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Kefalonia has many organized ports. The main port with cruise host infrastructure is Argostoli. It has a pier length of 160.4 meters, which can accommodate cruise ship berthing, while in port berths can bind up to three cruise ships.

 

The island has six smaller ports Sami, Poros, Lixouri, Pesada, Ag. Euphemia and Fiskardo used for ships connecting the island with mainland Greece, the surrounding islands and Italy, as well as the service of coastal tourism with yachts at the yacht mooring infrastructure there. Moreover, cruise ships anchor and are served in the ports of Sami and Fiskardo.

 

It is the largest of the Ionian Islands. Apart from the rich cultural attractions, archaeological sites and the Venetian castles, the natural beauty of the island are incomparable. Just a few beaches in the world can surpass Myrtos in beauty, while all the other beaches in Kefalonia are also of amazing...

 

The coastline forms safe bays,  large headlands and steep slopes, revealing the intense geological phenomena which won  the islands from mainland Greece thousands of years ago, while the climate is mild, Mediterranean with hot summers and mild winters which guarantees good conditions  for exploration throughout the year.

 

  • Archaeological Museum of Argostoli

    Archaeological Museum of Argostoli

  • Assos Fortress

    Assos Fortress

  • Fiskardo

    Fiskardo

  • Fiskardo

    Fiskardo

  • Antisamos beach

    Antisamos beach

  • Fiskardo

    Fiskardo

  • Xi beach

    Xi beach

  • Assos

    Assos

  • Katavothres - Argostoli

    Katavothres - Argostoli

  • Platia Ammos beach

    Platia Ammos beach

  • Cave Melissani

    Cave Melissani

  • Cave Drogarati

    Cave Drogarati

  • Myrtos beach

    Myrtos beach

  • Poros

    Poros

  • Fiskardo - Vathy

    Fiskardo - Vathy

  • Sami

    Sami

  • Cave Melissani

    Cave Melissani

  • Cave Drogarati

    Cave Drogarati

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

 

Lixouri is the second largest city on the island after Argostoli. You can swim in the surrounding coastline: 

 

Fiskardo. Traditional village on the northern tip of the island and a favorite destination for boat owners. Experience the ride on the coastal and alleys between colored mansions.

 

Sami. The largest shopping center and major tourist linen for hotels, heal port connects Kefalonia with Italy.

 

Enos. The "Black Mountain", covered with rare fir dominates the landscape. In this region find small horses’ species shelter equuscaballus.

 

The Lake Cavern of Melissani is a unique geological phenomenon. The lake is 20m below the surface. In the center of the lake is a small island on which artifacts were found confirming the ritual function of the cave in antiquity. 

Working hours: May - October: Monday - Sunday 8:30 π.μ.19:40.

 

Cave Drogaratis central hall is very large with dimensions 65 × 45 meters and a height of 20 meters. Geologically, the cave Drogaratis noteworthy in the most important of the Greek area, stalactites and stalagmites of age more than a hundred million years make up the unique landscape.

The entrance is in Haliotata, in Sami area and is open daily 9:00 to 17:00.

 

 

 

Assos Fortress: The castle is on the peninsula of Assos in Kefalonia and for many years it was the capital of north Kefalonia. The construction of the castle was made by the Venetians in the 16th century.

 

 

The Argostoli sinks. At Phanari, just 2.5 km from Argostoli, the sea water comes in "mysterious" cracks and disappears beneath the port and into the Kefalonia mountains. The sinks are another unique geological phenomenon that encounters Kefalonia.

 

The castle of Saint George is built on a hilltop outside Argostoli n the 12th century BC by Byzantine Emperors and it remained the capital of Kefalonia till 1757. The church of Evaggelistria stand out as it is built in Ionian Baroque style. 

 

 

Monastery of Kipouraion (Gardeners). At the west coast of Lixouri is the historical monastery of Kipouraion. The monastery is built on a high rock about 90 m. from the sea. Built in the 17th century. Is courtyard for guests to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets of the island?

 

 

Monastery of Aghios Gerasimos

It is located on the Omala plateau and it is the largest religious monument in Kefalonia, having been established in 1560 by Aghios Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island.

 

 

 

Museums

 

Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, G. Vergoti, Argostoli, tel.:+30 26710 28300

Working hours: May - October: Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 - 15:00.

 

 

Korgialeneio Historical and Folklore Museum, 12 Ilia Zervou Str., Argostoli, tel.: +30 22850 22 725

Working hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 14:00

 

 

World famous beaches

The beautiful beaches of Kefalonia that attract tourists are countless. Examples include Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos, Ammes, Ai Heles, Avithos, Trapezaki, Lourdas, Antisamo, Myrtos, Petani, Platia Ammos, Kounopetra, Xi and Mega Lakos.

 

Shore Excursions

 

Walks and hikes. Kefalonia is filled with beautiful landscapes and the best way to enjoy them to the fullest, is through a long walk or an adventurous hike. 

 

Cycling. The Island is perfect for exploring by bicycle. Wander around in the lush paths of mount Ainos and end up at one of the many secluded beaches for a refreshing dive.

 

Horse Riding. Kefalonia is famous for its wild horses found roaming free on mount Ainos. You however can enjoy beautiful rides riding trained horses through the endless olive fields or galloping along one of Kefalonia sandy beaches.

 

Watersports. The choices are countless. In many beaches you can enjoy all the watersports and jet skiing. Also, in Kefalonia you can find diving schools for both beginners and advanced learners. Another option is that of sailing. Lastly, it has been said that Kefalonia is the ideal place to go sea kayaking since its coastline is filled with caves rocks and of course crystal clear waters.

 

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