Learn to love Lefkas
Lefkatha means "white" and the islands' name of Lefkas reflects the towering white cliffs and beaches on the Western shores of this green and unspoilt island. Sailing from Fiscardo to Vassiliki, plenty of windsurfers consider this bay serious windsurfing territory. Apart from watching the colourful sails as they strut their stuff, exploring the rest of the island is a delight. Sivota, Nidri, Geni and Lefkas Town offer a wonderful variety of beaches, villages and towns to explore.
The patron saint of Kefalonia. When his body was exhumed 2 years after his death in 1579, it was found not to have decomposed. Since his death, many miracles took place in the village around the monastery, which was when he was declared a saint
Cooling off in the caves
The eerie Drogarati caves can be found a couple of kilometres south of Sami, and the stalagmites & stalactites here are truly amazing. The cave is actually quite big, and makes for some wonderful photographs take a jacket or cardy , when the temperatures have cooled you off, you may fill the chill.
Try the local pies ...
The Greeks love their pies, and the Kefalonians have taken it one step further in producing this nourishing dish. Everyone has their own secret recipe, so we are unable to tell you exactly whats in it, but it is filo pastry stuffed with minced pork meat & rice along with the secret recipe of spices and sauce. It is delicious.
Journey back in time
Korgialenios museum No trip to Argostoli would be complete without visiting this excellent museum of Kefaloniass turbulent and varied past. As you may know, Kefalonia has been through many wars and under many dominions, namely the Normands, Venetians, Turks, Russians, French and the English, before becoming reunited with mother Greece back in 1864. This excellent museum unravels the past and is well worth a visit.
read what the fuss was all about...
Captain Correli 's Mandolin is a carefully written book, fascinating in explaining the complicated politics of the second world war in Greece and far outdoes the film, which did, however, show the true beauty of the island, in particular, Anti-Samos beach where much of the movie was filmed.
a haunting atmosphere
Melissani cave and underground lake is definitely not to be missed! Close to Karavolimnos, this impressive ethereal environment is simply stunning. The colours & haunting atmosphere are memorable, as startlingly bright daylight pours in through a hole in the cavern roof.
Aim for the top!
Drive up to St Georges' castle above the village of Peratata, in the middle of the island as the views are magnificent, and the little taverna up there is highly recommended. The question is how did they get the building materials up there so high? The taverna is closed Mondays and open till 3pm daily.
Island hop for the day!
Another island, not so far away from Kefalonia, but it could be at the other end of the world, such is the contrast between these beautiful islands. Take the daily grab the ferry over from the port of Pessada for the 90 minute crossing to Skinari, in the north of Zakynthos, and from there you could take another boat trip to the amazing ship-wreck beach, or go for a sightseeing tour before catching the evening ferry back.
15 august - festival of the snakes
On the biggest festival day of the year in Greece, the festival of Saint Maria, the most bizarre goings on take place in a village called Markopoulo. The story goes that Nuns once begged the Virgin Mary to turn them into snakes during a raid, and ever since, snakes are brought out to slither around the icons of the church in Markopoulo on this day, and many people consider this festival as a good luck festival and by touching or kissing the snakes, you are going to have a lucky year!
saddle up and explore
There is an excellent established riding school located in the village of Zervata, 4km south of Sami. A truly wonderful experience, their experienced team offer everything from 1-5 hours trips, to camping overnight with barbecue and campfire. For horse riding enthusiasts, this has to be high up on your list of things to do
Anti-Sami- wonderful sandy beach
A great beach used as a backdrop for much of the Captain Corelli movie. Remarkably it has remained little changed over the years, still densely packed with the endemic Kefalonia fir tree.
across the Drepano bridge
In Argostoli, this famous bridge/causeway was built back in 1813, and now that it is a car- free zone, it has become a popular haunt for an evening Volta (the Greek terminology for an evening stroll), and perfect for adding to your photo library as the views back towards Argostoli are wonderful. But buy a small fishing line before you do, and try to catch your lunch (like the locals do! Small hand held fishing lines only cost a couple of euros).
Greek style tapas!
There are many different brands of ouzo, the most popular ones are made on the island of Lesvos. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes so we suggest that you buy the one that you like the look of best, as the tastes are all similar. As for the meze part, traditionally, this is a small platter that is made up from bits and pieces that are either left over from a previous meal, or small pieces 'stolen' whilst cooking a meal for someone else!
A bit of a mouthful in both senses!
Visit any Zaxaroplastio for a sweet pastry! This complicated word denotes popular pastry shops that have a large array of tiny, sticky, confections, using filo pastry, nuts, honey, figs and raisins, some cakes ooze chocolate - – naughty but nice….
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