One of seven Ionian islands, Kefalonia lies 30 miles away from mainland Greece. It has many different spellings (Cephallenia, Cephallonia, Kefallinia, Kefallonia) due to the diverse ruling entities that historically conquered the island. The natural splendor of the island is breathtaking; Kefalonia has not been overwhelmed by tourism and remains unspoiled, idyllic, and beautiful.
Houses set into the hillsides and quaint fishing towns characterize this rustic island. Argostoli, on the east side of the island, is the capital. Even though it’s a small town, Argostoli is more cosmopolitan than you would expect. It has plenty of restaurants and bars, and the pedestrian area of Lithostroto Street runs past many different shops.
If you’re looking for some history, visit the Archeological Museum, where excavated artifacts have been collected to tell the story of the island’s past, or step into the impressive library that houses over 50,000 ancient manuscripts and books.
Sami is a tiny village that was constructed near the ruins of one of Kefalonia’s prominent ancient cities. Although the town is small, it has a significant port, and the surrounding landscape is stunning. In the summer months, the village swarms with tourists attending a variety of cultural events and festivals.
Sami is also home to several monasteries, intriguing caves, and popular Mellisani Lake. Click here to read more »