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Myrtos Beach

Myrtos Beach is an absolute marvel of nature that attracts visitors from all over the world. Various travel magazines consistently rank it as one of the planet's most beautiful and impressive beaches. The beach is widely praised for its pristine waters and immaculate cleanliness, which have won it several awards. Its unique semi-circular shape is enveloped by towering white cliffs, a marvel of nature, covered in lush vegetation that cascades down towards the shimmering white pebbles below. The crystal-clear waters are a sight to behold, and the beach is well-organized, with plenty of umbrellas and sun loungers for visitors to soak up the sun. What makes Myrtos Beach even more remarkable is that part remains untouched, providing an ideal spot for complete isolation and tranquillity. The western coast of Myrtos offers unrivalled sunset views that leave visitors in awe. Additionally, the beach offers many amenities, including a snack bar serving cold drinks, to ensure visitors have the most comfortable experience possible.

Towns & Villages

Assos

Kefalonia is full of quaint towns and villages, and this is undoubtedly one of the prettiest! Nestled on the hill of the small Erissos peninsula, 36km north of the capital city of Kefalonia, lies the enchanting village of Assos. This charming village rests on the water's edge, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. With its harmonious blend of picturesque elements, Assos is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you can visit. As you explore the village, you'll be captivated by its stunning Venetian ruins, particularly the ruins of an old Venetian castle. The sight of pebbled beaches, traditional buildings, and colourful houses immediately draws you in. The narrow alleys, adorned with flowering foliage and old churches, add to the village's allure. Despite its small size, Assos is a significant place due to its strategic location. It has a rich history, and the ruins of the Venetian castle are a testament to this. Visiting this village is a unique experience that takes you back in time and allows you to admire its beauty and tranquillity.

Culture

Gentilini Winery & Vineyards

"We are a boutique, family run winery that produces top quality, exciting and unique wines while promoting the unique flavours of the local varieties. We are open daily for tours and tastings in the relaxed, natural setting of our garden. Our aim your enjoyment, and we want you to leave us feeling that you have experienced something very special. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff, who speak excellent English will welcome and guide you through the wines, answering any questions you may have. All our tastings include a complimentary plate with our own organic extra virgin olive oil, cheese, grape tomatoes and fresh bread. We offer light snacks for those who wish to linger further over a glass of wine, and bottles may be purchased in our shop"

Beach

Foki Beach

Foki Beach, named after the Greek word for "seal," is a picturesque location with a beautiful landscape. The beach is surrounded by lush olive tree forests extending to the pebbled shore, providing natural and cool shade from the sun. The crystal-clear waters of Foki Beach are captivating, offering a breathtaking view that will amaze visitors. On the right side of the beach, there is a beautiful path that leads to a cave and several coves. Despite its immense natural beauty, Foki Beach has no tourist facilities, which adds to its rustic charm. Visitors can enjoy the peaceful ambience of the area, relishing moments of quiet contemplation or simply soaking up the sun. A small tavern is perched above the beach for those looking for a meal.

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Emblisi Beach

The pristine beach of Emblisi is a breathtaking sight. Its glistening white pebbles lead to a deep bay with crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. As you approach the beach, steep rocks on either side provide a unique and secluded spot to relax and sunbathe. This untouched natural landscape is meticulously maintained and lacks the typical tourist facilities, except for a small canteen. The surrounding area is a lush forest, with towering trees and exotic flora adding to the serene atmosphere.

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Kimilia Beach

Nestled amidst a verdant forest, Kimilia Beach is a haven of serenity where visitors can unwind in idyllic surroundings. The shore boasts a fascinating geomorphology, with an expanse of smooth, white rocks dominating the landscape, while small pebbles can be found in a secluded area. The glistening waters of the beach are a mesmerizing blend of turquoise and emerald hues, ideal for exploring the underwater world with a snorkel. While the beach is not equipped with any amenities, the journey to reach it is a delightful experience. After driving to a designated point, visitors embark on a scenic ten-minute hike along a trail that winds through a cypress forest and olive trees.

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Dafnoudi Beach

The beauty of Dafnoudi Beach is truly breathtaking. As you approach the intimate cove, you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation, predominantly cypress trees. The shore is adorned with large white pebbles, while the waters shimmer in emerald and azure, creating a truly picturesque and charming setting. For those seeking even more seclusion, a small cave awaits at the water's edge. Dafnoudi Beach serves as a haven for both humans and animals. The magnificent Monachus Monachus seals often seek refuge in the cave to rest or give birth to their young.

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Alaties Beach

Nestled among towering and steep rocks, Alaties is a small and secluded pebbly beach that is truly a hidden gem. Its name, 'alati', means salt in Greek. The seabed is a fascinating sight, captivating divers and snorkelers alike. However, the strong sea currents make divers need to exercise caution. Visitors to Alaties can indulge in a tranquil and relaxing sunbathing session on the soft sand while admiring the mesmerizing azure waters. There is a charming bar-restaurant located just a few meters above the beach. The beach remains unspoiled and peaceful, thanks to the lack of tourist facilities, making it the perfect destination for those seeking serenity and solitude amidst nature's breathtaking beauty.

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Agia Jerusalem Beach

The enchanting Agia Jerusalem Beach is a picturesque getaway named after an abandoned chapel that has been there for centuries. Even though it is secluded, some fishermen prefer it during summer, as it offers a peaceful alternative to busier quays. The beach is covered in smooth and colourful pebbles, surrounded by turquoise crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Agia Jerusalem Beach's magnificent landscape becomes even more breathtaking as the sun sets. The vibrant colours of the sky cast a warm glow over the beach, creating an idyllic setting for those who want to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. A small part of the beach is organised with umbrellas and sun loungers for rent, but visitors can also choose to lay their towels on the ground and soak up the sun. A nearby tavern serves traditional Greek food. If the first beach gets crowded, a second smaller beach is just a few steps away, offering the same stunning views and tranquil atmosphere.

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Assos Beach

Assos is a small and picturesque bay on the island that boasts two tranquil beaches with shallow waters, perfect for families with children. The larger of the two beaches is equipped with comfortable loungers, and several taverns and shops line the shoreline. The beaches face west towards the outcrop that is home to the Venetian-era castle ruins. Both beaches have pebbles instead of sand and are peaceful and idyllic, with the larger one being the more popular. The calm, warm waters make it an excellent spot for snorkelling, and you can enjoy the vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.

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Fteri Beach

Nestled on the northern side of Kefalonia, Fteri Beach is a natural wonder. The beach is unspoiled and has crystal-clear turquoise waters that sparkle in the sun. The soft sand and smooth white pebbles create a unique texture that feels great underfoot. Visitors will find no amenities on the beach, allowing them to embrace the area's natural beauty fully. However, natural shade is scarce, so it's important to pack sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Compared to other beaches in the area that can get crowded with tourists, Fteri Beach is a relatively hidden gem. This is because it's difficult to access. The hiking trail to the beach takes about an hour but can be challenging due to the steep descent and ascent. However, the effort is worth it for those who seek a serene and peaceful environment. Alternatively, visitors can opt for a boat or water taxi ride, giving them a different perspective of the stunning coastline.

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Atheras Beach

The mesmerizing shore of Porto Atheras is one of the island's most tranquil and family-friendly beaches. The small quay and coastline are situated near the charming and picturesque village of Atheras, which adds to the beach's allure. The beach's morphology is particularly appealing to swimmers as it is located in a protected bay, making it relatively safe. Its crystal-clear, shallow waters are exceptionally calm, and owing to their location, they are a tad warmer than other beaches on the island, making it the perfect spot for families to visit. The sandy beach is enveloped by verdant greenery, contrasting the lush surroundings and the clear blue waters. While the beach is not organized and has no natural shade, visitors can still enjoy a fantastic experience at the few taverns on the coast. The area surrounding the beach is a nature lover's paradise, with numerous paths offering breathtaking views and an exhilarating hiking experience. Hikers can also take the trail that leads to Ammidi to visit the nearby Saint Spyridon church, which has a unique blue colour that is a sight to behold!

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Antisamos Beach

Antisamos Beach is a breathtaking destination boasting some of the most stunning scenery in Kefalonia. As you approach the beach, you will be greeted by turquoise waters that sparkle in the sunlight. A mesmerising landscape of green hills and lush vegetation surrounds the beach. The beach itself is well-organised and provides a comfortable experience for all. You can relax on one of the many sunbeds provided, soak up the sun under an umbrella, and enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the two beach bars. For those who seek adventure, watersport facilities are available. Walking behind the hill, you will discover a hidden gem perfect for nature lovers and sunbathers alike. Here, you can bask in the sun while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. At the top of the hill lies the beautiful and charming Monastery of Agrillion. Antisamos has gained worldwide recognition from the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The beach was one of the filming locations for some scenes, further emphasising its beauty. You can access the beach easily from a coastal road in Sami.

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Agios Thomas Karavados Beach

Agios Thomas is a beautiful beach area located near the village of Karavados. It is composed of two sandy beaches, both surrounded by lush greenery, creating a charming scenery. The area gets its name from the Agios Thomas chapel, just a bit further inland. The first beach is small and has soft sand. There is a picturesque tavern right above it. The second beach is larger and can be reached through a rocky slab, offering an alternative spot for sunbathing. Nearby, a snack bar provides guests with sun loungers, cold drinks, and a beautiful view over the small bay. The beach is easily accessible by car, and some parking spaces are available near the coast.

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Makris Gialos Beach

Makris Gialos Beach is a stunning tourist destination in a picturesque, crystalline bay. This idyllic spot is a stone's throw away from the island's capital, Argostoli, and is widely regarded as one of Kefalonia's most beautiful beaches. The beach boasts a seemingly endless expanse of shiny golden sand that sparkles in the warm sunshine. The waters are a mesmerizing shade of azure blue, crystal clear and inviting. The stunning landscape surrounding Makris Gialos beach is a sight to behold. Tall, majestic pine trees and lush vegetation create a beautiful backdrop to the crystal-clear waters. The beach is also home to several scattered rock formations that add a touch of exoticism to the already idyllic setting. Visitors to Makris Gialos beach can enjoy the convenience of sunbeds and umbrellas, which are available for a fee at the regional beach bar. Two watersports centres offer a range of fun activities for adrenaline seekers. Makris Gialos Beach has become a popular destination for locals and tourists. During the summer, the beach is a buzzing hub of activity, with a lively atmosphere and a vibrant energy that draws people from all walks of life.

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Skala Beach

Nestled on the southernmost point of Kefalonia lies the charming and idyllic fishing village of Skala. This serene village is home to the captivating Mounda Beach, boasting long stretches of soft sandy shores fringed by lush green hills and dotted with rocky outcrops. Skala is a haven for beach lovers. Its pristine Blue-Flag accredited beach is renowned for its well-maintained facilities and crystal-clear waters. The beach can get crowded during the bustling summer season, but plenty of secluded spots remain to unwind and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. For snorkelling enthusiasts, Skala offers an exceptional underwater experience where you can explore the marine life. You can also rent a boat from the beach to explore the surrounding area and soak up the scenic views. Above the beach, on the main street of Skala, there are plenty of charming restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in delicious local cuisine while enjoying the mesmerizing sea views.

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Petani Beach

Located on the stunning Paliki peninsula near Lixouri, Petani Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Its breathtaking beauty combines blue, crystal-clear waters and massive verdant cliffs that majestically rise above the sea. The beach stretches for almost one kilometre, and its powdery sand is a delight to walk on. Some pebbles are also scattered along the shore, adding to the beach's natural charm. Petani Beach is a perfect spot to enjoy the sea's beauty. The water deepens right away, making it ideal for swimming. The waves are usually quite big, making it an excellent location for surfing and other water sports. For those who love to bask in the sun, the beach is partly organised with umbrellas and sundecks. If you're feeling peckish, you can head to one of the several taverns and cafeterias near the beach. Although the beach is quite popular, a parking space is available. However, it can only serve a few cars, so arriving early is best to secure a spot.

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Xi Beach

Xi Beach is a stunning destination on the Ionian Islands that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The beach's scenery is unique, with red-coloured coarse sand, crystal-clear light blue waters, and large white rock formations surrounding the seashore. The beach also features a soft sand-filled seabed with staggered depths, ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. Visitors can even enjoy therapeutic treatments using the grey clay found on the beach. Xi Beach is perfect for families with children and solo travellers, with plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun. It is also a popular spot for aquatic sports enthusiasts who enjoy activities like SUP and windsurfing. The beach is well-organized, with various amenities such as sunbeds, sun umbrellas, and beachside bars where you can grab a drink, a cocktail mix, or a quick bite.

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Agia Sofia Beach

Agia Sofia Beach is a hidden gem at the end of a side road leading from Agia Efimia to Fiscardo village. This beautiful beach boasts a serene atmosphere that provides total relaxation to its visitors. The beach is not very popular, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful and tranquil environment to unwind. The beach is easily accessible by car, and although the parking space is limited, it is usually sufficient compared to the number of visitors it receives. Along the coast, some uninhabited houses offer a nostalgic and serene atmosphere juxtaposed with the wild nature around. These houses are remnants of the pre-earthquake era, before 1953, when a settlement existed on the shore. Unfortunately, after the catastrophic earthquake, it was abandoned. Agia Sofia Beach is a picturesque location covered with white pebbles. Its crystal-clear, deep waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is surrounded by olive and fig trees, which provide plenty of shade, making it an ideal relaxing spot. Adjacent to Agia Sofia lies Chorgota Beach, which is equally stunning and uniquely charming. Some scenes of the famous Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed at this beach, adding to its allure and making it an exciting destination for movie enthusiasts.

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Ai Helis Beach

The beach of Ai Helis is a pristine seashore with fine, golden sand and crystal-clear, turquoise waters. It is a serene spot located south of Argostoli, near the village of Svoronata. The seabed is shallow, and the waves are gentle, making it ideal for families with kids. Stunning natural rock formations, home to an abundance of colourful fish, surround the beach. This makes it an excellent location for snorkelling; visitors can witness the underwater world's beauty while enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun. Ai Helis beach is semi-organized, with one side offering sunbeds and parasols for rent, while the other side provides a free space for all visitors to relax and enjoy the views. Additionally, outdoor showers are available on both sides of the beach for guests to rinse off the sand and saltwater. Visitors must follow a steep road or a long staircase to reach the seashore of Ai Helis. Once they arrive, they can enjoy the nearby tavern and beach bar, which plays upbeat music while serving drinks, refreshments, and snacks. Beach volleyball courts are available on-site for those interested in a little friendly competition.

Culture

Venetian Lighthouse of Fiskardo

Discover the incredible history of the old lighthouse, built during the Venetian ascendancy in the 16th century. Although it's no longer functional(decommissioned in 1892 when a Victorian structure replaced it), the lighthouse has been well-preserved. Its cylindrical tower remains an imposing structure despite years of neglect. The lighthouse keepers' old residence from that era, which is also abandoned, can be found in its garden. Both the lighthouse and the house are surrounded by impressive stone masonry. The old lighthouse holds significant architectural and historical significance. Unfortunately, it suffered extensive damage during the disastrous earthquakes of 1953. But thanks to the generosity of the Apostolides family, the tower has been restored to its former glory. On October 19th, 2018, an event was held to celebrate this remarkable achievement. We hope that you will be able to visit the lighthouse soon. Until then, take a moment to admire the remains and enjoy the breathtaking view of the charming village and beautiful harbour. You will want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience history and architecture in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

Culture

Early Byzantine Basilica Fiskardo

The Early Christian period saw the construction of an awe-inspiring basilica(church) in honour of Saint Kerekas on a plateau atop the Fournias peninsula's highest peak. This plateau, now known as Chtouria, is located north of Fiscardo. The basilica featured three naves, a semi-circular external apse, a narthex, and two two-story towers. The sanctuary's niche preserved the pedestal of a synthone, while the stone pedestal of the holy trapeze/high altar has also endured. The grand temple built in the city of Panormos introduced the Christian religion to a flourishing town in the Roman world, a common practice in that era. The basilica's imposing structure reflects the city's importance during the Early Christian period, as verified in the contemporary Synecdemus by Hierocles.

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Venetian Castle of Assos

The Venetian Castle of Assos in Kefalonia is a designated European Heritage Site and one of Kefalonia's two remaining fortresses. The Venetians constructed it in the 16th century on top of four bastions and later added two more to protect the island from frequent invasions by pirates and Ottomans. Due to its strategic location, it became the capital of Northern Kefalonia. However, when the Venetians captured Lefkada from the Ottomans, it lost its usefulness as a defensive structure, and Argostoli became the new capital. After 1920, it was used as a prison. It was initially a rural prison for small-scale offenders and later housed serious offenders with long sentences. After World War II, it was used to imprison political prisoners. Thankfully, the outside walls of the castle were spared from the devastating fate of most of the buildings in Kefalonia due to the tragic earthquake of 1953. However, the prison was eventually closed down, and its residents abandoned it. The castle's outside walls span 2,000 meters and are rectangular, a typical example of Venetian and military architecture. It has four corners with bastions named Saint Markos, Saint John of the Count, Respuna, and Mora. There is a fifth one, between Respuna and Mora, called Santa Maria, and a sixth one, north of Mora, called Kabusa. The Lion of Saint Mark, which lies at the fortress's entrance, is its main attraction. Additionally, the Orthodox church of Prophet Elias was built in 1800 on top of the remains of another church. Furthermore, six or seven Venetian cannons can be seen to the north and west of the walls.

Culture

Melissani Cave

Experience the magic of the Cave of Melissani in Kefalonia, Greece. This captivating tourist attraction is located just outside Sami and boasts a unique feature - a lake inside the cave surrounded by lush trees and forests. The cave is shaped like the letter B, with two chambers separated by an island in the centre. The first chamber is sun-lit, and the second is dark, adorned with stalactites covered in algae and moss. Centuries ago, the roof of one of the halls caved in, allowing sunlight to filter in, illuminating the turquoise-blue waters of the 20 to the 30-meter-deep lake. At noon, the sunlight creates a magical illusion, lighting the entire cave with blue light. The best time to visit the cave is in the morning or evening, when the slanting rays create an ethereal feeling of boats hovering in the light. The lake's water is a mixture of freshwater and seawater, about 500 meters from the sea and 1 meter above sea level. The Cave of Melissani is a memorable and lasting attraction, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit. According to legend, the cave took its name from the nymph Melissanthi, who committed suicide when God Pan did not reciprocate her love. Excavations in 1962 uncovered many artefacts, including figures of nymphs dating back to the 3rd and 4th century BC, lending credence to the myth. Adventurers can enter the cave through an underground path and explore the cave's mystical lake on a boat tour. Take advantage of the chance to explore one of Greece's most significant tourist attractions, the Cave of Melissani.

