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Fiskardo is a village and a community on the Ionian island of Kefalonia,Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of Erisos. It is the northernmost port of Kefalonia, a short distance from Ithaca. Fiskardo has a small and diminishing fishing fleet. The coast around Fiskardo is mainly rocky with numerous pebble-beached coves. The port serves ferry routes to the ports of Frikes (Ithaca) and Lefkada. It is 5 km north of Vasilikades, 24 km north of Sami and 32 km north of Argostoli. The community of Fiskardo consists of the villages Fiskardo, Evreti, Katsarata, Matsoukata and Tselentata. Fiskardo is also the name of the two kilometre long bay in which the port is located. Fiskardo and the dense forest in the surrounding area have been declared areas of great natural beauty and are protected under Greek law. In recent years a small tourist industry has developed, centred on luxury villas in the area around the village. Unlike most of Cephalonia, Fiskardo escaped from destruction by the 1953 Ionian earthquake and it has kept its original architecture. In Fiscardo lived the poet and writer Nikos Kavvadias (1910-1975).




In the northern part of Kefalonia lies a beautiful village, Assos, belonging to the municipality of Erisos. The village is built like an amphitheatre around the peninsula, surrounded by pine and cypress trees awaiting the visitor to discover it.

Prepare your camera because the scenery is absolutely unique. It is a traditional village which has retained the traditional Ionian architecture for the most part.

The astonishing attration of this village is its castle, which along with that of Agios Georgios is the most important of Kefalonia. It was built in the late 15th century to protect inhabitants from pirate raids. Great battles were fought here, in order to defend the islad of Kefalonia. In the early history the castle was used as a prison from the Greek government.





Myrtos Kefalonia: Myrtos is without a doubt one of the most important poles of attraction in Kefalonia. It is located 30km north of Argostoli, in a beautiful area around huge verdant hills. Myrtos beach has gained worldwide reputation and has been constantly included in travel magazines among the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world. It has been awarded many times for its cleanness and the natural beauty.

The beach has a semi-circular shape surrounded by impressive white rocky cliffs with lush vegetation on top of them creating a spectacular setting. The lush green area, the abrupt terrain, the white pebbles and the crystal waters compose a stunning scenery. The beach is well-organized at the most part with umbrellas and sundecks while a small part remains completely unspoilt, ideal for total isolation.
The natural beauty of Myrtos is the trademark of Kefalonia and one of the most photographed places in Greece. It is affected by the strong winds. The western coast of Myrtos offers spectacular sunset views. visitors have direct access to a wide range of facilities and a nice sack bar offering cold drinks. Myrtos is easily accessed by all means of transport. While descending the beach, you will enjoy some amazing views from above.



Antisamos Beach

This fantastic scenic horseshoe bay, lies just around the coast from Sami and can be first viewed from high up on your approach from Sami. The beach of Antisamos is one of the best known beaches of Kefalonia with a beautiful and attractive pebble beach and turquoise waters, surrounded by impressive fertile hills. Real untamed beauty. The natural outstanding beauty of the place is absolutely breathtaking!
Along the cliff top road people park their vehicles in order to capture the best views of this beach. The crescent sweep of sand , shingle and pebbles form a neat bed for people to rest and take in the scenery or slope off into the glorious clear waters. The stunning tree covered mountains sit majestically behind the bay and your eyes become dazzled by the enormality (sic) of dark green lushness that interrupts the blueness which is all around.
There is no shade on this Blue Flag beach, however there are beds and sunshades to rent. The facilities are limited, no watersports on offer here however there is a beach bar for refreshments and snacks.
Antisamos is the most popular beach of the north east coast of the island and is used by tourists staying in nearby Sami. In high summer the beach does get very busy and the car parking area tends to fill up so you may have to park further along the beach.
The beach was used as the Italian encampment in the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Before this film was shot the winding track which leads down to the beach was very rough, but it was resurfaced and is now much better for vehicles.



