The best time to visit Kefalonia?
Dreaming of Kefalonia and wondering when is the best time to visit? Thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Kefalonia enjoys dry, hot summers and mild winters, but if you visit later in the year, you may need to pack layers in your suitcase as the nights get more chilly. Sun lovers and beach goers will prefer late spring and summer, when the temperatures are warmer. The best time to visit Kefalonia is in July, when the mercury pushes up to an average of 31°C during the day, with temperatures coming down to 21°C in the evenings. If you prefer cooler weather and fewer crowds then you will love Kefalonia during the autumn and winter. The quietest and coolest month of the year is January, which can see highs of 14°C.
Summer (June – August)
Summer is undoubtedly the best time to go to Kefalonia if you like sizzling temperatures and spending your days doing watersports, swimming in the sea or topping up your tan. The mercury climbs to a red-hot 30°C by August, and throughout the whole of summer you should expect daily temperatures of between 26-29°C. This time of year is also the driest, and most of the island sees virtually no rain at all during July, with just 5mm of rain in June or August. There is also little in the way of breeze, making the days even hotter! The sea can reach temperatures of up to 26°C in August, making it an ideal time for swimming and cooling off from the heat of the day. Attractions and beaches are usually more busy this time of the year, so get to places early in the morning if you want to beat the queues. On 15th July, the island hosts the Festival of Argostoli, while on the 29th August, there is the festival of Aghios Ioannis in Ratzakli.
Spring (April – May)
Spring sees sunnier and drier weather in Kefalonia, with average temperatures of between 12°C and 18°C. As the season progresses into May, temperatures climb to a balmy 22°C, and it can be the best time of year to visit Kefalonia for wildflowers and walks in national parks and gardens as the whole island comes to life and in bloom. Expect plenty of natural daylight and sunshine, with up to 12 hours per day. Sea temperatures also rise during this season, and the water can be up to 19°C for a refreshing dip. Spring is still a quiet time of year to visit, and the days should be warm enough for you to enjoy the private pool in your Villa Michou Thalassa. Spring also marks Easter, and is a deeply spiritual event right across Kefalonia (as it is in all of Greece). Expect folk dancing, egg-painting rituals and religious processions on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Many believe that autumn is the best time of year to visit Kefalonia, as it is warmer than spring, not as sizzling as the summer, and less crowded. Expect highs of 26°C in September, gradually falling to 22°C in October. As the season progresses, nights may get more chilly, so do bring a light jacket.. Tourist attractions, shops and restaurants should be less crowded, as the peak of the tourist season ends. Some places may even be closed, so you may want to spend more time cooking with loved ones at your Villa Arion. In early September, the island hosts the festival of choral singing, while on 24th September, there is the feast of Theotokos Drepaniotissa that takes place in Argostoli.
Winter (December – March)
Winters in Kefalonia are mild, with some rainfall, which is how the island manages to remain so lush and green in comparison to other Greek islands. The month in which you travel will have a great effect on daily temperatures. Travelling in January during the peak of winter will mean temperatures of between 5 and 7°C. Wrap up if you feel like taking walks along the coast or decide upon sightseeing. In February, temperatures are higher, and fall between 8 and 14°C. Winter on the island sees 6-7 hours of sunshine per day. Winter is also carnival time in Kefalonia, so expect many of the squares and streets to be filled with people, dancing and music during this time. You’ll find the most action in Argostoli and Lixouri, which host processions of masked people and ‘Kavalieri’ with their ‘Dames’ dancing traditional island performances.
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