About Kefalonia Island
The Greek island of Kefalonia – the Jewel of the Ionian Sea – is one of the most mountainous, lush green and scenic of the Greek islands. It is the largest of the Ionian islands with an area of 781 km² and a coastline of 254 km.
In the North and West, it has a rugged and beautiful coastline while in the South and East there are large and sandy beaches, with crystal clear waters. It is one of the few unpoilt islands, very popular with those seeking peace, tranquility and Greek culture. The character of the islanders, with their customs, traditions and sense of humour evolved through the long history of the island and is best depicted in the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ which made such a hit at the cinemas.
Kefalonia has mild meditteranean weather conditions, that make it wonderful to visit for most of the year.
The islands paradise on earth. It is the most beautiful beach of all with a limpid deep blue sea, white sand and small white pebbles. Myrtos’ beauty is also vied by other beautiful beaches on the island, such as Makris and Platis Yalos (long, and wide beach), Spartia, Lourdas, Scala, Poros, Andisamos, Xi, Petani etc.
The Asos Citadel
Is a real ornament dominating the whole area from the hilltop of the Asos Peninsula, built by the Venetians to protect the inhabitants against raids launched by pirates and by the Turks in 1593.
Is one of the rarest phenomena: large quantities of seawater penetrate the land at the location of Agii Theodori at Lassi without retrogressing, re-appearing by the village of Karavomilos near Sami.
Sami is the largest port of the island of Kefalonia. The clean and broad roads, the beautiful waterfront and the elegant buildings in combination with the natural beauties, the interesting sinkholes and the archaeological sites, compose a very attractive icon and that is way Sami is a popular tourist resort.
The Agrilia Monastery
Is situated up on a hill top near Sami, surrounded by wild oil-trees and offering a wonderful view of the Bay of Sami and Ithaca. It is the place where Cosmas the Aetolian taught.
It is a wonderful underground lake with sublime stalactites, where some kind of worship of God Pan took place in historical times. When illuminated by the sun’s rays, sublime colours are reflected on the lake water.
Is the most impressive cave of all, presenting rare stalactites, stalagmites with excellent acoustics. Concerts are also given in this grand natural hall.
This unspoilt village is a must for photographers, with its pretty white washed and pastel houses surrounded by a picturesque stone-terraced hilly terrain.
Assos sits on the west coast of the peninsular on Kefalonia, sadly damaged by the 1953 earthquake, but beautifully restored with the help of a donation from Paris. The nearby ruined Venetian castle, dating from 1595, can still be seen.
A haven of tranquillity where you can find peace in an idyllic setting.
For those wishing to relax on a beach, then Myrtos Bay has the most spectacular white sandy beach and is only 3 km to the south of Assos.
Do visit the Koryalenios Library, which is one of the largest libraries in Greece with 53,000 volumes, housed in the same building as the Historic and Folklore Museum, which proudly displays innumerable elements of a four-century long period. The Folklore Museum is also situated nearby, with exhibits from the first indication of life on the iisland and, mainly, from the Mycenean Period.
The Tombs at Mazaracata
Their discovery implies the existence of a remarkable settlement dating back to the Mycenean era, while the findings, jewels etc. confirm the evidence of the peak of Mycenaean civilization.
The Abbey of Saint Andrew
Dates back to the Byzantine period, with sublime frescos and an ecclesiastic museum, where, additionally, the saint’s right leg is kept. The abbey was initially dedicated to the Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Milapidia.
Is a beautiful traditional village resembling a painting, with many yachts anchored in its picturesque port giving it a cosmopolitan style.
The Echinades Islands
Is a small evergreen paradise of islands situated near continental Greece, visited by many yachts.
Is the mountain with a distinct dark green fir tree species on its slopes, called by the Venetians «Monte Nero» (black mountain) which had played a very significant role in the context of the island’s development.
The Abbey of Atros
Is the oldest abbey on the island, dedicated to the Virgin Mary’s birth with a remarkable mediaeval tetragonal tower, from where the view is of unique beauty.
The Tomb at Tzanata
The excavations carried out here brought to light a sublime large domed tomb with many burials. The main grave contained the remains of a person assigned with a high office. The tomb dating to 1350 B.C. as well as findings of high value, jewels, engraved seal stones etc., bear out the existence of a strong Mycaenean centre.
Petani beach lies on the north coast of Paliki. This beach is not so well known to British tourists as many of Kefalonia’s main resort beaches. One reason maybe the transport. You really need your own means of getting there , it maybe too expensive via taxi from some people accommodation base. Motor bike or car hire is the best option. Considered as a hidden gem, I
The Abbey of Kipourei
Is built in a landscape of unique beauty, offering the most wonderful sunset. Numerous post-Byzantine icons and valuable heirlooms havebeen preserved there. The Abbey of Agia Paraskevi Taphion and the Dracospilia (Dragon’s) Cave are also situated very close to it.
The Xi Beach
It is one of the most beautiful beaches at Paliki, with fine, red sand and clear, limpid shallow waters, terminating in clay rocks. Also, situated nearby, the famous Kounopetra, a rock in the sea swinging rhythmically with palpitating movements, one of the most paradoxical phenomena on the island.
The Scala Mosaics
Scala is the southernmost village in Kefalonia, where the excavations carried out brought to light ruins of a Roman villa with well-preserved wonderful mosaics and epigrams dating back to 2nd Century BC.
The Citadel of Saint George
The Venetian citadel of Saint George of a polygonal shape with three battlements was the island’s first capital from 1500 to 1757, when Argostoli became the capital of the island.
The Abbey of Saint Gerasimos
Is the place where Saint Gerasimos, the island’s protector, lived as a monk, and his corpse is exposed to pilgrimage. All the Kefalonians gather there on August 16th and October 20th to celebrate their Saint.
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