Kefalonia is one of the larger Greek islands in the Ionian chain that runs down the west coast of Greece with Corfu and Lefkas to the north and Zante (Zakynthos) in the south.
Popularised by the hit Hollywood movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', the island has long been a favourite of the Brits and is promoted by most of the major UK tour operators.
The main holiday resorts stretch along the south-west coast where the best of the beaches predominate. Most of the beaches are big and sandy with shallow water and the usual tourist facilities.
The forest-carpeted mountains offer spectacular views over the island, although drivers face long drives over tortuous mountain roads to reach the more remote northern and eastern resorts.
Car hire in Kefalonia is a must for those aiming to explore the island's attractive, but remote, beaches or planning to visit the Pali peninsula opposite the main port of Argostoli.
Kefalonia is a big island and public transport is relatively infrequent. Consequently most tourists are confined to the south coast with organised day trips to attractions in the north.
As well as magnificent scenery and excellent beaches, Kefalonia also boasts some unusual attractions such as the spectacular caves at Melisani and Drogorati that attract thousands of visitors.