Kefalonia – Sights and Beaches

 

The trip to Kefalonia starts from the natural environment. The island’s natural beauty has formed fabulous beaches, in emerald colour. Whenever the road turns, you will find yourself in front of a surprise, as in this island every beach is also a sight. So, don’t stick only to the well known names of Myrtos, Platis Yalos or Xi. Dare to cover a few more kilometers to discover a not that known but equally great Kefalonia.

Apart from the splendid natural environment for summer vacations, in Kefalonia you will find sights that will satisfy every traveling desire and will enchant you.

Unique natural phenomena such as underground caverns and the national park of Ainos, welcome every visitor who wishes to come into contact with nature’s wonders. One of the most famous for its particular geological interest is the cave of Melissani featuring a sky-blue lake. Under the surface and specifically at 20 meters, there is a lake with waters 10 to 30 meters deep. The cave’s jewel is the stalactites formed in a special way across its bigger part.

What will undoubtedly amaze you with its exquisite décor, mainly of stalactites and stalagmites, is the Drogarati cave. Many performers are hosted in this cave for their concerts, because of its superior acoustics.

During your trip to Kefalonia, Ainos stands always imposing. A visit to the national park, but also to the Natural History Museum will bring you closer to nature and the need, for all of us, to do our best to protect the environment.

The castles of Kefalonia -that of Saint Georgios which used to be the capital of Kefalonia and the castle of Assos- will acquaint you with the history of the Venetian rule. A trip through history which in Kefalonia cannot be done through human structures as the buildings that resisted the devastating earthquakes are few; yet the few architectural monuments that have been saved and restored, will bring memories and offer you a uniquely romantic journey into past and the island’s history with characteristic images from Kefalonia before the earthquakes.

Two significant museums, the Archaelogical and the Historic-Folklore Museums are situated in Argostoli, at the ground floor of Korgialeneios Library and are worthwhile visiting. At the Archaelogical Museum you will be able to see the beginning of Kefalonia’s civilization that was inhabited a very long time ago. At the Folklore Museum you will have the opportunity to enjoy unique creations of the recent folk civilization.

Finally, the Naval and Environmental Museum of Fiscardo is also worth visiting, containing information on the island’s history, marine life and natural beauties as well as the Natural History Museum of Kefalonia and Ithaca in Davgata.

The traditional beauty of the island is not yet limited to its natural resources and history, but also contains elements of religious tradition such as the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Holy Monastery of Agios Andreas (Saint Andrew) of Milapidia where ecclesiastical relics, religious paintings, icons and wall paintings are exhibited and the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos (or New Jerusalem).

The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos is certainly one of the sights attracting visitors from all over the world. Try to combine your visit there with one of the two times that the Saint is celebrated, the experience is unique. However, the rest of Kefalonia’s monasteries are also worth visiting, as well as the museum inside the Monastery of Agios Andreas.

Of course when referring to the island of Kefalonia one cannot ignore the tradition of wines produced in the island, with the well known variety of Robola, while the cuisine of Kefalonia contains one of the most known dishes of the Heptanese, such as pastitsada and aliada (garlic paste).