Kefalonia Island

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The largest island of the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is a very charming place. Although it has developed over the last decades as a family destination, it still helds the feeling of peace & quiet and is perfect choice for everyone. Is mostly famous for the exotic beaches, including "Xi" , Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas and Skala and  the island was even chosen for filming the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Apart from swimming, Kefalonia also has many places to see, from picturesque villages to Medieval castles and beautiful monasteries. Fiscardo, Assos and Ag. Efimia are some of the most cosmopolitan places with small ports that receive many yachts every summer. Other great areas  to visit during your Kefalonia holidays are Argostoli, Sami, Assos andof course the peninsula of Paliki.

"Xi" beach

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It is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches of Paliki.
With fine red sand and clear shallow waters, terminating in clay rocks is a unique landscape in Kefalonia.   A sheltered and family friendly beach with activities for everybody, featuring vibrating beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas and watersports facilities. Mix water and gray clay from the cliffs and create a wonderful, natural mud mask. An exotic landscape awaits for you when the sun sets, where hues of red and blue mix together in a never before seen combination.
Additionally, situated nearby, is the famous ‘’Kounopetra’’, a rock in the sea swinging rhythmically with palpitating movements is one of the most paradoxical phenomenones of the island.

Lixouri city

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"Kipouria" Monastery

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On the opposite of Argostoli bay, in the peninsula of "Paliki", people meet a different and equally unique aspect of the island's lifestyle and mentality, in the town of "Lixouri".
Lixouri is the 2nd largest city of the island - a little more restful & relaxing than Argostoli, yet equally charming and picturesque. With the majority of the aspects & services as found in Argostoli - Lixouri is a great place for its permanent residents as well as its guests. It has a port servicing the regular yearly non-stop ferry itinerary between Argostoli & Lixouri , as well as the private boats and yachts .
Lixouri is accessible from Argostoli city, through sea with the ferry and through land with the distance from Argostoli being 30km.
Paliki is also "home" to some of the best sights of the island like:
• The Monastery of "Kipouria": The Monastery counts more than 250 years of existence , having been established in 1759 and is dedicated it to the Annunciation. It took its name from the many gardens (“kipoi” in greek) maintained there by the monks. It is built on a plateau of a rock, 100m above the sea level , in a unique landscape. It has view to the west with a courtyard for guests to attend one of the most spectacular sunsets of Kefalonia .
• Petani beach: It is on the western side of the peninsula of Palliki.  It is located in a curved bay at the foot of a mountain serpentine. It is pebbly with crystal clear aquamarine waters and offers one of the best  sunset-view spots in the island.

"Drogarati" cave

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Drogarati Cave with the stalactites & stalagmites is one of the most impressive caves.
The entrance of the cave, revealed by a strong earthquake occurred more than 300 years ago, presenting this miracle of nature that opened to the public in the 1960’s and has a depth of 60m. An astonishing marvel of more than 150 million years old, crafted gradually by nature. Many concerts have taken place in this grand natural hall over the years, as the cave offers spectacular acoustics.

"Melissani" cave lake

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It is a wonderful underground lake with sublime stalactites, where according to the excavations in 1960’s, worship of God Pan took place in historical times.
The ceiling of the cave collapsed after an earthquake and that gave the cave-lake its additional charm. Especially, when the waters illuminated by the sun’s rays, exquisite colours are reflected on the lake water and the stalagmites, algae & moss, create a unique and unforgettable picture.

"Myrtos" beach

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Myrtos could be called as the island’s paradise on earth.
Deep turquoise blue waters embraced by white sand leading to dazzling white pebbles and framed by tall, steep cliffs, will seduce your vision to the endless horizon.
Myrtos offers enchanting views from the very first sight.
Multi awarded and renown, it stands at the top of the list of the best Greek beaches and ranks among the best worldwide, for more than ten consecutive years.

