"Cefalonia" Cefalonia Island by Schasm
Cefalonia Island Travel Guide: 137 reviews and 330 photos
My former partner's family is from this beautiful Greek Island off the West Coast of Greece. Known for it's forests of Fir Trees, this island is more popular with English, German, and Italian Tourists. The Coast towns around Argostoli, the Capital, seem the most Touristy and Expensive. But you can explore much of the island easily. It's rather large for a Greek Island, so a car may be needed, but we explored much by scooter too.
The Island was recently highlighted in a film called "Capitain Corelli's Mandolin", a somewhat true story of the island's History in WWII and the devastating earthquake that hit the island shortly thereafter.
Because of the Earthquake, little historical Architecture exists today. But the scenery certainly makes up for it! Myrtos Beach is world famous and is highly photographed. Lake Melissani, an underground lake, is also poplular. The island is full of wonderful geological surprises!
We stayed in a small inland village called Valsamata, with relatives. It was away from the tourist hustle, but a short scooter ride to the beaches. (some even very private!)
The locals are known to be a little "crazy" according to other Greeks. I found them simply 'HAPPY' and full of life. (Homegrown Robola wine certainly helps!) They enjoy all tourists, and were certainly very welcoming of us Americans!
This was one of my favorite vacations ever!
Assos is a beautiful Peninsula along the Western Coast of Cefalonia. An old Fort sits atop the mountain on the Peninsula. It's a steep hike to the Fort, with Beautiful Views. However, the Fort has long been in Ruins. Not much to see. It seems the Cefalonians are working to repair and restore such castles and Forts on the island (such as Castle St. George), but funding is short and the process is slow.
The town of Assos sits on the narrow land bridge between the island and the peninsula. It is quite picturesque and has cute, artsy shops.
Fiskardo is a cute, remote fishing village on the extreme Northern tip of the island. I don't recommend taking scooters there as the road to Fiskardo is poor and clings to the cliffside. Many tourists and Locals zip past at high speeds, making scooter riding dangerous. The roadway is full of tiny shrines of those who have died driving on the road. A constant reminder. Take a car if possible.
The extent of the Fir Forest is apparnet on the Northern End. Homer from Greek mythology (?) was said to have built his ship from the Cefalonian Fir Trees.
Fiskardo was the only Village in Cefalonia to have survived the 1953 earthquake. Therefore, the architecture maintains an historic feeling. You can see the islands Venetian roots in the architecture here.
Situated along the Remote Western Coast of Cefalonia's Paliki Peninsula sits a Monestary called Kipoureon. A short walk... more travel advice
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