Christmas Celebrations and Traditions in Kefalonia, by Anna

Christmas in Kefalonia is a holiday full of activity, food and, of course, festive traditional celebrations. Many of the celebrations are religious in nature and whilst Easter is the most important holiday celebrated in Greece there are still many reasons to come and celebrate Christmas Kefalonian style! You will recognize many Christmas traditions but there […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

August Calendar of Events in Kefalonia!

August holds many fantastic opportunities to get involved with events, festivals and dances!  Here is a small selection to choose from, check out the links for more information, look out for posters around the island advertising other events. 1st/2nd  at Platis Gyalos, Fikia Beach, Marina Argostoliou, Ktima Haritatou, Annoula Beach, Alsos Kalitheas, SeaNema Open Air Film Festival […]

My Easter in Kefalonia!

Whether you are religious or not, Easter in Greece is an important period of custom and traditions so connected with our childhood and upbringing that following and protecting them is a matter of respect to our history and generations gone by. Nowadays a lot of the customs have fainted, but still, especially the older women […]

Barcarolle Festival in Assos

The Βarcarolle (or Varkarolla) Festival is held every year on the 24th of August at the beautiful village of Assos as well as in Lixouri. The one in Assos has been combined with the religious celebration of Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, a great preacher and prophet that came to Kefalonia in 1777 for the first time. On […]

Pottery Breaking – Easter tradition

This old tradition some say comes from the Venetians of the 16th century who used to throw all their old and useless objects and pots out of their windows, others say comes from Pagans symbolizing the welcoming of spring… Whatever the origin of this tradition is, it stays alive many years now at mid day of Holy […]

Atros Monastery trail

Panagia of Atros is the oldest monastery of Kefalonia, sits at an altitude of 760 meters above the bay of Poros, 37 km from Argostoli. Built around the 8th century, it is a rare element of monastic architecture. Until this day the medieval tower is still preserved in good condition. It was destroyed many times by earthquakes and fire. But […]

Kipouria Monastery

Breathtaking Sunset! During your day trip to Paliki area, 15km from Lixouri and very close to Platia Ammos, you can find Kipouria Monastery (Moni Kipouraion) built in 1759 by Archimandrite Chrysanthos Petropoulos from Paxos. Its name “Kipouria” comes from  the greek word “kipos” (land, vegetable garden) as the monks supported themselves by cultivating all the land around […]

Saint (Agios) Gerasimos, Omala

The religious centre of Kefalonia is undoubtedly the Monastery of Agios (Saint) Gerasimos at Omala. The monastery is located 15km from Argostoli where twice a year, thousands of believers gather to worship Agios Gerasimos. A few people vow to go to the monastery on foot from their houses just before the celebrations of August 16th, to honour the Saint for supporting […]