Paliki region is a peninsula, located in the western part of the island, and is very different from the rest of Kefalonia, with a unique morphology of organised flat farmland, a dramatic dry, rocky west coast with numerous beautiful beaches, some with red sand and clay cliffs, rocky coves and unique sunset views.
The major town of Lixouri is situated across the gulf from Argostoli – ferries constantly shuttle between the two towns – it’s worth exploring Lixouri’s laid back square and harbour front café scene. It’s a lively town with all the necessary services, a variety of good restaurants and bars, a market, bank, pharmacies, public services and hospital, and some claim that the nightlife here is more exciting than Argostoli!
There are 18 villages on the peninsula of Paliki, notably Chavdata, Atheras, Chavriata, Livadi, and Damoulianata. Here you could find some of the most well-known beaches on the island; Xi, Megas Lakos, Petani, Atheras. There are many places to eat on Paliki peninsula dotted around the beaches and villages. The main square, the coast and the paved central road in Lixouri has many choices of cafes and a few tavernas.
The nature of Paliki gives excellent opportunities for adventures on the sea with fishing tours, boat trips and kayaking and watersports as well as the land with dramatic beaches, hiking and historic sites.
If your kids want some excitement visit Aqua Park – a water park with waterslides and other activities nearby to Xi beach. On Xi beach you can do some watersports, or give yourself a natural clay mask.
You could hire a boat from one of the rental companies such as Lixouri Boat Rentals to explore the sea yourself, or join Captain Simos on his fishing boat Melissa for an unforgettable boat trip to explore Fteri & Amidi beaches . Other fishing tours take place in traditional fishing boats from Lixouri and from the port of Zola.
Explore the coast aboard the Lady O with Enalios Cruises and visit Manias Beach and Vardiani Island, leaving from Lixouri. Other vessels set sail from Argostoli but call into several locations on Paliki.
You can watch turtles hatching on Lepeda Beach – check before you go to meet volunteers who can answer your questions. During the summer months volley ball tournaments are held on Lepeda beach and it has a fun, lively atmosphere and the moon rise from here is fabulous. There,s a lovely taverna on the beach.
Companies offer sea kayaking at Lixouri or Kyriaki.
There are some extremely varied beaches on the peninsula ranging from the rugged and beautiful to the flat and sandy. Notable beaches here include Xi, Manias beach, Megas Lakos Petani, Lagadakia, Vatsa, Platia Ammos, Lepeda, Agia Eleni and Vouti or hike or sail to breathtaking Fteri and Amidi or relax at Atheras bay.
Lixouri town has some wonderful architecture to explore – it was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953 but retains a unique charm. The mansion of Typaldoi-Iakovatoi (now a library) survived the earthquake; cultural events are held here during summer.
Important sights in the area include the ancient city of Pali which was probably a Corinthian settlement which was situated at the entrance of Lixouri (today is called Kolona), the church of Agios Charalampos (Patron Saint of Lixouri) and the statue of the poet and satirical author Andreas Laskaratos, who wrote about the life in his home town. The statue has its back turned to Argostoli, giving a humorous touch to the old rivalry between the two cities.
Take a look at the stunning cliff-side location of Kipouria Monastery. It is overhanging a cliff that crashes into the Ionian, 100 meters above the sea level, in a unique landscape. It has view to the west with a courtyard for guests to attend one of the most spectacular sunsets of Kefalonia. This beauty and serenity of the location together with its spiritual treasures constitutes the Monastery a supreme attraction for the visitor. Platia Ammos, one of the best beaches on the island is below here but can only reached by boat at the moment.
One more of nature’s paradoxes to discover on Kefalonia is Kounopetra - A huge rock was moving in a very slow and continuous movement until August of 1953, when a big earthquake struck the island of Kefalonia, a sign post explains this geological phenomenon. Don’t miss the romantic sunset from Gero Gobos lighthouse.
Paliki is a bird watchers paradise! At the entrance of the peninsula hundreds of streams create a beautiful scenery and interesting eco system of 120 acres, the wetland of Livadi. From an easy roadside location you can observe a lot of bird species such as swans, egrets, fasonetes.