Kefalonia is quickly becoming a very popular travel destinations in Europe. The exotic island offers a bit of everything for travellers of all ages. Here are the top ten things to do in Kefalonia, from natural spots to museums.
1. Drogarati Cave
Drogarati Cave is more than 150 million years old. The cave features impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations that you can walk through on a clearly marked passageway. Plus, the large cave can accommodate 500 people, so it’s a perfect spot to explore for large families or groups.
2. Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi
Located in Argostoli, Kefalonia, the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi is a relatively short lighthouse standing at only eight meters tall. It was built in 1828 by the British Charles Napier in Doric architectural style . The lighthouse is a great representative piece of its period. Technically, the present Lighthouse is not the original one, as an earthquake destroyed the original in 1953. In 1960, a replica was built in its place.The lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi works till today and gives a romantic view at night .
3. Lourdas Beach
While there are many wonderful beaches on Kefalonia, Lourdas Beach is among the best. Although it’s become an extremely popular beach, it’s large enough not to feel overcrowded. Thanks to the Mount Aenos on its back, Lourdas beach is not only preserved from the wind but constitue also a very unique panorama.
4. Monastery of Kipoureon
Even if you’re not particularly religious, it’s worth going to visit the Monastery of Kipoureon on Paliki. Located on top of a rock that’s 90 meters high, you can see some of the most breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea here. Inside, you can check out post-Byzantine artifacts in a small collection.
5. The Village of Fiscardo
The Village of Fiscardo is a waterfront fishing village with picturesque views. It is one of the only villages that survived the 1953 earthquake. Here you can shop, eat, and drink as you walk through the very picturesque place.
6. Cave Lake of Melissani
Melissani Lake is a beautiful underground lake discovered after an earthquake in 1951. Explore the crystal blue lake by boat or even gondola. It’s a relaxing, natural place to take photographs of, and remember the beauty found in, nature. Plan your visit around noon for the most visible blue colors.
7. Glass-bottomed Cruise
The best way to explore Argostoli Bay is onboard a glass-bottomed cruise ship. Argostoli Bay is a great place to observe many different aquatic species including the endangered Loggerhead Turtles. Captain Makis offers many great half and full day options, some of which include a BBQ lunch. Snorkels lovers will also be able to discover great secluded places.
8. Castle of Saint George
For those who love exploring historic sites and castles, the Venetian Castle of Saint George is one not to miss. Located southeast of Argostoli, the 12th Century Byzantine castle features homes, ammunition storage, churches, hospitals, and more. The Venetians added greatly to the Castle, even building its external walls in 1504. Most of the Castle sits in ruins because of time, but the structures that survive are true marvels.
9. Makris Gialos Beach
Makris Gialos Beach is another extremely popular beach for both tourists and locals. The beach itself consists of shiny golden sand and rock formations, which enhance its exotic look. It’s located in the so-called Lassi area where you can find many beach bars, restaurants, and shops.
10. Natural History Museum
For a change of pace, check out the Natural History Museum. It’s located close to Argostoli, in Davgata. The museum features different environmental exhibits for native species, plants, and shells that exist on the islands today and from the past.
This list represents only a small fraction of what you can do in Kefalonia. Use it as a starting point to plan your trip, but stay open-minded to suggestions from locals.