As the largest Ionian island of Greece, Kefalonia offers tourists paradise-like experiences that include many kilometers of beautiful beaches. The dramatic mountain scenery and pine forests serve as background for fishing villages, traditional taverns and buildings in pastel shades, Venetian type. After having appearing in the Hollywood blockbuster “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, Kefalonia has had a plus in terms of tourism. Look what you can see and do in Kefalonia, perhaps the most beautiful island in the Ionian Sea.
Relax in Fiskardo during a hot afternoon. Known as the St Tropez of Greece, Fiskardo was once the richest fishing town of the country. With time, fishermen have lost importance and authority, and this is when the Fiskardo was reinvented into a destination spot for relaxation. Many international stars and celebrities were spotted by paparazzi in this splendid city. What makes a place so loved by tourists? It’s easy. The marine scenery, the rich specifics, the beauty of Venetian-style architecture, the houses colored in pastel shades and fascinating history of the city, the warmth of the locals and these are only a few things!
A fun fact about Fiskardo is that, in 2006, there was discovered a room full of gold jewelry, bronze goblets and dishes that lasted for over 2000 years. It was so well preserved during these last two millennia because it has been forgotten and rediscovered by chance and strangely, the doors’ pins are still functional.
Take a gondola ride on Lake Melissani. This underground lake was not discovered until 1951, when an explosion caused the roof to give way, leaving a massive hole in the cave ceiling. Get a boat and paddler and enjoy the clear waters of incredible electric-blue.
Explore the Drogarati caves. Drogarati Caves are less than 40 minutes’ walk from Arostoli and are breathtaking. They are situated 120 meters above sea level and have a depth of approximately 95 meters. Caverns with more than 150 million years old – you’ll definitely be impressed. Afterwards, you can climb down the rock steps and enter a quiet cavern adorned with stalactites and stalagmites.
See the Loggerhead turtles in the Gulf of Argostoli. Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia. Here you will find restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. But the most important thing when it comes to this city is the Loggerhead turtles. In the morning, between nine and eleven the turtles are patrolling the gulf beaches, waiting for the fishermen to leave behind the fish that could not be sold. Sitting a few meters from them and watching them in their natural habitat is an experience that cannot be experienced in any zoo.
Find paradise on Myrtos Beach. You will recognize this beach as soon as you see her. Myrtos Beach is one of the most beautiful and most photographed beaches across Europe. Locals will remind you constantly that it is the beach that has made a considerable contribution to film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Myrtos is entirely covered with very fine white pebbles, which blend harmoniously with the crystal-clear sea. Limestone cliffs surround the beach, separating it from the rest of the island.
Go on a cruise under the Greek sunny skies. There are numerous types of boats that you can choose from to take a cruise in Kefalonia, and the ones with glass bottom are the most popular among tourists. The facilities of this type of boat are the possibility of admire the underwater beauty of the crystal-clear sea, the chance to do some diving, jumping off the bridge, a traditional Greek meal served on another sandy island and the karaoke session on the way back.
Also, enjoy a kayak ride: you’ll have the perfect opportunity to combine the sun, the sand and the sea in the best way. The calm waters around the island are perfect for kayak rides. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and you’ll pass by caves and beaches accessible only by water. But don’t do it unless you are very experienced in this area, otherwise take an experienced person in a double kayak.
Another amazing experience that Kefalonia can offer you is visiting… a few other islands nearby; a ferry ride between Argostoli and Lixouri costs $ 6 per person and it goes every half hour. In addition, you can choose Ithaca, Lefkada or Zakynthos.
Don’t miss your chance to go to a Greek tavern. Perhaps you might think that it’s a joke, or a cliché. However, because the Greeks have an economy based on tourism, you will notice their tendency to offer a wide range of European cuisine, and not specifically Greek. So I suggest you to see where the locals dine and follow their example. There are many good taverns in Kefalonia.
If you want to retire in a quieter place, similar to Fiskardo, Agia Efimia is right place. It is an old fishing town in eastern Kefalonia, where you can feel the atmosphere of the old days. Although it is much less known than Fiskardo, Agia Efimia is the ideal place where you can have a drink or lunch without worrying that a busload of tourists will shatter the silence.
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