When visiting the island there are many places to explore. At the north of the island, Fiskardo and Assos are two picturesque harbour villages, surrounded by thick cypress forests. Driving down from Fiskardo you meet Myrtos, the most photographed beach of Kefalonia and perhaps of all Greece. This beach has white sand, pebbles, turquoise water and the biggest waves you will find in Kefalonia!
The seaside settlement of Agia Efimia is situated 31 km northeast of Argostoli. It has a population of 400 inhabitants. The town's wide streets and beautiful buildings are of unique beauty. Close by is the 3rd largest town on the island, Sami. This is an important port for the island. Modern film production techniques transformed this quiet port into a substitute pre-war Argostoli for the famous movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. From here Antisamos Beach is only a 5 minute drive around the headland. The beach is a pebble stone beach. It has calm waters and is a great place for a relaxing day out. It is one of the most scenic places in Kefalonia. You will see many large yachts anchored farther out enjoying the view.
A few natural wonders can also be seen on this island, more specifically the caves of Melissani and Drogorati near Sami and the sea mills at Katavothres just outside Argostoli. Melissani is actually a subterranean lake with an unusual phenomenon. When the sun shines overhead and its rays hit the crystal clear waters of this lake, the light is broken up into a myriad of colours. Drogorati is a cave with amazing stalactites. Katavothres offers a rare geological sight. Sea water enters openings in the rock where it disappears. Scientists have found that this water flows north-eastwards underground, emerging at Melissani. Formerly this water used to travel at such a rate that it was used to power the 2 sea mills.
At the south-eastern end of Kefalonia, Skala is a tourist resort with a magnificent long white sand beach. There are many restaurants and bars which attract a younger crowd. When visiting Skala it is worth seeing the excavations of a roman villa close to the beach and exploring Old Skala up in the hills. The small fishing village of Katelios is located between the busier resorts of Skala and Lourdas on the south east coast. It consists of a small harbour, a beach, and several restaurants by the sea, gift shops, mini markets and some apartments.
Kefalonia is a green but at the same time mountainous island. The highest peak in the Aenos range is Megas Soros at 1.628m. The mountain is surrounded by a national park with trees unique to the island. It is also inhabited by wild horses. The steep western slopes falls rapidly down to sea levels and are met with many stunning sand or pebble beaches on the shore.
The islands largest monastery is the Monastery of Agios Gerassimos. The island’s patron saint, Gerassimos (1506–1579) was well known as a teacher and a healer. Many believe that he performs miracles on August 15th (the day he died) and on his feast day October 20th when his remains are carried in procession. Many people lie on the ground allowing the sarcophagus to pass over them in the belief that they will be healed.
The Livathos area is home to some of the best sandy beaches on the island. Worth mentioning are Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos in Lassi, Avithos, Ammes, Lourdas, Trapezaki, Spartia, St Thomas and Ai- Helis.
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