Kefalonia’s villages in briefOne of the most popular villages on the island is Fiscardo, with its busy marina and pretty setting. However, neighboring Assos is perfect for those seeking a quieter alternative. Meanwhile, Argostoli is Kefalonia’s capital and hosts the airport and Sami and Poros feature the ports of the island.
Melissani Lake, Sami, KefaloniaSami offers two spectacular geological attractions, located close to each other. One is Melissani Lake, which is named for the nymph Melissanthia after archaeologists found depictions of the nymph and the god Pan in the area. The lake was discovered following excavations in 1951 and 1962.
The reason for only finding the lake at that time is that it was created many years ago when an underground cavern collapsed, leaving a massive circular opening to the surface. Visit here on sunny days, between 11 am and 1 pm to see Melissani Lake turn a spectacular and otherworldly blue.
Drogarati Cave, SamiThe second fascinating attraction lies a short distance away from the lake. An entrance to Drogarati Cave opened some 300 years ago during an earthquake. However, it was only officially opened to the public in 1963.
While the cave’s interior features striking stalagmites and stalactites, the largest room is the best known and has been given the name “Sala of Apotheosis.” Due to its excellent acoustics, the 10,000 sq ft cave is regularly used for music concerts.
Diving in KefaloniaThe island’s unusual geological formations have made Kefalonia a popular diving destination. This is especially so with the underwater caves and beautiful reefs on the island’s coastline. Meanwhile, several diving centers have been opened on the island, offering courses and diving tours in the Ionian Sea. Meanwhile, divers can also explore the beautiful Melissani Lake in Sami, mentioned above.
Adventure activities on the islandA number of Kefalonia’s beaches, including Antisamos and Xi, feature water sports centers where many activities can be enjoyed. However, for paragliding and windsurfing, the Lixouri peninsula on the island is ideal.
For those who prefer ground-based adventures, like hiking, many of the old footpaths on the island have been clearly signposted. By following the trails, hikers can visit monasteries, Medieval castles, pretty mountain villages and secluded beaches.
Explore Kefalonia on your next Greek vacation, experiencing the beautiful landscapes, beaches, geological formations and more.