Kefalonia - Small Islands
Green slopes, majestic mountains, rich lagoons and many important geological phenomena that compose unique sceneries. It is the nature of Kefalonia, which promises to enchant you! Apart from the wonderful beaches that rank among the best of Greece - and beyond the borders - when you visit the island, you will find the countless secrets that are hidden in the nature of Kefalonia.
Cave Melissani is perhaps the most distinctive monument of nature in Kefalonia, and you should definitely not miss it. Not very far lies one of the most important caves in Greece, Drogarati with the excellent acoustics - it is such that it allows for concerts to take place in the hall of the cave!
Enos is the mountain that dominates the nature of Kefalonia. It is the highest peak of the Ionian Islands and is overgrown by the fir of Kefalonia, a beautiful tree with dark green foliage.
The Sinkholes, Kounopetra but also the caves of the island are the characteristic 'paradoxes' in the nature of Kefalonia, while there is also Avythos, the only lake on the island, that for many years was considered to be bottomless!
Asterida is a small islet between Kefalonia and Ithaca, close to Fiskardo. Read more
The island is located at the south of peninsula of Palliki, at the entrance of the bay of Livadi. It consists of an elongated part to the east and wider at westward. In one version, the name is of Latin origin, from Italian vardia or guardiano meaning guardian. In others, it is named after the surname of some of their owners. In 1824 it was built in the middle of the island, a magnificent lighthouse under the command of the English Charles Napier. In a height of 25meters, it is consisted of a cylindrical tower and a side house for keepers. The tower was destroyed by Italian bombing in 1942 and completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake of 1953. Today the place stands a much smaller lighthouse serving the passing vessels. On the island there were still two monasteries, St Nicolas and Evangelistria, ruins of which, everyone can visit even today. Read more
At south of Kefalonia, just half a mile from the shores of Leivatho there is the islet “Zeus”. The small church of Panagia Vlacherna or "Virgin Diotissa" is located at the top of the rock. A narrow staircase carved into the rock leads believers to church to celebrate each year on July 2nd. Ruins of an ancient temple which was dedicated to Zeus are also located here. In the 19th century there was here a great monastery which was dedicated to Our Lady, but it was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. During the turbulent period of British rule in Kefalonia, the island was used as a place of exile for dissidents. Every year on July 2nd, the small island is full of people. Small boats that depart from Pessada deliver the believers and the icon of the Virgin of the Monastery of the Crucified on the island, where the liturgy takes place. Read more