Culture

Old Vlahata Village

Discover the unique charm of Vlachata village, which has remained frozen in time since the devastating earthquake in 1953. Despite the damage, the preserved facades of buildings, walls, streets, wells, old cisterns, stone ovens, and various tools and objects left behind by the settlers have survived. The ruins are now overgrown with trees and greenery, making it an enchanting place to visit. Take advantage of the Saristra Festival, held in the main square of the village, known as Saristra. This contemporary arts festival is an exciting way to experience modern music and contemporary cultural art while preserving the village's history and heritage. With the help of the local community and a group of young people, the festival has become an enormous success. If you are lucky enough to be in the area during the three-day festival in August, make sure you don't miss it! Come and experience the unique history and culture of Vlachata village, and be a part of the Saristra Festival, the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

Culture

Drogarati Cave

Discover the hidden gem of Kefalonia - the Drogarati Cave! With a 150 million-year history, this natural wonder is a rare geological phenomenon not to be missed. As you explore the cave, you'll be amazed by the remarkable formations of stalactites and stalagmites formed over centuries. Despite the damage caused by earthquakes, the cave still boasts impressive shapes that are a testament to the power of nature. The cave's accessible area is a long corridor that leads to the Royal Balcony. Here, the natural platform of stalactites reflects the light beautifully, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The Chamber of Exaltation, the biggest hall of the cave, is another must-see. With its superb acoustics, it is sometimes used to host cultural events and can accommodate up to 500 people. To make your way from one part of the cave to another, you'll cross coloured columns and a small lake, making for a truly unforgettable experience. But that's not all! Scientists have discovered an unreachable extension in the cave that is believed to connect it to other sea caves. Drogarati Cave is, therefore, a natural art masterpiece waiting to be explored. With a constant temperature of 18 °C and 90% humidity, it's the perfect place to escape the heat and discover the beauty of Kefalonia's underground world. Don't miss this opportunity to witness one of nature's most remarkable creations!

Culture

Agioi Fanendes Monastery

The Monastery of Saints Fanentes is a place of great historical significance in Kefalonia and a must-visit destination. The monastery(probably built before 1264) is located within the fortification walls of Classical Same, dating back to the Venetian period of 1633. The ruins of the monastery church and Saint Nicholas church, with frescoes on its apse dating back to the 17th century, offer a glimpse into the religious and cultural heritage of the area. After the earthquake of 1953, a modern church was built to replace the collapsed structures. The legend surrounding the monastery is fascinating, as it is said that the saints' relics were discovered in a cave in the area but were lost in a shipwreck in the sea area of Fiscardo. The views of Sami Bay from the ruins are breathtaking, and a nearby fountain provides fresh water for refreshment. On the hill opposite Agioi Fanentes, called Skalia, there are also remarkable remains of ancient fortifications, which can be easily accessed from the main road. Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in Kefalonia's rich history and beauty at the Monastery of Saints Fanentes.

Culture

Mountain Ainos National Park

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Mount Ainos, the highest peak in Kefalonia and the entire Ionian Sea. With an altitude of 1628 meters, this natural wonder is of great ecological significance and home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant species. In 1962, the National Park of Ainos was established to protect this unique ecosystem, and it is now part of the prestigious "Natura 2000" network. Experience the wonder of nature as you explore the many forest paths and hiking trails that wind their way through the dense vegetation. Take in the refreshing coolness of the forest on a hot summer day and be mesmerized by the panoramic views of the island from the mountain's highest points. Along the way, you'll also discover the ruins of an ancient temple and several monasteries, including Agios Eleftherios and Zoodochos Pigi, as well as a natural fountain. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the beauty and diversity of Mount Ainos, with its rare fir trees, small lilac flowers, foxes, birds, pine martens and wild horses. Whether you're a nature lover, a hiker, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world, a visit to Mount Ainos is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.

Culture

Agios Gerasimos Monastery

St. Gerasimos, a descendant of the Notaras family (a well-known Byzantine family during the reign of Constantine Palaiologos), was born in 1509 in Trikala Corinthos, in the Peloponnesus and raised in piety by his parents, Demetrios and Kale. At a young age, he was moved by the number of Christians martyred in Constantinople and committed his life to monasticism. He spent years in holy pilgrimage, visiting Mount Athos, the Holy Land, and other sacred sites before settling in a cave in Cephalonia at around 50. In Cephalonia, St. Gerasimos restored an old church and built a convent around it, which remains today at Omala. The monastery is a testament to his devotion and serves as a sacred pilgrimage site for the faithful. His holy relics, which remain complete and incorrupt, emit a heavenly fragrance and work many miracles as a powerful reminder of his life's sanctity. St. Gerasimos died on August 15, 1579, having been forewarned of the day of his death. He is commemorated on August 16, and his memory is celebrated on October 20, the day of translating his relics. He has become the patron saint of the island of Cephalonia and the protector of all its inhabitants, standing as a powerful intercessor before God. Today, the monastery has been rebuilt and now stands as an impressive structure, complete with a newly constructed church. Visitors can also see his hermitage, which consists of two underground rooms accessible by a narrow path and a staircase. His legacy lives on through the three plane trees (Platanus) he planted and the three wells he dug with his own hands, all of which are preserved at the monastery. St. Gerasimos' life is a testament to the power of faith and devotion. His story is one of sacrifice, dedication, and pursuing a higher calling. His monastery in Cephalonia reminds him of his enduring legacy and continues to inspire and uplift all who visit it.

Culture

Castle of Saint George

Discover the fascinating history and breathtaking views at the Venetian Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia! Towering above the villages of Travliata and Peratata, this 320-meter-high peak has been a significant landmark since the 12th-century Byzantine era. Explore the polygonal-shaped castle and its 16,000 square meters of ruins, once the capital of Kefalonia until 1757. Marvel at Venetian families' various coats of arms and imagine the castle in its heyday. Despite suffering damage from earthquakes in the 17th century and the catastrophic earthquake of 1953, the Castle of Saint George remains a testament to the island's rich history. Take the stunning views of Argostoli and the neighbouring villages from the castle's vantage point. The nearby ruins of the Evangelistria medieval-era church and the church of Agios Theodoros offer additional opportunities to explore the island's past. Take the chance to visit this unique site. You can enter the castle for a small fee and immerse yourself in Kefalonia's rich history. Afterwards, relax in a nearby cafeteria or restaurant and soak up the beauty of the surrounding area.

Food & Drinks

Mylos All Day Bistrot

Mylos is a small, family-run business located in Fiskardo. It is a great spot for your morning coffee, breakfast, brunch, or a quick snack!

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BBQ NJOY HOUSE FISKARDO

BBQ House is a street food restaurant that offers a variety of meat dishes, including gyros and souvlaki, as well as some vegetarian options. Njoy House is an all-day eatery that serves coffee and breakfast, and features a special dinner menu with pasta and risotto. The staff is friendly and always ready to help you make the right choice for your meal.

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Tassia Restaurant Fiskardo

Established in 1972, Tassia Restaurant was the first restaurant to open in the small traditional village of Fiscardo on the Ionian island of Kefalonia. It is a family run restaurant, owned by Tassia Dendrinou and her brother Polychronis Dendrinos. Tassia Dendrinou is a nationally and internationally acclaimed chef and has published two recipe books based on Kefalonian dishes and recipes from all over Greece. Tassia and Polychronis combine their Greek hospitality with their passion for healthy good food which is, of course, the base of true Greek cuisine.

Food & Drinks

Picnic Restaurant

We are a small family-run business, serving you delicious and homemade breakfast, brunch, as well as lunch and dinner. Our menu includes Breakfast Deals (food & drinks), all-day bites (filling baguettes, toasted sandwiches, juicy burgers, served with homemade and hand-cut chips, omelettes, salads), daily special dishes, all made fresh to order. Our menu also includes VEGAN and VEGETARIAN options. Located on the main road in Magganos village, PICNIC is an ideal and unique spot for coffee lovers to enjoy their morning coffee-ritual as well as perfect for couples, loners and workaholics too, who are just looking for a place to enjoy their breakfast, their solitude or catch up on their emails and emergency calls using the FREE WIFI provided.

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Alia's Yard Restaurant & Bar

Alia's Yard, located in the village of Magganos, is the ultimate destination to indulge in the most delicious traditional Greek food. Their menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes, including mussels saganaki, fried calamari, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, steaks, and pasta dishes, all served in a fantastic atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Their signature dish, feta drizzled with honey, will leave you craving for more. The impeccable service provided by the friendly staff is something that sets Alia's Yard apart. The spacious restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas, surrounded by olive trees. The peaceful ambiance of the restaurant, with the sound of cicadas serenading in the background and ambient music playing quietly, creates an unforgettable experience. It is, without a doubt, an ideal place to enjoy a sunset dinner that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Alati All Day Bar & Restaurant

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Le Passage Cocktail Bar

Food & Drinks

Taverna Vegera

Taverna Vegera is a family-run restaurant in Vasilikades, close to Assos and Fiscardo. It features a balcony with a stunning view of the sea and sunset and also hosts Greek live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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To Palio Pithari

Visit the Traditional Cafe-Mesedopoleio '' To Palio Pithari'' and enjoy a refreshing beer or tsipouro while admiring the picturesque view of the Mesovounia plain. Additionally, you can treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, coffee, or the dessert of the day. Whether you're travelling by caravan or with a group of up to six people, you'll find convenient parking and rental accommodations at our location.

Food & Drinks

3 Wise Monkeys

"Our venture began with a singular goal in mind: to provide an unforgettable dining experience in Kefalonia. Through our experience and dedication, we have become masters of our craft, providing dishes that are fresh, hearty, and simply unforgettable. Our restaurant in Kefalonia stands out from the rest, offering a unique dining experience like no other."

