Why You Should Choose Kefalonia this Summer

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, and is located just off the western coast of Greece. This beautiful stretch of land has one of the highest tourist rates in Europe, and that’s because the views from the hills and shores are second to none. Although Kefalonia lies in the heart of an earthquake zone, there hasn’t been a major earthquake here since the 1950s.

Argostoli, Kefalonia’s major settlement, is the most densely populated region on the island. With an Elevation of over 1600m, Mount Ainos is Kefalonia’s highest mountain, and one of the most popular attractions on the island. Towering above the Paliki mountains, it overlooks Lixouri which is the main town in Kefalonia.

Lixouri is the second largest community on the island of Kefalonia, and it is also the capital of the peninsula. Situated just west of Argostoli, the city was founded after residents abandoned the old town and started a new one at the end of the 16th century.

Records show that the oldest document sent from Lixouri was in 1534, and it was to the Senate of Venice from the Lixouri local authorities. In 1867, many houses were reduced to rubble during a devastating earthquake; however, this hasn’t stopped many members of the Royal Family of Greece holidaying on the island over the years.

Lixouri Literature

Andreas Laskaratos, the famous Greek satirical author and poet, was born and grew up in Lixouri. Writing about life in his home town, Laskaratos published a number of books revealing the secrets of the sea and the soul of Kefalonia. “Death of a Town”, written in 1954 by author Kay Cicellis, describes one of the many earthquakes the island has suffered over the years, and also in 1954, Petros Katsaitis wrote and directed a play that was set in Lixouri, “Iphigenia in Lixourious”.

Lassi

Near to both the airport and the town, Lassi lies just three miles to the south of the island. Its beaches are some of the best on the island, and it is home to the best fish restaurants too. From cafés to bars, this tranquil town is a must see if you’re planning a trip to Kefalonia, and it provides a wealth of activities for families and couples alike.

Lourdas

Kefalonia’s south coast is home to Lourdas, one of the remotest parts of the island. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet then this is the place for you. Stretching for over a kilometre, the Lourdas beach is rarely busy, and a small high street with some bars and restaurants is only 100m away. Lourdes also has a number of taverns, famous for their local Greek beer. With scenic views and beautiful surroundings, Lourdas is a picturesque village.

Skala

Previously an old, cultural village, Skala has been turned into the biggest resort on Kefalonia. Many tourists flock here to see the expanse of fine shingle and sand that runs into the sea. With taverns branching off the high street, and a small mini-mart only 100m from the beach, Skala is more of a haven than a tourist destination.

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