Kefalonia Villages

 
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Kefalonia Villages: You can visit several villages in the island of Kefalonia, Greece

 

 
 

ARGOSTOLI
there are several villages to visit in kefaloniaArgostoli is the capital and main port of the island. It is also the largest of the Kefalonia villages with approximately 14.000 inhabitants. Argostoli has been the capital of Kefalonia since 1757. The town is located in the centre of the southern part of the island, at the far end of the bay of the same name that is surrounded by many mountains and forests.

As the majority of the towns and villages of the island, it was destroyed by the huge earthquake of 1953, which shook the Ionians islands. The earthquake caused the loss of many of the town’s Venetian buildings. The town was rebuilt with the help of the Greek government but unfortunately not like the Capital of Zakynthos, for which efforts were made to maintain the traditional architectural style.

To reach the town, the visitor must cross a stone bridge of 650 metres long, the “Drapano” bridge. In the bridge’s middle way, there is a small pyramid called the “Colona”, a monument dedicated to the man who built the bridge, Charles de Bosset. Argostoli is a modern, cosmopolitan and busy town. The town has made efforts to produce interesting features.



 
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Argostoli has an attractive coastal road promenade lined with palm trees and paved with sea pebbles. Small caiques (fishing boats) sell every morning their daily catch. The coast road leads to the small ferry quay which departs for the town of Lixouri every half an hour.
The town also has a nice and large square, the Platia Valianou, surrounded by many restaurants, patisseries, café and bars. The square gets quickly crowded in the summer evenings and it is quite interesting to sit there and watch the Kefalonian way of life.

The commercial street of the town is Lithostroro (Cobbled Road). It is a pedestrian road lined by many shops, where the visitor can also admire the church of Saint Spyridon and the clock tower of Campana square.
The town of Argostoli also houses the Archaeological Museum and the Korgialenios History and Folklore Museum. The first one houses some interesting archaeological finds from the Mycenean, Hellenistic and Roman period: coins, swords, sculptures and ceramics. The second museum is located on the ground floor of the Corgialenian Library. It is a reconstitution of a traditional 19th century Kefalonian house. The visitor will also find there an interesting collection of photographs.

The town also has an imposing library consisting of 50.000 books. A little further on from the library, there is a theatre called “Kefalos”. It is considered as one of the best theatres of Greece.
Fanari (lighthouse) is situated a couple of kilometres from Argostoli. The Lighthouse of St. Theodore was built by the British Governor Napier. It is a small round building with white Dorian style columns which became one of the trademarks of Kefalonia.

The nearest beach resort is Sami. It is situated just a few kilometres from the town. It is a popular resort with some beautiful beaches awarded with the Blue Flag, many comfortable accommodations, and some nice tavernas, bars and shops.

 
 
 
   
   
   
  FISCARDO
Fiscardo is the nothernmost harbour of Kefalonia, situated opposite and very close to the island of Ithaka. The village is situated 50 km from the island’s capital.

It is a beautiful and picturesque fishing village with many caiques (fishing boats) mooring alongside. It is the only of the Kefalonia villages that was not destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. All the buildings have been kept in their original way and are today under a special preservation order. The harbour has also kept its traditional beauty and has therefore become one of the most significant resorts of the island. It attracts every summer thousands of visitors and can get quickly overcrowded.

The village also has other attractions than its natural beauty. Many beaches are located in the area (although not sandy) and offer clear and calm waters. The visitor will also find in the area some ruins of a Palaeolithic settlement, of a Byzantine church and many little picturesque ports.

 
     
   
   
  ASSOS
akrotiri village in kefaloniaAssos is situated on the west side of the island, 36 km from the capital. It is a small charming village of a hundred inhabitants and it is considered as one of the most picturesque of all the villages of Kefalonia.

The village does not offer any really impressive beaches but a charming atmosphere created by a couple of tavernas standing on the quayside and overlooking the beautiful bay.

