Combine activity and adrenaline with Kefalonia’s nature! This itinerary is especially created with fun, excitement, and above all, adventure in mind. It is ideal for active travellers that are looking for an alternative experience during their holidays but aren’t necessarily extra fit or that young! The itinerary is by no means exhaustive so check out other things to see and do from my pages.
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Familiarise yourselves with the Sami region by starting your day in the underground magical world of Drogarati Cave. At the end of your visit to the cave go horse riding in the mountains or in the sea, or head off to the stunning Melissani Lake for a short boat tour – the best time of day to visit is around midday as the light comes through the open hole of the cave. Alternatively you can rent a bicycle, or a moped, or hike and explore some of the more off-the-beaten track areas. The abandoned village of Old Vlachata is a strange place where the facades of buildings, walls, streets, wells, old cisterns, stone ovens, and objects left by the settlers have survived amongst the trees and greenery that have established themselves between the ruins. Hike the trail from Antisamos beach to reach Koutsoupia beach which is only accessible on foot or by boat, but be aware the 2.5h trail is not suitable for children or the infirm. Another fabulous hike is the Ancient Sami Trail which leads from Antisamos beach, (it can also be reached from the main road or from Sami village) it offers great views of Sami port and you can explore the ruins of Ancient Sami. You can extend your walk another couple of kms to Agios Fanates where you can walk around the ruins of the monastery and see the ancient fresco. Lunch like a local at Mangiare, and feast on gyros, souvlaki & salads by the seaside.
For swimming, snorkeling and watersports stay on Antisamos beach. There are a variety of adrenaline fueled activities, such as Jet Skiing, Wakeboard/Kneeboard, Water Skiing, Tubes/ Sliders, Banana Boat, Crazy sofa, S.U.P, Windsurfing, Canoing, and Pedal Boats. Afterwards you can relax on the sunbeds by the sea and enjoy a snack, or a drink at Mojito Beach-Bar Restaurant.
If you prefer to take an organised tour take a look at Wild Nature Expeditions who have run an excellent programme of activities – the Caves of Sami Safari is definitely a striking and exciting way to discover some of Sami’s hidden treasures.
In the evening, call into IN Gallery to shop for fine art and tasteful gifts, just off the main square, and then finish your day with a traditional dinner at either the seaside tavern Karnagio or Contessina who often have live music. Melissani Taverna is another good choice for fresh fish and local specialities.
Today’s focus is on the region of Pylaros. Wake up early, and take a jog along Agia Efimia’s beautiful harbour and admire the sunrise. Call into Agia Efimia Chandlers for a browse around. Have a great coffee and breakfast at Carena Bar-Restaurant and then arrange to go diving! Established in 1997 the Aquatic Scuba Diving Club in Agia Efimia provide a great selection of dive sites suiting everyone from complete beginners to qualified divers. If you prefer to explore the sea above water rent a boat from Boulevard Boats and stop at the isolated beaches of Agia Sofia and Horgota beaches to swim, snorkel and explore the entire day!
Alternatively spend a few hours at the famous Myrtos beach (note that the sea can be dangerous when windy). Stop at one of the viewing points before driving or walking down – the views are breathtaking. If there is time spare before returning to Myrtos for the exceptional sunset, you can drive up to the Monastery of Themata to see the lamas, woodland and admire the stunning views of Agia Efimia bay. For hikers, there is a fairly strenuous walking trail from Agia Efimia to the Monastery through the beautiful old villages of Tarkasata and Drakapoulata.
Return back to Agia Efimia village to enjoy some freshly cooked dishes at Sea Rock ws or Amalia Restaurant – both overlooking the sea, if there is a full moon the view is truly amazing! For great cocktails, beers, and huge selection of spirits, teas and coffees end your evening in Carena Bar-Restaurant, located on the harbour side, it’s a laid back relaxed place with a buzz. Or continue your adventure and go star gazing with Wild Nature Expeditions on Agia Dinati Mountain.
Explore the Paliki peninsula, visiting Xi beach made up of impressive grey clay rocky cliffs and red sand. There are various watersports and beach bars too, but the main attraction is that you can have a natural spa, as the grey clay, according to the ancient and modern scientists, has medicinal properties that can cure skin disorders, heal wounds; it is also used for detoxification and many other disorders and injuries. Just 100m away you can have some fun by sliding down five spectacular waterslides at Aqua Park. Or visit the wilder, more dramatic beach at Petani (either of the two ends of the beach offer more privacy and an interesting coast). If you feel adventurous stop at Kipouria Monastery for an amazing sunset and dramatic cliffs and get a vertigo inducing glimpse of the wild beauty of Platia Ammos. You can arrange to climb down to the beach with the help of the experts, as it is accessible only by boat at the moment! If you are looking for the best boat tour on the island, book a tour with Melissa Fishing Boat Tour departing from Agia Kyriaki, they take you to explore the beautiful remote Fteri and Amidi beaches, and you can try your hand at fishing. End your day at Porto Atheras and have dinner by the beach in the bay at Drosos Taverna, or visit Ladokola stin Plagia Restaurant, at Damoulianata, run by twin brothers Christos & Sypros.
