The imposing Ainos, the lung of Kefalonia, rises from the southeastern part of the island, full of pristine fir forests and endless hiking trails. It is the tallest mountain in Kefalonia and all the Ionian Islands, and was declared a National Park in 1962.
The best way to experience Ainos is hiking the lush green trails, passing through towering firs and admiring around 400 species of plants. During your walk you will see the unusual black Kefalonia fir, one of the most beautiful trees of the forest, as well as the Kefalonia violet, unique in the world, a rare purple flower that grows in crevices on the highest peaks.
If you are lucky, you might encounter the famous wild horses of Kefalonia, which are descended from a rare breed from Pindos. These small-bodied horses live freely in a few herds around the monastery of the Life Giving Spring, on the southeastern side of the mountain.
Close to the monastery you can quench your thirst with the clean spring water of Ainos.
Apart from the Life Giving Spring, on the slopes of the mountain you can visit some of the most important monasteries of the island, such as the Monastery of St. Gerasimos, in the valley of Omala, and the Monastery of Agios Eleftherios along the path from Agrapidies towards the entrance of the National Forest.
The National Forest can be accessed by car from Argostoli-Sami. The gate of the park is located about 3 km from Agios Eleftherios. Take care on all the trails for your own safety but also to protect the flora and fauna.