Agia Efimia

Aghia Efimia is a traditional fishing village and capital of the Pilaros region of Kefalonia. There has been at harbour at this site for centuries, however most of the local residents lived in the hills. Villages such as Drakopoulata, Dendrinata and Makrata provided some protection against the pirate raids that plagued Kefalonia.
The village is centered around the harbour, lined by various tavernas, bars and shops. The harbourside is a lovely place for a meal or just for a drink and watch the world go by. Beautiful views of the island of Ithaca and the wonderful sunsets is one of the reasons most of the action is situated along the quay. If you are interested in Diving there is a diving school located here.
A good place to be based for exploring the rest of the island as it’s quite centrally located with most places being easily within reach, if you choose to have a hire vehicle which really is the best way of having the flexibility to stay and go and you please.
This quaint picturesque town which is has become popular with the yachting flotillas that appear religiously throughout the summer . Its easy to see why, with a long harbour and quay side cafes and bars and numerous little restaurants all snuggled into the foot of the surrounding mountains. Fiscardo located just north is now becoming very expensive hence the rising popularity of Aghia Efimia. As well as a mini market and gift shops there are also a few good late night music bars to frequent the evening in, however that’s about it, people take it slow here and nightlife is really all about a good meal in a local taverna with a stroll around the quay.
You need to venture out and wander around some of the cobbled back streets to really get a feel for this pretty village. The villagers take a lot of pride in their flowers, which Aghia Efimia has now become famous for. The most amazing colours and aromas will dazzle you. The Bougainvillea and Morning Glory almost seem to take over the buildings, gardens and pots in which they grow and the warm evening air fills with lovely herb smells. Various old villages and ruins are dotted throughout the hillsides, abandoned after successive earthquakes, these are worth a visit as they are quite atmospheric and eerie, and provides an insight past village life.
If a beach based holiday is your idea then perhaps this village is not for you as it only has a typical small town beach on the front.
Along the coastal road running into Sami you will find dozens of lovely small beaches with pebbles and stratified rocks and crystal blue waters to bathe in.
The local church is the church of Saint Efimia, after the evening service on 10th July, the evening before the feast day of Saint Efimia, there is usually a barbecue and dancing to celebrate the feast day. Historical interests include a mosaic floor which was discovered it had either been part of a Roman villa or had been the original floor in the Church of Aghia Efimia. On May Day there is a flower and book show followed by festivities on the beach. In 1953 this village was destroyed by the Ionian Earthquakes, very few original buildings survived, with the help of the French it was rebuilt and resembles a small provincial town with a harbour.
You can catch a ferry from the harbour over to Ithaca, these run daily although you will have to check with the ferry company as times vary. Before the 1953 earthquakes this small town was one of Kefalonia’s most important centers of trade. There were stately homes and mansions, one still stands on the right-hand side on edge of town.
Before then most people lived in the hills behind the village and came down to the area of Aghia Efimia after the Earthquake. They left the ruined hillside villages abandoned.
The local residents once made their income from farming, in particular feta production, and from fishing. Most of the local residents work in the tourist industry very few actually fish for a living. Today the village is dependent on tourism and as Aghia Efimia grows in popularity, more accommodation is needed, this leads to more development within the area. Presently the village is charming, lets hope it stays a friendly personal place and doesn’t expand into a much larger resort.
Penelope Cruz and John Hurt chose to stay here during the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin




During the first exploration in 1951, an ancient lamp, which is now on display in the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, was found there. The excavations of 1962 were made by S. Marinos and produced few but important relics of a former Minoan culture on Cephalonia. Oil lamps, plates and figures show the god Pan and several nymphs. This is, why the cave is sometimes called Cave of the Nymphs. The lake was named after one of the nymphs, the nymph Melissanthi.

Lake Melissani has an absolute invisible specialty, which sounds pretty strange. The lake water is brackish, a mixture of sea water and sweet water. The cave is about 500m from the sea, and the water level is a meter higher than sea level, and the brackish water rises from a 30m deep cave system on one side of the cave and flows silently to the other end of the cave, flowing through narrow crevices into the sea.Here the water from the Katavothres on the other side of the island reappears. This was discovered by dye tracing experiments in 1959.

The cavern, once two big chambers, caved in several thousand years ago. Today the cave has the shape of a B, with two big water filled halls and an island in the middle. The first hall has a big oval opening to the surface, where the sunlight shines in. When the sun is directly overhead, its rays strike the ultramarine water, lighting the cave with blue light. So the best time to visit the cave is on a sunny day at the middle of the day. Nevertheless, a visit at the morning or in the evening has its own atmosphere. The boats seem to hover on a lake of blue light.




Drogarati Cave - impressive limestone formations

Drogarati's Cave, which is close to Sami, was discovered 300 years ago, when a part of it was destroyed because of a strong earthquake, and so the entrance was created. The cave's depth is 60 meters from the ground level, the temperature is 18 C and the humidity is 90%. Initially, the cave was developed and used by the community of Haliotata, under the supervision of the speleologist Mrs. Petrocheilos,and since 1963 it is open for the public.

