Travel Greece: Greek island of Kefalonia

7/29/2009 11:44:00 AM ·

Travel to Kefalonia

The Greek island of Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is named after the mythological figure Cephalus. The island is located in the center of the earthquake zone, and dozens of unrecorded tremors occur each year. In 1953, a massive earthquake almost destroyed the settlement on the island, leaving only Fiscardo in the north untouched.

Over the years, Kefalonia has flourished as a tourist destination; however their expectations were completely unreserved and wholehearted.

Kefalonia is attractive to many tourists traveling to Greece because of its welcoming and caring nature. As large as the island is, there is still no feeling of overcrowding or congestion.

The Scenery of Kefalonia

Kefalinia’s highest mountain is Mount Aenos, with an elevation of 1628m (almost the same elevation as Denver, Colorado in North America); to the west-northwest are the Paliki mountains, where Lixouri is sited, with other mountains taking in Gerania and Agia Dynati.

There are resorts on the mountain, however there is a range connecting traffic from southwestern to the eastern part of the island is one of the few roads going into the mountain range. Also, there are several caves to the North to be explored.

Best Place to Stay in Kefalonia

Most tourists stay in or around Lassi, a serene resort a few kilometres from Argostoli and in the villages Skala and Katelios in the Municipality of Elios-Pronni. Their numbers have increased since the best-seller, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, was made a film (2001) shot on the island itself. Many people that choose to travel to Greece visit Kefalonia. Many tourists come from Italy mostly because of its proximity.

Boating in Kefalonia

There are five harbours and ports in the region: four main harbors on the island, Same or Sami, and a major port with links to Patras and Ithaca. Poros, in the south, has ferry routes to Kyllini; Argostoli, in the west, is the largest port, for local boats and ferries to Zante and regularly to Lixouri; Fiscardo, in the north, has links to Lefkas and Ithaca.

Beaches in Kefalonia

• Atheras Beach
• Katelios
Mounda Bay, near Kateleios
Myrtos Beach
Lepeda Beach
• Petani Beach
• Vatsa Bay
• Xi Beach


There are 8 communities that make up Kefalonia

Argostoli




Lixouri


Sami

Picture credit by currybet

Erisos



Eleios


Pylaros

Leivathos

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