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THE ISLAND of Kefalonia

Around Kefalonia
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Kefalonia, Kefallinia, or whatever it's called...

Kefalonia? Kefallonia? Kefallinia? Cephalonia? Cephallinia? Surely an island with that many names has an identity crisis? Well to some degree that's true. It's definitely Greek - it prides itself on never having succumbed to Ottoman rule - but it has been ruled by several other nations. The biggest foreign influence has been Venetian, still evident in the architecture, notably in Fiskardo which largely survived the earthquake of 1953. But the French and the English have been here too - pre-war Argostoli probably had more in common with Paris than Athens.

And the name? Kefalonia is the most faithful to the modern Greek spelling... but even the Greeks have at least two valid names!

Beautiful villages

Assos, Fiskardo, Ayia Efimia... Kefalonia has a wealth of picture-postcard coastal villages which rank as must-sees for even the shortest stay on the island. Find out more.

Stunning beaches
Pessada beach

Kefalonia's beaches would require a lifetime to exhaust... the sandy beaches near Villa Jasmine offer some of the best swimming, but there are countless others. Myrtos beach is the most photographed in all of Greece, whilst on the eastern side of the island the mainly pebbly beaches have some fabulous views of nearby Ithaca. Find out more.

Ancient sites, ruined castles
the Kastro

Having suffered continually from earthquakes, Kefalonia has fewer ancient ruins than other areas of Greece. And Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, has no remains to show for it... though the controversy about where ancient Ithaca actually was may have something to do with that. Nevertheless, there are a number of sites worth a trip such as the ruined castle of St George.

Fascinating geology...
Melissani Lake

Kefalonia is a geological puzzle, quite apart from the earthquakes. At Katavothres, just to the north of Argostoli, the sea literally disappears into the ground (not all at once!), and reappears on the other side of the island at the undreground Melissani Lake. The nearby Drgorati caves are also worth a visit. Find out more.

St Gerassimos

Kefalonia has hundreds of beautiful churches, all dripping with gold and decorated with brightly coloured frescoes depicting the deeds of the numerous orthodox saints. The biggest of these is St Gerasimos (the island's patron saint), in the Omala valley. Here they wheel out the mummified body of the saint himself twice a year (August and October), an occasion accompanied by marching bands, processions, and a giant flea market.


And of course, Kefalonia's focal point is the capital, Argostoli. Here you will find most of the shops, lots of the bars & restaurants, but also musuems, theatre, open-air cinema and lots more besides.

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