"Assos" village

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"Assos" Village & fortress are a real ornaments dominating the whole area from the hilltop of the Assos Peninsula. It is surrounded by a luscious green scenery.Pine & cypress trees along with the crystal clear aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea, create a unique combination and make Assos an ideal setting for relaxing vacations.
The fortress was built by the Venetians to protect the inhabitants against raids launched by pirates and conquerors  in 1593. The ruins of the castle are open for visits in the summer period.

"Fiscardo" village

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Fiscardo is a village & port in the northernmost point of Kefalonia.
A beautiful traditional village resembling a painting, with unique charm & cosmopolitan style. Fiscardo was left virtually unscathed by the 1950's quake and still carries the traditional color, grace & beauty throughout the years.
The port promenade is brimming with fine restaurants, taverns, cafes & shops. From Ficardo there is also a regular connection with other parts of Greece, through the direct & quite frequent ferry itineraries to "Lefkada Island".

"Saint George"s castle

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The Venetian castle and citadel of Saint George was built around 800 years ago , it was the island’s first capital from 1500 to 1757, when Argostoli became the capital of the island.
Within a 600-metre perimeter of walls, residents they could spot pirate ships as far as 20 miles away on a clear day. Today, the castle is mostly ruined and only a few of the buildings survive and open for visits especially during the summer season.

"Aenos" (Ainos) Mt.

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The highest mountain in the Ionian Sea , is the mountain with a distinct dark green fir tree species on its slopes, called by the Venetians «Monte Nero» (black mountain) which had played a very significant role in the context of the island’s development.
It is considered a National Park and with the exception of the dark green fir trees and pine trees it also provides shelter to rare and one-of-a-kind species of flora and fauna.

"Saint Gerasimos" monastery

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Is the place where Saint Gerasimos, the island’s patron saint, spent a great part of his life from around 1550 as a monk in Kefalonia, where he established the monastery which cared for the poor people and became a center for charity.

Saint Gerasimos is believed by natives of Kefalonia to protect them and heal them of illness. After his death, and after the eras of Kefalonias occupation from foreign powers, his corpse is now guarded, protected and exposed to pilgrimage.
All the Kefalonians gather there on August 16th and October 20th each year to celebrate the Saint.

"Saint Andreas" monastery

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The monastery was founded during the Byzantine era and re-established in 1579 when three local spiritual sisters bought the land where the chapel of the Apostle Andrew once stood and started a small nunnery. In 1639 the princess Roxane started her monastic life. The wealthy princess dedicated a large amount of money to the monastery and brought a valuable spiritual treasure from Mount Athos - the Holy remains of "Apostle Andrew's" the right foot (sole).
The monastery also has an ecclesiastical Byzantine museum founded in 1988 which is located in the old church. The art treasures found there date between 1300-1900 AD.

Argostoli city

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The capital of Kefalonia since 1757 stands on the far end of the natural bay surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. The town was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953. It is a picturesque town, built on hills surrounding the lagoon of Koutavos and the natural-formed harbour.
This modern and cosmopolitan town is quite busy especially during the summer season offering a vast variety of interesting features, activities and services. All around town and at its outskirts are situated a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that cover all tastes and budgets.
- Key Points -
• Vallianos Square, the town’s central square is a large and pleasant square surrounded by many restaurants, cafes and bars.
• The pedestrian Street of ‘’Lithostroto’’ (Cobbled Street) is one the main commercial streets of the city filled with all kinds of shops,little cafes and the beautiful church of Saint Spyridon.
• The interesting clock tower of Campana Square.
• Korgialenios Library, is one of the largest libraries in Greece. It began its operation in 1925.It has around 53,000 volumes, and is housed in the same building as the History & Folklore Museum of Argostoli.
• The Korgialenios folklore museum was founded and opened its doors in 1960’s. It proudly displays innumerable elements from the beginning of the 15th century until 1848, and among its missions is to keep alive the memory of how Kefalonia was before the earthquake of 1953.
• De Bosset Bridge that visually separates Argostoli bay and Koutavos lagoon, is the world’s largest & longest stone bridge on a sea water body with length around 700 meters and in existence since 1800’s , built by the then British Governor of the island and engineer Charles Philippe De Bosset.
• Also within the city borders, there are two beautiful gardens. Napier’s Garden and the Botanical Garden. Napier Garden is named after one of Governors of Kefalonia –Charles Napier - contains a wide variety of trees in the heart of Argostoli and offers a romantic moment for every visitor.

