What to see in Cephalonia
Cephalonia (or Kefalonia) is a small island in the Ionian archipelago which enchants visitors with its verdant hills, eerie caves, stunning beaches and rich mythological resonances. The tourist infrastructure is basic, and the attractions on Cephalonia retain their mystery and authenticity and the landscapes are untarnished by the holidaymakers.
A great deal of the island's mystique lies in its remarkable landscapes and many of the things to see and do on Cephalonia revolve around natural attractions. Of course, the beaches always top the list of things to see on a Greek isle, and Cephalonia has some of the best in the country: the most famed is Myrtos Beach, which has been voted the best beach in Greece numerous times; Kaminia Beach, with its population of loggerhead turtles, is a great option for those travelling with children; Antisamos Beach and the blue-flag beach at Skala are also lovely and very popular. Visitors should be aware that most of the beaches on Cephalonia are pebbled so beach shoes are a good investment.
Cephalonia is also richly endowed with subterranean wonders, and the Melissani and Drogarati Caves are both exciting places to explore - Melissani's underground lake is strikingly beautiful and the enormous stalagmites and stalagtites of Drogarati are a must-see. For the energetic there is good hiking and horse riding on the island as well as various water sports.
For those who crave a bit of culture in their holiday itinerary St George's Castle, in Peratata, is an interesting attraction with a slightly eerie atmosphere and breathtaking views. This site is more impressive, by general consent, than the Castle of Assos. The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos was rebuilt by locals after being devastated by an earthquake in 1953, and it houses the remains of its holy namesake; the saint's coffin is opened weekly so that visitors can see the body and pay tribute. You can also explore the tiny catacomb space below the church, where the saint used to be concealed.
The small island of Ithaca, famous as the setting for Homer's Odyssey, and for its scenic beauty and long history, is a popular excursion from Cephalonia, though there is little infrastructure on the island itself.
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