Places to Visit

Argostoli

The capital of the island with a great selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Modern but with a lot of monuments made during the Venetian and British colonel. Argostoli is situated in the heart of the island in a beautiful natural port, built amphitheatrically on the peninsula that shapes it. During the summer period the por is visited from a number of sailing boats, yachts and cruise ships. As the capital of the island, Argostoli has all the public services and most of the business. It is only 10minutes drive from the airport and the port connects with Killini (Pelloponisos) during the summer period. Visitors may enjoy walking along the port, the stone bridge of De Bosset, at the commercial pedestrianised street as well as as well as at the cosmopolitan square. Worth visiting is the archaiological and cultural museum placed at the centre of the city. Also important to visit is the public theatre where a lot of cultural events are organised throughout the year. There is also a lot of reasturants, cafes, bars and clubs for all tastes. The Merchant Marine Academy and the Nautical Club of Argostoli are only two examples of people’s love for the sea and travelling.

Fiskardo

The traditional settlement of Fiskardo with the pastel colours and the green natural port is anchanting to everyone, from the local inhabitants to the stars of Hollywood! At the top of the island, the nortest peak of the island, is situated the most picturesque and most cosmopolitan village of Kefalonia, Fiskardo. It takes 1hr and 15mins to reach it by car from Argostoli or Lixouri but is very accessed by boats. It also connects with a ferry with Lefkada all year round if the weather allows.. Pedestrianised narrow streets take you through buildings with tradional architecture and pastel colours and well preserved leading you to the small port of Fiscardo which is full of yachts and sailing boats mostly. Wide selection of reasturants and cafe as well as shops with selected souvenirs. Due to its small size and on the contrary the large number of people visiting it, Fiskardo is considered expensive. However its worth it! Just before Fiskardo you will find a small beautiful beach called Emplissi. After the village there is another small beach with a cave to explore. In the surrounding area in generally there are quite a few small beaches with different beauty each and most of them only accessible with boat which you may rent at the port. The prehistoric finds in the area date back to 50.000BC. Here you can visit the roman cemetery, the ruins of the byzantine church, you can see a magnificent bas-relief representing Dioskouri and dont miss the Enviromental Museum established from volunteers members of Fiscardo’s Nautical and Environmental Club (FNEC). A simple walk on the streets of the village and the port is enough to love it as much as the Norman pirate in the 9th century Roberto Guiscardo who named it after him, No one leaves Kefalonia if haven’t visited Fiscardo!

Scala

Maybe the most developed resort on the island, Skala will charm you with the pine trees ending in an amazing beach and the deep blue waters of the sea… At the Southwest corner of Kefalonia, about 40kilometers from Argostoli and 10km from the port of Poros, you will find Skala. The resort was developed in tourism rapidly over the past 10 years. Modern properties have been built by the coast and are just a road’s distance from the beautiful sandy beach. The visitors enjoy the long and well organised beach with umbrellas, water sports, mini cruises as well as a selection of restaurants, cafeterias, bar and various shops mostly for souvenirs. During the day everyone is on the beach while with sunset the coastal street but also in the village fills life. A small path outside from the village, near to the sea with a small plate that says “Roman Villa”, you will lead to a small olive grove where were discovered in 1957 the ruins of a Roman villa. Parts of mosaic have been rescued and maintained in very good state. It is dated in the 2nd century A.D. and appears to have been burned down in the 4th century. Definitely worth vising it! For those that want they explore the small beaches in the around regions, are rented small motor boats but also marine bicycles .Can however somebody advance right at length of beach until the not organised part of the it and enjoy with quietness. If you continue beyond the rocks in the next beach you will be found in a small nudist beach!

Sami

Sami is one of the most renowed holiday resorts on the island. The area combines the beauty of mountains and sea… Beside its natural beauty, Sami also has maybe the most important port in Kefalonia, connecting the island with Patra and during the summer with the Italian Port of Brindisi. It is 40-45mins drive from Lixouri and Argostoli. On Aghii Fanentes hill nearby, you can visit the ruins of the homonymous monastery. Furthermore, near Sami, there are ruins of a roman building which the locals call “Rakospito” as well as three tomps dating back to the 3rd century BC. Around Sami there are numerouw caves such as Agalaki cave, Aghia Eleousa precipicce and Zervati cave. Very close to Sami we also find a small wonder of nature. Melissani Lake. It is a chasm lake-cave 160m. long, 40m. wide and the water depth is approx. 39m. The cave’s stalaktites are estimated to be 16.000-20.000years old. Boats do the round of the lake and the visitor can admire the unparalleled reflection of the waters changing colours as the sun enters into the cave creating an emotive atmosphere. Excavations brought to light among others dating back to 3rd-4rth century BC, a clay, seated representing god Panas holding Dionysos’ wine glass in his right hand and the ccornucopia in his left, surrounded by Nymhes as well as an impressive woman figure are today exhibited in Argostoli Archaiological museum. Very close to Sami we find another wonder inside earth, the Drogarati Cave. It is Situated at an altitude of 120m. above sea level and its depth reaches 95m. Form the entrance, a downward corridor, 44m. long, leads to the two inside levels of the cave. Lots of colourful and transparent stalaktites, stalagmites and columns can be seen on the first level. The second level, called “The Glorification Hall”, consists of a huge underground hall with superb acoustics.

