From ancient ruins to mysterious caves, pristine beaches and captivating villages, Cephalonia captures the essence of the Ionian Isles in Greece. Cephalonia draws visitors in with its mythological and archaeological remnants of life centuries ago.
Things to do in Cephalonia
Beaches are abundant on Cephalonia, including Lourdas, Petani and Skala. Myrtos Beach crowns the sparkling Mediterranean coastline with unforgettable sunset views framed by emerald hills and white cliffs. Snorkelers can head to Atheras Beach, while warm waters beckon swimmers and sunbathers at Antisamos Beach, near the small village of Sami.
In Sami town, visit the Ancient Acropolis, an archaeological site appearing in Greek literature, such as Homer’s “Iliad”. At the nearby Melissani Cave, you can explore a clear azure-tinted lake where pots and vessel fragments have been unearthed, many tied to myths about the Greek nymph Melissanthi. Stop by the Argostoli Archaeology Museum to view relics from Sami’s earlier days.
Feel like village-hopping? Follow a forest path to the ruins of a 16th-century Venetian castle in Assos and visit the fishing village of Fiscardo to explore its charming shops, pubs and Byzantine churches. Near the villages of Falgrata and Valsamata, join pilgrims as they trek to the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos for its legendary healing powers.
Get out on the water to discover the myriad of inlets, coves and remote beaches. Sailing and catamaran excursions run year-round, along with glass-bottom boat tours and snorkeling and scuba diving trips.
Getting around Cephalonia
Kefalonia International Airport is eight kilometers outside the main town of Argostoli, with taxi services available from the airport and throughout the island. Buses travel to nearby beaches and villages and numerous rental firms offer a variety of vehicles.