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Alexandros Restaurant Grill

Alexandros Restaurant is a cozy family restaurant located near Myrtos Beach. They serve excellent traditional Kefalonian cuisine, fresh fish, and grilled meat at friendly prices.

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Deco Sami

We search daily for the finest ingredients and invite you to savour unique flavours by the sea. Explore Mediterranean Greek Cuisine.

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Taverna Apostolis

It all began in 2001 with one man and his dream. Come on in and let Apostolis be your host, while you enjoy delicious traditional Greek food served with Kefalonian hospitality, in a warm family atmosphere. All our dishes are cooked to order by our Head Cook Alexandra and her team. Time is taken to prepare them, using freshly sourced ingredients from the local markets and from our vegetable gardens.

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Denis Restaurant Trapezaki

Gourmet Dining in Kefalonia Denis Gourmet Restaurant in Trapezaki bay is the most luscious idea of fine dining in Kefalonia. Our experienced chef and expert in organic cuisine, created a unique menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and loved traditional dishes with gourmet touches, composed of the freshest and purest ingredients. Denis Gourmet Restaurant Kefalonia is situated right above Trapezaki beach, surrounded by lush Kefalonian nature while offering amazing infinity views to the Ionian Sea and the nearby island of Zante, in a minimal yet elegantly designed ambience. Experience the finest dining in Kefalonia Imagine the aromas of the most loved Mediterranean dishes blending with the colours of the Greek nature in the sea breeze of the Ionian. Surrounded by luscious nature and viewing the endless velvet blue of the Ionian Sea, Denis Gourmet Restaurant in Kefalonia invites its guests to indulge their palates with Try seafood recipes served as you have never imagined, salads from the freshest ingredients of the Kefalonian land, and selected grilled meat dishes presented with creative, delicious ways. Embracing the art of gourmet dining, infused with the rich aromas of the Greek products and breathtaking views to the infinite horizon, Denis Gourmet Restaurant Kefalonia elevates your dining experience to a memorable epicurean trip. Indulge your palates with gourmet creations of our bio chef Experience the ultimate of fine dining in Kefalonia and delight your taste buds in a gastronomic gourmet adventure. Our experienced chef and expert in organic cuisine, created a unique menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and loved traditional dishes and fruits of the sea with gourmet touches, composed of the freshest and purest ingredients. Try seafood recipes served as you have never imagined, salads from the freshest ingredients of the Kefalonian land, and selected grilled meat dishes presented with creative, delicious ways. Our selected local wines list complete your culinary trip adding the unique Kefalonian spirit! Enjoy breathtaking views Nestling almost on the seafront at Trapezaki bay, Denis Gourmet restaurant artistically combines the breathtaking view to the Ionian with the modern, minimal ambience, inspired by traditional Greek colours in a chic yet elegant design.

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Klimatis Restaurant Lourdata

Towns & Villages

Argostoli

Argostoli is a pretty seaside town on the west side of Kefalonia, surrounded by small hills. It has around 10,000 residents and has been the island's capital since 1757. Argostoli is Kefalonia's largest shipping port and commercial and administrative centre. The town has a rich history, occupied by the Venetians, French, and British for centuries. These foreign cultures and influences have significantly impacted local life. Unfortunately, much of the town was destroyed in the 1953 earthquakes, but the British helped rebuild its infrastructure. Despite this, many buildings and ruins are still rich in history and cultural significance. From the 6th-century Cyclopean Walls of Ancient Krani to the renovated buildings after the earthquake of 1953, you can witness history unfold. Argostoli also boasts cultural landmarks such as the Koutavos Lagoon, which is surrounded by vegetation and high eucalyptus trees. Take advantage of visiting Argostoli to experience the full range of what Kefalonia offers. Notable Sights : • De Bosset Bridge or "Devosetos Bridge • English Cemetry • Koutavos Lagoon • The Cobble Street • The Lighthouse of Saint Theodori (or Fanari) • Korgialeneios Library and the Folklore Museum • Kefalos Theater • Katavothres

Towns & Villages

Fiskardo

Fiskardo, also known as Viscardo in the past, is a picturesque village in the northernmost part of Kefalonia. It is about 50 km north of Argostoli, Kefalonia's capital, and is close to Ithaca Island. The town is surrounded by cypress and olive tree-covered hills and is part of the municipal unit of Erissos. Fiskardo has a port and a marina that is popular among boaters and filled with yachts during the summertime. Visitors can enjoy the charming harbourside and explore the abundant taverns, bars, and shops. Despite being cosmopolitan nowadays, Fiskardo has a few historical sites for history buffs, such as the Venetian Lighthouse and the Roman Cemetery. It was the home of Nikos Kavvadias, one of the greatest Greek writers. Prehistoric graves indicate that the village has been inhabited for the last 40,000 years. Previously known as Panormos, it was a well-known port during the Roman period. The village was renamed Fiskardo after Robertus Wiscardus (Robert Guiscard), Duke of Apulia and Calabria and founder of the Kingdom of Sicily, who died at Atheras beach in 1085 during the time of Frankish (Norman) dominion in Greece. Despite the destructive earthquakes of 1953, Fiskardo remained unscathed and retained its traditional Ionian architecture, which adorns the alleys today. Notable Sights : • The Nautical and Environmental Museum • The Old 16th Century Venetian Lighthouse • The Victorian Lighthouse built in 1892. • The Roman Cemetry.

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Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia is a picturesque fishing village on the eastern coast of Kefalonia, just a 15-minute drive from the town of Sami. Its small port-facing Ithaca is adorned with numerous fishing boats and rental boats/flotilla sailing experiences, perfect for deluxe island trips. The village's permanent residents mainly focus on local agriculture and fishing activities. However, during the summertime, Agia Efimia transforms into a pristine tourist destination, with many exciting waterside cafeterias, taverns, gift shops, and famous franchise ice-cream spots! Agia Efimia is also home to several beautiful and secluded seashores, including Lithovatis Beach, the awe-inspiring Sikidi Bay, and the narrow shore of Kapsolimionas Beach.

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Sami

Sami is a pretty coastal town with a population of 1000, primarily engaged in agriculture and fishing. It is home to one of the main ports on the island and is the arrival point for ferries from Patra, Astakos, Ithaca, and Italy. Sami is built near ancient Sami, one of Kefalonia's most significant archaeological discoveries. It is a perfect destination for summer holidays in Greece, with its charming waterfront, wide paved streets, and Venetian buildings that reflect its rich heritage. The main coastal road has modern amenities, shops, and lovely cafes overlooking the busy port. Numerous restaurants and accommodations are nearby, catering to all tastes and budgets. The verdant imposing hills and impressive coves surround Sami, drawing tourists who arrive here with private yachts to enjoy a unique swimming and diving experience in Kefalonia's emerald, transparent waters. The village also offers some beautiful sights, such as the Agrillion Monastery and the Nautical Museum of Sami. Kefalonia's trademark natural attractions, Melissani Lake and Drogarati Caves, are nearby. Antisamos, a stunning and lively beach known worldwide thanks to the movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin, is also located close to the town.

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Poros

Poros is a charming coastal village about 40 km southwest of Argostoli. It has an approximate population of 1100 people and is surrounded by lush green forests. The town is also home to a beautiful port that offers ferry services to Kyllini in Peloponnese. Poros is a perfect summer destination due to its dense vegetation and crystal-clear blue sea. It has become a famous tourist resort in Kefalonia, attracting many visitors yearly, including Greek travellers. You will find plenty of traditional taverns, restaurants, and picturesque cafes along the waterfront, while some hotels are also located in the area. The village has several vital sights that are worth visiting. One of them is the impressive Drakena Cave, and there is also a superb gorge. The Monastery of Panagia Atros is another significant attraction visitors should not miss.

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Skala

Skala is a stunning resort located 36 km southeast of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. The village has a population of 800 people, most of whom are involved in fishing and agriculture. It was constructed after a significant earthquake in 1953 that caused considerable devastation to the ancient village of Skala. However, the ruins of Old Skala still exist today. "Skala is famous for its natural beauty, unspoiled green landscape, and crystal-clear waters. The long beach lies just above the village, surrounded by beautiful pine tree forests and rock formations. Additionally, there are ruins of a Roman Villa, boasting magnificent 2nd-century B.C. mosaic floors. Being the biggest resort in the southern part of Kefalonia, Skala attracts tourists and Greek travellers every summer who enjoy a pleasant and relaxing vacation. Skala is entirely developed with its tourist facilities and water sports centre. It offers many hotels, restaurants, and shops, making it a popular summer destination.

Towns & Villages

Lixouri

Lixouri is the second largest town on the Kefalonia island, located 35 km west of Argostoli. The town has about 3,500 people, mainly engaged in agriculture and tourism. Lixouri lies opposite Argostoli's beautiful blue bay, which offers a stunning view of the capital. Regular ferries connect Lixouri and Argostoli, and the journey takes up to 30 minutes. The town was built on the site of the ancient city of Pali, one of Kefalonia's four principal cities during antiquity. However, a major earthquake in 1953 devastated the town, and only a few mansions survived. Like its neighbouring town, Argostoli, Lixouri has attracted many tourists since the beginning of the summer season. There are many restaurants and bars along the busy waterfront. Modern bars are usually filled with young crowds, while the main square, Petritsi Square, is surrounded by many old-fashioned cafes. If you stroll around the village, you will come across old churches with lovely frescoes, the Iakovatios Library and neoclassical buildings. For swimming, you can visit the beautiful beaches of Xi, Lepeda and Megas Lakos, all located near the town. The area organizes many local festivals throughout the year. It is widely known for its rich cultural tradition and is home to one of Greece's oldest philharmonic schools. Many locals are renowned for their musical talents.

