Memorial Acqui Division Kefalonia, Argostoli

The memorial commemorates the Italian soldiers of the 33rd Acqui Infantry Division who resisted and fought the Germans between 13th and 22nd September, 1943 in Kefalonia. In total 1,315 soldiers were killed in battle, 3,000 drowned at sea when the German ships taking them to concentration camps were sunk by the Allies, and 5,155 were executed by… Read more

Nautical Museum of Sami

Kefalonia by Anna suggests… The Nautical Museum of Sami is home to twenty two hand made wooden model vessels, spanning a history of 3,500 years!  There is an impressive and creative display of traditional shipbuilding in Greece. The exhibits are made of different types of wood ranging in length from 1.20 to 3.15 metres and they… Read more

De Bosset Bridge (Drapano), Argostoli – A World Record Holder!

During October 2018 the beautiful De Bosset (Drapano) stone bridge which spans the Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli was officially certified the world’s longest (680m) stone bridge on a sea water body by Official World Record. The bridge was constructed in 1813 by Colonel Charles Philip de Bosset (a Swiss engineer in the employ of the… Read more

Melissani Lake

Phenomenal! Melissani Lake opened to the public in 1963 and is located northwest of Sami village near Karavomylos. The cavern caved in several thousand years ago creating an amazing sight. Although the cave is about 500m from the sea its water level is a meter higher than sea level, and the brackish water rises from a… Read more

Ai Helis Beach, Svoronata

Located approximately 10 km from Argostoli, and very close to the village of Svoronata in Livathos, the large sandy beach of Ai Helis offers many attractions for the visitor. Towering rock faces and beautiful greenery create the scenic backdrop to this large sweeping bay. The shallow, crystal clear waters and beautiful grey-brown sand make this… Read more

Porto Atheras Beach, Paliki Peninsula

Porto Atheras Beach is located approximately 14km north of Lixouri on the Paliki Peninsula, and is easily reachable by car, or by foot from Atheras village – at about a distance of 3.2km. On the journey down to the beach, winding through the traditional village roads of Atheras, stop and admire the stunning, unspoilt views… Read more

Agia Eleni Beach, Paliki Peninsula

This small but beautiful beach is located on the Paliki Peninsula and is reached from the village of Damoulianata. Drive to the village, taking the main road to the north of the peninsula towards Petani beach. When you descend from the village pause to admire the stunning views, then carefully drive down to Agia Eleni (Saint Eleni) Beach…. Read more

Road trip of temples, snakes and lilies – 15th August

One of the most important dates in the Eastern Orthodox calendar is 15th August – the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It’s a national holiday which sees events taking place all over the country to celebrate Mary ascending into heaven. Of course Kefalonia celebrates too, so Anna and I decided to visit some of the… Read more

Assumption of Virgin Mary, Arginia

At the church in the tiny settlement of Arginia, high up on the mountainside above the south coast, there is an icon of the Virgin Mary depicting her with snakes. Each August, around the feast of the Assumption on the 15th, snakes appear at the church and rest on the icon. Parishioners and visitors are… Read more

Panagia Lagouvarda or Fidoussa, Markopoulo

The church of Panagia Lagouvarda or Fidoussa (of the snakes) is located in the mountainside village of Markopoulo around 30km from Argostoli. The church is renowned throughout the Orthodox world for the icon which depicts the Virgin Mary with small snakes. “Panagia Fidoussa” is the name given to the image – Virgin of the Snakes… Read more

Virgin Mary Gravaliotissa or of the Krina (lillies), Pastra

The church of Gravaliotissa is located in the small mountain village of Pastra and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On August 15th the feast of the Assumption is celebrated on Kefalonia and this particular church plays an important role in the celebrations drawing many visitors and tourists from all over the world to witness… Read more

The Festival of Grape Harvest and Moustalevria

The Festival of Grape Harvest and Moustalevria is held annually at Agia Paraskevi, Troianata, in the heart of the Robola wine area. The festival is one of the most important events of the year in the wine region and illustrates the cultural heritage of the area, specifically the harvest of the famous grapes which make… Read more

Myrtos beach

Totally Unique! Myrtos is often lauded as one of the most impressive beaches in Greece. In my opinion, Myrtos is far more impressive if viewed from above, as the contrast of its white pebbles with the different shades of colour the sea takes on, due to the currents and the dark green of the area, make the… Read more

Mycenaean Tombs, Tzanata

Excavated in the early 1990’s by Lazaros Kolonas, these are the largest vaulted Mycenaean tombs of the area, with a height of 3.95 metres and a diameter of 6.8 metres. There is evidence that this tomb was built on another, smaller tomb as the stone used in the earlier tomb had been incorporated into this one…. Read more

Archaic Temple of Apolo & St George’s church in Skala

The Archaic Temple can be found on the main road of Skala. This Doric temple dates from the 6th century BC – early 5th  century BC (Archaic period) and was dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Archeologist Spyridon Marinatos excavated the site in 1960, it is unique on the island as it is the only site… Read more

Sissia Monastery, Simotata

It is said that the Old Sissia Monastery was constructed in the 13th century by order of Saint Francis of Assisi (the Catholic saint protector of animals & nature) in the name of the Virgin Mary. It is therefore likely that the name ‘Sissia’ is an alteration of the name Assisi. The monastery is located… Read more

Byron’s Rock, Lakithra

On the way to Kalithea, in Lakithra, there is a rock with a plaque bearing the following quote “The poet that I am, I owe to the air of Greece” (translated from Greek) The words were written by Lord Byron, a famous British poet and philhellen who spent some time on Kefalonia, and in particular… Read more

Roman Cemetery, Fiskardo

Located in the pretty village of Fiskardo, the almost perfectly preserved Roman Cemetery was discovered in 2006 when excavations were taking place for a new building. The plot is in the shape of a small house and archaeologists discovered offerings of pottery, bronzes and jewellery in the vaulted graves as well as a stone coffin…. Read more

Colourful Villages of Livathos

While exploring the region of Livathos you will pass through many impressive villages with distinctive architecture and well-tended gardens. Historically the region has strong links with merchants and shipping families. Stop your car and take a stroll around the little streets; the area is a photographers paradise, with numerous churches and remains of an old… Read more