Makris Gialos

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Makris Gialos lies on the south west part of the island.
Its name in greek means “Long beach” and it is considered one of the most famous & beautiful beaches of Kefalonia Island.
Accessible by 3 entry points, Makris Gialos is a perfect option for every guest as it combines uniquely the advantages of a highly organized beach (beach bars, watersports, sunbeds & umbrellas etc) with the absolute natural & undisturbed enviroment.
The golden sand with the crystal clear emerald-toned waters and the surrounding green landscape create a picture-like paradise.
Tavernas/Snack bar/cafes are situated either on or just above the beach offering its guests splendid views. Life guard tower and services are provided, and the beach has a ‘’blue flag’’ signage - an award/verification given by the Greek government to the beaches around Greece in-tuned with the strict quality criteria.

Katavothres

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Fanari

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"Katavothres" is one of the rarest natural phenomenons in the world. Large quantities of seawater pass inland through the rocks & sand at this location near Saint Theodori lighthouse in the outskirts of Argostoli and just few minutes’ drive from the suburb Lassi, covering a distance of around 26km,and re-appearing in the village of Karavomilos near Sami and more specifically in the lake-cave of Melissani.
"Fanari" as the local's refer to it, is the lighthouse of "Agioi Theodori" (Saint Theodores). It is one of the main attractions and trademarks of Argostoli city and  is located on a man-made peninsula close to the city.
It is a unique circular structure, based on 20 white Doric architectural style columns and its tower is 8 m tall. It was built when Charles Napier was governor of Kefalonia, in 1928. Destroyed by the earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1964 according to its original architectural design, by Takis Pavlatos, a local architect. It offers not only a guiding light for the incoming and outgoing ships, but also a classical, romantic spot for locals and visitors.

"Xi" beach

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"Xi" beach
It is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches of Paliki.
With fine red sand and clear shallow waters, terminating in clay rocks is a unique landscape in Kefalonia.   A sheltered and family friendly beach with activities for everybody, featuring vibrating beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas and watersports facilities. Mix water and gray clay from the cliffs and create a wonderful, natural mud mask. An exotic landscape awaits for you when the sun sets, where hues of red and blue mix together in a never before seen combination.
Additionally, situated nearby, is the famous ‘’Kounopetra’’, a rock in the sea swinging rhythmically with palpitating movements is one of the most paradoxical phenomenones of the island.

Lixouri city & Paliki Municipality

Lixouri city & Paliki Municipality
On the opposite of Argostoli bay, in the peninsula of "Paliki", people meet a different and equally unique aspect of the island's lifestyle and mentality, in the town of "Lixouri".
Lixouri is the 2nd largest city of the island - a little more restful & relaxing than Argostoli, yet equally charming and picturesque. With the majority of the aspects & services as found in Argostoli - Lixouri is a great place for its permanent residents as well as its guests. It has a port servicing the regular yearly non-stop ferry itinerary between Argostoli & Lixouri , as well as the private boats and yachts .
Lixouri is accessible from Argostoli city, through sea with the ferry and through land with the distance from Argostoli being 30km.
Paliki is also "home" to some of the best sights of the island like:
• The Monastery of "Kipouria": The Monastery counts more than 250 years of existence , having been established in 1759 and is dedicated it to the Annunciation. It took its name from the many gardens (“kipoi” in greek) maintained there by the monks. It is built on a plateau of a rock, 100m above the sea level , in a unique landscape. It has view to the west with a courtyard for guests to attend one of the most spectacular sunsets of Kefalonia .
• Petani beach: It is on the western side of the peninsula of Palliki.  It is located in a curved bay at the foot of a mountain serpentine. It is pebbly with crystal clear aquamarine waters and offers one of the best  sunset-view spots in the island.

