the island of contrasts
Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian. The climate of Kefalonia is temperate with mild winters, relatively cool summers and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. It is the island of contrasts that combines in the same space the uniqueness of the mountain with the care-freeness of the sea. In addition, the variety of the geographical outline with the constant changes of the landscape, endow Kefalonia with a special and unique beauty.
Points of Interest
The Fortress of Agios Georgios is located in the village of Peratata at an altitude of 300m. and was probably built during the 12th century AD. by the Byzantine emperors. It is approximately 16,000 sq.m. and a perimeter of 600 meters. Within the walls were public and private buildings, churches, prisons and water tanks.
The visitor will also see the ruins of the Catholic church of Agios Nikolaos and a tunnel that led from the castle to the lagoon of Koutavos and was used in case of danger. This castle was actually the capital of the island until 1757, when Argostoli became the new capital, and was severely damaged in the earthquakes of 1636, 1637 and 1953.
St. Gerasimos is the patron saint of the island. In the monastery, the image of the Saint is kept, which is visited by thousands of visitors every year. Inside the old church of the monastery is the entrance to the cave where St. Gerasimos practiced and which you can visit.
On August 16, when the memory of the Saint is celebrated, a huge festival is held in his honor.
Argostoli is located in the southern part of the island and has been the capital of Kefalonia since 1797. It is amphitheatrically built in the heart of Koutavos Bay and has a well-organized port. It is the largest city of the island, with rich commercial activity. Its architecture is influenced by all the Ionian elements, dominated by red roofs and large terraces.
Here you can find anything you want and need, walk to Lithostrotos along which you will find many shops, cafes, bars and nightclubs
Lixouri is the second largest city of the island. It is located in the south-western part of Kefalonia, opposite Argostoli where they are connected by ferry. Lixouri was called “piccolo Parigi” – little Paris – because of the small river that divides the city into two parts, like the Seine divides Paris.
This nickname also arises from the intense cultural activity of the city. The patron saint of the city is the famous local writer and poet, Andreas Laskaratos, whose statue has been placed on the beach avenue.
A small state that lacks nothing! From supermarkets for food supplies, to elegant shops for shopping and a variety of restaurants, patisseries, bars on the beach road, which becomes a pedestrian street for a walk in the evening. And of course – needless to say – there is a health center, a pharmacy and a dentist’s office.
The city is crowned by two hills of exceptional beauty, Paleokastro – the Old Acropolis – and Agios Fanentes, where there are ruins of Roman houses. At a distance of 1 kilometer you find the village of Dihalia, known from the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, as they had created the scenery for the village there. If you visit the area, there are no remnants of the filming, as the script also predicted the great earthquake of 1953 that destroyed everything.
However, you will enjoy the ride!!! From the same road you can walk to the Monastery of Agrilion dedicated to the Virgin Mary, for an excellent goddess towards the Island of Ithaca and the bay of Antisamos.
Agia Efimia, the picturesque fishing village that transforms in the summer months into a sheltered anchorage for yachts and sailboats. A multitude of restaurants, taverns, bars await you, while on your way from Sami, stop for a swim in one of the many tiny coves you will come across.
Don’t miss going up to the Themata Monastery, 6 km away, by car or on foot if you’re a nature lover. From the holly forest you will have the port of Agia Efimia and the island of Ithaca at your feet.
Assos is a small and picturesque fishing village 36 kilometers from Argostoli. It has about 100 inhabitants and is one of the most picturesque and beautiful villages of the island. The ruins of a 16th century Venetian castle dominate there.
Assos is built on a small peninsula with the same name. Its traditional and charming atmosphere is created by the hospitality of the inhabitants, the traditional architecture, the narrow streets and the excellent tavernas perched on the quay, overlooking the bay.
welcome to Fiskardo, the picturesque and beautiful harbor at the northern tip of Kefalonia. Of the approximately 365 villages on this large and diverse island, Fiskardo is unique in that it was left almost unscathed by the great earthquake of 1953, which destroyed most of the island’s traditional buildings. Thousands of yachtsmen visit this picturesque cove every year.
Fiskardo at night takes on a completely different perspective. The lights, the old buildings, the cafes, bars and restaurants combine to offer a magical Mediterranean atmosphere… Another Kefalonia village surrounded by nature and with enchanting beaches.
This is regarded as the most famous beach of Kefalonia. The beach has been awarded with a blue flag and has been named 11 times as the best beach in Greece.
It stands out for its turquoise waters and white small pebbles while it is surrounded by a green hill with a lot of vegetation that reaches the ends of the coast.
Antisamos is a beach located near the town of Sami. It is a blue flag beach where many scenes of the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” were filmed there. A picturesque place with indescribable waters. A wild landscape and a landscape that will blow your mind.
The beach of Antisamos is an organized beach with restaurants, water sports and sunbeds for bathers. You can also reach the beach by walking through the beautiful paths that look like they have been taken out of a fairy tale.
Xi beach is located a few kilometers south of the town of Lixouri. The access is very easy and the parking very spacious. It is a very long beach that is famous for the color of its sand, which is red!
The waters are very shallow for several meters and the bottom is covered with fine sand. on Xi beach there is a canteen, a café and you can rent umbrellas and sun-beds. In addition, the beach is ideal for water sports, such as jet skiing, water skiing, etc.
Skala is located in the south-eastern corner of the island. The village of Skala is, among other things, famous for its fantastic beach. The beach of Skala is 3 kilometers long and varies from point to point giving you the possibility to choose the one that best suits your taste and mood.
Thick sand or colored pebbles, somewhere calm to read your book and enjoy the sound of the sea or somewhere central with company or family. You can also find scuba diving and many watersports.
Assos beach can be described as a “family” beach, as it is located in the center of the village, opposite the Kastro peninsula, thus giving the impression of a protected lake.
It is covered with pebbles and the bottom is very shallow and covered with white sand. Just behind the beach, a few meters away, there is a row of quaint buildings, cafes and shops. The beach is suitable for children as it is very shallow and safe.