Kefalonia - Marvellous scenery
Kefalonia, (the largest of the Ionian islands) is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands with spectacular scenery, mountains, perfumed pine forests, aquamarine waters, white beaches and bays under dizzy cliffs. It is famous for its strange geographical phenomena and once voted as 10th in a world scenic beauty league.
Kefalonia is renowned as a beach lover's parade it hard to know which one to choose next. Sandy, pebble or shingle, busy or peaceful beach, Kefalonia offers a great choice.
Kefalonian wines are excellent and among the best in Greece. Robola is a grape variety introduced in the 13th century by Venetians and is used for the production of a distinctively fine wine. Manzavino Wines, the trade mark of Komitopoulos family who have been producing wine for 300 years and Calliga Wines produce some of superior quality wines.
There are several flights a day from Athens. There are also frequent charter flights from Europe.
There daily ferry links to Sami port from Ithaca, Patras, and several times a week with Corfu and Italy. Kefalonia (Argostoli) is also connected with kilini (in Peloponnese) severals times a day. Fiskardo has connections to Ithaca and Lefkada, while Ag. Eufimia has connections to Ithaca. Pessada is connected on a daily basis to Zante and Poros to Kilini.
There is bus service between Argostoli to Lassi (Platys Yialos), Poros, Sami, Fiskardo. and to the villages of the south coast. Agia Eufimia, Divarata and Sami are connected with Fiskardo.
Please check with KTEL bus station at 26710 22281 and 26710 22276.
Argostoli and Lixouri are connected with a frequent ferry. Tour operators also organise boat trips to the beaches. Cars and motor bikes are available to be hired. Taxis are also available.
Antisamos, (3 Km south of Sami) with white pebbles. Very
nice beach with crystal clear waters.
Avithos, quiet and beautiful sandy beach
Kalamia, is the most northerly of Lassi beaches. It has a narrow stretch of grey sand with a band of fine shingle at the waters edge but set in small nice bay bounded by white cliffs to the south.
Lepeda, is an attractive golden sand beach beach located south of Lixouri.
Lourdas, is a quiet beach with fine silver sand and a little shingle enclosed by a wide bay.
Myrtos, is an excellent beach with white fine sand and shingle nestling into steep cliffs. Facilities are limited to a beach bar, sun beds and umbrellas.
Makrys Yialos, is a fine long stretch of golden sand. Is one of the most popular Kefalonian beaches.
Petani, beautiful pebble and sandy beach
Platys Yialos, is very similar to Makrys Yialos with golden sand but smaller.
St George Cape, 90 minutes walk south from Lixouri there is a splendid stretch of sand. Xi Beach, is a red sandy beach about 3 km long and 10-20 meters wide
Touring Kefalonia Island
the capital (since 1759) is superbly set on a thumb of a bay. Places of interest include the Koryalenios History and Folklore Museum with Venetian records of the island, the Archaeological Museum with a room of Mycenaean finds, coins from the ancient cities of Kefalonia, the Katavothres swallow holes, the church of Ag. Barbara.
is a small ferry port to Ithaca and the mainland Astakos, with white pebble beach. There are a couple of Hotels and tavernas.
a supremely picturesque place, is well known for panoramic views, a venetian castle and a good sandy beach. There are a few rooms to rent and a couple of tavernas.
(54 Km northeast of Argostoli) is the only town in Kefalonia not to have been devastated by the earthquake in 1953. Fiscardo is a pretty and quiet town with Venetian houses to be situated around a beautiful harbour. There a few pensions and a couple of self contained apartments to rent.
is a small resort, with springs and a long sandy beach along Mounda Bay. There are a few tavernas and accommodation.
is a quiet and friendly and Kefalonia's second town. It is surrounded by mountains and built around a port. The harbour area is alive with boats and motors departing to Argostoli. Lixouri is the capital of Paliki peninsula which is the most intensively cultivated part of Kefalonia.Lixouri was knocked by the destructive earthquake of 1953 and was rebuild with wide streets. The library and the icon museum is located on the coastal side in an old mansion which was survived the earthquake.
Outside Lixouri is the beach Lepeda and only 9Km away is the famous red sandy beach Xi. South of Lixouri (20 minutes) there is a series of sand and seaweed beaches. Further south (90 minutes walk from Lixouri) is St George Cape (Agios Georgios) and around that an excellent stretch of sand.
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covers 2Km of coast with turquoise waters and is rapidly developing as a resort. It is a beautiful picturesque village surrounded by the villages of Tzanata, Asprogerakas, Kabitsata and Riza. The area is renowned as a fishing place, while its caves are a shetler for the seal Monachus - Monachus and Caretta - Caretta. Poros has direct ferry links with Kilini in Peloponnese.
is the port for links with Italy, Patras and Corfu. The closest attractive beach is a 1 Km away towards Karavomilos with sand. Close to Sami there are some excellent grottoes such as the Drogarati cave (close to Haliotata village) and the Lake Melissani. Dragarati cave has orange and yellow stalactites and stalagmites. One of its chambers has such fine acoustics that Maria Callas came there to sing. Melissani is a steep-sided cave where its salt waters fed by the stream that disappears underground at argostoli. The blue and purple colour of the water (effect of the sun filtering through a hole in the roof) and the reflections are spectacular.
has a long beach with pine shade at the back of the beach. Near Scala, a Roman villa was excavated with 2nd century AD mosaic floors. Close to scala (2Km) a 7th century BC team of Apollo has been discovered. There is couple of small hotels.
Hospital: 26710 24641
Tourist Police: 26710 22200
Airport (EFL): 26710 41510
Port Authority (Lixouri): 26710 91205
Port Authority (Argostoli): 26710 22224