"Melissani" cave lake

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Melissani lake cave
It is a wonderful underground lake with sublime stalactites, where according to the excavations in 1960’s, worship of God Pan took place in historical times.
The ceiling of the cave collapsed after an earthquake and that gave the cave-lake its additional charm. Especially, when the waters illuminated by the sun’s rays, exquisite colours are reflected on the lake water and the stalagmites, algae & moss, create a unique and unforgettable picture.

"Drogarati" cave

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Drogarati cave
Drogarati Cave with the stalactites & stalagmites is one of the most impressive caves.
The entrance of the cave, revealed by a strong earthquake occurred more than 300 years ago, presenting this miracle of nature that opened to the public in the 1960’s and has a depth of 60m. An astonishing marvel of more than 150 million years old, crafted gradually by nature. Many concerts have taken place in this grand natural hall over the years, as the cave offers spectacular acoustics.

"Myrtos" beach

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Myrtos beach
Myrtos could be called as the island’s paradise on earth.
Deep turquoise blue waters embraced by white sand leading to dazzling white pebbles and framed by tall, steep cliffs, will seduce your vision to the endless horizon.
Myrtos offers enchanting views from the very first sight.
Multi awarded and renown, it stands at the top of the list of the best Greek beaches and ranks among the best worldwide, for more than ten consecutive years.

"Assos" village

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Assos village
"Assos" Village & fortress are a real ornaments dominating the whole area from the hilltop of the Assos Peninsula. It is surrounded by a luscious green scenery.Pine & cypress trees along with the crystal clear aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea, create a unique combination and make Assos an ideal setting for relaxing vacations.
The fortress was built by the Venetians to protect the inhabitants against raids launched by pirates and conquerors  in 1593. The ruins of the castle are open for visits in the summer period.

"Fiscardo" village

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Fiscardo village
Fiscardo is a village & port in the northernmost point of Kefalonia.
A beautiful traditional village resembling a painting, with unique charm & cosmopolitan style. Fiscardo was left virtually unscathed by the 1950's quake and still carries the traditional color, grace & beauty throughout the years.
The port promenade is brimming with fine restaurants, taverns, cafes & shops. From Ficardo there is also a regular connection with other parts of Greece, through the direct & quite frequent ferry itineraries to "Lefkada Island".

"Saint Gerasimos" monastery

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Saint Gerasimos monastery
Is the place where Saint Gerasimos, the island’s patron saint, spent a great part of his life from around 1550 as a monk in Kefalonia, where he established the monastery which cared for the poor people and became a center for charity.

Saint Gerasimos is believed by natives of Kefalonia to protect them and heal them of illness. After his death, and after the eras of Kefalonias occupation from foreign powers, his corpse is now guarded, protected and exposed to pilgrimage.
All the Kefalonians gather there on August 16th and October 20th each year to celebrate the Saint.

"Saint Andreas" monastery

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Saint Andreas monastery
The monastery was founded during the Byzantine era and re-established in 1579 when three local spiritual sisters bought the land where the chapel of the Apostle Andrew once stood and started a small nunnery. In 1639 the princess Roxane started her monastic life. The wealthy princess dedicated a large amount of money to the monastery and brought a valuable spiritual treasure from Mount Athos - the Holy remains of "Apostle Andrew's" the right foot (sole).
The monastery also has an ecclesiastical Byzantine museum founded in 1988 which is located in the old church. The art treasures found there date between 1300-1900 AD.

"Saint George"s castle

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Saint George's castle
The Venetian castle and citadel of Saint George was built around 800 years ago , it was the island’s first capital from 1500 to 1757, when Argostoli became the capital of the island.
Within a 600-metre perimeter of walls, residents they could spot pirate ships as far as 20 miles away on a clear day. Today, the castle is mostly ruined and only a few of the buildings survive and open for visits especially during the summer season.

