Fiskardo | KefaloniaMeet Fiskardo and the island of Kefalonia
One of the most beautiful places in Greece
Although the 1953 earthquake destroyed much of the Ionian islands, on the northernmost tip of Kefalonia, the village of Fiscardo stayed almost intact.
With foresight the island's governors issued strict building regulations to maintain the elegance of the Venetian architecture which lines Fiscardo's deep horseshoe harbour.
At Melisani, boatmen ferry visitors around an underground lake which has a collapsed roof, virtue of an earlier earthquake. The underground lake is approached down a long and dark tunnel. Light pouring in from the hole above, and the brilliant aquamarine water below, make for an eerie blue experience.
Visitors walk down a steep ramp and through the cave entrance where row boats are moored. Taking a boat ride is the only way to see the Lake Melissani cave.
Melissani is also called the Cave of the Nymphs after ancient artefacts that were found during archaeological excavations in 1951 and thought to be the remains of a Minoan culture. Pottery plates depicted the god Pan and several nymphs - hence the name.
The best time to see the spectacular light effects from the hole in the roof is at midday when the sun is directly overhead but the effect is impressive at just about any time provided the sun is out. Sunshine hits the turquoise water and floods the cave with a brilliant blue light. Where the water went was once a great mystery - solved in 1959 by tracking the slow current with dye.
Some 120 almost vertical steps, you can find yourself in the cool, damp limestone caves of Drogorati which bristle with stalagmites, stalactites, sodium lamps and camera flashlights. Drogarati's Cave was unearthed 300 years ago when a strong earthquake opened up an entrance into it. It's about 60 metres deep and was first opened to the public in 1963.
It appears to be part of an extensive cave system but the surrounding caves are difficult to enter. The largest part of the cave is called 'Sala of Apotheosis' a reference to its very good acoustics and the reason it is used for concerts and other performances.
The tiny village of Assos is crammed full of whitewashed buildings and houses, giving it an unmistakable character and charm. Assos enjoys a scenic setting alongside a peninsula, next to an imposing Venetian fortress.
Those looking for something different to the endless beach attractions of Kefalonia should give a trip to Assos serious consideration, where you can enjoy and leisurely afternoon hike, some superb vistas and an appealing historical ambiance, which is simply not to be missed.
Close to ArchontikoEmblissi, Kimilia, Dafnoudi, Alaties and Ai Yerusalim. Assos beach, Myrtos Bay and Aghia Kiriaki.
OtherCrystal clear waters, deep blue, blue-green, as they mirror the green nature… This is what you will find at whichever beach in Kefalonia you choose for your dives and to enjoy your swim! The more centrally located ones are organized with sun beds and parasols, but you will find numerous beaches, equally beautiful, without, however, the human intervention, such as Koutsoupia in eastern Kefalonia – to reach it you have to take the path Antisamos – Poros.
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Myrtos, is located on the west side of Kefalonia. It belongs to Pylaros and is very close to Assos. With many awards – and not without reason, as you will see for yourself just from gazing at it from above.
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