Lixouri is the second largest village of Kefalonia, located 30 km west of Argostoli. Today, it counts on 3000 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in agriculture and tourism. The town lies around the blue bay of Argostoli overlooking the capital. Regular ferries connect the two destinations. The beautiful town of Lixouri was built on the site where the ancient city of Pali used to be, one of the four principal cities of Kefalonia during Antiquity. Due to the major earthquake of 1953 the city was destroyed and only a couple of mansions survived and can still be seen today.
Kefalonia is an island of contrasts, green hills, dramatic landscapes, golden sandy beaches and traditions intact. Kefalonia is the largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea and has the highest mountain in the archipelago Ionic: Mount Enos which reaches a height of 1627 meters. During a sunny day, of Mount Enos stunning views over the neighboring island of Zakynthos and the island of Ithaca. Kefalonia is a top tourist attraction, most visitors opting for famous resorts such as Lassi, Poros, Skala, Sami, Lourdata Katelios, Assos, Argostoli, Lixouri and Fiscardo.
A Greek village which has turned resort. Its main attraction is its long expanse of fine shingle and sand, gently shelving into the sea, with isolated coves in the surrounding area. There is a small high street 100 yards from the beach with shops and tavernas and streets branching off. Along the coast, Potamaki Beach is a haven for the rare loggerhead turtles, and this has now been declared a conservation area. Night-time 'turtle watches' are organised for those who wish to observe the creatures without threatening their survival. Historic sites include ruins of Roman buildings with lovely mosaics. A mile out of town archaeologists discovered a 7th century BC temple of Apollo, parts of which can be seen in the Argostoli museum. The 5-mile walk along the coast path to Poros is popular.
Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and the island's main working port with a natural harbour. It is on the east coast of a peninsula, surrounded by wooded mountains, and an ideal base from which to explore the island. Staying in Argostoli can give you the feeling of living in the town rather than being a tourist.
Poros is lush and green and one of the three ports of the island with daily connections to Kylini and the Greek mainland. It has an attractive and compact centre with shops , bars and tavernas. After the earthquake of 1953 which destroyed the few fishermen's houses, it was rebuilt at the foot of the mountains Pahni and Atros. The sea with its clear and transparent waters offers a spectacular sight with a variety of colours. The area is renowned as a fishing place, while its caves are a shelter for the seal Monachus-Monachus and the Loggerhead turtle Caretta- Caretta.
Svoronata is located in the Southwest of the island of Kefalonia, approximately 4 miles south of Argostoli, and 2 miles south of Lassi. Although Svoronata is only minutes from the airport the area is peaceful and scenically very beautiful with lots of olive groves and fields full of wild flowers.
Due to its lovely sandy beaches and proximity to both airport and town, Lassi is understandably popular. It lies just three kilometres to the south of Argostoli, the island capital, but has plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops of its own. Although a developing resort area, Lassi remains mainly low-key and particularly popular with families. Lassi has two superb beaches which get busy in season, but this does ensure that they have good facilities, including watersports, sun beds and a beach bar or two. In the evenings many head into Argostoli, either on foot or by taxi. The Lassi area is the best place from which to undertake a thorough exploration of the island. All excursions pick up from here and, with a string of undeveloped sandy beaches along Kefalonia's peaceful south coast only 20 minute drive away.
Pessada is located 12 km east of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia and offers exquisite views over the natural bay and the small fishing boats that moor there. Tourist facilities are not available but there is enough space for parking. A path will lead you directly to the beach. The place is ideal for relaxation and peaceful moments. This small wonderfully undeveloped bay consists of soft sand, crystal waters and rocks dotted around the bay. The bay is often very busy. Nearby, the Church of Estravromenos stands on top of the village.
Close to the village of Svoronata Aghia Pelagia is a small cove with a local fishermen's marina. It is accessible from the road opposite the Irinna hotel in Svoronata. Recent works have taken place to expand its use as a marina.
Katelios, on the south-west coast of Kefalonia, was little more than a hamlet until about twenty years ago, when tourists first discovered the beauty and tranquillity offered by the sandy beach and flat farming land in the plain behind.
Lakithra is one of a network of small villages and hamlets strung along a hillside clothed in olive and lemon trees overlooking the west coast. Not just a tourist village, although there are a couple of small hotels and a few villas but home to many and thus a thriving village. It’s just a ten minute drive into Argostoli, so an evening in the island capital, strolling along the waterfront, shopping or enjoying a meal at one of the many tavernas in its wide tree lined streets can be followed by a short return taxi ride.
A typical small, sleepy Greek village measuring ½ ml long by ¼ ml wide, with tiny, narrow streets winding off on both sides of the main through road. It boasts a picturesque church, an attractive mix of tumbledown rustic and smart, modern buildings, colourful gardens, a couple of small tavernas and a tiny minimarket/bar where the local ancients gather to drink coffee and play draughts.
