The region of Pylaros is located in the north-central part of the island.
The landscape is dominated by a valley formed between two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros that provide a corridor between the amazing coastlines on the East and West. The mountains are both rocky and green and are dotted with herds of sheep and goats, old buildings and small settlements.
A main road that runs along the valley floor links the two coasts (there are also smaller roads you can take on the mountainside) and a signed walking path crisscrosses the valley from Agia Efimia to famous Myrtos beach with branches leading off to other villages along the way offering terrific walks and hikes. The valley has many olive trees providing a rich source of oil and olives, a plentiful source of animals and a rural, traditional feel.
Traditionally goat and sheep farming were the main income of the area, and whilst there are still many herds, and some fishing, in recent years tourism has become the prime income.
Whilst the region remains traditional and largely underdeveloped it has many attractions and activities for visitors.
The largest settlement in Pylaros is Agia Efimia, located at sea level on the eastern coast. If you are staying in Agia Efimia you will find major services and facilities such as a post office, pharmacy, souvenir shops, travel agencies, a chandlers, a variety of supermarkets, snack bars and tavernas/restaurants.
Other notable villages in this region include Makriotika, Markata, Vasilopoulata, Potamianata, Anomeria, Krini, Xeropotamos, Drakopoulata, Feredinata, Dendrinata, and Siniori (Divarata).
Hiring a car is a great option to explore the other areas, or to drive into Agia Efimia for supplies, but there are tavernas and mini-markets dotted around the other villages. Divarata has a few places to eat, a couple of mini-markets and some souvenir and tourist shops.
The region is an excellent choice for families and for couples looking for a quiet holiday because apart from the café culture and eating out there is little in the way of nightlife, but there are many attractions and activities to keep you occupied.
Most of the beaches in this area are predominantly pebble, making for excellent snorkeling and clear waters.
There are many walking trails in this area, including Agia Efimia to Themata Monastery, Traces of Old Agia Efimia, and walking paths to Myrtos, to Drakopoulata (you could admire here the remains of the old village), to Divarata and in and around the valley. Walking around Makriotika village you could get as well the atmosphere of the olda days and stop to relax for a coffee or a nice meal in one of the three tavernas.
Organised boat tours leave from the harbour at Agia Efimia for various day trips such as the vessel Romantika, or you can rent a small hire boat from one of the companies in the harbour like Boulevard Boats to explore the seas yourself! A water taxi service also leaves from the harbor. If you prefer to see what's below the surface you can go diving with Makis at the Aquatic Scuba Diving Club. Rent a scooter or a car from the village or hire a bicycle from Boulevard Boats to fully explore the region or further afield.
During the first weeks of July the village hosts a street market, church services and entertainment to celebrate the Saints name day on the 11th July, it’s a fabulous way to connect with the locals and experience some local and traditional culture, it’s free and everyone is welcome to participate.
Various concerts and events take place throughout the tourist season, starting with a small flower market and wreath making on Protomagia (May Day) to celebrate Greek Labour Day. Check our calendar of events
There are many waterfront tavernas, restaurants and cafes in Agia Efimia, some with live music, take a walk and look out for notice boards with special events.
You can take a fun and informative cooking lesson with a local too!
Food & Drink
From sea-side dining to authentic village tavernas Pylaros has a great variety of places with a special atmosphere! It's also a great place to pick up some traditional products. Here are our favourites.
Combine a visit with swimming from the rocks below or the beaches in Agia Efimia with a laid back lunch or coffee, or a special dinner at Sea Rock ws. It mixes the traditional and the contemporary, offering a twist on Greek fare served in a beautiful garden, with great sea views. Try to visit on a full moon – the night views can be awesome too! Close by is Amalia, a family run taverna, with tasty local homemade food and amazing sea views. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner and on some night’s traditional acoustic music and singing takes place. Next to the harbor is the popular contemporary bar and restaurant Carena – they serve snacks, meals and a wide variety of drinks, cocktails, teas, and coffees. A cool hang out for locals and visitors alike, with some live music nights. Visit Maklithari Taverna after a walk around the authentic Makriotika village or after a swim at Myrtos. It’s a family taverna in the square with views of Agia Efimia, serving mainly traditional meat dishes – the pork served on Fridays is particularly popular. Myrtillo Shop is located at the junction of Divarata so on your way to Myrtos you can try and buy local delicacies such as honey, jams and soaps, and find about the life of bees in a short presentation. There is a nice little garden at the back of the shop with tables were you could sit an enjoy a healthy snack.
Whether you are sailing, fishing or just having fun on the beach, you can find the necessary equipment at Agia Efimia Chandlers, located on the harbour front! If they don’t have what you are looking for, they will be more than happy to bring it for you upon request. For Greek and Kefalonian food and beauty products pop into Myrtillo Shop at the Divarata crossroads.
Car, Scooter, bicycle, boat, yacht, taxi hire
Rent a car Kefalonia is a family company and its members are always ready to welcome you with a smile and courtesy as well as to answer all your questions. You will have excellent friendly service, you will receive your car without time-consuming procedures and you will always find options depending on your needs.
Kefalonia Taxi Transfers is the oldest taxi company on the island. They have friendly drivers that can collect you on the spot or arrange an appointment for another hour or day. All taxis carry a maximum of four passengers and their luggage, mini-bus also available.
Kefalonia Taxi Service is a reliable Kefalonian taxi company with excellent service, the best executive cars, punctual and experienced drivers. They provide a reliable and good service, reasonable prices with helpful, English speaking drivers.
Kefalonia Yachts provide private yacht charter.
Water Taxi Service, Agia Efimia provide a service for trips over to the neighbouring islands of Ithaca and Lefkas. Services operate to Pisaetos and Vathi on Ithaca, as well as Vassiliki on Lefkas. Local services from Aghia Efimia to Fiscardo and Assos. You may also book a private tour.
Viva Personal Chef; If you want to be pampered, relax and enjoy traditional Greek food without leaving your accommodation, Chef Viva is here to make your dream come true!
Beauty & Wellbeing
Take a class of Yoga with Marco and learn skills to be more peaceful, serene and to focus better on what it’s really important for you during your holidays; and after the holidays, at home, during your daily life: emotions, self love and positive attitude towards others.
Kefalonia massage Christina and her colleagues can indulge you with the complete relaxation of a professional massage! Choose from a range of styles and treatments, such as Release & Relax , Hot Stones, Deep Tissue, Thai, or Head-Back-Feet massage. Her team consists of three massage therapists who are able to provide other beauty services too.
One of the most stunning beaches in Greece, if not of the world, can be found here and any visitor to Kefalonia should not leave without seeing the beautiful and breathtaking Myrtos Beach. It's ultra blue waters are amazing, and although it gets very busy in the high season, it is a large beach with space for everybody.
Other small beaches in the area can be found in Agia Efimia and along the coastline between Pylaros and Sami including Lithovatis, (Agia Efimia), Agia Efimia Beach, and Agia Paraskevi. Agia Efimia, traditionally a fishing village, retains its charm with a bustling harbour and a welcoming local population. Whilst In Agia Efimia visit the Roman Villa, located behind the main square of the village.
Makriotika, at the heart of Pylaros, is the only village that has maintained a lot of the color and character of the pre earthquake times it's worth a walk around, there is a coffee shop and a couple of tavernas, and visit the Olive Story Museum (check for opening times).
Dotted around the area you will find remains of traditional windmills, and some pre-earthquake houses: Drakapoulata has some amazing ruins which give the visitor a feel of what it was like to live in an old traditional village. Themata Monastery lies about half way up Agia Dynati Mountain and is worth the trip for the views alone.