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Kefalonia

, Greece


Kefalonia, is the largest island in the Ionian and has some of the most spectacular scenery. There are the famous fir forests of Mount Ainos, the spectacular caves of Melisani and Drogorati, magnificent sea-cliffs in the west and the gentler beauty of the Lixouri and Erissos Peninsulas in the north.

It’s easy to understand why so many visitors return to Kefalonia year after year. As well as the stunning natural beauty of the island, the Kefalonian people are genuinely friendly and possess a marvellous sense of humour. Popularised by the hit Hollywood movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, the island has become a ‘must visit’ destination. However, despite its increasing popularity, it seems able to soak up a lot of people without feeling at all crowded.

A cosmopolitan history, that includes rule by the Turks and the Venetians, has left behind a wealth of sites of cultural and historical interest. As well as Venetian fortresses and various Roman ruins, there’s an ancient acropolis that predates its more famous counterpart in Athens. British designed roads and bridges are a legacy from the period when they governed the island in the early 1800s.

Kefalonia is an island of contrasts: the high mountains of the interior separate landscapes and ways of life that are uniquely different; south to north, east to west, each region has its own distinctive atmosphere.