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Cephalonia Travel Guide

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Assos, Cephalonia © Ulrike Wegner

With its windless beaches, verdant mountainsides and shadowy forests, Cephalonia is easily one of Greece's most enchanting islands. Nature and history lovers will not be disappointed.

Melissani caves are Cephalonia's best-known natural attraction, where a subterranean lake reflects a kaleidoscope of gorgeous colours. Other favourites are the enormous caverns of Dragostoli, and the 'swallow holes'. At the latter, visitors can marvel at the phenomenon of seawater literally disappearing through the rock.

The beautiful city of Argostoli has been the island's capital since ancient times. Though largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, it has some fascinating archaeological remains and folk art museums. The island's main town, Lixouri, is peaceful and picturesque. It's situated close to the south coast, where visitors will find the best beaches.

Cephalonia's quaint villages, traditional fishing harbours, Roman ruins, architecturally marvellous churches and castles, and magnificent views are also part of the experience.

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