Speleologists have confirmed that the cave has an extention, that, however is not approachable. That means that the cave is probably connected with other caves in the area. It's got many stalactites and stalagmites created from the rain, which comes through the rocky level of the cave, it corroses it and deposits its elements on the edge of the stalactites. A stalactite grows one cm every 100 years. Unfortunately, many stalactites are broken, some of them because of the earthquakes, some others because of human lack of sense for the magnificent natural piece of work. Tthe big hall of the cave (900m2), is called "Sala of Apotheosis" because of its perfect acoustics. It's therefore also used for concerts and other shows.



Saint Gerasimos

Agios Gerasimos - The patron saint of Kefalonia

Agios Gerasimos is the patron saint of the island. On its feast day, the monastery is swarming with pilgrims. According to tradition, he was born in Trikala of Corinthia and was a member of the famous Notaras family. He became a monk and spent twelve years in the Holy Land and five years in Zakynthos. He came to Kefalonia in 1560 and stayed in the cave of the same name, south of Argostoli. Later, he founded the monastery and took residence there until his death on the 16th of August, 1579. Two years later, on the 20th October, 1581, his relics were placed inside the monastery. He was canonized in 1622. At the courtyard, there is a big plane tree and a well, which is said to have been dug by the saint himself. Inside, there is a trap-door where he is said to have spent the greater part of his life. On the 16th of August and the 20th of October, big festivals and processions take place. Many miracles are connected to the saint's relics and icon.



Argostoli - Lassi

Lassi as a resort has developed due to its amazing beaches of golden sand. The two main beaches are Makris Yialos (Greek for 'long sandy beach') and Platis Yialos (wide sandy beach). The beach shelves gently into beautifully clear and clean waters providing a safe haven for children. The beaches are accessed at various points by steps or slopes and these are well sign-posted from the lanes that run parallel to the main road which runs from Lassi into Argostoli.

On the beaches of Lassi the area is divided up into different territories according to the operator's licence to offer catering facilities, rent out beach equipment or operate water-sports. Parts of the sandy beach are 'free seating' where you can take your beach-mat and own sun-shade. Other areas have been set up with sun-beds and beach umbrellas in place and in orderly lines. The largest of these is in the centre of Makris Yialos beach and has a snack bar with red, yellow and blue beach-umbrellas in front. Alternatively you can rent your beach equipment from a vendor and set it up to your own liking. The beaches here are usually quite busy from June to September.
In Lassi you will find a good selection of tavernas and restaurants, a few bars and mini-markets and a couple of souvenir shops. That's about as touristy as it gets on Kefalonia.
Life is centred around the beach or pool by day, taverna by night. Some of them offer Greek nights which vary from fun entertainment by the waiters to fully-costumed displays of Greek dancing. The locals are proud of their tradition of serenading and you may well hear some local renditions accompanied by guitar and mandolin as you take your evening stroll along Lassi 'strip'. There are a few lively bars in Lassi but not a lager-lout in sight! In the evening it's a few minutes' taxi ride into Argostoli town for more clubs and bars and late night shopping. Lassi is a perfect base from which to explore the whole island.



Xi Beach

The largely unknown region Paliki, set out into the western sea, is one of the most fertile in Kefalonia, there lies plenty of fields along with many tiny villages just waiting for the adventurous traveller to stop and seek.
Along its southern shore the resort of Xi, with it’s welcoming safe water and fine red sandy beach which is dressed in sun loungers and large fabric cotton parasols, which has a “days gone by look” about them. Be careful not to crash your head on these brollies as they have a thick metal rim and do not move like most lighter weight parasols.
The beach itself is situated a few kilometers south of the town of Lixouri. There is a good sized car park next to the beach.
It is a very long beach and it is famous for the colour of its sand which is reddish brown in shade.
Xi has whitish cliffs which drop into the turquoise waters either side of the blanket of reddish sand which looks quite amazing.
These cliffs have an appeal for the locals who say that they have medicinal powers to cure skin disorders ect and is generally good for the skins’ condition. They pick small handfuls of the cliff which is very soft and crumbly called glean then mix it with the sea water until it forms a paste then rub it onto the skin, some people use it all over the body. This coating is then left to dry on the skin. Basically it is a free clay mask!!
The water is very shallow and good for families, you can enter the sea and wade out quite a long way and always feel the soft sand between your toes, which is a bonus as on Kefalonia as many beaches require you to adorn rock shoes for your comfort as the seabed and even some of the beaches are often stony or rocky.
Just up from the beach is a good sized restaurant where you can have a drink or a meal. Surrounding area of Xi beach is quite lunar in appearance. This beach is best reached via taxi or hire car, unless you are staying in accommodation near the beach. There is no resort as such here, just somewhere to eat, relax, swim and sunbathe, so unlike Lassi, Skala, Poros and many other beach resorts there are no shops to wander around girls!!!! Perfect I can here the men saying.
There are however certain water sports available at the beach, including jet ski, water ski, banana, bike and beach volleyball.