Agia Efimia (Aghia Efimia) is a quaint little fishing village situated on the east-coast of Kefalonia Island. It is surrounded by mountains to the north, west and south, which form the Pyllaros Valley. Agia Efimia is very centrally located on the island of Kefalonia, which makes it ideal as a base to explore the rest of Kefalonia Island. The village has a dozen little tavernas and cafeterias all of excellent quality. Each taverna in Agia Efimia has its own special dish and you will find all owners very friendly. Agia Efimia has a natural bay and beach and the bay has won numerous awards for its clean sea. Snorkeling in the bay of Agia Efimia is therefore also recommended.
Karavomilos is a picturesque fish village in the west part of Sami and 1 km from the harbor.
The village is a pole of attraction for the visitors, as very close to it, are some of the most famous natural sights in Kefalonia. The cave of Drogarates and the lake of Melissani.
Fiscardo is a picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village on the Northern tip of Kefalonia, largest of the seven Ionian islands. Of the approximate 365 villages on this large and diverse island, Fiscardo is unique in that it was left virtually undamaged during the great earthquake of 1953,that ruined most of the historic buildings on Kefalonia.
Leivatho (Λειβαθώ) is a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kefalonia, of which it is a municipal unit. It lies south of Argostoli, on the central south coast of the island, and has a land area of 62.626 km² and a population of 5,745 (2011 census). Its largest towns are Peratáta (751), Svoronáta (pop. 710), Vlacháta (699), and Lakithra (613).
Sami is the second busiest port on Kefalonia serving ferries to Corfu, Ithaki, Patras and Italy. Sami is a very charming working town with a long waterfront, lined with shaded restaurants and tavernas serving the locally caught fish of the day.
Ammes is a nice sandy beach located 10 km southwest of Argostoli, the capital of kefalonia and quite close to the village of Svoronata. The beach offers some tourist facilities like sunbeds and umbrellas and in close distance plenty of cafes and nice taverns. It consists of nice clean waters, soft sand and rock formations that rise out of the sea. The enchanting lush greenery enhances the beautiful atmosphere and offers relaxing and refreshing holidays to all visitors. The environment is quite friendly and safe, ideal for families. Despite its close proximity to the airport, the beach remains quiet most of the times and very pleasant. For those interested, at the village of Svoronata there are many accommodations for all tastes.
Lourdata is the village at the centre of the area known as Lourdas on the Greek island of Kefalonia.
At the centre of the village of Lourdata is the square with its enormous plane tree - at least 250 years old.
Here is the village shop. Close by are two restaurants and a couple of bars. At the shop, as well as buying day-to-day essentials, you can enjoy a coffee, a beer, or a soft drink in the atmosphere of a traditional kafeneion. Most of the available apartments and studios are close to the village centre.
Trapezaki is a beautiful beach located 15 km southeast of Argostoli, the main town of Kefalonia and 2 km from Lourdata village. The beach is totally unspoilt offering an enchanting landscape that captivates all visitors. Certain amenities like mini-market and a tavern are found nearby. Trapezaki offers spots for both relaxation and more noisy atmosphere. The long sandy beach provides a nice choice for quiet family vacation. Water sports are also available for all ages. The nearest village is Moussata, which is a few minutes drive away. The countryside is excellent for taking walks and finding the local tracks.
Spartia village is located 12 km southeast of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. It is a traditional fishing village with abundant natural beauty that attracts many visitors. The beach of Spartia lies next to its fishing jetty enclosed by a steep limestone cliff known as Hatzoklis. The cliff gives respite to the beach from the afternoon sun as well as the strong winds. If you like to stroll around the beach you will find interesting rocky enclaves and pools in the outcrops nearby. Water is crystal blue and warm. There are also a couple of taverns at the back of the beach.
Xi beach is definitely one of the most famous beaches in Kefalonia characterized by its white rocky hills that surround the beach and the reddish brown sand. It is a long drive from Argostoli about 40 km and 10 km from Lixouri. The beach took its name from the cove that has the shape of the letter X. The beach is quite well-organized with straw umbrellas and sunbeds. Right on the beach is a nice bar serving cold drinks and snacks and a water sports center for the most adventurous types. The shallow waters and the gentle waves create the ideal environment for the children. Around the area one will find many taverns, rooms to rent and small shops. A number of hotels are also available for your stay. The beach is easily accessed by car or public buses from Lixouri and Argostoli.
Vlachata is a village and a community in the eastern part of the municipal unit of Leivathos near the south coast of the island of Kefalonia, Greece. To avoid confusion with another Vlachata near Sami, it is also known as Vlachata Eikosimias. The community consists of the villages Vlachata and Simotata, which is 2 km east of Vlachata. Vlachata is situated on a mountain slope above the Ionian Sea coast, at about 200 m elevation. Mount Ainos, the highest point of Cephalonia, is 4 km to the northeast. Vlachata is 1 km northwest of Lourdata, 2 km southeast of Mousata, 13 km southwest of Poros and 13 km southeast of Argostoli. The road from Argostoli to Poros runs through Vlachata.
Minies beach consists of three sandy beaches with few pebbles, found 7 km south of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. The first beach is covered with grey sand and there is a cantine is the only thing available here for the visitors. The second beach is much preferred by the fishermen without any tourist facilities, while the third one is much more peaceful. Right opposite is the tiny islet of Vardiani.