The region of Livathos lies southwest of Argostoli, on the central south coast of Kefalonia. The landscape is mostly level, with small farms and eucalyptus, olive, palm trees, vegetables and citrus with locals engaging in farming and fishing. One side of the region is dominated by the slopes of the mighty mount Ainos, and rolling fertile valleys while the other is blessed with a magnificent coastline with sandy beaches.
Historically, the Livathos region has strong ties with shipping and many shipping families originate from this part of the island, hence the more ornate and colourful villages in the area.
Its largest towns are Keramies, Karavathos, Moussata, Spartia Peratata, Pesada, Svoronata, Vlachata, Lakithra, Metaxata and the resort of Lourdas.
There are plenty of things to do and see in the region of Livathos. The area has a wealth of historical monuments to visit including the Mycenaean tombs at Mazarakata and the impressive Saint Georges Castle and Kastro village that used to be the capital of the island. There are as well churches and monasteries, beautiful villages and Byrons Rock at Lakithra.
There are many places to eat and drink in Livathos, from rustic local tavernas, cafes, bars and snack bars to more elegant dining options. The airport is located in this region and ferries leave from Pessada port for the island of Zakynthos.
For something a little different you could go with Fishing Tourism in Kefalonia “Michalis” for a day out on a boat.
Rent a bicycle from at Trapezaki and explore the area at your leisure.
In the pretty village of Minies you can take a wine tasting tour or have a romantic picnic on the sandy beach there. Near to Avithos beach and at Pessada you can visit other local wineries.
Visit the informal outdoor Cinema Paradiso at Kourkoumelata and enjoy a resurrected tradition from the 1960s and 1970s during the summer months. In Mazarakata art lovers should visit the Memas Kalogiratos Permanent Sculpture Exhibition.
Explore the world of beekeeping with a local beekeeping expert at Dias Organic Apiary in Domata.
For adrenalin seekers try Lourdata beach for watersports, speed boat trips and boat rentals.
Food & Drink
We've choosen these places to eat in Livathos for their special attributes.
At Isalos Taverna you can eat fresh fish that has been caught aboard their own vessel, homemade, freshly cooked, traditional Greek dishes all served in a cosy and enjoyable environment with friendly service. Mescalero in Lakithra serves up Mexican food and and Mexican atmosphere, offering regular live music nights with lovely owners called Stratos and Anna.
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.
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 Morfeas Massage Salon offers services in a peaceful and comfortable salon, or the comfort of your home/hotel/ villa/yacht by certified massage therapist Constantinos Stavriano. He has a diploma in Swedish massage, Traditional Thai massage and has taken courses in Therapeutic, Lomi-Lomi and Deep Tissue massage.
Livathos is renowned for having some of the best sandy beaches of the island. Ai Helis, Ammes, Avithos, Lourdas, Trapezaki, Saint Thomas and Paliolinos beaches are all attractive and most beaches here are shallow and sandy and very safe for children.
The hillside resort of Lourdas is quiet and understated and extends down to the long sandy beach which is dotted with tavernas and snack bars, it has a dramatic backdrop with magnificent views of Ainos Mountain.
There are many impressive colourful villages with particular architecture (both old and new) like Kalligata, Kourkoumelata, Metaxata, Svoronata, Pessada, Spartia and Mousata. Taking a drive around the region and you will find many more.
Kaligata has an impressive bell tower which stands at the 18th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
In Kourkoumelata you will find the ‘Cultural Centre George and Marie Vergottis’, the Philharmonic Centre, and the local stadium, where concerts and events are held. The square with its lush palm trees and shrine is dedicated to the Vergotis family.
Visit the village of Kastro with the Church of the Evaggelistria, The Monastery of Saint Andreas Milapidia, with the Byzantine Museum in Peratata, and the Sissia Monastery above Lourdas and take the trail down to the beach.
Saint Georges Castle stands proudly above Peratata. The original castle dates back to 11th century (Byzantine) but most of what is seen today comes from the Venetians who took it from the Turks at the end of 1500 with the aid of the Spanish and the Kefalonians.
Located five kilometers outside Argostoli and towards Pessada, you come across the Mazarakata Tombs, discovered in the early 20th century.
Dias (Zeus) is a rocky little island named after the ancient altar of Zeus. Today there is a small chapel built on the ruins of the altar, dedicated to Virgin Mary Diotissa or Virgin Mary of Vlaherna, celebrated on the 2nd of July. The Island of Dias less than one mile from the coast can be reached by boat from Pessada or Agia Pelagia ports.
You can see the island from Byrons Rock in Lakithra; it is said that whilst sitting on this particular rock some of Lord Byrons great poetry was inspired by the tranquility and beauty of this fabulous observation spot. The great views to Zakynthos, the Dias Islet and the surrounding area of Livathos evoke a romantic and inspirational atmosphere.