Beach

Myrtos Beach

Myrtos Beach is an absolute marvel of nature that attracts visitors from all over the world. Various travel magazines consistently rank it as one of the planet's most beautiful and impressive beaches. The beach is widely praised for its pristine waters and immaculate cleanliness, which have won it several awards. Its unique semi-circular shape is enveloped by towering white cliffs, a marvel of nature, covered in lush vegetation that cascades down towards the shimmering white pebbles below. The crystal-clear waters are a sight to behold, and the beach is well-organized, with plenty of umbrellas and sun loungers for visitors to soak up the sun. What makes Myrtos Beach even more remarkable is that part remains untouched, providing an ideal spot for complete isolation and tranquillity. The western coast of Myrtos offers unrivalled sunset views that leave visitors in awe. Additionally, the beach offers many amenities, including a snack bar serving cold drinks, to ensure visitors have the most comfortable experience possible.

Towns & Villages

Assos

Kefalonia is full of quaint towns and villages, and this is undoubtedly one of the prettiest! Nestled on the hill of the small Erissos peninsula, 36km north of the capital city of Kefalonia, lies the enchanting village of Assos. This charming village rests on the water's edge, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. With its harmonious blend of picturesque elements, Assos is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you can visit. As you explore the village, you'll be captivated by its stunning Venetian ruins, particularly the ruins of an old Venetian castle. The sight of pebbled beaches, traditional buildings, and colourful houses immediately draws you in. The narrow alleys, adorned with flowering foliage and old churches, add to the village's allure. Despite its small size, Assos is a significant place due to its strategic location. It has a rich history, and the ruins of the Venetian castle are a testament to this. Visiting this village is a unique experience that takes you back in time and allows you to admire its beauty and tranquillity.

Culture

Gentilini Winery & Vineyards

"We are a boutique, family run winery that produces top quality, exciting and unique wines while promoting the unique flavours of the local varieties. We are open daily for tours and tastings in the relaxed, natural setting of our garden. Our aim your enjoyment, and we want you to leave us feeling that you have experienced something very special. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff, who speak excellent English will welcome and guide you through the wines, answering any questions you may have. All our tastings include a complimentary plate with our own organic extra virgin olive oil, cheese, grape tomatoes and fresh bread. We offer light snacks for those who wish to linger further over a glass of wine, and bottles may be purchased in our shop"

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Foki Beach

Foki Beach, named after the Greek word for "seal," is a picturesque location with a beautiful landscape. The beach is surrounded by lush olive tree forests extending to the pebbled shore, providing natural and cool shade from the sun. The crystal-clear waters of Foki Beach are captivating, offering a breathtaking view that will amaze visitors. On the right side of the beach, there is a beautiful path that leads to a cave and several coves. Despite its immense natural beauty, Foki Beach has no tourist facilities, which adds to its rustic charm. Visitors can enjoy the peaceful ambience of the area, relishing moments of quiet contemplation or simply soaking up the sun. A small tavern is perched above the beach for those looking for a meal.

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Emblisi Beach

The pristine beach of Emblisi is a breathtaking sight. Its glistening white pebbles lead to a deep bay with crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. As you approach the beach, steep rocks on either side provide a unique and secluded spot to relax and sunbathe. This untouched natural landscape is meticulously maintained and lacks the typical tourist facilities, except for a small canteen. The surrounding area is a lush forest, with towering trees and exotic flora adding to the serene atmosphere.

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Kimilia Beach

Nestled amidst a verdant forest, Kimilia Beach is a haven of serenity where visitors can unwind in idyllic surroundings. The shore boasts a fascinating geomorphology, with an expanse of smooth, white rocks dominating the landscape, while small pebbles can be found in a secluded area. The glistening waters of the beach are a mesmerizing blend of turquoise and emerald hues, ideal for exploring the underwater world with a snorkel. While the beach is not equipped with any amenities, the journey to reach it is a delightful experience. After driving to a designated point, visitors embark on a scenic ten-minute hike along a trail that winds through a cypress forest and olive trees.

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Dafnoudi Beach

The beauty of Dafnoudi Beach is truly breathtaking. As you approach the intimate cove, you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation, predominantly cypress trees. The shore is adorned with large white pebbles, while the waters shimmer in emerald and azure, creating a truly picturesque and charming setting. For those seeking even more seclusion, a small cave awaits at the water's edge. Dafnoudi Beach serves as a haven for both humans and animals. The magnificent Monachus Monachus seals often seek refuge in the cave to rest or give birth to their young.

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Alaties Beach

Nestled among towering and steep rocks, Alaties is a small and secluded pebbly beach that is truly a hidden gem. Its name, 'alati', means salt in Greek. The seabed is a fascinating sight, captivating divers and snorkelers alike. However, the strong sea currents make divers need to exercise caution. Visitors to Alaties can indulge in a tranquil and relaxing sunbathing session on the soft sand while admiring the mesmerizing azure waters. There is a charming bar-restaurant located just a few meters above the beach. The beach remains unspoiled and peaceful, thanks to the lack of tourist facilities, making it the perfect destination for those seeking serenity and solitude amidst nature's breathtaking beauty.

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Agia Jerusalem Beach

The enchanting Agia Jerusalem Beach is a picturesque getaway named after an abandoned chapel that has been there for centuries. Even though it is secluded, some fishermen prefer it during summer, as it offers a peaceful alternative to busier quays. The beach is covered in smooth and colourful pebbles, surrounded by turquoise crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Agia Jerusalem Beach's magnificent landscape becomes even more breathtaking as the sun sets. The vibrant colours of the sky cast a warm glow over the beach, creating an idyllic setting for those who want to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. A small part of the beach is organised with umbrellas and sun loungers for rent, but visitors can also choose to lay their towels on the ground and soak up the sun. A nearby tavern serves traditional Greek food. If the first beach gets crowded, a second smaller beach is just a few steps away, offering the same stunning views and tranquil atmosphere.

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Assos Beach

Assos is a small and picturesque bay on the island that boasts two tranquil beaches with shallow waters, perfect for families with children. The larger of the two beaches is equipped with comfortable loungers, and several taverns and shops line the shoreline. The beaches face west towards the outcrop that is home to the Venetian-era castle ruins. Both beaches have pebbles instead of sand and are peaceful and idyllic, with the larger one being the more popular. The calm, warm waters make it an excellent spot for snorkelling, and you can enjoy the vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.

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Fteri Beach

Nestled on the northern side of Kefalonia, Fteri Beach is a natural wonder. The beach is unspoiled and has crystal-clear turquoise waters that sparkle in the sun. The soft sand and smooth white pebbles create a unique texture that feels great underfoot. Visitors will find no amenities on the beach, allowing them to embrace the area's natural beauty fully. However, natural shade is scarce, so it's important to pack sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Compared to other beaches in the area that can get crowded with tourists, Fteri Beach is a relatively hidden gem. This is because it's difficult to access. The hiking trail to the beach takes about an hour but can be challenging due to the steep descent and ascent. However, the effort is worth it for those who seek a serene and peaceful environment. Alternatively, visitors can opt for a boat or water taxi ride, giving them a different perspective of the stunning coastline.

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Atheras Beach

The mesmerizing shore of Porto Atheras is one of the island's most tranquil and family-friendly beaches. The small quay and coastline are situated near the charming and picturesque village of Atheras, which adds to the beach's allure. The beach's morphology is particularly appealing to swimmers as it is located in a protected bay, making it relatively safe. Its crystal-clear, shallow waters are exceptionally calm, and owing to their location, they are a tad warmer than other beaches on the island, making it the perfect spot for families to visit. The sandy beach is enveloped by verdant greenery, contrasting the lush surroundings and the clear blue waters. While the beach is not organized and has no natural shade, visitors can still enjoy a fantastic experience at the few taverns on the coast. The area surrounding the beach is a nature lover's paradise, with numerous paths offering breathtaking views and an exhilarating hiking experience. Hikers can also take the trail that leads to Ammidi to visit the nearby Saint Spyridon church, which has a unique blue colour that is a sight to behold!

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Antisamos Beach

Antisamos Beach is a breathtaking destination boasting some of the most stunning scenery in Kefalonia. As you approach the beach, you will be greeted by turquoise waters that sparkle in the sunlight. A mesmerising landscape of green hills and lush vegetation surrounds the beach. The beach itself is well-organised and provides a comfortable experience for all. You can relax on one of the many sunbeds provided, soak up the sun under an umbrella, and enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the two beach bars. For those who seek adventure, watersport facilities are available. Walking behind the hill, you will discover a hidden gem perfect for nature lovers and sunbathers alike. Here, you can bask in the sun while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. At the top of the hill lies the beautiful and charming Monastery of Agrillion. Antisamos has gained worldwide recognition from the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The beach was one of the filming locations for some scenes, further emphasising its beauty. You can access the beach easily from a coastal road in Sami.

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Agios Thomas Karavados Beach

Agios Thomas is a beautiful beach area located near the village of Karavados. It is composed of two sandy beaches, both surrounded by lush greenery, creating a charming scenery. The area gets its name from the Agios Thomas chapel, just a bit further inland. The first beach is small and has soft sand. There is a picturesque tavern right above it. The second beach is larger and can be reached through a rocky slab, offering an alternative spot for sunbathing. Nearby, a snack bar provides guests with sun loungers, cold drinks, and a beautiful view over the small bay. The beach is easily accessible by car, and some parking spaces are available near the coast.

