Welcome to Kefalonia
Kefalonia is the largest and most mountainous island in the Ionian Sea, and the sixth largest island of Greece. Located opposite the entrance of the Patras Gulf, north of Zakynthos, south of Lefkada and west of Ithaca. Deep blue seas and seductive sandy beaches, caves and mysterious geological phenomena, quaint fishing villages and settlements with the nobility of the past, enchanting paths in green mountains, castles and monasteries, offer the visitor a riot of color and images. All this, combined with the remarkable tourist infrastructure, make the island a complete destination, ideal for every type of holiday.
Lively, with strong seismic activity that is sometimes destructive, Kefalonia is crossed on its largest part by the mountain range of Ainos, the tallest mountain of the Ionian Islands (1,628 m). Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia, a modern town of 10,000 inhabitants with a strong commercial and cosmopolitan life. Other major towns are Lixouri, Poros, Sami and Skala.
Fiskardo, a traditional fishing village that was left intact by the earthquakes of 1953, is internationally famous for its photogenic harbor, as well as the Assos peninsula, with its little village and medieval castle at the edge of the cliff. The picturesque villages of the Livathos area, the Venetian St George's Castle and the monastery of Agios Gerasimos, patron of the island, in the valley of Omalos, are some of the classic stops in the vicinity of Argostoli. Paliki peninsula will also feature in your program, for a tour starting from with stops at the famous beaches of Xi and Petani, as well as the monastery of Kipouria, from where you will enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island.
The Ionian Sea is famous for its spectacular beaches and Kefalonia is no exception. The whole island is scattered with splendid sandy beaches, along with the "flagship" in Mirtos, which has been identified as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sandy and pebbled beaches, small and large, well-serviced, with water sports and beach bars, or isolated, all with crystal clear turquoise waters, satisfy every requirement and taste, while forests of olive trees, pine and cypress trees provide a perfectly relaxing scenery.
Of particular interest are the numerous caves on the island, with the most famous being the cave of the idyllic Melissani Lake and the Drogarati cave, near Sami. The strange geological phenomenon on Katavothres and the National Park of Ainos with its unique black firs and wild horses, make up the most important natural sights of Kefalonia.
The culinary tradition of the island is also rich, with many influences from Western cuisine. Apart from the exquisite local specialities, the mandolas and the famous feta, in Kefalonia you will try and the famous robola, an excellent white wine with fine aromas. The island has many taverns and restaurants that will satisfy you completely.
You can reach Kefalonia by air, with daily flights from Athens ' Eleftherios Venizelos airport, or by boat. The island's two main ports, Sami and Poros are connected to the ports of Patras and Killini respectively, with daily trips, and there is a ferry connection with the neighboring islands of Lefkada, Ithaki, Zakynthos and Astakos Aitoloakarnanias. Below you will find useful information about your trip on the island (and Greece in General), such as currency, weather, useful telephone numbers, etc.