This is a very
beautiful island and actually
the biggest one of the Ionians.
It appeared in cinema
screens all around the world, as it was here that the big movie
production "Captain Correlli's
mandolin" with Nicolas Cage was filmed, a few years ago!
Except from its wonderful
countryside it is also known for its strange geological phenomena
and for having the highest mountain
of the Ionian Islands (Mt. Ainos) with a peak at 1630 meters above sea level.
It is believed that Kefalonia
and Ithaca were one island a few thousand years ago, but now they are
separated by the Straight of Ithaca which is approximately
2 miles wide.
The people of Kefalonia are mainly fishermen and farmers and some
of their products are the famous Robola wine, Mizithra, which
is a soft tasty cheese and the delicious honey produced high up on the mountains.
Here, you will
be spoiled for choice, as there
are so many places to visit.
Along its 150 miles of coastline there are many picturesque fishing
villages, quiet little bays, crowded endless sandy beaches, tourist resorts, Argostoli
which is the biggest town and capital of the island, as well as
places of geological interest.
You can spend your time
sailing around the coast, anchored at a remote bay or lying on
You can go shopping, explore the island, climb the mountains,
taste the delicious dishes of the local tavernas or go for a few
drinks and a wild night out at the clubs of a village
or a tourist resort!
The choice is yours!
Places of Interest
The most famous geological phenomenon is at Katavothres
near Argostoli, where thousands of tons of sea water continuously
pour into the guts of the Earth and disappear!
On the other
side of the island at the beautiful bay of Karavomilos water gushes
up from its depths.
After years or research it was concluded that due to a geological
disturbance, sea water is sucked in at Katavothres,
somehow traverses underneath the island
and is then spewed out at Karavomilos!
Another place of mystery
is Kounopetra, a rock at the
south-western tip of the island which makes a continuous rhythmic
If you are interested in caves, then close to the seaside village of Sami and at the
foot of Mt. Ainos is the 100
million years old Dragoratis
cave extending about 300 meters deep into the mountain with
its ceiling covered with magnificent stalactites.
lake of Melisani is also a
place of interest! You can visit it by walking through a cave and then boarding a little boat that takes you around.
In ancient times this was a place for worshiping the god "Pana", as various objects were discovered on the
tiny island in the middle of the lake!
And still, the more active
can go for an excursion on Mt. Ainos
(walk, cycle, or rent a car) through the forests of a unique variety of fir tree found only here.
From its peak you will be taken aback by the breathtaking view of the island and the Ionian Sea all around.
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