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Makris Gialos Beach

Makris Gialos Beach is a stunning tourist destination in a picturesque, crystalline bay. This idyllic spot is a stone's throw away from the island's capital, Argostoli, and is widely regarded as one of Kefalonia's most beautiful beaches. The beach boasts a seemingly endless expanse of shiny golden sand that sparkles in the warm sunshine. The waters are a mesmerizing shade of azure blue, crystal clear and inviting. The stunning landscape surrounding Makris Gialos beach is a sight to behold. Tall, majestic pine trees and lush vegetation create a beautiful backdrop to the crystal-clear waters. The beach is also home to several scattered rock formations that add a touch of exoticism to the already idyllic setting. Visitors to Makris Gialos beach can enjoy the convenience of sunbeds and umbrellas, which are available for a fee at the regional beach bar. Two watersports centres offer a range of fun activities for adrenaline seekers. Makris Gialos Beach has become a popular destination for locals and tourists. During the summer, the beach is a buzzing hub of activity, with a lively atmosphere and a vibrant energy that draws people from all walks of life.

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Skala Beach

Nestled on the southernmost point of Kefalonia lies the charming and idyllic fishing village of Skala. This serene village is home to the captivating Mounda Beach, boasting long stretches of soft sandy shores fringed by lush green hills and dotted with rocky outcrops. Skala is a haven for beach lovers. Its pristine Blue-Flag accredited beach is renowned for its well-maintained facilities and crystal-clear waters. The beach can get crowded during the bustling summer season, but plenty of secluded spots remain to unwind and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. For snorkelling enthusiasts, Skala offers an exceptional underwater experience where you can explore the marine life. You can also rent a boat from the beach to explore the surrounding area and soak up the scenic views. Above the beach, on the main street of Skala, there are plenty of charming restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in delicious local cuisine while enjoying the mesmerizing sea views.

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Petani Beach

Located on the stunning Paliki peninsula near Lixouri, Petani Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Its breathtaking beauty combines blue, crystal-clear waters and massive verdant cliffs that majestically rise above the sea. The beach stretches for almost one kilometre, and its powdery sand is a delight to walk on. Some pebbles are also scattered along the shore, adding to the beach's natural charm. Petani Beach is a perfect spot to enjoy the sea's beauty. The water deepens right away, making it ideal for swimming. The waves are usually quite big, making it an excellent location for surfing and other water sports. For those who love to bask in the sun, the beach is partly organised with umbrellas and sundecks. If you're feeling peckish, you can head to one of the several taverns and cafeterias near the beach. Although the beach is quite popular, a parking space is available. However, it can only serve a few cars, so arriving early is best to secure a spot.

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Xi Beach

Xi Beach is a stunning destination on the Ionian Islands that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The beach's scenery is unique, with red-coloured coarse sand, crystal-clear light blue waters, and large white rock formations surrounding the seashore. The beach also features a soft sand-filled seabed with staggered depths, ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. Visitors can even enjoy therapeutic treatments using the grey clay found on the beach. Xi Beach is perfect for families with children and solo travellers, with plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun. It is also a popular spot for aquatic sports enthusiasts who enjoy activities like SUP and windsurfing. The beach is well-organized, with various amenities such as sunbeds, sun umbrellas, and beachside bars where you can grab a drink, a cocktail mix, or a quick bite.

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Agia Sofia Beach

Agia Sofia Beach is a hidden gem at the end of a side road leading from Agia Efimia to Fiscardo village. This beautiful beach boasts a serene atmosphere that provides total relaxation to its visitors. The beach is not very popular, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful and tranquil environment to unwind. The beach is easily accessible by car, and although the parking space is limited, it is usually sufficient compared to the number of visitors it receives. Along the coast, some uninhabited houses offer a nostalgic and serene atmosphere juxtaposed with the wild nature around. These houses are remnants of the pre-earthquake era, before 1953, when a settlement existed on the shore. Unfortunately, after the catastrophic earthquake, it was abandoned. Agia Sofia Beach is a picturesque location covered with white pebbles. Its crystal-clear, deep waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is surrounded by olive and fig trees, which provide plenty of shade, making it an ideal relaxing spot. Adjacent to Agia Sofia lies Chorgota Beach, which is equally stunning and uniquely charming. Some scenes of the famous Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed at this beach, adding to its allure and making it an exciting destination for movie enthusiasts.

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Ai Helis Beach

The beach of Ai Helis is a pristine seashore with fine, golden sand and crystal-clear, turquoise waters. It is a serene spot located south of Argostoli, near the village of Svoronata. The seabed is shallow, and the waves are gentle, making it ideal for families with kids. Stunning natural rock formations, home to an abundance of colourful fish, surround the beach. This makes it an excellent location for snorkelling; visitors can witness the underwater world's beauty while enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun. Ai Helis beach is semi-organized, with one side offering sunbeds and parasols for rent, while the other side provides a free space for all visitors to relax and enjoy the views. Additionally, outdoor showers are available on both sides of the beach for guests to rinse off the sand and saltwater. Visitors must follow a steep road or a long staircase to reach the seashore of Ai Helis. Once they arrive, they can enjoy the nearby tavern and beach bar, which plays upbeat music while serving drinks, refreshments, and snacks. Beach volleyball courts are available on-site for those interested in a little friendly competition.

Culture

Venetian Lighthouse of Fiskardo

Discover the incredible history of the old lighthouse, built during the Venetian ascendancy in the 16th century. Although it's no longer functional(decommissioned in 1892 when a Victorian structure replaced it), the lighthouse has been well-preserved. Its cylindrical tower remains an imposing structure despite years of neglect. The lighthouse keepers' old residence from that era, which is also abandoned, can be found in its garden. Both the lighthouse and the house are surrounded by impressive stone masonry. The old lighthouse holds significant architectural and historical significance. Unfortunately, it suffered extensive damage during the disastrous earthquakes of 1953. But thanks to the generosity of the Apostolides family, the tower has been restored to its former glory. On October 19th, 2018, an event was held to celebrate this remarkable achievement. We hope that you will be able to visit the lighthouse soon. Until then, take a moment to admire the remains and enjoy the breathtaking view of the charming village and beautiful harbour. You will want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience history and architecture in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

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Early Byzantine Basilica Fiskardo

The Early Christian period saw the construction of an awe-inspiring basilica(church) in honour of Saint Kerekas on a plateau atop the Fournias peninsula's highest peak. This plateau, now known as Chtouria, is located north of Fiscardo. The basilica featured three naves, a semi-circular external apse, a narthex, and two two-story towers. The sanctuary's niche preserved the pedestal of a synthone, while the stone pedestal of the holy trapeze/high altar has also endured. The grand temple built in the city of Panormos introduced the Christian religion to a flourishing town in the Roman world, a common practice in that era. The basilica's imposing structure reflects the city's importance during the Early Christian period, as verified in the contemporary Synecdemus by Hierocles.

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Venetian Castle of Assos

The Venetian Castle of Assos in Kefalonia is a designated European Heritage Site and one of Kefalonia's two remaining fortresses. The Venetians constructed it in the 16th century on top of four bastions and later added two more to protect the island from frequent invasions by pirates and Ottomans. Due to its strategic location, it became the capital of Northern Kefalonia. However, when the Venetians captured Lefkada from the Ottomans, it lost its usefulness as a defensive structure, and Argostoli became the new capital. After 1920, it was used as a prison. It was initially a rural prison for small-scale offenders and later housed serious offenders with long sentences. After World War II, it was used to imprison political prisoners. Thankfully, the outside walls of the castle were spared from the devastating fate of most of the buildings in Kefalonia due to the tragic earthquake of 1953. However, the prison was eventually closed down, and its residents abandoned it. The castle's outside walls span 2,000 meters and are rectangular, a typical example of Venetian and military architecture. It has four corners with bastions named Saint Markos, Saint John of the Count, Respuna, and Mora. There is a fifth one, between Respuna and Mora, called Santa Maria, and a sixth one, north of Mora, called Kabusa. The Lion of Saint Mark, which lies at the fortress's entrance, is its main attraction. Additionally, the Orthodox church of Prophet Elias was built in 1800 on top of the remains of another church. Furthermore, six or seven Venetian cannons can be seen to the north and west of the walls.

Culture

Melissani Cave

Experience the magic of the Cave of Melissani in Kefalonia, Greece. This captivating tourist attraction is located just outside Sami and boasts a unique feature - a lake inside the cave surrounded by lush trees and forests. The cave is shaped like the letter B, with two chambers separated by an island in the centre. The first chamber is sun-lit, and the second is dark, adorned with stalactites covered in algae and moss. Centuries ago, the roof of one of the halls caved in, allowing sunlight to filter in, illuminating the turquoise-blue waters of the 20 to the 30-meter-deep lake. At noon, the sunlight creates a magical illusion, lighting the entire cave with blue light. The best time to visit the cave is in the morning or evening, when the slanting rays create an ethereal feeling of boats hovering in the light. The lake's water is a mixture of freshwater and seawater, about 500 meters from the sea and 1 meter above sea level. The Cave of Melissani is a memorable and lasting attraction, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit. According to legend, the cave took its name from the nymph Melissanthi, who committed suicide when God Pan did not reciprocate her love. Excavations in 1962 uncovered many artefacts, including figures of nymphs dating back to the 3rd and 4th century BC, lending credence to the myth. Adventurers can enter the cave through an underground path and explore the cave's mystical lake on a boat tour. Take advantage of the chance to explore one of Greece's most significant tourist attractions, the Cave of Melissani.

