ice cream and trying food from the traditional Greek tavernas.
Fiskardo Hotels Kefalonia
Mid-Range – Kalokeri Apartments – Right next to Fiskardo port, these apartments are the perfect picturesque setting to base yourself for day trips. Rooms are double/twin studios or apartments, sleep up to 4 adults and have panoramic sea views. there’s a fully equipped outdoor pool too! Cots are also provided. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
A working fishing town and port, Poros is the main ferry terminal for ferries arriving from Killini on the mainland. If you’re island-hopping in Greece and arriving by ferry to Kefalonia, Poros is the most convenient place to stay.
Budget – Harbour View Oceanis Apartments – Just 150 yards from Poros village, the rooms have balconies and are either studios or apartments with kitchenettes, and some have a fantastic sea view. This is a tremendous price. Cots can also be provided. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Where to stay in Kefalonia without a car
There are plenty of fantastic places to hire a car in Kefalonia. Although you may want to consider car hire in Kefalonia, if it isn’t for you, there are some excellent places to stay where you can reach all the major sights without a car. View cheap car rental in Kefalonia here.
Top 4 places to stay in Kefalonia without a car:
Quiet places to stay in Kefalonia
If you’re looking for a quiet family break in Kefalonia away from the stresses of 2020, your best off staying out of the main tourist resorts in villages. Here are the top 3 quiet places to stay in Kefalonia:
Package holidays to Kefalonia
Kefalonia is one of the most popular package holiday destinations in Greece. The island serves direct flights from major destinations in Europe, including many from the UK. Many flights to Kefalonia are run exclusively for package tourists, including the likes of Tui and Jet2.
If you fancy an all-inclusive holiday to Kefalonia, these choices are perfect. Here is a selection of the best package holiday companies for booking your trip to Kefalonia with kids:
On the Beach provides customers with a vast selection of flights and up to 30,000 hotels from which customers can choose and build their perfect beach holiday. There are have flights and a range of different board base to choose from. On the Beach also offer great savings and last minute deals from airports all over the UK. View the latest offers here.
A wide range of great value for beach holidays and city breaks in Greece, combining easyJet flights with 3, 4 and 5-star hotels and other extra services such as car rental and transfers. View the latest offers here.
Letsgo2 provides a fantastic range of great value luxury holidays in Greece to Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Santorini. The company takes the time to understand your needs before recommending the perfect baby and toddler break for you and your family. View the latest offers here.