ASTERIS HOTEL KEFALONIA
Attractions of Kefalonia
Some of the best attractions and beaches to visit in Kefalonia Island
The subterranean lake of Melissani was discovered in 1951 by the speleologist Gianni Petrochilo. The internal part has collapsed along with a major part of the roof revealing a marvellous view. Crystal clear waters and unique geophysical sculptures, seen from a boat that guides you through the entire lake. An unforgettable experience.
Drogarati's Cave, which is close to Sami, was discovered 300 years ago, when a part of it was destroyed because of a strong earthquake, and so the entrance was created. The cave's depth is 60m. from the ground level and it is open for the public since 1963. It's got many stalactites and stalagmites created from the rain. In the big hall of the cave (900m2), call "Sala of Apotheosis" because of its perfect acoustics, are organized music and other shows.
Myrtos beach has been voted the most beautiful beach in Greece for several consecutive years. From the road above you have the most stunning view of the beach, known for the contrast of the white pebble and the shades of blue that the currents create in the sea with the dark green of the area. Here, you can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear seas or simply stretch out on the sands and wonder at the amazing, dream-like views all around you.
Antisamos is a beach located near the town of Sami. It's a blue flag beach where many scenes of the film "Captain Corelli's mandolin" where shot. The ever emerald blue waters, the small white pebbles, the amazing view, the trees that reach all the way to the water are only few of its attractions. Wild scenery and a landscape that will blow your mind. Antisamos beach is a fully organised beach with restaurants, water sports and sun beds. You can also get there from various walking trails throughout the local mountains, all of them offering an endless shade that seems to come out from a fairy tale.
Assos is a small and picturesque fishing village 36 kilometers away from Argostoli. It is known for its imposing 16th century Venetian fortress. The fortress was built in 1585, when Assos became the capital of the northern part of the island, and it is a typical masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture. Today, one can still see the ruins of the walls, the house of the Venetian chief-master, military buildings and St Marco's church. The beach of Assos can be described as a "family" beach, as it is located in the centre of the village, facing the peninsula of the Castle, thus giving the impression of a protected lake..
Fiscardo is a picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village on the Northern part of Kefalonia. Among the approximate 365 villages of this large and diverse island, Fiscardo is unique since it was left virtually unscathed during the great earthquake of 1953, that ruined most of the islands historic buildings. Fiscardo at night takes on an entirely different perspective. The lights, the old buildings, cafe, bars and restaurants are all combine to provide a magical Mediterranean atmosphere.
Argostoli is situated at the southern part of the island and it's the capital of Cephalonia since 1797. It is built amphitheatrically at the heart of the deep golf of Koutavos and it has a well organised port. It is the biggest town of the island with rich trade activity, a town that looks to the sea. Its town planning is modern with large streets and many roads for pedestrians. You can visit the Archeological Museum, the Folk Museum, enjoy walking or shopping at the pedestrian road of Lithostroto or by the waterfront. Plenty café and restaurants can be found around the central square of the town, operating from morning till late hours.
Lixouri is the second biggest town of the island. It is situated at the south-western part of the island, in front of Argostoli and both of them are connected with a ferry boat. Lixouri was called "piccolo Parigi"- small Paris - because of a small river that divides the town in two parts, like Sicuana divides Paris. This nick name though comes true because of the intense cultural activity of the town. Protector Saint of the town is the famous local author and poet, Andreas Laskaratos, whose statue overmasters the coastal avenue with its back turned to Argostoli.
Mount Aenos is an exceptional natural preserve boasting a forest of the unique black firs of Kefalonia (abies cephalonica). Aenos became widely known as the Monte Negro of Greece due to the dark color of the trees that seemed black when seen from far away. This beautiful National Park hosts a great variety of flora species and a rich fauna including reptiles and birds, such as the hawk, the woodpecker and the blackbird. The most important mammal found here, but unfortunately is under extinction, is the famous Aenos wild horse, which belongs to the Pindos breed and is small and very strong. Visit Aenos and become a part of nature's magic.
The Fortress of Agios Georgios is located at the village Peratata on a 300 m altitude and was probably constructed during the 12th century AD by Byzantine Emperors. It’s about 16.000 m2 and its surrounding walls are approximately 600 m long. Inside the walls there were public and private buildings, churches, food and ammunition warehouses, barracks, hospitals, prisons and water tanks. Visitors will also see the remnants of the catholic church of Agios Nikolaos and a tunnel that led from the castle to the lagoon of Koutavos and it was used in case of emergency exit.
Poros is a beautiful, picturesque village, surrounded by the villages Tzanata, Asprogerakas, Kabitsata and Riza. Its port is a significant link between Kefalonia and continental Greece. It was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953, after the few fishermen’s houses were destroyed , it is harmonically constructed at the foot of the mountains Pahi and Atros. A vast indented coastline, that is 2km long, abundant in sandy beaches and leeward ports, comprises its seafront.
Skala is located at the south - east corner of the island. Beside of the beautiful scenery and the long sandy fully organized beach, here you can also find everything you need from a variety of banks, public services, supermarkets,caffe's, bar restaurants, pharmacies and many more.
Makris & Platis Gialos
Makris & Platis Gialos are another beautiful blue flag beaches, situated just outside Argostoli, in the area of Lassi. Both beaches consist of gold fine sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. The beaches are excellent organized with beach bars, sun beds and umbrellas. Makris & Platis Gialos are excellent choice for a daily tour which combines sea activities and local tastes, even if you are not staying in the area.
The beach of Xi is situated a few kilometres south of Lixouri town. It is a very long beach and it is famous for the colour of its sand which is red! The water is very shallow at a distance of many meters and the seabed is covered with thin sand. In Xi there is a canteen, a cafe and you may rent umbrellas and deck chairs. Moreover, Xi is ideal for water sports such as jet ski, sea ski, parachute, etc.