From 1997 the prefecture of Kefalonia and Ithaka was divided into, and managed by 8 municipalities and 1 community, Erisos, Pylaros, Paliki, Argostoli, Leivathos, Omala, Elios-Pronni & Sami. It worked this way until they were merged into the one municipality of Kefalonia & Ithaka in 2011. Many locals still refer to these municipalities and they can still be seen on road signs and in business names.
The island opened its first and only airport in 1971 and this has been redeveloped and expanded as the number of visitors has increased. Since the 1980’s, improvements in infrastructure have increased accessibility to some of the most picturesque and beautiful parts of the island. Today, Kefalonia is a modern, well developed island offering quality of life to its inhabitants and visitors, but has remained largely unspoiled and undeveloped outside of towns and villages.
Antisamos beach, Sami became famous worldwide – it was the setting of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Many of the scenes for this movie were filmed in Sami, on Antisamos beach and the surrounding countryside. Antisamos attracts thousands of visitors each year – it’s white pebbly shoreline, the iridescent blues of the ocean & surrounding greenery are absolutely stunning.
For those with an interest in historical buildings and old ruins then you have definitely come to the right place. There are far too many churches, monuments and the like to list here but you will come across some wonderful ancient structures on your travels. A wander around Palia Vlachata near Sami is eerie and interesting; the village was destroyed by the earthquake which devastated most of the island in 1953. You can park in the village square and walk round the old ruined houses and it’s narrow streets. The famous Saristra music festival takes place amongst the ruins each year in early August.
The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos is located in the Omala valley. Agios Gerasimos is the patron saint of Kefalonia and his relics have been preserved here for hundreds of years. Every year, in memory of the saint, two great festivals are held; the first of these is on the 16th August, which is the anniversary of the day after his death in 1579. The second is held on the 20th October, which is the anniversary of the day his remains were recovered intact in 1581. It is during these festivals that the remains of the saint are passed over the sick with the hope that they may be cured. He received his sainthood when the patriarchate canonised him in 1622.
Whether you enjoy lazy days on the beach or have a sense for adventure, or both, you will find it all here. Thrill seekers can enjoy, amongst other things, water sports, paragliding and quad bikes. For nature lovers there are plenty of walking trails, whether you join an organised group or prefer to go off on your own adventures, you will enjoy every minute.
You could be lucky and spot a pod of dolphins playing in the bay at Poros or around the lagoon of Argostoli where the famous loggerhead turtles appear along the harbour, hoping for some tasty treats from the fishermen’s catch of the day.
Greeks are renowned for their hospitality, friendliness and cooking skills, Kefalonia offers everything you would expect, from a warm welcome to delicious local cuisine, wine/beers and entertainment.
Kefalonia is loved by many whom return year after year, something magical happens when you visit this island, it steals a piece of your heart and once you’ve been and seen it’s beauty, you will most definitely be back for more.
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