One of the best kept secrets in Greece, the Ionian island of Kefalonia (sometimes Cephallonia) is located due west from Patra and benefits from it's delightful Mediterranean climate year round. With stunning natural scenery - mountains give way to sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and quaint towns - it is no surprise that the island was used as the shooting location for the Nicholas Cage movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. It is believed that Farsa, the small Kefalonian town located a few kilometres north of Agrostoli, is the location on which the original Louis de Bernières book was based. While the island's main attractions are its beautiful beaches and its breathtaking walking tracks through the mountainous region, there are several towns and villages which are also highly regarded by tourists (Agrostoli, Sami, Lixouri, and so forth) as well as some natural caves (Drogarati and Melissani) and a Roman villa (near Skala).
Kefalonia is serviced by the Kefalonia Island International Airport, a busy seasonal airport that is positively hopping in the summer months. Although in the off season the only scheduled flights are from Athens (Aegean and Olympic Airlines), Preveza-Lefkas and Zakynthos (Olympic Airlines), in summer First Choice, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomsonfly all visit the island. The airport itself is situated several kilometres south of Agristoli but is well connected to the road network. Car hire services are available at the terminal, with Hertz, Prima Motors, Kokolis Travel and Europcar in attendance. With summers being particularly hot and humid (the average for July is 26°C), it is advisable to hire a car with airconditioning.