Top attractions in Kefalonia

Apart from fantastic beaches and villages, Kefalonia is an island with rich history and culture. Starting from the ancient times and peaking in the Medieval era, this island in the Ionian Sea is spread with Byzantine Castles, monasteries, towers and miracles of nature. In fact, Kefalonia sightseeing dates from all historical periods. Here are our top things to see in Kefalonia that we suggest, with detailed text, Google map and occasionally photos.

Impressive Melissani Cave in Kefalonia island, a wonderful destination in the Ionian Sea

Close to the town of Sami, on the eastern side of Kefalonia, there is the impressive Lake Cave Melissani. This underground lake was discovered in the 1950s, when the roof collapsed after an earthquake. This is when scientists discovered a fantastic cave with stalactites and stalagmites, filled in with both fresh and sea water. According to geologists, the sea water of Mellisani Cave comes from the region of Argostoli. Just outside Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, in the region called Katavothres,...

The wonderful cave of Drogarati in Kefalonia is full of stalactites and stalagmites

At a distance of 5 km from Sami town, Drogarati Cave is a true miracle of nature. Although this cave with the fantastic stalactites and stalagmites was discovered in the 18th century, when an earthquake revealed its entrance, it was as early as 1963 that it opened to the public. The stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave, formed after millions of years of procedure, have wonderful shapes. According to speleologists, Drogarati Cave in Kefalonia is about 150 million years old. Humidity inside...

Impressive lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi in Argostoli, the capital town of Kefalonia island

In a short distance from Argostoli and just next to Katavothres is a wonderful monument, the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi, also known as Fanari. This lighthouse was constructed in 1828 after the command of Charles Napier, the British administrator of Kefalonia that time. The style of the lighthouse is simple and Doric, with 20 columns and an 8-meter tall tower. This lighthouse works until today and its focal plane is 11 meters. After the devastating earthquake that hit Kefalonia in 1953, the lighthouse...

Entrance to the Medieval Castle of Assos in Kefalonia island, Greece

The Venetian Castle of Assos, located on top of a hill above Assos village, was constructed in the 16th century to protect the region from pirate attacks. Today very few remains survive from the castle, mostly external walls and an arched gate. Above this gate, there is a marble inscription with the winged-lion of Saint Mark, symbol of Venice. Inside the castle, there are ruins of old buildings, mostly Venetian churches, such as the church of Saint Mark and of Prophet Elias. There are also ruins...

At a distance of 7 km from Argostoli, just on the hill top above the village of Peratata, is the Medieval Castle of Saint George. Originally constructed in the 12th century by the Byzantines, this Castle was given its present form by the Venetians, who also built the external walls in 1504. The Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia is polygonal in shape and covers an area of 16,000 sq.m. In the Medieval times, an entire town was hosted inside the walls, including storehouses, residences, public buildings,...