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KEFALONIA - THE ISLAND OF CONTRASTS

Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea, with Argostoli as its capital, which is characterized by the seas, the unique hospitality of its inhabitants, the traditional cuisine, but also its attractions. It is located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, between the island of Lefkada in Zakynthos and a short distance from the island of Ithaca. It has managed to maintain the traditional character of its settlements and its customs. Rare loggerhead turtles choose beaches on the island to lay their eggs, so it is common to see sheltered nests in some of them.

Kefalonia is known for its mysteries, such as the sea water that disappears in the sinkholes and the mystical cave of Melissani. It is one of the most popular attractions on the island, as the water disappears from the cracks near the shore. The Cave of Drogarati, is also a unique cave, older than 100 million years, full of stalagmites and stalactites which is worth visiting. The Cyclopean walls are located just outside the village of Razata and as can be seen from the name given to them, they are very large walls that were part of the ancient city of Krani.

Assos Castle is one of the two castles that one should not miss to visit Kefalonia. The Castle of Agios Georgios is also located near the village of Peratata, of Venetian architecture and with Venetian interventions. Churches and Byzantine icons have been preserved inside. The Lantern of Agios Theodoros is located in the wider area of Argostoli and more specifically in Agios Theodoros. The "Rock of Byron" is located in the village of Lakithra near Kallithea, dedicated to Lord Byron who lived some years of his life there.

Fiskardo is one of the most famous villages of the island named after the conqueror Roberto Giscardo. The lagoon of Argostoli, Koutavos stands out thanks to the small island, the mouse island, just before the entrance of the city. Of unique beauty is the park of Napier, a tree-lined part of the city, elevated surrounded by yards of traditional Kefalonian type. Lixouri is the second largest city after Argostoli, inhabited since the Paleolithic era, while in classical times it was an ally of Corinth. An area of great archaeological interest is Poros, the third port of Kefalonia which combines mountain and sea.

Myrtos beach is a trademark of the Ionian Islands and has been voted as one of the best beaches in Greece and around the world. The landscape of Myrtos is dominated by white pebbles, turquoise waters and steep cliffs. Petani is definitely one of the best beaches, equal even with Myrtos. Antisamos is the beach where the most impressive scenes of the movie "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" were shot. It has been awarded a blue flag, is located a few kilometers from the port of Sami and overlooks southern Ithaca. The busiest beach is Makris Gialos together with Platys Gialos right next to which the waters are shallow, always cool and crystal clear.

Xi beach, which is dominated by white pebbles and steep cliffs, the red-tile color of the sand steals the show. Its name is due to the bay that looks like the letter "Xi". Foki beach next to Fiskardo got its name from the appearance of the Mediterranean seal Monks Monks. The beach of Skala is busy, which visitors prefer as its 5 km length does not leave a feeling of crowds. Near the port of Poros, there is a large beautiful organized beach with coarse sand. Right next to the beach of Poros is one of the best beaches in the area, Aragia, which is awarded every year with a blue flag.

Pies, greens and meat characterize the traditional Kefalonian cuisine. Typical dishes such as cod pie, goat soup, tsigarida and hare sauce are some of the things to taste as well as noodles, Robola wine or thyme honey. Kefalonia may not be as famous for its nightlife as other Greek islands, but in Argostoli, entertainment until the early morning hours is guaranteed and is very easily accessible from most parts of the island. However, Kefalonia is the island where one can escape from life in the city and make amazing vacations in nature, by the sea. Hotels, large or family units, rooms and apartments for rent and villas for rent exist in every corner of the island.

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