The small village of Minies is conveniently located only a short drive from the airport in the south of the island and therefore ideal for those looking for a short transfer from the airport. Minies remains largely untouched by hotels and villas; however, it boasts a fantastic long sandy beach and offers pretty countryside and coastal walks. The resort of Lassi can be found within a ten minute drive, where the majority of tavernas, bars and shops can be found, however, a small scattering of amenities can be reached within a shorter drive.
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Kefalonia is famous for its meat pies, a firm favourite and found in most traditional tavernas. However, many vegetarian dishes are also offered in these family run restaurants, with greenbeans in tomato sauce, lentil and bean soups, cheese and spinach filo pies and briam a type of Greek ratatouille. For dessert, along with the popular baklava, a sticky pastry concoction of almonds, honey and walnuts, often sliced oranges or apples are sprinkled with cinnamon, or in the height of the summer, honey dew or water melon.
Svoronata is a quiet little resort with a few bars and tavernas. Live music is played in some of the bars on some nights of the week and you will also find a wider selection of bars, restaurants and amenities in Lassi, about 15 minutes away by car.
Robola Cooperative Winery is found to the north of the foothills of Mount Aenos in the Omala Valley (20 minutes’ drive north-east from Argostoli), and next to the famous Monastery of Agios Gerasimos. Open 7 days a week, (May – Oct) for Wine Tours, tastings and purchases.
Gentilini Winery is located on the main road leading from the airport to Argrostoli, 2km outside Lassi. The winery is open 7 days a week (May-Sept) and is open for Wine Tours, Tastings and purchases.
Various boat excursions can be taken from all major ports and harbours, which take in everything from glass bottom boat trips to day drips over to Ithaka, Lefkada and Zakynthos. The ports and harbours to take the excursions from include: Agrostoli, Sami, Fiscardo, Poros, Skala, Pessada, Lixouri.
Cephalonia Botanica, located just outside Agrostoli. The gardens are set amongst two acres of grounds, whereby walking paths take you through the variety of plants.
Melissani Lake – is located on the outskirts of Sami, towards Agia Effimia. Boatman guide you around an impressive underground lake.
Drogorati Cave – A few kilometres south of Sami, near the villages of Katapodata and Grizata are the stunning Drogorati Caves. 120 steep steps take you down into the caves heart, where stalagmites and stalactites are a plenty. Get there early to avoid the crowds.
Myrtos Beach – Probably one of the most iconic beaches in Greece, Myrtos Beach is best known for its idyllic location, white beach and turquoise seas, along with being in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Assos – visit the charming village of Assos on the islands east coast have some lunch, go for a swim in the quaint little bay, explore the village and walk up to the castle.
Archaeological Museum (Agrostoli) - Various findings and artefacts from prehistoric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Nautical Musuem (Fiscardo) - Promoting the sensitivity for marine life and environmental protection.
Lakovatios Museum (Lixouri) – A Neoclassical museum (house) and library, holding many rare books and manuscripts.
Natural History Museum (Davgata, north of Agrostoli) – The museum is aimed to preserve the environmental and ecological importance’s of both Kefalonia and Ithaka – exhibits include: flora and fauna, artefacts from Prehistoric and Ancient times.
Historical and Folk Art Museum (Corgialenion Library, Agrostoli) – Houses memories of Kefalonia, pre the 1953 earthquake.
There are many churches and monasteries throughout Kefalonia, most of which can be visited (albeit some at specific times), the larger and more popular to visit are: Agios Gerasimos (north of Mount Aenos), The Monastery of Our Lady Themata (near Agia Efimia, on the east coast), The Monastery of Panagia Atrou (near Poros), The Church of the Virgin Mary Lagouvarda (Markopoulos).
A 1943 Italian War memorial (for the Italian Acqui Division) is found on a ridge of farmland above the town of Argostoli.
Mount Aenos is Kefalonia’s only National Park, situated in the south of the island with its highest peak, at 1620 metres (Megas Soros). The Park is great for hikers and is enriched with flora and fauna.
Agios Georgios (St. Georges) – found in the south of the island on the road leading south west from Agrostoli overlooking the village of Peratata. Built by the Byzantines and adapted by Venetians, this fabulous castle occupies grounds of 18,000m2.
Assos - situated above the quaint little village of Assos on Kefalonia’s west coast, the castle of Assos was built by a Venetian nobleman in the 16th century; the views, castle and to explore Assos are a worth a visit.
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