ILIA VILLA SKALA KEFALONIA

ATTRACTIONS

MELISSANI LAKE

(Karavomylos Kefalonia)

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The subterranean lake of Melissani was discovered in 1951 by the speleologist Gianni Petrochilo.
The internal part has collapsed along with a major part of the roof revealing a marvellous view.

Crystal clear waters and unique geophysical sculptures, seen from a boat that guides you through the entire lake.
An unforgettable experience.


DROGARATI CAVE

(Sami Kefalonia)


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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 60m. from the ground level and it is open for the public since 1963.

It's got many stalactites and stalagmites created from the rain. In the big hall of the cave (900m2), call "Sala of Apotheosis" because of its perfect acoustics, are organized music and other shows.


MOUNT AENOS

aenos kefaloniaWords cannot describe the awesomeness of this majestic mountain. Mount Aenos is an exceptional natural preserve boasting a forest of the unique black firs of Kefalonia (abies cephalonica). Aenos became widely known as the Monte Negro of Greece due to the dark color of the trees that seemed black when seen from far away.
This beautiful National Park hosts a great variety of flora species and a rich fauna including reptiles and birds, such as the hawk, the woodpecker and the blackbird. The most important mammal found here, but unfortunately is under extinction, is the famous Aenos wild horse, which belong to the Pindos breed and is small and very strong. Become a part of nature's magic.


VENETIAN CASTLE OF AGIOS GEORGIOS

(Peratata Kefalonia)

saint georgeThe Fortress of Agios Georgios is located at the village Peratata on a 300 m altitude and was probably constructed during the 12th century AD by Byzantine Emperors. It’s about 16.000 m2 and its surrounding walls are approximately 600 m long. Inside the walls there were public and private buildings, churches, food and ammunition warehouses, barracks, hospitals, prisons and water tanks.
Visitors will also see the remnants of the catholic church of Agios Nikolaos and a tunnel that led from the castle to the lagoon of Koutavos and it was used in case of emergency exit. This castle was actually the capital of the island till 1757, when Argostoli became the new capital, but it was heavily damaged during the earthquakes of 1636, 1637 and 1953.


SAINT GERASIMOS MONASTERY

(Valsamata Kefalonia)

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The beautiful Monastery of St. Gerasimos is a must-see.

Close by, the old church, which is built above the tomb and cave where the Saint lived, holds the Saint's relics.

In 16th of August, in which a great miracle occurred, a huge bazaar takes place.

 


ARGOSTOLI

argostoliArgostoli is situated at the southern part of the island and its the capital of Cephalonia since 1797. It is built amphitheatrically at the heart of the deep golf of Koutavos and it has a well organised port. It is the biggest town of the island with rich trade activity, a town that looks to the sea.

The architecture is influenced by all the Ionian elements where overmaster the red roofs and wide terraces. Its town planning is modern with large streets and many roads for pedestrians. You can visit the Archeological Museum, the Folk Museum, enjoy walking or shopping at the pedestrian road of Lithostroto or by the waterfront. Plenty café and restaurants can be found around the central square of the town, operating from morning till late hours.


LIXOURI

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Lixouri is the second biggest town of the island. It is situated at the south-western part of the island, in front of Argostoli and the two of them are connected with a ferry boat.
Lixouri was called "piccolo Parigi"- small Paris - because of a small river that divides the town in two parts, like Sicuana divides Paris. This nick name though comes true because of the intense cultural activity of the town.

Protector Saint of the town is the famous local author and poet, Andreas Leskaratos, whose statue overmasters the coastal avenue with its back turned to Argostoli.


SAMI VILLAGE

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Sami is the ideal place to settle and organize your excursions. Either you have a car or not, you will find so many things that are worth to pay a visit.

You will find a variety of shops, atm machines, super markets and taverns serving local wine and excellent fresh fish. Everything you need is just a few minutes away. Sami also has a Health Center operating 24hrs in any case of emergency.

 


AGIA EFIMIA VILLAGE

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Agia Efimia is one of the most traditional and picturesque villages in Kefalonia. It is considered an ideal place to start your trips around the island, but also one of the most attractive ports opposite Ithaca.

In the summertime many sailing boats gather here to find supplies and a good rest from the more frequented places of the Ionian. Agia Efimia consists of a collection of tranquil bays with beautiful pebble beaches. Tourism is well organized in Agia Efimia, and the visitors may get all the services needed for a fine holiday.

 

MYRTOS BEACH

(Divarata Kefalonia)

myrtos kefaloniaMyrtos beach has been voted the most beautiful beach in Greece for several consecutive years. It's a blue flag beach, and was the location for several scenes of the movie Captain Corelli's mandolin.
From the road above you have the most stunning view of the beach, known for the contrast of the white pebble and the shades of blue that the currents create in the sea with the dark green of the area..
Here, you can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear seas or simply stretch out on the sands and wonder at the amazing, dream-like views all around you. There's also a useful small bar-taverna on the sands for refreshments when you need them.


ANTISAMOS BEACH

(Sami Kefalonia)

antisamosAntisamos is a beach located near the town of Sami. It's a blue flag beach where many scenes of the film "Captain Corelli's mandolin" where shot.
The ever emerald blue waters, the small white pebbles, the amazing view, the trees that reach all the way to the water are only few of its attractions. A wild scenery and a landscape that will blow your mind. Antisamos beach is full organised beach with restaurants, water sports and sun beds.
You can also get there from various walking trails throughout the local mountains, all of them offering an endless shade that seem to come out from a fairy tale.


MAKRIS & PLATIS GIALOS

(Argostoli Kefalonia)

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Makris Gialos is another beautiful blue flag beach, situated just outside Argostoli, in the Lassi area.

