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KEFALONIA

Blessed with some of the most beautiful and impressive beaches of the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is a place where you can spend days without exhausting your choices: The ring roads offer adrenaline-filled rides and addictive views of the deep blue Ionian Sea and the steep slopes of the Adriatic coastline while the unique black fir tree on the peaks of the Ainos mountains (National Park) and the herds of cows and small wild horses galloping on the slopes around the Zoodochos Pigi monastery are good reasons to entice you to the mountains.

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Fiskardo

The ultimate postcard-like beauty on the island, Fiskardo is built amphitheatrically around the northernmost bay of Kefalonia and is the main port of reception for boats across the Ionian Sea, connecting by ferry to Lefkada and Ithaca. With the Venetian Lighthouse dominating the picturesque harbour with its colourful houses and cobblestone alleys, it really looks like a cinematic scene that as you walk through it, you wait from time to time for the talented Mr. Ripley to jump out and enjoy delicious shellfish spaghetti in the harbour’s famosi taverns.

Argostoli and Lixouri

The former is the capital of the island, and the big competitor is the second one; the two largest cities of Kefalonia stand back to back in the Koutavos lagoon, as if to illustrate the proverbial rivalry. Argostoli, of course, has been gaining ground in recent years, with a multitude of redevelopment plans giving a modern vibe to its spacious squares and endless promenade, while the Drapanos Bridge remains a landmark ideal for romantic strolls in the middle of the most secluded part of the lagoon. Lixouri, of course, does not give up arms, opposing interesting pieces of architecture, with the spearhead being the neoclassical building of the Iakovatou Library, but also the proximity to beaches – emblems of the island, such as Xi and Petani.

 

Melissani Lake Cave

Near Sami, the main harbour of the island, and in the Karavomilos area, Melissani Lake Cave is one of the most important treasures of the island’s natural beauty: 20 meters below ground level, its crystal clear but freezing waters invite daring visitors to dive in, following the enchanting iridescence of the sunlight diving through the hole in the vaulted roof. The visit includes boating in the lake cave, whose its charm fully justifies its second name as the Cave of the Nymphs, derived from the ancient history of the islet in the most sunless part of the cave, as a place of worship for the god Pan.

Beaches

Σε μια από τις μεγαλύτερες συλλογές παραλιών σε νησί της Ελλάδας, τον πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο κρατά ο εντυπωσιακός και εκθαμβωτικά λευκός Μύρτος, με τα βαθιά γαλανά νερά. Μικρογραφία του Μύρτου αποτελούν οι Πετανοί στην άλλη πλευρά του νησιού, χολιγουντιανό αέρα έχει η παραλία της Αντίσαμου από τα γυρίσματα του «Μαντολίνου του Λοχαγού Κορέλι», ενώ οι πιο κοσμικές πλαζ είναι ο Μακρής και ο Πλατύς Γιαλός, που μονοπωλούν σχεδόν το ενδιαφέρον των Αργοστολιτών. Τα αμμουδερά Ποταμάκια, αλλά και τα Καμίνια, οργανωμένες με ομπρελοκαθίσματα, ενδείκνυνται για windsurf, το θέρετρο της Σκάλας προσφέρει υποδομές για χαλαρά θαλάσσια σπορ, το Ξι με την κεραμιδί αμμουδιά και τους πρασινισμένους απ’ τον φυσικό άργιλο λουόμενους είναι ένα απ’ τα εμβλήματα της επαρχίας Ληξουρίου. Τα Βάτσα έχουν φανατικούς οπαδούς που συνδυάζουν την ψιλή παχιά αμμουδιά με το διάσημο ταβερνάκι, βότσαλο, κρυστάλλινα νερά και απομόνωση προσφέρει η απλόχωρη (και δυσπρόσιτη) Πλατιά Άμμος, ενώ το επίνειο της Αγίας Κυριακής (γενέτειρα της Αλέκας Παπαρήγα) είναι το λιμάνι που θα σας οδηγήσει (δια θαλάσσης) στη Φτέρη και το Αμοίδι, δύο από τις ομορφότερες παραλίες του Ιονίου.

 

Mandoles

Traditional candy generally found in the Ionian Islands, but especially in Kefalonia, made from almonds and sugar and stands out for the intense deep red colour of the crunchy caramel overlay: this comes from a kind of seaweed used by locals to colorize food, both its name and popularity date back to the Venetian times.

Robola

An instant acquaintance with the flavours and smells of the flatland of Kefalonia is Robola; a wine that is crisp in taste and fruity in aromas, produced from grapes on the slopes of Mount Ainos. With its distinctive aromas of citrus flowers, peaches, limes and apples, it is the perfect accompaniment to the fresh seafood delicacies served in the island’s villages.

Meat pie

A full meal capable of filling the stomach for a whole day with just one piece, meat pie is the challenge dish for any housewife of Kefalonia who wants to earn her apron. Thick phyllo on top and bottom, and in between a feast of textures and flavours; a mix of cooked lamb and pork, rice, spices and herbs. Equally traditional, but less popular, is the cod pie, with both dish daily occupying the menus at the island’s tavernas

RESTAURANTS

Useful phone numbers

Tourist Police: 2671022100

Airport: 2671029900

Port Authorities: 2671022224

KTEL: 2671022281

Radio Taxi: 2671022700

General Hospital: 2671038080

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