Skala: Blue Flag. Watersports. Beautiful sandy beach with shallow waters backed by a small pine forest. Plenty of sun-beds and beach umbrellas available and choice of snack-bars. Water sports centre on the beach. This is one of the most popular beach resorts on the island.
From Skala beach you can walk for about 45 mins to one hour allong the coastline to reach Mounda beach.
Skala is a Greek village which has turned resort. Its main attraction is its long expanse of fine shingle and sand, gently shelving into the sea, with isolated coves in the surrounding area. There is a small high street 100 yards from the beach with shops and tavernas and streets branching off. Along the coast, Potamaki Beach is a haven for the rare loggerhead turtles, and this has now been declared a conservation area. Night-time 'turtle watches' are organised for those who wish to observe the creatures without threatening their survival. Historic sites include ruins of Roman buildings with lovely mosaics. A mile out of town archaeologists discovered a 7th century BC temple of Apollo, parts of which can be seen in the Argostoli museum. The 5-mile walk along the coast path to Poros is popular.



Kipouria Monastery



Kipouria Monastery stands majestically what can only be described as one of the most scenic and pretty locations in Kefalonia. It has stunning views overlooking the beautiful cobalt blue sea. “Kipos “means “Garden” in Greek. The monastery took that name because of the gardens that surrounded it.
Located about 15 kilometers from the town of Lixouri the roads from Lixouri to the monastery are of good condition, you will go through some quaint villages on the way.
The monastery has a cliff top location with vineyards next door that belong to the church.
The Monastery was founded in 1750 by the archbishop of Paxi, Chrisanthos Petropoulos.
The monastery has been badly damaged in the past. in 1915 it was bombarded by the French while in poor weather conditions the cruiser mistakenly took the chimney for the enemy’s ship.
Like most buildings on the island it was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1953 and one man alone, the monk who lives at the monastery, has restored the last remaining buildings painstakingly. Various Saints’ relics are kept in the monastery as well as the skulls of its founders.
The main feast days are 25 March and 14 September.
The monastery is open to visitors and fantastic views can be had in the courtyard. The sunset from here is wonderful. The peace and grandeur will mesmerise you.



Ammes Beach

One of the most famous beaches in the South West of Kefalonia is Ammes.
It was the first beach exploited for tourism in the municipality of Livathos, more than 20 years ago, when the Irina Hotel was built. Don't miss the chance to visit the magnificent village of Svoronata which has kept a lot of ancient houses from the XIXe century. Some buildings are ruined while others are restored and still inhabited (which is very rare nowadays). It's the best preserved village in the South of the island of Cephalonia.
The access by car to Ammes is easy and then you can park along the waterfront road. The beach of Ammes is around 100 meters long, which is usually enough to find space (except in August, when it could be rapidly crowded). In case it is crowded, you can find quieter places around to have a swim, but it will be on a rocky coastline, with hardly any sand. The beach consists of very beautiful sand with few big rocks and surrounded by small dunes. One can find umbrellas and deck-chairs to rent there, a beach-bar and plenty of restaurants on the waterfront or in the local village of Svoronata. You won't find any equipment for watersport and you have to prefer this beach to sunbathe. It's not advisable to swim far from the beach since there are dangerous currents in this part of Kefalonia. In case you think you've seen seen all the beaches, maybe you've missed this one !