Culture

Old Vlahata Village

Discover the unique charm of Vlachata village, which has remained frozen in time since the devastating earthquake in 1953. Despite the damage, the preserved facades of buildings, walls, streets, wells, old cisterns, stone ovens, and various tools and objects left behind by the settlers have survived. The ruins are now overgrown with trees and greenery, making it an enchanting place to visit. Take advantage of the Saristra Festival, held in the main square of the village, known as Saristra. This contemporary arts festival is an exciting way to experience modern music and contemporary cultural art while preserving the village's history and heritage. With the help of the local community and a group of young people, the festival has become an enormous success. If you are lucky enough to be in the area during the three-day festival in August, make sure you don't miss it! Come and experience the unique history and culture of Vlachata village, and be a part of the Saristra Festival, the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

Culture

Drogarati Cave

Discover the hidden gem of Kefalonia - the Drogarati Cave! With a 150 million-year history, this natural wonder is a rare geological phenomenon not to be missed. As you explore the cave, you'll be amazed by the remarkable formations of stalactites and stalagmites formed over centuries. Despite the damage caused by earthquakes, the cave still boasts impressive shapes that are a testament to the power of nature. The cave's accessible area is a long corridor that leads to the Royal Balcony. Here, the natural platform of stalactites reflects the light beautifully, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The Chamber of Exaltation, the biggest hall of the cave, is another must-see. With its superb acoustics, it is sometimes used to host cultural events and can accommodate up to 500 people. To make your way from one part of the cave to another, you'll cross coloured columns and a small lake, making for a truly unforgettable experience. But that's not all! Scientists have discovered an unreachable extension in the cave that is believed to connect it to other sea caves. Drogarati Cave is, therefore, a natural art masterpiece waiting to be explored. With a constant temperature of 18 °C and 90% humidity, it's the perfect place to escape the heat and discover the beauty of Kefalonia's underground world. Don't miss this opportunity to witness one of nature's most remarkable creations!

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Agioi Fanendes Monastery

The Monastery of Saints Fanentes is a place of great historical significance in Kefalonia and a must-visit destination. The monastery(probably built before 1264) is located within the fortification walls of Classical Same, dating back to the Venetian period of 1633. The ruins of the monastery church and Saint Nicholas church, with frescoes on its apse dating back to the 17th century, offer a glimpse into the religious and cultural heritage of the area. After the earthquake of 1953, a modern church was built to replace the collapsed structures. The legend surrounding the monastery is fascinating, as it is said that the saints' relics were discovered in a cave in the area but were lost in a shipwreck in the sea area of Fiscardo. The views of Sami Bay from the ruins are breathtaking, and a nearby fountain provides fresh water for refreshment. On the hill opposite Agioi Fanentes, called Skalia, there are also remarkable remains of ancient fortifications, which can be easily accessed from the main road. Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in Kefalonia's rich history and beauty at the Monastery of Saints Fanentes.

Culture

Mountain Ainos National Park

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Mount Ainos, the highest peak in Kefalonia and the entire Ionian Sea. With an altitude of 1628 meters, this natural wonder is of great ecological significance and home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant species. In 1962, the National Park of Ainos was established to protect this unique ecosystem, and it is now part of the prestigious "Natura 2000" network. Experience the wonder of nature as you explore the many forest paths and hiking trails that wind their way through the dense vegetation. Take in the refreshing coolness of the forest on a hot summer day and be mesmerized by the panoramic views of the island from the mountain's highest points. Along the way, you'll also discover the ruins of an ancient temple and several monasteries, including Agios Eleftherios and Zoodochos Pigi, as well as a natural fountain. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the beauty and diversity of Mount Ainos, with its rare fir trees, small lilac flowers, foxes, birds, pine martens and wild horses. Whether you're a nature lover, a hiker, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world, a visit to Mount Ainos is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.

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Agios Gerasimos Monastery

St. Gerasimos, a descendant of the Notaras family (a well-known Byzantine family during the reign of Constantine Palaiologos), was born in 1509 in Trikala Corinthos, in the Peloponnesus and raised in piety by his parents, Demetrios and Kale. At a young age, he was moved by the number of Christians martyred in Constantinople and committed his life to monasticism. He spent years in holy pilgrimage, visiting Mount Athos, the Holy Land, and other sacred sites before settling in a cave in Cephalonia at around 50. In Cephalonia, St. Gerasimos restored an old church and built a convent around it, which remains today at Omala. The monastery is a testament to his devotion and serves as a sacred pilgrimage site for the faithful. His holy relics, which remain complete and incorrupt, emit a heavenly fragrance and work many miracles as a powerful reminder of his life's sanctity. St. Gerasimos died on August 15, 1579, having been forewarned of the day of his death. He is commemorated on August 16, and his memory is celebrated on October 20, the day of translating his relics. He has become the patron saint of the island of Cephalonia and the protector of all its inhabitants, standing as a powerful intercessor before God. Today, the monastery has been rebuilt and now stands as an impressive structure, complete with a newly constructed church. Visitors can also see his hermitage, which consists of two underground rooms accessible by a narrow path and a staircase. His legacy lives on through the three plane trees (Platanus) he planted and the three wells he dug with his own hands, all of which are preserved at the monastery. St. Gerasimos' life is a testament to the power of faith and devotion. His story is one of sacrifice, dedication, and pursuing a higher calling. His monastery in Cephalonia reminds him of his enduring legacy and continues to inspire and uplift all who visit it.

Culture

Castle of Saint George

Discover the fascinating history and breathtaking views at the Venetian Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia! Towering above the villages of Travliata and Peratata, this 320-meter-high peak has been a significant landmark since the 12th-century Byzantine era. Explore the polygonal-shaped castle and its 16,000 square meters of ruins, once the capital of Kefalonia until 1757. Marvel at Venetian families' various coats of arms and imagine the castle in its heyday. Despite suffering damage from earthquakes in the 17th century and the catastrophic earthquake of 1953, the Castle of Saint George remains a testament to the island's rich history. Take the stunning views of Argostoli and the neighbouring villages from the castle's vantage point. The nearby ruins of the Evangelistria medieval-era church and the church of Agios Theodoros offer additional opportunities to explore the island's past. Take the chance to visit this unique site. You can enter the castle for a small fee and immerse yourself in Kefalonia's rich history. Afterwards, relax in a nearby cafeteria or restaurant and soak up the beauty of the surrounding area.

Food & Drinks

Mylos All Day Bistrot

Mylos is a small, family-run business located in Fiskardo. It is a great spot for your morning coffee, breakfast, brunch, or a quick snack!

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BBQ NJOY HOUSE FISKARDO

BBQ House is a street food restaurant that offers a variety of meat dishes, including gyros and souvlaki, as well as some vegetarian options. Njoy House is an all-day eatery that serves coffee and breakfast, and features a special dinner menu with pasta and risotto. The staff is friendly and always ready to help you make the right choice for your meal.

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Tassia Restaurant Fiskardo

Established in 1972, Tassia Restaurant was the first restaurant to open in the small traditional village of Fiscardo on the Ionian island of Kefalonia. It is a family run restaurant, owned by Tassia Dendrinou and her brother Polychronis Dendrinos. Tassia Dendrinou is a nationally and internationally acclaimed chef and has published two recipe books based on Kefalonian dishes and recipes from all over Greece. Tassia and Polychronis combine their Greek hospitality with their passion for healthy good food which is, of course, the base of true Greek cuisine.

Food & Drinks

Picnic Restaurant

We are a small family-run business, serving you delicious and homemade breakfast, brunch, as well as lunch and dinner. Our menu includes Breakfast Deals (food & drinks), all-day bites (filling baguettes, toasted sandwiches, juicy burgers, served with homemade and hand-cut chips, omelettes, salads), daily special dishes, all made fresh to order. Our menu also includes VEGAN and VEGETARIAN options. Located on the main road in Magganos village, PICNIC is an ideal and unique spot for coffee lovers to enjoy their morning coffee-ritual as well as perfect for couples, loners and workaholics too, who are just looking for a place to enjoy their breakfast, their solitude or catch up on their emails and emergency calls using the FREE WIFI provided.

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Alia's Yard Restaurant & Bar

Alia's Yard, located in the village of Magganos, is the ultimate destination to indulge in the most delicious traditional Greek food. Their menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes, including mussels saganaki, fried calamari, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, steaks, and pasta dishes, all served in a fantastic atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Their signature dish, feta drizzled with honey, will leave you craving for more. The impeccable service provided by the friendly staff is something that sets Alia's Yard apart. The spacious restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas, surrounded by olive trees. The peaceful ambiance of the restaurant, with the sound of cicadas serenading in the background and ambient music playing quietly, creates an unforgettable experience. It is, without a doubt, an ideal place to enjoy a sunset dinner that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Alati All Day Bar & Restaurant

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Le Passage Cocktail Bar

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Taverna Vegera

Taverna Vegera is a family-run restaurant in Vasilikades, close to Assos and Fiscardo. It features a balcony with a stunning view of the sea and sunset and also hosts Greek live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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To Palio Pithari

Visit the Traditional Cafe-Mesedopoleio '' To Palio Pithari'' and enjoy a refreshing beer or tsipouro while admiring the picturesque view of the Mesovounia plain. Additionally, you can treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, coffee, or the dessert of the day. Whether you're travelling by caravan or with a group of up to six people, you'll find convenient parking and rental accommodations at our location.

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3 Wise Monkeys

"Our venture began with a singular goal in mind: to provide an unforgettable dining experience in Kefalonia. Through our experience and dedication, we have become masters of our craft, providing dishes that are fresh, hearty, and simply unforgettable. Our restaurant in Kefalonia stands out from the rest, offering a unique dining experience like no other."

