Waking up to the sound of rain and light thunder after our first night in Kefalonia was wonderfully relaxing. (We got to turn off our fake rain sound app for a change). And the rest of the week we had nothing but perfect warm weather with blue skies and white puffy clouds.
Kefalonia airport is pretty old-school -- tiny and quaint, with one tiny baggage claim belt. It really feels like it’s from another era. Right after our flight landed, Tony, Mike and I walked on the tarmac to the small arrival area. We collected our suitcases and headed a few steps to the exit where we were greeted by our AirBnB host, who graciously offered to pick us up. He gave us a quick tour of the center of the island's main town of Argostoli, and we all instantly fell in love with the island.
We booked a cheap flight to Kefalonia and the lodging just one day before. Having no idea what awaited us before we boarded our flight, we were pleasantly surprised to discover the magnificent beauty of the island from the sky as the flight descended with the sun setting. Our propeller engine plane landed and it felt like we had landed on Fantasy Island.
Discovering this delightful island was purely by chance -- serendipity at its finest.
After dropping off our suitcases at the nice three-bedroom house we rented, we headed for a walk to check out the town. There are many restaurants, bars and taverns along the shore with breathtaking views.
We played "restaurant roulette" (where you order one item, order more if it's good and go to another restaurant if it's not) and ate at two restaurants the first night. The food was delicious.
We’ve been trying other restaurants every day and, with the exception of one, all have served us good food. There are also wineries on the island specializing on a local varietal called robola. And, of course, many beautiful beaches and hidden coves with spectacular scenery.
Kefalonia is still a fairly undiscovered island in the Ionian sea. I suspect it will become a more well-known destination soon, as a new airport is being built right next door to the current one.
Even in late September, the weather was still warm with some humidity and a gentle breeze. It all felt glorious. Mike enjoyed swimming in the warm mediterranean water. And we even enjoyed these amazing house-made strawberry ice cream popsicles.
So if you visit Greece, don't miss out on Kefalonia, an under-rated gem of an island.