If you’ve always dreamed of retiring to a Greek island, Kefalonia is a great place to consider.
Quieter than the likes of Corfu, Kefalonia is home to many treasures. The charming fishing village of Assos has an array of colourful houses on the harbour-front and ruins of a 16th century Venetian castle to explore. The secret underground lake of Melissani will take your breath away, and you can spot giant turtles swimming in the harbour of the capital Argostoli. Kefalonia’s turquoise water against the greenery of the hills is truly spectacular.
If you enjoy hiking, Kefalonia is home to Mount Aenos, the tallest mountain on the Ionian islands. There are plenty of walking trails through the black pine and Greek fir, and panoramic views of the surrounding island at the summit. You might even see some semi-wild ponies on your way up.
Where to buy:
The capital Argostoli is affordable with a one-bedroom apartment costing €88,000 or a two-bedroom detached house for around €120,000.
A traditional house in Hionata – a village at the foot of Mount Ainos – can be found for just €40,000. Alternatively, you could get a four-bedroom luxury villa with private pool and ocean views for €550,000 in the fishing village of Katelios.
You can take a direct three-hour flight from London to Kefalonia International Airport Anna Pollatou. Alternatively, access Kefalonia by ferry from the ports of Kyllini and Patras on mainland Greece.