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Alexandros Restaurant Grill

Alexandros Restaurant is a cozy family restaurant located near Myrtos Beach. They serve excellent traditional Kefalonian cuisine, fresh fish, and grilled meat at friendly prices.

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Deco Sami

We search daily for the finest ingredients and invite you to savour unique flavours by the sea. Explore Mediterranean Greek Cuisine.

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Taverna Apostolis

It all began in 2001 with one man and his dream. Come on in and let Apostolis be your host, while you enjoy delicious traditional Greek food served with Kefalonian hospitality, in a warm family atmosphere. All our dishes are cooked to order by our Head Cook Alexandra and her team. Time is taken to prepare them, using freshly sourced ingredients from the local markets and from our vegetable gardens.

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Denis Restaurant Trapezaki

Gourmet Dining in Kefalonia Denis Gourmet Restaurant in Trapezaki bay is the most luscious idea of fine dining in Kefalonia. Our experienced chef and expert in organic cuisine, created a unique menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and loved traditional dishes with gourmet touches, composed of the freshest and purest ingredients. Denis Gourmet Restaurant Kefalonia is situated right above Trapezaki beach, surrounded by lush Kefalonian nature while offering amazing infinity views to the Ionian Sea and the nearby island of Zante, in a minimal yet elegantly designed ambience. Experience the finest dining in Kefalonia Imagine the aromas of the most loved Mediterranean dishes blending with the colours of the Greek nature in the sea breeze of the Ionian. Surrounded by luscious nature and viewing the endless velvet blue of the Ionian Sea, Denis Gourmet Restaurant in Kefalonia invites its guests to indulge their palates with Try seafood recipes served as you have never imagined, salads from the freshest ingredients of the Kefalonian land, and selected grilled meat dishes presented with creative, delicious ways. Embracing the art of gourmet dining, infused with the rich aromas of the Greek products and breathtaking views to the infinite horizon, Denis Gourmet Restaurant Kefalonia elevates your dining experience to a memorable epicurean trip. Indulge your palates with gourmet creations of our bio chef Experience the ultimate of fine dining in Kefalonia and delight your taste buds in a gastronomic gourmet adventure. Our experienced chef and expert in organic cuisine, created a unique menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and loved traditional dishes and fruits of the sea with gourmet touches, composed of the freshest and purest ingredients. Try seafood recipes served as you have never imagined, salads from the freshest ingredients of the Kefalonian land, and selected grilled meat dishes presented with creative, delicious ways. Our selected local wines list complete your culinary trip adding the unique Kefalonian spirit! Enjoy breathtaking views Nestling almost on the seafront at Trapezaki bay, Denis Gourmet restaurant artistically combines the breathtaking view to the Ionian with the modern, minimal ambience, inspired by traditional Greek colours in a chic yet elegant design.

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Klimatis Restaurant Lourdata

Towns & Villages

Argostoli

Argostoli is a pretty seaside town on the west side of Kefalonia, surrounded by small hills. It has around 10,000 residents and has been the island's capital since 1757. Argostoli is Kefalonia's largest shipping port and commercial and administrative centre. The town has a rich history, occupied by the Venetians, French, and British for centuries. These foreign cultures and influences have significantly impacted local life. Unfortunately, much of the town was destroyed in the 1953 earthquakes, but the British helped rebuild its infrastructure. Despite this, many buildings and ruins are still rich in history and cultural significance. From the 6th-century Cyclopean Walls of Ancient Krani to the renovated buildings after the earthquake of 1953, you can witness history unfold. Argostoli also boasts cultural landmarks such as the Koutavos Lagoon, which is surrounded by vegetation and high eucalyptus trees. Take advantage of visiting Argostoli to experience the full range of what Kefalonia offers. Notable Sights : • De Bosset Bridge or "Devosetos Bridge • English Cemetry • Koutavos Lagoon • The Cobble Street • The Lighthouse of Saint Theodori (or Fanari) • Korgialeneios Library and the Folklore Museum • Kefalos Theater • Katavothres

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Fiskardo

Fiskardo, also known as Viscardo in the past, is a picturesque village in the northernmost part of Kefalonia. It is about 50 km north of Argostoli, Kefalonia's capital, and is close to Ithaca Island. The town is surrounded by cypress and olive tree-covered hills and is part of the municipal unit of Erissos. Fiskardo has a port and a marina that is popular among boaters and filled with yachts during the summertime. Visitors can enjoy the charming harbourside and explore the abundant taverns, bars, and shops. Despite being cosmopolitan nowadays, Fiskardo has a few historical sites for history buffs, such as the Venetian Lighthouse and the Roman Cemetery. It was the home of Nikos Kavvadias, one of the greatest Greek writers. Prehistoric graves indicate that the village has been inhabited for the last 40,000 years. Previously known as Panormos, it was a well-known port during the Roman period. The village was renamed Fiskardo after Robertus Wiscardus (Robert Guiscard), Duke of Apulia and Calabria and founder of the Kingdom of Sicily, who died at Atheras beach in 1085 during the time of Frankish (Norman) dominion in Greece. Despite the destructive earthquakes of 1953, Fiskardo remained unscathed and retained its traditional Ionian architecture, which adorns the alleys today. Notable Sights : • The Nautical and Environmental Museum • The Old 16th Century Venetian Lighthouse • The Victorian Lighthouse built in 1892. • The Roman Cemetry.

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Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia is a picturesque fishing village on the eastern coast of Kefalonia, just a 15-minute drive from the town of Sami. Its small port-facing Ithaca is adorned with numerous fishing boats and rental boats/flotilla sailing experiences, perfect for deluxe island trips. The village's permanent residents mainly focus on local agriculture and fishing activities. However, during the summertime, Agia Efimia transforms into a pristine tourist destination, with many exciting waterside cafeterias, taverns, gift shops, and famous franchise ice-cream spots! Agia Efimia is also home to several beautiful and secluded seashores, including Lithovatis Beach, the awe-inspiring Sikidi Bay, and the narrow shore of Kapsolimionas Beach.

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Sami

Sami is a pretty coastal town with a population of 1000, primarily engaged in agriculture and fishing. It is home to one of the main ports on the island and is the arrival point for ferries from Patra, Astakos, Ithaca, and Italy. Sami is built near ancient Sami, one of Kefalonia's most significant archaeological discoveries. It is a perfect destination for summer holidays in Greece, with its charming waterfront, wide paved streets, and Venetian buildings that reflect its rich heritage. The main coastal road has modern amenities, shops, and lovely cafes overlooking the busy port. Numerous restaurants and accommodations are nearby, catering to all tastes and budgets. The verdant imposing hills and impressive coves surround Sami, drawing tourists who arrive here with private yachts to enjoy a unique swimming and diving experience in Kefalonia's emerald, transparent waters. The village also offers some beautiful sights, such as the Agrillion Monastery and the Nautical Museum of Sami. Kefalonia's trademark natural attractions, Melissani Lake and Drogarati Caves, are nearby. Antisamos, a stunning and lively beach known worldwide thanks to the movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin, is also located close to the town.

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Poros

Poros is a charming coastal village about 40 km southwest of Argostoli. It has an approximate population of 1100 people and is surrounded by lush green forests. The town is also home to a beautiful port that offers ferry services to Kyllini in Peloponnese. Poros is a perfect summer destination due to its dense vegetation and crystal-clear blue sea. It has become a famous tourist resort in Kefalonia, attracting many visitors yearly, including Greek travellers. You will find plenty of traditional taverns, restaurants, and picturesque cafes along the waterfront, while some hotels are also located in the area. The village has several vital sights that are worth visiting. One of them is the impressive Drakena Cave, and there is also a superb gorge. The Monastery of Panagia Atros is another significant attraction visitors should not miss.

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Skala

Skala is a stunning resort located 36 km southeast of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. The village has a population of 800 people, most of whom are involved in fishing and agriculture. It was constructed after a significant earthquake in 1953 that caused considerable devastation to the ancient village of Skala. However, the ruins of Old Skala still exist today. "Skala is famous for its natural beauty, unspoiled green landscape, and crystal-clear waters. The long beach lies just above the village, surrounded by beautiful pine tree forests and rock formations. Additionally, there are ruins of a Roman Villa, boasting magnificent 2nd-century B.C. mosaic floors. Being the biggest resort in the southern part of Kefalonia, Skala attracts tourists and Greek travellers every summer who enjoy a pleasant and relaxing vacation. Skala is entirely developed with its tourist facilities and water sports centre. It offers many hotels, restaurants, and shops, making it a popular summer destination.

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Lixouri

Lixouri is the second largest town on the Kefalonia island, located 35 km west of Argostoli. The town has about 3,500 people, mainly engaged in agriculture and tourism. Lixouri lies opposite Argostoli's beautiful blue bay, which offers a stunning view of the capital. Regular ferries connect Lixouri and Argostoli, and the journey takes up to 30 minutes. The town was built on the site of the ancient city of Pali, one of Kefalonia's four principal cities during antiquity. However, a major earthquake in 1953 devastated the town, and only a few mansions survived. Like its neighbouring town, Argostoli, Lixouri has attracted many tourists since the beginning of the summer season. There are many restaurants and bars along the busy waterfront. Modern bars are usually filled with young crowds, while the main square, Petritsi Square, is surrounded by many old-fashioned cafes. If you stroll around the village, you will come across old churches with lovely frescoes, the Iakovatios Library and neoclassical buildings. For swimming, you can visit the beautiful beaches of Xi, Lepeda and Megas Lakos, all located near the town. The area organizes many local festivals throughout the year. It is widely known for its rich cultural tradition and is home to one of Greece's oldest philharmonic schools. Many locals are renowned for their musical talents.

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