Kefalonia is an island of contrasts. It has quiet beaches and lush, green slopes, but it also has steep cliffs plunging into the sea and forest laden mountainsides. The climate is Mediterranean mild, with dry summers, rain and gentle winters. The island has an efficient tourist structure in place and it is a famous destination for both on and off the beaten path places of interests. The dark fir trees, natural caves, carved rocks and the golden and silver coasts are sure to enchant you at first glance.
Kefalonia is also well known for another reason. It is the location where the shootings for the movie adaptation of the novel ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’ took place.
It is often called ‘the island of the bizarre”, and rightly so, considering the plethora of strange phenomena that take place here. There are moving rocks, disappearing waters and strange flowers.
Science has been able to explain some but not all of these bizarre items. See for yourself when you come to visit the various wonderments, such as: 1) Swallow holes (katavothres) - a rare geological phenomenon, where the seawater pours through cracks in the rocks near the shoreline and disappears underground. 2) The moving rock (Kounopetra) - a large rock which juts out of the sea and has rhythmic and incessant movements (20 times per minute) from east to west. Standing on it, one can feel the vibration. 3) Goats and hares that graze on the mountain Agia Dynati have gold-plated teeth, due to mineral substances in the soil. 4) The Madonna Lily, which only blooms on August 23rd of every year. 5) The Monastery with the Hermitage of Saint Gerasimos 6) The Little Snakes of the Virgin of Lagouvardas
Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia. Here you will find a flat stone bridge connecting the town with the main roads to Sami, Lixouri and Fiskardo. In the middle of this bridge, there is a small pyramid called the 'Colona', which is dedicated to Charles de Bosset (its architect).
Platia is the main square, where you can enjoy the many cafes and restaurants. There is a car-free street where the many shops, the Church of Saint Spyridon and the Clock Tower of Campana Square exist. Not to be missed are the Archaeological Museum, the Corgialenian Library with a Folklore Museum in the basement and the theatre.
Lourdata is famous for its beautiful gardens and wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Here you will find two caves in which you can explore, the Melissani and the Drogarati. You can visit the salt lake, which is fed, by the underground waters of the sinkholes mentioned earlier. Don’t miss out on trekking through The Ainos National Park, while you‘re here.
As most of the islands have fantastic museums to visit, you will find that Kefalonia is no different. The Archaeological Museum, The Korgialenio Historical and Folklore Museum, The Ecclesiastical Museum of the Apostle Andrew, The Natural History Museum and The Iakovatios Library and Museum await your visit. Also take some time to explore the castles of St. George and Assos. Even more amazing for this island is the fact that there are also ten monasteries and a Venetian fortress as well.
Besides what is in the museum, there is also a wealth of other archaeological findings in Kefalonia. For instance, there are the Cyclopean Walls, the many Mycenaean tombs and the villa of a wealthy Roman, whose wonderful mosaic floor is well preserved.
As always there are many, many restaurants, tavernas, bars, grills for your eating pleasure, along with a pizzeria. But the daylight hours are not the only time for fun and pleasure. You will hear the ultimate nightlife call you too from the various clubs, bars and cafes.
Lodging is never a problem with so many places waiting to accommodate you. So, set adrift on a magnificent journey around the island of Kefalonia and relish the vacations of a lifetime.