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Kefalonia glows in the Ionian Sea and carries a history rich in cultural tradition. It’s the largest Ionian Island and the green of its mountains blends with the blue of the water making it a truly unique and beloved destination. Pine, cypress and olive trees cover the peak of Mt. Aenos; at its foot you’ll find the vineyards where the local Robola wine is produced.


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The largest city on Kefalonia, and its capital, is Argostoli, a city built amphitheatrically, intense and active, with shops for every taste. Although Argostoli was totally destroyed in the 1953 earthquake, there are still points that suggest the old Venetian architecture. Begin your tour in the ancient town of Krani with its Cyclopean walls and stone-paved path, and stroll along the pier. Of great interest is also the Archaeological Museum with finds from various regions of the island and the Korgialenio Library with a rare collection of books and manuscripts that also functions as a folklore museum. The westernmost of the two peninsulas of Kefalonia is Paliki where the lovely Lixouri is located. Despite the great damage suffered in the 1953 earthquake, it was rebuilt with respect for traditional architecture. It is the second-largest city on the island, a very calm place that lends itself to relaxation. Don’t forget to go for a walk from Monasteri to Kipouria where you will enjoy a wonderful sunset.
The town of Fiskardo survived the disaster of 1953, and the majority of its buildings retain itheir traditional colour. Imposing mansions with elegant little balconies and old two-storey houses are characteristic of the picturesque settlement that was the home of the poet Nikos Kavvadias.
One of the most impressive sights on Kefalonia is the cave lake of Melissani. It is at Karavomylos, very near Sami. It was discovered in 1951 and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island.
In the northern part of the island is Assos, built amphitheatrically on the peninsula of the same name among pine and cypress trees. Loosely structured with traditional colour, in an impressive landscape, it attracts people with its calm and simplicity. In addition to the lovely waters of Assos itself, the beach of Myrto, which has been honoured with a blue flag, is nearby.
Kourkoumelata – the small village in the southwest part of the island – has been described by some as the most beautiful village in the Balkans. The earthquake of ‘53 was also devastating for Kourkoumelata, but the way in which it was rebuilt is what makes it special.
The mountain that dominates Kefalonia is Ainos which, at its highest point, reaches 1,628 meters and is the only national forest on a Greek island. There the Kefallonian spruce flourished with its black leaves that give the mountain its special black shade. On the mountain slopes one can see small semi-wild horses. The mountain is appropriate for outings in verdant nature and for hikes on paths with varying degrees of difficulty.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation