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Welcome to Cephalonia


Kefalonia (also spelt Cephalonia), named after a Greek hero from around the 5th century BC, lies in the centre of the Ionian Sea, 53 nautical miles from Patras. This is one of the most enchanting of the Greek islands, which accounts for its having become one of the most sought after by holidaymakers. Hundreds of visitors descend on the island year round, avid for the quiet, windless beaches, many at the base of steep cliffs that plunge into the sea, or to explore the verdant mountainsides clad in shadowy forests.

Kefalonia has an excellent tourist infrastructure, is connected to Athens by air (the airport is situated just south of the ancient capital of Argostoli) and to Patras and surrounding islands by ferry. In addition to some spectacular golden beaches, Kefalonia boasts numerous historic and natural attractions. Best known of these are the caves at Melissani where a subterranean lake reflects a kaleidoscope of gorgeous colours; the enormous caverns of Dragostoli; and the 'swallow holes' where visitors marvel at the phenomenon of seawater literally disappearing through the rock.

The beautiful city of Argostoli, the island's capital since ancient times, was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, but among the remains are the fascinating archaeological and folk art museums. The island's main town, Lixouri, is peaceful and picturesque, situated close to the south coast where the best beaches are to be found. Visitors to Kefalonia are never at a loss for an entertaining way to spend their time. There are quaint villages, traditional fishing harbours, Roman ruins, architecturally marvellous churches and castles and magnificent views to discover.

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Like all the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate with very warm, sunny summer months and mild, wet winters, giving the island its lush vegetation. Snow sometimes covers the mountain peaks in winter. The heavy winter rainfall starts tailing off by April as temperatures rise, and by June the long, dry summer has set in.

Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining euros.

The tiny island of Ithaca has a rich history, acting as a scenic backdrop for mythological epics like Homer's Odyssey. The mountainous interior hides pockets of cypresses, pines, and olive trees. Nowadays, the island is home to a number of traditional villages, with a few museums and beaches. Vathy, also known as Ithaki Town, is the largest town, where many of the island's roughly 3,000 inhabitants live. The town is a popular port for yachts and other small pleasure cruises inthe Ionian Islands, and has some good restaurants and shops.

Kefalonia's caves are popular attractions, each offering a unique experience. In Melissani, visitors are taken in boats through a small channel into a brilliant turquoise subterranean lake. Drogarati Cave is much larger and has tours 200 feet (60m) below the ground, with lights highlighting spectacular displays of limestone stalagmites and stalagtites. Drogarati is known for its good acoustics, and has hosted many concerts from international artists including Maria Callas.

Voted one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, Myrtos is one of Kefalonia's most popular attractions. The pebble beach is set a full kilometre below the road, in a dramatic vista of white limestone, turquoise sea, and green trees. Just north of Argostoli, the beach is well-maintained and offers a snack bar and sunbed and umbrella rentals. Because of the pebbles, visitors are advised to wear some kind of beach shoes.

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