Kefalonia, see the best of the Greek island

Kefalonia, see the best of the Greek island
The northern tip of the island of Kefalonia is the most authentic and picturesque area to go on holiday

A two-hour flight from Italy, Kefalonia, in the Ionian Islands, is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece.

Partly destroyed by a terrible earthquake in 1953, the northern tip of the island has remained intact and is the most authentic and picturesque area to go on holiday. Those wishing to spend a holiday in Greece, away from the Cycladic crowds, is Kefalonia that should choose. Because? Fabulous beaches, delicious seaside villages, scenic roads, trekking in the Mediterranean, archaeological remains and sunken treasures are just some of the reasons to go there.

Among the most beautiful beaches there is Myrtos Beach. Not only is it the most spectacular of Kefalonia, but it is also among the ten most beautiful beaches in all of Greece. Behind a curve appears before the eyes with its dazzling colors: a large bay with a long white sand beach overlooking a turquoise sea. It can be reached by following a dirt road with gentle bends. In summer it is quite crowded, but there is room for everyone.

Along a wonderful panoramic road overlooking the sea that, from Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, runs along the west coast, you get to the tiny seaside village of Assos. Immersed in the green of the Mediterranean, you get there through a forest of olive and cypress trees. A small square surrounded by a few colorful houses, which mostly house studios and small hotels and some restaurants overlooking the pier where yachts and fishing boats dock.

The final peninsula of the village reaches out to connect the mainland with the ancient castle. This fortress was built in the late 1500s to protect this part of Kefalonia from attacks by Mediterranean pirates. Today it is possible to walk on the promontory and visit the ruins of the ancient fortification. Assos is a great place to base yourself on a holiday in Kefalonia. There is also a nice beach.

Continuing along the coast you reach another of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Dafnoudi. Hidden by the dense vegetation, it can be reached on foot (or by boat, the best way to discover the numerous other coves). The beach is a true paradise. For the more romantic there is also a cave with a small beach. The lucky ones, however, can meet some monk seal that loves to wander around here.

Coves and fairytale coves are found along the North-East coast of the island, the one that directly faces Ithaca, the other of the seven islands that form the Ionian archipelago. The inhabitants say that they are also those preferred by the Italians, because they are more difficult to reach and, therefore, even less frequented. You get there with the car up to a certain point, then you walk among the vegetation until you see the blue spot of the sea.

On the extreme northern tip of Kefalonia, not to be missed is the fishing village of Fiskardo, now a popular tourist destination. A small Greek St Tropez, with colorful Venetian-style houses (for almost 300 years the island belonged to the Republic of Venice), elegant restaurants and beautiful shops overlooking the port where beautiful sailing boats moor and from where excursions to the discovery of the seabed of the island, which hide real treasures.

In the depths of the sea there are caves with suggestive names, such as the Cathedral, the Little Church, the Secrets of Venus, the Garden of Jerusalem. But there are also wrecks of ships and planes to explore and reefs rich in marine life to be discovered.

Fiskardo does not lack the beaches, there are two. One right in front of the port, where the water is crystal clear, the other, Foki, is a bit outside the village and is a small eden hidden among the olive trees.

Greece is the realm of archeology and even in Kefalonia the remains of its ancient past are not lacking. Just in Fiskardo, overlooking the sea, was found a Roman necropolis dating back to the II century BC. The excavations have brought to light 27 tombs containing ceramic vases, jewels and coins. The necropolis can be visited free of charge.

For lovers of walking and trekking, the North tip of Kefalonia is full of more or less easy and more or less long paths to be covered on foot. From Fiskardo there are three different itineraries: the Cypress Road, the Battery Trail, the Lighthouse Road, each of which crosses the beautiful landscapes of the island. Some paths also start from the small port of Assos, but they are all along the panoramic road that runs around the tip of Kefalonia.

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