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TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Kefalonia boasts of 365 villages, as many as the days of the year! The capital –Argostoli- and the second largest town: Lixouri, are two of the island’s most important tourist destinations. Although massively damaged by the 1953 earthquake, both towns managed to safeguard some of their former glory and Ionian aesthetic. Cosmopolitan Fiskardo, in the island’s North, which withstood the earthquake’s devastation, remaining intact, is unarguably Kefalonia’s most picturesque destination and favourite haunt for international jet setters, visiting its port in their super-yachts and enjoying its famous tavernas. Also in the island’s North, beautiful Assos, dominated by its impressive Venetian fortress, offers peaceful times, while a short distance away from Assos, the world renowned Myrtos beach stands ready to amaze you.

MUSEUMS

The island’s archaeological museum exhibits archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic, Mycenaean, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

MELISSANI CAVE AND LAKE

Near the village of Karavomylos, just 2 km West of Sami, an unusual cave hides a massive underground lake. Visit the cave during the hot afternoon hours to experience its quasi magical eeriness, fresh temperatures and psychedelic water colourations.

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

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Kefalonia boasts of 365 villages, as many as the days of the year! The capital –Argostoli- and the second largest town: Lixouri, are two of the island’s most important tourist destinations. Although massively damaged by the 1953 earthquake, both towns managed to safeguard some of their former glory and Ionian aesthetic. Cosmopolitan Fiskardo, in the island’s North, which withstood the earthquake’s devastation, remaining intact, is unarguably Kefalonia’s most picturesque destination and favourite haunt for international jet setters, visiting its port in their super-yachts and enjoying its famous tavernas. Also in the island’s North, beautiful Assos, dominated by its impressive Venetian fortress, offers peaceful times, while a short distance away from Assos, the world renowned Myrtos beach stands ready to amaze you.
Kourkoumelata, a living monument to urban renewal, is located 10 km from Argostoli. Although completely levelled during the 1953 earthquake, it was rebuilt in its entirety using modern urban planning methods, combined to neoclassical architectural style. The village will please your sense of propriety and order with its wide streets and leafy public gardens.


MUSEUMS

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ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM
The island’s archaeological museum exhibits archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic, Mycenaean, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00
Ticket price: 3 euros
FOLK ART MUSEUM
Housed in the ground floor of Argostoli’s impressive Korgialenian Library; the museum showcases –among many other exhibits- a reconstitution of a traditional 19th century Kefalonian house and a rich collection of photographs.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 09:00-14:00.

Where
Archaeological: G. Vergoti, T:+30 2671028300
Folk Art: 2, Ilia Zervou str., T:+30 2671028835

MELISSANI CAVE AND LAKE

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Near the village of Karavomylos, just 2 km West of Sami, an unusual cave hides a massive underground lake. Visit the cave during the hot afternoon hours to experience its quasi magical eeriness, fresh temperatures and psychedelic water colourations.
Opening hours: May-October 08:00-20:00
Ticket price: adults 5 euros, children 6-12 2.5 euros



Info
T:+30 2674022997
MONASTERIES

The church and monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the island’s patron-saint, attract believers from all over Greece, flocking to witness the miraculously preserved saint’s relic. Visit the nearby cave, where Gerasimos prayed. Atrou monastery, near Poros,
Is Kefalonia’s oldest, dating to Byzantine times, while Kipouria monastery -15 km from Lixouri- is built on a shear cliff side overlooking the sea, 90 metres below.

FORTRESS OF AGIOS GEORGIOS

In a short distance from the village of Peratata, visit the imposing 13th century Venetian fortress, built to defend Kefalonia’s old capital. In its 16,000 square metres you may tour the ruined buildings and walk along the 600 metre long walls to take in the grandiose view.

MONASTERIES

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The church and monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the island’s patron-saint, attract believers from all over Greece, flocking to witness the miraculously preserved saint’s relic. Visit the nearby cave, where Gerasimos prayed. Atrou monastery, near Poros,
Is Kefalonia’s oldest, dating to Byzantine times, while Kipouria monastery -15 km from Lixouri- is built on a shear cliff side overlooking the sea, 90 metres below.



FORTRESS OF AGIOS GEORGIOS

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In a short distance from the village of Peratata, visit the imposing 13th century Venetian fortress, built to defend Kefalonia’s old capital. In its 16,000 square metres you may tour the ruined buildings and walk along the 600 metre long walls to take in the grandiose view.