Aghia Efimia

Agia Efimia is situated at the Eastern part of the island and it is an exceptionally picturesque village with rich vegetation, characteristic is also here the port as well as the great choice in restaurants. Agia Efimia is small but attractive seaside town sitting in a deep blue bay with hills close by. Shops and tavernas are on hand as well as a narrow shingle beach. Nothing seems to move very quickly to disturb the sleepy, rather intimate atmosphere. Its 30mins drive from Argostoli or Lixouri and only 10mins from the port of Sami. It might be hard to believe now but, before the earthquake of 1953, it was one of the island’s more important trading places. The village is named after the church of Agia Efimia near the quay, which celebrates its name day on 11 July. On this day the town really lets its hair down with processions, festivals and dancing; its a great day to visit. On the way to Sami and very close to Agia Efimia village you will find many small beaches accessible either from the small rocky steps either from the natural ways but always charming and a great place for snorkelling!

Assos

Like a drop of paint on the bue oof the sea, Assos is like taken from a fairytale… Heading North above Myrtos Beach we see the peculiar peninsula of Assos. The village is built on a narrow piece of land with the sea North and South, ending up o the hill where the Venetian Castle rules. As you reach the village a sense of tranquility will conquer you. The inspiration of nature, the pleasant atmosphere from the few inhabitants, the quite port with the traditional boats and the sailing boats will beat you! At the village you will find nice small tavernas and cafes as well as a few tourist shops and mini market.Assos stayed untouched from the big erthquake of ’53 and therefore you may see the islands’s architecture on small houses and villas. Don’t be fooled by todays peace of Assos. For years it was claimed from kings and pirates. The Venetians built in the early 17th century a powerful fortress-castle still existant today. Going through the domed entrance of the castle you can see the ruins of the house belonging to the Venetian noblemen, the barracks and Saint Markos church. Finally, enjoy the view from the castle is breathtaking since you can see Erissos crest and even further the endless expanse of the Ionian Sea.

Xi Beach

The beach named after the greek letter x “ξ” as its shaped form the shore, known because of the deep red sandy beach… South of Paliki Peninsula in a special landscape of hills made of Argyle, vineyards and olivetrees you will find Xi beach (Blue Flug awarded) streching 4km long. Only 6km away from the center of Lixouri following the main road up to the junction for Xi in the village of Mantzavinata. The deep red colour of the fine sand characterises the beach which is suitable for everyone. The waters are shallow and very safe for the first 30meters. Families with young children prefer it as they can leave their little ones swim and build castles on the sand restless. They will also find a great variety of high quality food in very good prices served in the well organised taverna ‘Dolphin’ just above the beach. Youngsters prefer it beacase of the cafes, bars and water sports which add dynamically at the holiday fun. Not to forget the argyle hills from which a small piece may be used as a soap (mud bath) leaving to your skin an amazing feeling of smoothness after you wash it away! For those who want to be away from it all they may walk along the beach away from the orginised part of it enjoying the beach almost alone! With the view of the island Vardiani and the Ionian Sea, Xi beach will make you ‘drunk’ like a red wine! (Preferably Kefalonian Mavrodaphne!)

Petanoi Beach

Where the “mind flies” as the name implies, Petani is a beautiful, quite beach with white small pebbles, crystal clear waters and magic views. An ideal place to leave the world behind! Going towards Argostoli from Lixouri we come to a junction to Argostoli and Petani. Continue forward to Atheras up to the sign showing right to Petani. The view to the golf fascinating but the view as we come north to Petani Bay is breathtaking! Going down to the beach needs attention. Eventhough the road is good, it also has many 180 degree turns which in combination with the magnificent view can be dangerous! The duration of the whole route from Lixouri is 20min (50km/h).Except the days when the wind is North, the water is calm and crystal clear. The white pebbles and sand add to the beauty of this beach. The sea becomes deep quite sharply and although there are no underwater streams it is advisable for children to be watched. Petani is a beach to relax and get away from it all but also magnificent place for scuba divers. If you visit the beach on August and you want to avoid the crowd go at the right end, a smaller beach called ‘Fotini’ (the bright ones). Deep waters allow the access of the beach with a yaucht. Umprellas and beach chairs are available. There are also two nice tavernas above the beach if you like to enjoy the sunset with wine, mezedes and good company. On the way back don’t turn to where you came from. Continue straight to the road which will take you easy and at the same time to Lixouri but through some nice villages of the area.

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