"Aenos" (Ainos) Mountain

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Aenos (Ainos) Mountain
The highest mountain in the Ionian Sea , is the mountain with a distinct dark green fir tree species on its slopes, called by the Venetians «Monte Nero» (black mountain) which had played a very significant role in the context of the island’s development.
It is considered a National Park and with the exception of the dark green fir trees and pine trees it also provides shelter to rare and one-of-a-kind species of flora and fauna.

Argostoli city

Argostoli
The capital of Kefalonia since 1757 stands on the far end of the natural bay surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. The town was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953. It is a picturesque town, built on hills surrounding the lagoon of Koutavos and the natural-formed harbour.
This modern and cosmopolitan town is quite busy especially during the summer season offering a vast variety of interesting features, activities and services. All around town and at its outskirts are situated a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that cover all tastes and budgets.
- Key Points -
• Vallianos Square, the town’s central square is a large and pleasant square surrounded by many restaurants, cafes and bars.
• The pedestrian Street of ‘’Lithostroto’’ (Cobbled Street) is one the main commercial streets of the city filled with all kinds of shops,little cafes and the beautiful church of Saint Spyridon.
• The interesting clock tower of Campana Square.
• Korgialenios Library, is one of the largest libraries in Greece. It began its operation in 1925.It has around 53,000 volumes, and is housed in the same building as the History & Folklore Museum of Argostoli.
• The Korgialenios folklore museum was founded and opened its doors in 1960’s. It proudly displays innumerable elements from the beginning of the 15th century until 1848, and among its missions is to keep alive the memory of how Kefalonia was before the earthquake of 1953.
• De Bosset Bridge that visually separates Argostoli bay and Koutavos lagoon, is the world’s largest & longest stone bridge on a sea water body with length around 700 meters and in existence since 1800’s , built by the then British Governor of the island and engineer Charles Philippe De Bosset.
• Also within the city borders, there are two beautiful gardens. Napier’s Garden and the Botanical Garden. Napier Garden is named after one of Governors of Kefalonia –Charles Napier - contains a wide variety of trees in the heart of Argostoli and offers a romantic moment for every visitor.

Fanari & Katavothres

Fanari & Katavothres
▢ "Katavothres" is one of the rarest natural phenomenons in the world. Large quantities of seawater pass inland through the rocks & sand at this location near Saint Theodori lighthouse in the outskirts of Argostoli and just few minutes’ drive from the suburb Lassi, covering a distance of around 26km,and re-appearing in the village of Karavomilos near Sami and more specifically in the lake-cave of Melissani.
▢ "Fanari" as the local's refer to it, is the lighthouse of "Agioi Theodori" (Saint Theodores). It is one of the main attractions and trademarks of Argostoli city and  is located on a man-made peninsula close to the city.
It is a unique circular structure, based on 20 white Doric architectural style columns and its tower is 8 m tall. It was built when Charles Napier was governor of Kefalonia, in 1928. Destroyed by the earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1964 according to its original architectural design, by Takis Pavlatos, a local architect. It offers not only a guiding light for the incoming and outgoing ships, but also a classical, romantic spot for locals and visitors.

Makris Gialos

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Makris Gialos beach
Makris Gialos lies on the south west part of the island.
Its name in greek means “Long beach” and it is considered one of the most famous & beautiful beaches of Kefalonia Island.
Accessible by 3 entry points, Makris Gialos is a perfect option for every guest as it combines uniquely the advantages of a highly organized beach (beach bars, watersports, sunbeds & umbrellas etc) with the absolute natural & undisturbed enviroment.
The golden sand with the crystal clear emerald-toned waters and the surrounding green landscape create a picture-like paradise.
Tavernas/Snack bar/cafes are situated either on or just above the beach offering its guests splendid views. Life guard tower and services are provided, and the beach has a ‘’blue flag’’ signage - an award/verification given by the Greek government to the beaches around Greece in-tuned with the strict quality criteria.