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Kefalonia the Ideal Destination

Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionians. It is a green island rich in vegetation with hills and fields, covered with a variety of wildflowers. The island is easily accessed through regular boat schedules connecting its numerous harbours with Lefkada, Aetoloakarnania, Ithaca, Patra, Kyllene and Zakynthos. There are also daily flight connections with Athens.

Argostoli is the capital of the island, which was built after an earthquake in 1953. The British built an arched bridge over the Koutavos Lagoon that connects the city with the rest of the island. There is a Museum of Archaeology with a collection of Mycenaean relics. The Historical and Cultural Museum contains relics of the British and the various occupiers of the island, as well as traditional costumes, furniture and tools. The main harbor of Argostoli has a market and lots of restaurants serving local cuisine. The town of Lixouri, the second largest town on Kefalonia, which was destroyed by the 1953 earthquake and rebuilt. It is visited mainly because of the museum and library of the Lakovates and because of its proximity to several beaches.

Near Lixouri is the place called Katavothres, which means pits, where thousands of tons of sea water pour into the earth and disappear, passing under the island and filling the lakes of Melissani and Karavomylos on the other side of the island, near Sami, where there are Classical and Roman ruins. Drogarati Cave also has long corridors and impressive stalactites. One of its caverns is said to be acoustically perfect and in the summer concerts are held here. The fishing town of Fiscardo, is a favorite of yachters and flotillas and is also an artist colony.

Kefalonia is a nesting ground for the loggerhead turtles which lay their eggs on the southern beaches in June, and the Mediterranean Monk Seal. The inhabitants are known to history as people of temperament, with a keen satirical bent, sharp witted, literal in their ideas, devoted to exploration and the sea, restless travelers. Well worth a visit, the Monastery of St. Gerassimos, the Patron Saint of Kefalonia, where the relics of the Saint are kept, stands on the outskirts of the villages of Fragata and Valsamata, amidst the serene beauty of the island’s nature.

The main influence of Kefalonia is Italian and it can be found in the cuisine, architecture, art, literature and music of the island. The festivals, dances, serenades and operatic song, the local architecture of the bell-towers and buildings, its poetry and its language, all bear the stamp of Kefalonia’s unique heritage. Kefalonia offers its visitors a glimpse of paradise at every turn. It is no surprise that each year the island’s natural beauty and unique culture attract a growing number of both Greek and foreign visitors.

Ithaca is known to millions around the world as the home of the Homeric hero the wily Ulysses, symbol of homesickness and love for one's native land. Year-round ferryboat services are sailing from Patra to Vathi via Sami in Kefalonia. There are also daily services to Pisaetos from Astakos in Aetoloakarnania on the mainland. Stretching around a bright green and well-protected bay almost in the centre of the island, capital Vathi is a tiny, picturesque Venetian town with splendid mansions, encircled by the remains of Venetian castles, the remnants of past glory. With its green slopes on both sides lined with smart houses built after the earthquake in 1953, Vathi has a bay of unusual shape containing the small islet of Lazareto. Combining mountains and sea, Ithaca is ideal for tranquil vacations, although visitors can still have a lively time at the few bars found in Vathi or during the cultural events in August. The restaurants serve tasty chicken "tserepa", while seaside tavernas serve delicious fresh fish prepared with raisins and rosemary. The pastry shops sell delicious "ravani", a sweet with rice and honey.

Kefalonia

Kefalonia

Kefalonia

Kefalonia

Kefalonia

Kefalonia