Erissos is my favourite region of Kefalonia. You can spend the majority of the day at the stunning Assos village and the Venetian castle. Take the footpath and climb up to Assos Castle and explore the old walls, the rocks and wild nature (this is one of the best walks on the island). It is a fabulous route where you can get amazing views of the castle and village as well as a breathtaking sunset. Return from your hike and take a cooling swim in the peaceful bay. Have lunch and admire the views at Nefeli-Anait Restaurant and call into The Lemon Tree for some tasteful souvenirs. For a more strenuous way to explore the castle and village take the 10km walking route from the little village of Drapanitika. Moving further north visit Alaties Beach where there are some interesting rock formations you can climb to find the salt holes, and underwater there are some rock ‘tubes’ to explore. At the top of the beach relax at Acqua Alaties Bar-Restaurant and watch the sunset with a meal and cocktail. Or drive a little further to Agia Jerousalem beach and eat by the sea at Odysseas Taverna – there’s no menu, just an invitation to go inside and see what Mama made!
Continue exploring Erissos today. Begin with a great breakfast at Picnic in Antipata (or take away a picnic) then continue on your way to the cosmopolitan, picturesque village of Fiskardo. Fiscardo has many signposted walking trails to choose from; an easy, beautiful route is the walk to the lighthouse that you can see on the opposite side of the bay, there are also longer and more active routes to choose. Explore the Roman Cemetery which was only discovered 2006. There are many beautiful beaches to take a cooling swim at, such as Foki beach, Emblissi, or take a 1km or so walk along a dreamy path to Dafnoudi beach. An alternative way to explore the beaches and coastline is by renting a motor boat from Reginas Boats or hiring a kayak from Fiskardo Kayaking, who also run organised tours. If you are interested in marine life book a tour with Ionian Discoveries Marine Experience for the day in their traditional wooden boat, or take a diving course. Fiscardo is great for a lazy evening stroll, which you could combine with some shopping at Liveloula or Emilia shop, or Fiskardo Etc for something a bit different. If you need sailing supplies or equipment stop at Fiskardo Chandlers in the harbour. Go for a cold beer or cocktail at The Fishbone Bar (they often have live music, and facilities for spontaneous jamming sessions too) and watch the world go by.
Today is focused in the central region of Argostoli – including the capital of the island and the Omala Valley. If you want to visit the religious center of Kefalonia, stop at the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos. Here, at the right time, you can view his remains kept in a beautiful glass and silver casket in the main church, or climb down the iron ladder into a very small cave about 4 metres underground inside the little church.The cave is connected to a second cave with a very small entrance – it’s not for the claustrophobic. You could enjoy some wine tasting and a tour of the factory at the Robola Cooperative or take a wine tour to several wineries with expert Julia. If you want to climb the highest mountain of the Ionian islands, drive up or walk up to Mount Ainos, a protected natural park, covered with Abies Cephalonica trees, or choose a jeep safari to explore it (if you are lucky you can see the wild horses). There are several walking trails to be explored here. Another option would be to drive to, or rent a bicycle or scooter from Ainos Bikes, and explore, Saint George Castle at Kastro and then have lunch at Il Borgo restaurant. Visit Katavothres (one of the strange phenomena of our island), and swim at one of the three near-by beaches. If you want to have a boat tour you have two great options, Enalios Cruises with Lady O, will take you to the close by beaches for a party and beach BBQ, if you want something a little more adventurous they also have a naturist cruise so you can wear nothing but your smile! Michalis and Antonia will take you fishing with their traditional fishing boat and you will cook and enjoy what you caught on board! Have a beer at Draught Grill & Beer House, they have a great selection of burgers and beers from all over the globe, and finish with a crepe and ice-cream in CrepaLand! Or try the laid back, modern Mercato Spirits & Kitchen for a great wine, spirits and food menu.
Spend today on the south east coast and south coast of Kefalonia. If you like to dive, one of the most interesting dive sights is just outside of the port of Poros. You can dive with Makis and explore the wreck of HMS Perseus. If you prefer to stay dry there is a memorial to the submarine located just outside of Poros on the road towards Skala (stop at a small lay-by and take the flat footpath to the end, there is also a bunker-like structure to explore). Continuing to drive along the coastal road you will see some strange mushroom shaped rocks in the sea – this is a good time to stop for a swim, a climb and a snorkel. If you are here before the end of Spring the Potisti and Gradou waterfalls are definitely worth walking too but bear in mind they are only active depending on rainfall.
Take the exhilarating walking trail at the beautiful and peaceful Zoodohos Pigi Monastery and experience panoramic sea views and the flora and fauna of the area, or if you feel a little more daring go abseiling there with Wild Nature Expeditions. The way up to the monastery is by a rough dirt road (only 4×4 vehicles are recommended) starting from the village of Atsoupades on the main road which connects Argostoli to Poros passing through Agrinia.
For an organised day trip join one of Captain Vangeli’s Special Cruises leaving from Skala, you can visit the shipwreck and Blue Caves at Zante with them, or go for a livelier beach BBQ cruise.
Moving along the coastline and explore more beaches at Ammes, Trapezaki and Lourdas. These beaches are very shallow, and usually the waters are very warm! For dinner you can see a fabulous sunset and enjoy traditional Greek dishes at La Mer Restaurant, Lourdas.
Depending on your travel dates, it would be great for you to take part in one of the religious or local celebrations or festivals organised in different locations every summer! (check our list and check closer to the dates for upcoming events)
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