During your visit to the lake you may be lucky enough to meet Aris, one of our villa owners, who works as a boatman on the lake. We have learnt from Aris’ mother that he actually featured in a documentary about the lake as a small boy. Perhaps his connection with Melissani was meant to be!
Aris and his wife Elena live in the village of Karavomilos (where the lake is located). They met 12 years ago when Elena visited the island on a holiday with her friend from University. Whilst spending time with her friends, Elena met Aris, a young local from the island, and so started a love affair. She was studying in Athens so they began a long distance relationship for several years, until when graduating Elena made the move to come and live on Kefalonia with Aris. This last year has been exciting for them both as they have finished building their new family house, have got married and had a beautiful baby girl who has made their life complete. We wish them all the happiness.
Their favourite way to spend the summer evenings is having a coffee or a cocktail with friends on the rooftop terrace at Afrala, a stylish bar located in Sami, just a 10 minute drive from Karavomilos. In the winter they love to travel to new and exciting destinations. So far, their favourite place they have visited has been Morocco. As well as working at the lake Aris works as a local fisherman. Luckily fish is their favourite food to eat together. In the winter months Aris catches lots of small fish which they use to make soup and in the summer he brings home lobster and big fish which are delicious roasted!