Assos is built on the small peninsula of the same name. The village is dominated by the ruins of a 16th century Venetian castle.


imerovigli village
imerovigli village
imerovigli village

 
     
   
     
 
 
LIXOURI
Lixouri is situated in the huge bay of Argostoli, in the southern part of the island, opposite to the capital. The distance that separates it from the capital is of 33 km but the two towns are also connected by ferry. Lixouri is the second largest of Kefalonia villages and has a population of 3.000 inhabitants. The town was built on the ancient city of Pali, one of the four major Kefalonian towns in Antiquity.

Lixouri, as all the towns and villages of Kefalonia, was destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. It lost many of its Venetian architectural treasures and only a couple of mansions still stand today.

The town has a main square, Platia Petritsi and many restaurants, café and bars are located in this area. The square is where the town’s animation is concentrated. It also hosts festivals. The Lixourians are famous for their music capacities and the town is home to one of Greece’s oldest and most important orchestras.
The area of Lixouri offers some of the most beautiful beaches of the island: Lepeda, Mega Lakos and Xi. The area also has many interesting churches to visit.
 
     
   
   
 

SAMI
pyrgos village or pirgosSami is situated on the eastern coast of Kefalonia, in the bay of the same name, 22 km from the island’s capital. It has a population of approximately 1.000 inhabitants.

It was built near the ruins of one of the four major cities of the island during Antiquity. It’s the island’s most significant harbour with a daily boat service to Patras, Ithaki and Italy. Its seaside road is lined by many touristy taverns, bars and cafés.

The town is located in an area of great natural beauty with impressive green hills and beautiful beaches.

The area also has other attractions to offer: some interesting monasteries (Agrilia), several caves (Karavomylos and Dragati), underground lakes (Melissani) and many beautiful little villages.

Sami gets even more interesting during the summer time, when the town’s municipality organises some cultural events like concerts and theatrical performances…kefalonia churches :

 
     
   
     
  SKALA
messaria village
Skala is situated in the South Eastern tip of the island, 37 km from the capital and 12 km from Poros. The coastal village was built after the earthquake of 1953.

Before 1953, the village was located on the hillside behind the new village.

Today, only a few ruins of the “old skala” can be seen. Skala is a normal village with its own life, unlike some other coastal villages that were only built to accommodate the tourists.

Skala is the largest resort of the southern part of the island and attracts thousands of visitors every summer. It has a large sandy beach with clear waters lined by pine trees and offers many facilities (sun beds and water sports). The village has many restaurants, cafes, shops and accommodations. Most of them are located in the village’s main street.

Some ruins of a Roman villa are located on the edge of the village and a beautiful mosaic floor can be seen.

 
     
   
     
 

POROS
Poros is situated 41 km southwest of the island’s capital. It has a population of approximately 1.100 inhabitants. It is a picturesque village and port with ferries leaving to Kilini and Patras.

The landscape of the area is beautiful. It has dense vegetation and a crystal blue sea.

The settlement is located over a small rise. It has a main square with some tavernas, shops and cafes. The road that leads to Poros passes through an impressive gorge. According to the myth, this impressive rock formation was created by the supernatural forces of Hercules.

In the area of Poros, the visitor can visit the famous monastery of Atros.

 
     
   
     
  KOURKOUMELATA
Kourkoumelata is considered as one of the prettiest villages of Kefalonia. It is situated 10 km away from the island’s capital.

The village was totally destroyed by the earthquake of 1953 and then rebuilt with the financial help of the ship-owner Giorgios Vergotis. He organised and rebuilt the village following the neo-classical architectural tendencies.
 
   
   
   
   
  AGIA EVFIMIA
Aghia Evfimia is situated in the northeast of the island, 31 km from the capital. The town has become, in the recent years, a famous beach resort attracting thousands of visitors every summer. The town is also famous for its wide streets and beautiful buildings.
 
     
   
       

 
 

 

 

 

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