Near by the golden sandy beaches Makris Yialos and Platis Yialos giving excellent choice for a daily tour, combine sea activities and local tastes, if you are not stay in the area.


XI BEACH

(Lixouri Kefalonia)

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The beach of Xi is situated a few kilometres south of the town of Lixouri. Access is very easy and the car parking is very spacious.

It is a very long beach and it is famous for the colour of its sand which is red! The water is very shallow at a distance of many meters and the seabed is covered with thin sand.

In Xi there is a canteen, a cafe and you may rent umbrellas and deck chairs. Moreover, Xi is ideal for water sports such as jet ski, sea ski, parachute, etc.




PETANOI BEACH

(Lixouri Kefalonia)

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Petani beach with its spectacular crystal waters.

From here you may enjoy the most beautiful sunset on the island.





ASSOS VILLAGE

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Assos is a small and picturesque fishing village 36 kilometers away from Argostoli.
It is known for its imposing 16th century Venetian fortress. The fortress was built in 1585, when Assos became the capital of the northern part of the island, and it is a typical masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture. Today, one can still see the ruins of the walls, the house of the Venetian chief-master, military buildings and St Marco's church.

The beach of Assos can be described as a "family" beach, as it is located at the centre of the village, facing the peninsula of the Castle, thus giving the impression of a protected lake. It is covered with pebbles and the seabed is very shallow and covered with white sand. Exactly behind the beach, at a few meters distance, there is a row of picturesque buildings, which are cafes and shops. The beach is quite crowded and it is very suitable for children, given that it is very safe.


FISKARDO VILLAGE

fiskardoWelcome to Fiscardo, the picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village on the Northern tip of Kefalonia. Of the approximate 365 villages on this large and diverse island, Fiscardo is unique in that it was left virtually unscathed during the great earthquake of 1953, that ruined most of the islands historic buildings.
Traditional fishing boats moor alongside the more extravagant temporary visitors during the summer. Fiscardo at night takes on an entirely different perspective. The lights, the old buildings, cafe, bars and restaurants all combine to provide a magical Mediterranean atmosphere..


POROS VILLAGE

poros kefaloniaPoros is the biggest district of new Elios – Pronnoi municipality. Is a beautiful, picturesque village, surrounded by the villages Tzanata, Asprogerakas, Kabitsata and Riza. It has a population of 1500 inhabitants.

Its port is a significant link between Kefalonia and continental Greece. It was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953, after the few fishermen’s houses were destroyed , it is harmonically constructed at the foot of the mountains Pahi and Atros.
A vast indented coastline, that is 2km long, abundant in sandy beaches and leeward ports, comprises its seafront. It also has ,many small beaches reached by 4X4 vehicles.

ACTIVITIES

SPECIAL CRUISES TO ITHACA AND OTHER DESTINATIONS

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You are about to set quest for hidden and unreachable beaches of Kefalonia, Ithaca, and Zante; an exploratory quest of the rich and beautiful sea bed of the surrounding area. 

A quest for care-free, relaxation and fun! Visit Zante, the island with the infamous shipwreck beach and the caved beaches.

 

You can also take a daily cruise to Ithaca, and explore the island of Ulysses, and take a stroll in the beautiful city of Vathi, or Kioni.

visit website: www.kefalonia-cruises.gr

BOAT RENTAL

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Boat rental is available at the areas of Agia Efimia and Fiscardo. 

You may think is difficult to sail a boat, but actually is so easy for anybody, if they give you some basic instructions and weather is perfect, you can enjoy a different day out.


Find your own tiny beach, feel close to the nature by swimming with no clothes, have a picnic by the seaside and feel free since you are far away from the civilized world. 


WALKING TRAILS

kefalonia walking trailsDiscover the hidden beauties of Kefalonia.
The island of Kefalonia is a true paradise for walkers. The climate of the island and the varied landscape mean that conditions are right for walking at any time of year, though Spring is the most beautiful season, when the island is in full bloom.
There are many walking trails on the island, which means that those who wish to explore on foot will have plenty of choice. All you need is a pair of trainers, a hat, sunglasses and a light rucksack for essential items like water.


DONKEY TREKKING

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Let yourself overcome by the peace and calmness of the donkeys and explore Kefalonia in a traditional way.


Another way to get the real Greek feeling is a ride on a donkey.

Experienced, English-speaking guide will lead you safely through some of the island's most stunning scenery along the hidden trekking trails he knows so well.

KEFALONIA ELEMENTS

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Kefalonia Elements provides unique and different ways to explore and experience the breathtaking Ionian island of Kefalonia.

We can try Trekking, Caving, Sea Kayaking, Climbing – Rappel and 4x4 wanderings. Is an alternative way of life for those like to risk and try new experiences.

 



WINE TOUR

kefalonia robola

 

If you do not walk through a vineyard and taste the unique local wines, it will be as if you have missed the true flavor of the island.

Explore the secrets of Kefalonia wine and meet some of the most important producers of the island like the Robola Cooperative winery producing the famous Robola Wine.

 


KEFALONIA CUISINE

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A major attraction of Kefalonia Island is its delectable local delicacies.


We recommend selecting one of the many small taverns and restaurants in Agia Efimia that serve scrumptious local cuisine, including dishes such as fresh seafood, kreatopita, mpakaliaropita, aliada as well as local feta cheese which are all made just a bit tastier with a bottle of the Kefalonian wine of your choice.

 


SAILING

kefalonia sailing

 

Sail visiting typical Ionian Greek villages and secluded beaches on Kefalonia, Ithaca Lefkas and Meganisi.

An ideal way to go sailing and explore the beautiful secluded bays and beaches of the Ionian Islands on a very spacious and comfortable luxury catamaran...

For more tips and ideas on exploring Kefalonia visit Tips & Ideas on Exploring Kefalonia

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