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Xi Beach

Xi beach is definitely one of the most famous beaches in Kefalonia. What makes Xi beach in Lixouri a unique place in Kefalonia island is the strange color of the sand that is completely red.  It is a long drive from Argostoli, about 40 km, and 10 km from Lixouri. The particular name of Xi beach comes from the letter of the Greek alphabet, .as the shape of the beach looks exactly like the shape of this letter.

The beach is made of fine sand with an amazing clear sea that is never too deep, also several meters far from the coast. Xi bay is divided into two different parts; one more wild and relaxing, and the other one more organized for the tourists with deck chairs, umbrellas, traditional Greek restaurants and a water sports center for the most adventurous types. The shallow waters and the gentle waves create the ideal environment for the children. Around the area one will find many taverns and small shops. The beach is easily accessed by car or public buses from Lixouri and Argostoli.

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Petani Beach

Petani Beach is another well-known beach of Kefalonia awarded with a blue flag. “ePiETANI” is a word of Homer, meaning an area with abundant water throughout the year. It is located in a distance of 20 km west of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, in the beautiful peninsula of Paliki. The path to the beach itself is unique. As you follow the route Lixouri-Monopolata, Agia Thekli, Vilatoria and approach the beach you will be amazed by the uniqueness and the beauty of the landscape.
It consists of blue crystal waters and a stunning landscape of huge verdant cliffs that reach the blue sea. The water deepens right away and there are usually big waves in Petani. The beach is covered mostly with sand and some pebbles scattered along the shore. Close to the beach there are a couple of taverns that will draw your attention. The beach is partly organized with umbrellas and sundecks. There is also a shower and toilet facilities some steps from the beach. There is parking space for a few cars only. In close distance there are some beautiful villages and monasteries worth visiting. If you can stay until late you will be awarded with a sunset through the mountains.

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Kipouria Monastery

Kipouria Monastery stands majestically what can only be described as one of the most scenic and pretty locations in Kefalonia. It has stunning views overlooking the beautiful cobalt blue sea. “Kipos “means “Garden” in Greek. The monastery took that name because of the gardens that surrounded it.
Located about 15 kilometers from the town of Lixouri the roads from Lixouri to the monastery are of good condition, you will go through some quaint villages on the way.
The monastery has a cliff top location with vineyards next door that belong to the church.
The Monastery was founded in 1750 by the archbishop of Paxi, Chrisanthos Petropoulos.
The monastery has been badly damaged in the past. in 1915 it was bombarded by the French while in poor weather conditions the cruiser mistakenly took the chimney for the enemy’s ship.
Like most buildings on the island it was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1953 and one man alone, the monk who lives at the monastery, has restored the last remaining buildings painstakingly. Various Saints’ relics are kept in the monastery as well as the skulls of its founders.
The main feast days are 25 March and 14 September.
The monastery is open to visitors and fantastic views can be had in the courtyard. The sunset from here is wonderful. The peace and grandeur will mesmerise you.

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Assos

In the northern part of Kefalonia lies a beautiful village, Assos, belonging to the municipality of Erisos. The village is built like an amphitheatre around the peninsula, surrounded by pine and cypress trees awaiting the visitor to discover it.
Prepare your camera because the scenery is absolutely unique. It is a traditional village which has retained the traditional Ionian architecture for the most part.
The astonishing attration of this village is its castle, which along with that of Agios Georgios is the most important of Kefalonia. It was built in the late 15th century to protect inhabitants from pirate raids. Great battles were fought here, in order to defend the islad of Kefalonia. In the early history the castle was used as a prison from the Greek government.

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Myrtos

Myrtos Kefalonia: Myrtos is without a doubt one of the most important poles of attraction in Kefalonia. It is located 30km north of Argostoli, in a beautiful area around huge verdant hills. Myrtos beach has gained worldwide reputation and has been constantly included in travel magazines among the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world. It has been awarded many times for its cleanness and the natural beauty.
The beach has a semi-circular shape surrounded by impressive white rocky cliffs with lush vegetation on top of them creating a spectacular setting. The lush green area, the abrupt terrain, the white pebbles and the crystal waters compose a stunning scenery. The beach is well-organized at the most part with umbrellas and sundecks while a small part remains completely unspoilt, ideal for total isolation.
The natural beauty of Myrtos is the trademark of Kefalonia and one of the most photographed places in Greece. It is affected by the strong winds. The western coast of Myrtos offers spectacular sunset views. visitors have direct access to a wide range of facilities and a nice sack bar offering cold drinks. Myrtos is easily accessed by all means of transport. While descending the beach, you will enjoy some amazing views from above.