Petani Beach

Petani beach lies on the north coast of Paliki. This beach is not so well known to British tourists as many of Kefalonia’s main resort beaches. One reason maybe the transport. You really need your own means of getting there , it maybe too expensive via taxi from some people accommodation base. Motor bike or car hire is the best option. Considered as a hidden gem, I think it has now been discovered. In 2003 I visited in the August/September and the beach was not at all busy, plenty of room on the beach, two other cars parked and hardly anyone in the first taverna. I revisited the year later (same time of year) and the approach winding road was full of cars and there was no room on the beach. A local told me most visitors were Greeks and Italians on their holidays.
Approached via a steep winding “adrenalin rush” cliff top road, which allows you to observe the beach in all it’s glory. Petani is a natural horseshoe shaped bay with huge commanding cliff which tumble down into the sea. The white shingle sand clashes in a frenzy of exploding colour as the changing shades of dark blue cobalt waters rush up onto the shoreline with white frothy breaking waves. It can get windy here and the water can become a little rough.
I call this beach mini Myrtos. From a vantage point above they look similar, with Petani being the smaller of the two. As a west-facing beach, this is a great place to bring an evening picnic and watch the sunset. You may wish to wear beach shoes for comfort as there are pebbles and rocks. Be aware as with most beaches where there are rocks there is also Sea Urchins.
Situated on the beach are two Tavernas. The first Taverna you see is called Grasuia’s Taverna. There is another one a stones throw away, however it has not been opened when I have been to Petani. A life guard tower is situated on the sands, and the beach has the blue flag. Local people are proud of their beach and local school children help to clean and maintain the beach.
The local people also call the beach “Xoura’s beach”, named after an old man who first opened a little tavern by the beach.
There is not much accommodation near to Petani beach, however there is a small amount development above the beach.


Kato Katelios is a friendly and relaxing resort with a laid back approach to life. Many people choose to revisit Katelios and it has built up a loyal following over the years. Katelios is in the south east of the island and is situated in a large, flat plain between the villages of Hionata, Mavrata, Markopoulo and Ratzakli. Katelios looks across the water to the nearby island of Zante and over to the Greek mainland and is surrounded by fertile agricultural land and rocky hills. Until recent years the village used to house just fishermen’s cottages and huts, some of which are still inhabited. Development of tourist’s accommodation has seen Katelios gradually grow into a holiday destination. The surrounding areas have some of the island’s most dramatic beaches which attracts people wanting a largely beach based holiday.
Ano Katelios, the old village, and is where most of the small resident population live while Kato Katelios is the relaxed holiday area which has slowly developed.
It is the sort of resort you can totally escape and relax.
The 1953 Earthquake destroyed nearly every village on the island and Kato and Ano Katelios were not sparred, they have since been rebuilt and the remains of an old church bell-tower can be found in Ano Katelios.
Katelios is located in a rural part of the island so nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers will be spoilt with the abundance of nature, which encases this part.
The village has a handful of shops and several tavernas. As far as attractions go apart from the beach and the shops, bars and tavernas which are dotted about, there really is not much more, so a relaxing away from it all beach based holiday it seems to have the right ingredients. Days can be spent relaxing on the two natural and uncomercialised beaches, whilst evenings can be spent mixing with the locals in the local tavernas and fish restaurants. Katelios holiday nightlife is largely restricted to good Greek-style tavernas serving mostly Greek food, and a few bars.
Katelios is a quiet resort; it has become popular with families and couples of all ages. There are a small handful of tavernas along the waterfront, which makes for a lovely setting to enjoy a cold drink or a bite to eat. Most of Katelios holiday accommodation is set back from the beach area into the valley behind. This includes small hotels, room to rent and apartments.
There is evidence that Katelios was a port and trading center way back in the Venetian period, witnessed by the remains of an old pier or mole in the bay.
There are Roman remains just behind the main Aghia Barbara beach which points to the fact there was a settlement in Katelios over 2000 years ago.
Some of the villagers are permanent residents and see the winter through here too. On the island a number of Kefalonia’s do not spend the winter months here, but spend them abroad or on the mainland. Once a fishing village, like so many other places on the island it now mainly thrives on tourism for the bulk of its income.
Katelios is also home to a group called ‘The Katelios Group’ this is a local NGO that seeks to research and protect the population of sea Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitats on the island of Kefalonia. The Katelios Group is involved also with other activities, such as teaching tourist children and local children the importance of the environment.
In spring local schools are invited to the Environmental Center. In the summer months an environmental festival is held in Katelios.
The Katelios Group hopes to promote the concept of sustainable development through programs of environmental awareness raising.
In WW2 a British submarine called HMS Perseus sank between Katelios and the neighbouring island of Zakynthos after striking a mine. There was sadly only one survivor named John Capes. Fishermen from Mavrata rescued this soul and sheltered him from occupying forces.
As with all destinations on this truly magnificent island, vehicle hire is an advantage to see all the splendor it has to hold.