Kefalonia Island

Kefalonia


The island of Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, with an area of 350 sq. miles. It is also the larger of the two islands forming the Kefalonia and Ithaka Prefecture, and contains eight of the prefecture’s nine municipalities or communities.

The island is named after the mythological figure Cephalus (Ciphalis), although some hold its name literally means “island with a head”, referring to the island’s shape; the name “Ciphalis” is derived from the Greek word for “head”.

Kefalonia Sights

It is a fact that nobody can feel boredom in Kefalonia. Apart from the magnificent natural beauties on the summer holidays in Kefalonia there are also sights that worth seeing which will content any kind of traveller and will captivate you.

The trip to Kefalonia begins as we have just mentioned with the natural environment and above all the beaches that are unique natural monuments themselves. The intense morphology of the island has created some beautiful beaches. In every spot of the road, one will come across to a new surprise. Do not just stick to the well-famed names of Mirtos, Platis Gialos and the Xi beach. Do not hesitate to cross a few more kilometres and a new – not that well – known but the same beautiful Kefalonia wll be revealed to you. There are many caverns in Kefalonia as well. In many of those the roofs have collapsed creating thus peculiar geological phenomena such as the lake-cavern of Melissanthi. Others will impress you with their exquisite natural decorations and acoustics such as the Drogaratis cave.

Kefalonia - Drogati Cave Kefalonia - Drogati Cave
Kefalonia - Drogati Cave Kefalonia - Drogati Cave

On your trip to Kefalonia, Enos will always be there, dominating your routes. A visit to the National Park but also the museum of Natural History will bring you closer to nature but also towards the need of us all to do anything necessary to protect the natural environment.

The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos is definitely one of the sights that attract visitors across the world. Try to combine your visit with one of the two days of the celebrations of the Saint. The experience is unique. The other monasteries across the island worth your visit as well.

Kefalonia - Saint Gerasimos Monastery Kefalonia - Saint Gerasimos Monastery

The castle of Saint George that had been capital of the island as well as the castle of Assos will introduce you to the Venetian Kefalonia. It is a flashback to history that unfortunately cannot be provided by many human constructions as very few of them have been saved after the earthquakes. Therefore few of the architectural monuments that have been saved carry memories and typical images of the pre-seismic Kefalonia.

Kefalonia - Saint George Castle Kefalonia - Saint George Castle
Kefalonia - Saint George Castle Kefalonia - Saint George Castle

There are two very important museums in Argostoli; The Archeological Museum as well as the Historical-Folklore Museum. Those are two of the sights that worth your visit. In the archeological museum you will be introduced to the beginnings of the civilization of Kefalonia that was inhabited many years ago. In the Folklore museum you will have the chance to enjoy unique creations of the recent folk civilization.

Kefalonia Beaches

Myrtos

Myrtos is world-famous for the magical colours of the water (from sky-blue to dark blue, green-blue and turquoise) contrasting with the bright white of the smooth marble pebbles from which it is formed.

In the evening when the sun is on the horizon, the water is tinted by magnificent colours, (red, yellow, purple, orange), as the sun disappears. The location of the beach, with steep mountains and tall cliffs behind, is imposing and magical.

For all these reasons Myrtos has previously been voted 12 times the best Greek beach and has been quoted in one or more of the published top-ten beaches of the world lists. It is cited as No 36 in the world in one widely used travel website. Myrtos Beach was also identified as as a priority destination in a SEPT 2008 review in the Telegraph Newspaper(UK).

When walking around, some footwear such as flip-flops is advised because of the pebbles. There is a steep fall-off at the shore which, at times, can be associated with a significant undertow that can be disconcerting to someone who is not a strong swimmer. Most adults become out of their depth within about ten feet of the shoreline.

Kefalonia - Myrtos Beach Kefalonia - Myrtos Beach

Kefalonia - Myrtos Beach Kefalonia

Skala

Xi

Antisamos

Katelios

Lourdas

Makrys Gialos

Platis Gialos

Trapezaki

Avithos

Ammes