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Antisamos Beach

This fantastic scenic horseshoe bay, lies just around the coast from Sami and can be first viewed from high up on your approach from Sami. The beach of Antisamos is one of the best known beaches of Kefalonia with a beautiful and attractive pebble beach and turquoise waters, surrounded by impressive fertile hills. Real untamed beauty. The natural outstanding beauty of the place is absolutely breathtaking!
Along the cliff top road people park their vehicles in order to capture the best views of this beach. The crescent sweep of sand , shingle and pebbles form a neat bed for people to rest and take in the scenery or slope off into the glorious clear waters. The stunning tree covered mountains sit majestically behind the bay and your eyes become dazzled by the enormality (sic) of dark green lushness that interrupts the blueness which is all around.
There is no shade on this Blue Flag beach, however there are beds and sunshades to rent. The facilities are limited, no watersports on offer here however there is a beach bar for refreshments and snacks.
Antisamos is the most popular beach of the north east coast of the island and is used by tourists staying in nearby Sami. In high summer the beach does get very busy and the car parking area tends to fill up so you may have to park further along the beach.
The beach was used as the Italian encampment in the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Before this film was shot the winding track which leads down to the beach was very rough, but it was resurfaced and is now much better for vehicles.

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Melissani

During the first exploration in 1951, an ancient lamp, which is now on display in the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, was found there. The excavations of 1962 were made by S. Marinos and produced few but important relics of a former Minoan culture on Cephalonia. Oil lamps, plates and figures show the god Pan and several nymphs. This is, why the cave is sometimes called Cave of the Nymphs. The lake was named after one of the nymphs, the nymph Melissanthi.

Lake Melissani has an absolute invisible specialty, which sounds pretty strange. The lake water is brackish, a mixture of sea water and sweet water. The cave is about 500m from the sea, and the water level is a meter higher than sea level, and the brackish water rises from a 30m deep cave system on one side of the cave and flows silently to the other end of the cave, flowing through narrow crevices into the sea.Here the water from the Katavothres on the other side of the island reappears. This was discovered by dye tracing experiments in 1959.

The cavern, once two big chambers, caved in several thousand years ago. Today the cave has the shape of a B, with two big water filled halls and an island in the middle. The first hall has a big oval opening to the surface, where the sunlight shines in. When the sun is directly overhead, its rays strike the ultramarine water, lighting the cave with blue light. So the best time to visit the cave is on a sunny day at the middle of the day. Nevertheless, a visit at the morning or in the evening has its own atmosphere. The boats seem to hover on a lake of blue light.

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Drogarati

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 60 meters from the ground level, the temperature is 18 C and the humidity is 90%. Initially, the cave was developed and used by the community of Haliotata, under the supervision of the speleologist Mrs. Petrocheilos,and since 1963 it is open for the public.

Speleologists have confirmed that the cave has an extention, that, however is not approachable. That means that the cave is probably connected with other caves in the area. It’s got many stalactites and stalagmites created from the rain, which comes through the rocky level of the cave, it corroses it and deposits its elements on the edge of the stalactites. A stalactite grows one cm every 100 years. Unfortunately, many stalactites are broken, some of them because of the earthquakes, some others because of human lack of sense for the magnificent natural piece of work. Tthe big hall of the cave (900m2), is called “Sala of Apotheosis” because of its perfect acoustics. It’s therefore also used for concerts and other shows.

