As holidays to Kefalonia are becoming more popular with UK sunseekers, it’s easy to get to Villa Hestia throughout the year. The quickest way is to fly. Kefalonia International Airport near Argostoli is the closest to the villa, and main arrival days are Tuesday and Sunday. You can fly direct from many airports in the UK including London Gatwick and Stansted, Manchester, and Glasgow, with easyJet, Ryanair and several other airlines.
If you want to include a stay at your Zola villa as part of your Greek holiday, you can hop on a flight from the Greek mainland, which run regularly throughout the season. Alternatively, kick back and relax with a ferry ride ferry to Argostoli – there’s even a bus from Athens which includes the price of a ferry ticket.
Kefalonia for adventurers
Drive to Kefalonia from the UK
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and have time to spare, you could follow in Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan’s footsteps in “The Trip” and drive here. It should take you between three and four days, and is the road-trip of a lifetime – and with the reward of a stay at the Villa Hestia at the end!
Our favourite route by car to Kefalonia from England is via the Eurotunnel to Calais and then make your way down France on the Autoroutes (toll roads) to Dijon and then through the spectacular MontBlanc tunnel which joins France to Italy. Follow the road down to Ancona on Italy's East Coast and catch an overnight ferry to the port of Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland. From here, drive down to Astakos and take another short ferry trip across the water to the port of Sami in Kefalonia. Villa Hestia is just 25mins drive from Sami. This whole journey usually takes 2-3 days.
The Autoroutes through France and Italy allow you to eat up the miles, but you do of course have to pay for the privilege of using these roads. You could, of course, take another route which doesn't incur so many tolls, but you may need to allow an extra day for travelling.
Train To Kefalonia from the UK
For that ‘Grand Tour’ feel, hop on a train from London and you’ll be in Greece in around 48 hours. You can catch an early Eurostar train from London to Paris, and then a high-speed French TGV to Milan (Italy). Spend a night in Milan and then take a Frecciabianca train along the East Coast (Adriatic) all the way down to Bari in the south of Italy. Take an overnight ferry from Bari to Patras in Greece and then another short ferry journey to Sami in Kefalonia. Once on the island, take a taxi to Villa Hestia in Zola - which should take around 25mins.
Car hire in Kefalonia
We recommend a local car hire firm who can meet you at the airport – just ask us for their details when booking. It’s a scenic drive of around 35-45 minutes up the coast, skirting around the capital of Argostoli and passing through traditional Greek villages like Farsa. It’s well worth pausing to take in the old ruined buildings decimated by the 1953 earthquake, but don’t worry, the island has been quiet since then!
Once you arrive at Villa Hestia, you’ll see why this place is so special, with its stunning views of Myrtos Bay.
Once you settle in, you’ll find most activities and attractions are within easy driving distance. Argostoli is just a 30-minute drive away, while the beaches of Agia Kiriaki and Agia Vouti are both less than 5 minutes’ drive from your front door.