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Stunning scenery and picturesque villages... and you’ll find Kefalonia has it all

This gem of an island is not only the setting for the book and film Captain Corelli's Mandolin but is also thought to be the birthplace of Odysseus, hero of Homer's Odyssey and king of nearby Ithaca.

Over the years Turks, Venetians, the French, Russians and British all ruled the island until 1864, when Kefalonia joined Greece.

Visit the bustling capital of Argóstoli, rebuilt with wide avenues and a handsome town square after an earthquake in 1953, or explore Melissani Caves, an open-air cave lake, with stalagmites and stalactites.

There are also many breathtaking beaches to be found on the island, including postcard-favourite, Myrtos.


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Flying insects and mosquitoes are common in many areas and you may find it helpful to wear long-sleeved tops and trousers and to use mosquito repellents on exposed areas of skin.

Those in which DEET is an active ingredient are thought to be the most effective. Tap water is generally safe to drink. As it is sometimes heavily chlorinated, you may prefer to buy bottled mineral water.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.