Best Time to Visit Kefalonia

Greece Travel Secrets picks the best time to visit Kefalonia, with a monthly summary of the weather, plus hotel prices and special events to help plan a visit.

Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, is a paradise of stunning beaches, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes. The island's climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

But when is the best time to visit Kefalonia? Let's take a month-by-month look at the island's weather, special events, and hotel prices to help you plan your trip.

assos_kefalonia_ionian_islands_greece.jpgAssos in Kefalonia

Best Time to Visit Kefalonia Month-by-Month

January is the coldest month in Kefalonia, with average temperatures ranging from 41°F (5°C) to 55°F (13°C). Rainfall is quite high, averaging around 3.5 inches (89mm). Snowfall is rare but can occur in the higher elevations. Hotel prices are at their lowest, making it a great time for budget travelers. However, there are no significant events during this month.

February sees similar weather to January, with temperatures between 41°F (5°C) and 55°F (13°C), and rainfall averaging 3.1 inches (79mm). Snowfall is still possible in the mountains. Hotel prices remain low, and the island celebrates Carnival with parades and parties, a fun time for visitors.

In March, temperatures begin to rise, averaging between 44°F (7°C) and 59°F (15°C). Rainfall decreases to about 2.4 inches (61mm). The island celebrates Greek Independence Day on March 25th with parades and festivities. Hotel prices remain relatively low.

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April sees a significant improvement in weather, with temperatures ranging from 50°F (10°C) to 66°F (19°C) and rainfall dropping to 1.6 inches (41mm). Easter is a major event in Kefalonia, with processions, feasts, and fireworks. It usually takes place in April but not always, so check. Hotel prices start to increase.

May marks the beginning of the tourist season in Kefalonia. Temperatures range from 57°F (14°C) to 75°F (24°C), and rainfall is minimal at 0.8 inches (20mm). The island celebrates May Day with flower festivals. Hotel prices continue to rise.

June brings summer to Kefalonia, with temperatures ranging from 64°F (18°C) to 84°F (29°C) and rainfall at a mere 0.4 inches (10mm). Hotel prices are high, reflecting the start of the peak tourist season.

Fiskardo-Kefalonia-Ionian-Islands-Greece-Mike.jpgFiskardo in Kefalonia

July is the hottest month in Kefalonia, with temperatures between 70°F (21°C) and 88°F (31°C). Rainfall is almost non-existent. The International Folklore Festival is a highlight of July, featuring traditional music and dance. Hotel prices are at their peak.

August continues the hot, dry trend with temperatures from 70°F (21°C) to 88°F (31°C) and minimal rainfall. The Feast of the Assumption on August 15th is a major event, with religious processions and celebrations. The International Music Festival takes place in August in Argostoli, attracting music lovers from around the world. Hotel prices remain high.

September sees a slight drop in temperatures, ranging from 64°F (18°C) to 82°F (28°C), and rainfall increases slightly to 0.8 inches (20mm). Hotel prices begin to drop.

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October brings cooler weather to Kefalonia, with temperatures between 57°F (14°C) and 73°F (23°C), and rainfall increasing to 2.8 inches (71mm). The island celebrates Ochi Day on October 28th, commemorating Greece's resistance in WWII. Hotel prices continue to drop.

November sees a further drop in temperatures, ranging from 50°F (10°C) to 64°F (18°C), and rainfall increases significantly to 3.5 inches (89mm). There are no significant events in November, and hotel prices are low.

December brings the year to a close with temperatures between 44°F (7°C) and 59°F (15°C) and high rainfall at 4.3 inches (109mm). Christmas is celebrated with local traditions and festivities. Hotel prices remain low.

Kefalonia_Myrtos_Beach_Ionian_Islands_Greece.jpgMyrtos Beach on Kefalonia

Best Time to Visit Kefalonia Summary

In conclusion, the best time to visit Kefalonia depends on what you're looking for. If you want hot, sunny weather and don't mind the crowds, July and August are ideal.

If you prefer milder temperatures and fewer tourists, May, June, and September are great choices.

For budget travelers, the winter months offer the lowest hotel prices. But no matter when you choose to visit, Kefalonia's beauty and charm are sure to captivate you.

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