Omala, located in the center of the mainland of Kefalonia, covers the plateau between Sami, the former municipality of Eleios – Pronnoi, Leivathos and Argostoli. Essentially, it is the center of the island. It was for many years the only community of the island (all the rest were considered municipalities under the Kapodistrian administrative division). Omala covered an area of 46.7 square kilometers and according to the census of 2001, had 1071 residents. It consisted of the villages Valsamata (which includes Frangata), Michata and Panochori.
The former community of Omala is the only region in Kefalonia without a coastline. This ‘lack’ of beaches, however, is compensated by two ‘privileges’ of exceptional importance: here, in the center of the plateau, is the Monastery of St. Gerasimos. This is the most important monastery of Kefalonia, established by the patron saint of the island himself, in the 16th century, who lived and died here. Today, in the monastery, you can see the relics of Agios Gerasimos.
In Omala you will also have the chance to see, in the shadow of the great mountain of the island, Enos, the endless vineyards of the plateau! This is the area of the island where they grow the grapes from which comes the robola, the wine of Kefalonia. It is white and acidic and during your visit to Omala you will have the opportunity to visit the winery and the facilities of the agricultural cooperative, where the wine is produced and packaged.
Michata is a village in the plateau of Omalos, in central Kefalonia. It is very close to Agios Gerasimos and the association of robola.
Valsamata is one of the largest villages of Kefalonia and located in the center of the island, in the plateau Omalos.