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Kefalonia: the Ionian paradise

Ionian islands ● Kefalonia ● 14 September 2017
 
Kefalonia is immersed in nature, a blessed island in the Ionian Sea. Lush greenery, turquoise waters, white soft sand on the beaches, Italian style architecture in its towns and villages as well as hospitable people with a unique attitude constitute this wonderful island. Thousands of tourists every year visit Kefalonia, which can become really crowded especially in July and August. However, with these tips from locals, you can explore hidden gems of Kefalonia and enjoy its authentic side away from the mass tourism and the crowds.

A stunning route in Kefalonia is from Lixouri Kefalonia to Rifi in the west through the village of Parisata, which has only 12 permanent residents, as well as from Gerogombos, a cape with a lighthouse, to Kipoureon Monastery, which is built on the top of a hill, and you have to cross an imposing lunar landscape to get there. On the northern side of the island, the route from Fiskardo to Divarata and Pylaros through Kalon Mountain has a magnificent view of Kefalonia's mountaintops.

Generally, Fiskardo is the best-preserved village in Kefalonia and one of the nicest little harbours in Greece. Some taverns by the sea offer fresh fish, but the most special thing with Fiskardo is that it is surrounded by small coves full of tamarisk trees until the coastline. The route around Fiskardo is a perfect opportunity to walk or take the car and see unforgettable pictures that look like a painting.

An off-the-beaten-path beach is Agia Eleni, which is located just along the coast from Petani and has blue waters, white pebbles and hardly any tourists. Alaties below Manganos near Fiskardo is a small bay with astonishing waters. There, you can have private moments and relax away from the crowds.

After swimming and sunbathing, you can visit one of the numerous wineries in Kefalonia. The local wineries produce quality wines with labels that can be found all over the world. There, you can taste many different wines and eat dishes of the delicious cuisine of Kefalonia in a memorable wine tour.

Zola, Agia Kipouria and Agia Efimia are beautiful villages, where you can eat fresh fish, as the residents are still fishermen, or meat from the local farms.

In Lixouri Kefalonia, don't miss, if you visit the island in August, the show by the Philarmonic of Kefalonia, which is an orchestra founded in 1839.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kefalonia, Greece Mirabel City Center Hotel
Mirabel City Center Hotel
Vallianou Square, Argostoli, 28100 Kefalonia, Greece

Mirabel Hotel is located in Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. Kefalonia International Airport is a 15-minute drive. Poros Port is 40 km away.


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