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Discovering the Hidden Gems of Kefalonia: Our guide to the island's top attractions.

Melissani Cave and Lake Melissani Cave and Lake

Discover the enchanting Melissani Cave and Lake in Sami village

Just a short distance from Sami village lies the breath taking Melissani Cave and Lake, attracting travellers from all over the world to witness its fairytale scenery. Surrounded by lush forests, the best way to experience this geological wonder is by joining a boat tour and floating through an underground passageway. As you glide through the ancient stalagmite-decorated roof, the cave suddenly opens up to the sky, allowing light to beam through the translucent waters of Melissani Lake, creating a breath taking sight. Don't forget to bring your cameras to capture this magical moment! Excursions to Melissani Lake run throughout the day, with midday being the ideal time to witness its beauty.

Mount Ainos National Park Mount Ainos National Park

Explore the natural beauty of Mount Ainos, the only National Park in Kefalonia

Covering over 3,000 hectares of land, Mount Ainos boasts the highest peak in the Ionian Islands, Megas Soros. As the only national park in Kefalonia, it's home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the Abies Cephalonica fir plant which only grows at high altitudes. Take a stroll along the southeast side of the mountain and you might even run into the small semi-wild horses that roam free in the protected area. For those who love hiking, there are plenty of trails with varying difficulty levels available. It's worth noting that Mount Ainos is part of the UNESCO-listed Kefalonia and Ithaca Geopark, which encompasses over 50 Geosites of historical, archaeological, cultural, and biodiverse significance scattered throughout the islands.

Fiscardo Fiscardo

Discover the enchanting fishing village of Fiscardo

Located on Kefalonia's northern tip, Fiscardo is a charming village that should not be missed. Despite its small size, it is a lively destination with a harbour filled with yachts and boats. The water's edge is lined with tavernas, bars, and shops, making it a vibrant spot to explore.

What sets Fiscardo apart is its exquisite Venetian architecture. Although many of these traditional houses were unfortunately destroyed in the 1952 earthquake elsewhere on the island, Fiscardo's buildings still stand tall today. The beauty of these structures in this idyllic location draws a large number of tourists annually.

Assos Assos

Assos - the most enchanting village in Kefalonia

Kefalonia has no shortage of picturesque towns and villages, but Assos takes the award for its irresistible charm. This tiny village, home to about 100 people, sits on the tip of a small peninsula. Its narrow lanes and alleys are lined with vibrant homes and blooming flowers, while the waterfront features tavernas serving authentic Greek cuisine and a view to die for.

The village is overseen by a 16th-century Venetian castle, reachable only by a long walk through olive groves. It's a breath taking experience that you won't forget.

Argostoli Argostoli

Explore Kefalonia's beautiful capital

Kefalonia's charming capital city is situated around a natural port that provides a picturesque setting for fishing boats and even sea turtles. Take a stroll to shop, dine, and discover the island's rich history at the History and Folklore Museum. The museum features folk art, traditional costumes, and black-and-white photos that bring the island's traditions to life. Enjoy a meal of fresh seafood that is caught off the boat at one of the port's historic waterfront restaurants – it's an experience not to be missed.

Agios Gerasimos monastery Agios Gerasimos monastery

Discover Kefalonia's sacred monastery and winery

In Kefalonia, a short distance from Argostoli, lies the island's most revered monastery – a 16th-century gem with russet domes, rose gardens, and a lavish gold and silver interior. Here, you can view the silver casket of Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island, and experience the serenity and magnificence of a Greek Orthodox church. Don't miss the opportunity to purchase the jewellery made by the nuns to raise funds. Afterward, take a short trip to the nearby Robola Winery for a unique wine-tasting experience.

Kefalonia's vineyards Kefalonia's vineyards

The Island's unique wine culture

Kefalonia is renowned for its wine, which is made from a distinct white grape known as Robola. The grape is prized for its ability to thrive in difficult farming conditions and produce a light, citrusy wine. Orealios Gaea Winery and Vineyard, situated in the heart of Kefalonia's Robola Zone, is a must-visit for visitors. Here, you can tour the winery, talk to the winemakers and even sample some wine. Gentilini Winery, a family-run business located on Kefalonia's south-eastern coastline, provides wine tastings and vineyard tours. Sarris Winery, located in the charming southwestern village of Avithos, as well as Sclavos Winery and Haritatos Vineyard on the Paliki Peninsula, and Petrakopoulos Wines in the small village of Thiramona, are among the other wineries on the island worth exploring.

Explore the island by bike Explore the island by bike

The ultimate island cycling destination

Kefalonia's diverse terrain, off-road paths, shifting climates, and unique culture make it an ideal cycling destination. If you're looking to explore the island, try the Argostoli Highlight Tour. This guided journey along the seaside and center of Argostoli is the best way to experience the capital's typical corners by bike. Ride through the vibrant Lithostroto, cross the historic De Bosset bridge, drink coffee at the cosy Platia Vallianou, and visit the Saint Theodore Lighthouse. These landmarks will introduce you to some unforgettable stories.

Alternatively, you can take on the Paliki peninsula. The western side of the island remains unspoiled and wild, from its vegetation to its villages and tavernas. Start with a spectacular road that offers fabulous views leading around the bay. After a pleasant descent and passing through a natural bird reserve, you'll encounter a challenging climb that leads to another breathtaking view: Petani Beach. Ride through olive yards and pass the Monastery of Kipoureon to reach the second-largest city, Lixouri. The 15-kilometre downhill ride will complete the adventure to Lixouri, where you can board a ferry back to Argostoli to enjoy a well deserved drink or a refreshing ice cream.

Take on the ultimate challenge by road biking to the summit of Mount Ainos, the highest peak in the Ionian Islands. The journey begins with winding roads at sea level, passing through a stunning valley surrounded by century-old vineyards. As you ascend, the landscape slowly transforms from tropical to forested to a snowy and barren plain. The summit is visible from the start, adding to the allure and unpredictability of this climb. The final three kilometres are a gruelling 10 percent gradient, making it more than just a challenging feat.

Scuba diving Scuba diving

Take a dive to discover Kefalonia's hidden gems

Although often overlooked by the global diving community, Kefalonia boasts some truly breath taking underwater sites. One such site is the Blue Canyon, which is a mere 10-minute boat ride away from Lassi. This network of underwater tunnels is best suited for experienced divers, offering a 150m (492ft) sea wall to explore, as well as small caves adorned with vibrant coral and anemones. Another popular dive site is Fiscardo's Temple Cave, while the sunken WWII submarine HMS Perseus lies further offshore, between Kefalonia and Zakynthos.

Myrtos beach Myrtos beach

Kefalonia's breath taking Myrtos beach

Every Greek island boasts that one beach that takes your breath away and visitors go to great lengths to see. On Kefalonia, that beach is Myrtos. Located in the northwest, it is a stunning, half-moon of white sand surrounded by forested cliffs. The turquoise and navy waters are mesmerizing, with the sandy shallows dropping off to plunging depths. Take in the magnificent view from the slopes above before descending to the pebbled shore. Keep in mind that there are no facilities or beach clubs available

The Sunvil Family

By The Sunvil Family

15th May 2023



The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family
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