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Saint Gerasimos

Agios Gerasimos is the patron saint of the island. On its feast day, the monastery is swarming with pilgrims. According to tradition, he was born in Trikala of Corinthia and was a member of the famous Notaras family. He became a monk and spent twelve years in the Holy Land and five years in Zakynthos. He came to Kefalonia in 1560 and stayed in the cave of the same name, south of Argostoli. Later, he founded the monastery and took residence there until his death on the 16th of August, 1579. Two years later, on the 20th October, 1581, his relics were placed inside the monastery. He was canonized in 1622. At the courtyard, there is a big plane tree and a well, which is said to have been dug by the saint himself. Inside, there is a trap-door where he is said to have spent the greater part of his life. On the 16th of August and the 20th of October, big festivals and processions take place. Many miracles are connected to the saint’s relics and icon.

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Argostoli – Lassi

Lassi as a resort has developed due to its amazing beaches of golden sand. The two main beaches are Makris Yialos (Greek for ‘long sandy beach’) and Platis Yialos (wide sandy beach). The beach shelves gently into beautifully clear and clean waters providing a safe haven for children. The beaches are accessed at various points by steps or slopes and these are well sign-posted from the lanes that run parallel to the main road which runs from Lassi into Argostoli.

On the beaches of Lassi the area is divided up into different territories according to the operator’s licence to offer catering facilities, rent out beach equipment or operate water-sports. Parts of the sandy beach are ‘free seating’ where you can take your beach-mat and own sun-shade. Other areas have been set up with sun-beds and beach umbrellas in place and in orderly lines. The largest of these is in the centre of Makris Yialos beach and has a snack bar with red, yellow and blue beach-umbrellas in front. Alternatively you can rent your beach equipment from a vendor and set it up to your own liking. The beaches here are usually quite busy from June to September.
In Lassi you will find a good selection of tavernas and restaurants, a few bars and mini-markets and a couple of souvenir shops. That’s about as touristy as it gets on Kefalonia.
Life is centred around the beach or pool by day, taverna by night. Some of them offer Greek nights which vary from fun entertainment by the waiters to fully-costumed displays of Greek dancing. The locals are proud of their tradition of serenading and you may well hear some local renditions accompanied by guitar and mandolin as you take your evening stroll along Lassi ‘strip’. There are a few lively bars in Lassi but not a lager-lout in sight! In the evening it’s a few minutes’ taxi ride into Argostoli town for more clubs and bars and late night shopping. Lassi is a perfect base from which to explore the whole island.

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Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a village and a community on the Ionian island of Kefalonia,Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of Erisos. It is the northernmost port of Kefalonia, a short distance from Ithaca. Fiskardo has a small and diminishing fishing fleet. The coast around Fiskardo is mainly rocky with numerous pebble-beached coves. The port serves ferry routes to the ports of Frikes (Ithaca) and Lefkada. It is 5 km north of Vasilikades, 24 km north of Sami and 32 km north of Argostoli. The community of Fiskardo consists of the villages Fiskardo, Evreti, Katsarata, Matsoukata and Tselentata. Fiskardo is also the name of the two kilometre long bay in which the port is located. Fiskardo and the dense forest in the surrounding area have been declared areas of great natural beauty and are protected under Greek law. In recent years a small tourist industry has developed, centred on luxury villas in the area around the village. Unlike most of Cephalonia, Fiskardo escaped from destruction by the 1953 Ionian earthquake and it has kept its original architecture. In Fiscardo lived the poet and writer Nikos Kavvadias (1910-1975).

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Skala

Skala: Blue Flag. Watersports. Beautiful sandy beach with shallow waters backed by a small pine forest. Plenty of sun-beds and beach umbrellas available and choice of snack-bars. Water sports centre on the beach. This is one of the most popular beach resorts on the island.
From Skala beach you can walk for about 45 mins to one hour allong the coastline to reach Mounda beach.
Skala is a Greek village which has turned resort. Its main attraction is its long expanse of fine shingle and sand, gently shelving into the sea, with isolated coves in the surrounding area. There is a small high street 100 yards from the beach with shops and tavernas and streets branching off. Along the coast, Potamaki Beach is a haven for the rare loggerhead turtles, and this has now been declared a conservation area. Night-time ‘turtle watches’ are organised for those who wish to observe the creatures without threatening their survival. Historic sites include ruins of Roman buildings with lovely mosaics. A mile out of town archaeologists discovered a 7th century BC temple of Apollo, parts of which can be seen in the Argostoli museum. The 5-mile walk along the coast path to Poros is popular.

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