Kefalonia largest Greek Island in the Ionian Sea

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Kefalonia Island, beach at sunset

Being in between the Adriatic/Ionian and Egean Sea is Greece a natural wonder with it's shape of a peninsula and its islands scattared all over the Mediterrenean. Forming a net of islands, every island is attracting visitors with different marvelous places, views, scenery, tradition, culture and a sense of Greek Mtyhology.

Map of Ionian Sea

Kefalonia, is the largest island in the Ionian Sea which is situated between Lefkada in the north and Zakynthos in the south. It is one of the most popular destinations among the sailors because of its closeness to Italy, Sicily and Malta.

Together with Corfu island Kefalonia is forming a chain which lays along the coast of western Greece. Kefalonia (Cephalonia) is ranked on the sixth position among the islands of Greece and has area of 786,6 square kilometers (302 sq.miles).

According to the figures of 2011 the island has a population aroung 35.000. Argostoli is the capital of the island and hosts the airport and is locatd in the southwest of the island.

The island is full of picturesque sceneries. Kefalonia's coastline is made up of limestone cliffs which gives the short beaches an extra marvelous color combination of White & Blue representing the flag of Greece. The island is also popular among hikers because many of the beaches are accessible on foot or by narrow roads.

Myrtos Beach

The island is never getting crowded compared to the other smaller island of Greece. That's because of the size of the island. Over the years Chepalonia has developed its self as a family destination and is therefore a really relaxing and calming island. The most famous beaches are, in the south Skala and Lourdas, Antisamos in the mid-east and Myrtos in the north opposite to Village Assos which is a must see village by day and night.

In additon, there are also other must see places in Kefalonia like the Melissiana Cave or the Castle of St. George. The cave as seen in the second picture above is located two kilometers northwest of Sami in Kefalonia. The cave (underground lake) was discovered in 1951 when a part of the enterance collapsed. Now, it is a very attracting visit place for visitiors.

Lake Melissani has also a religious popularity in Greek Mtyhology of God "Pana" and the nymph "Melissani". Pana, was the God who received the souls in the underworld before they were incarnated. According to the famous legend, the nymph "Melissani" committed suicide here because "Pan" didn’t fall in love with her. In the cave there are images on a rock and antiquities were found after the collaps, a statue of Pan, a clay disk that shows how nymphs were dancing and a small statue with a female figure.

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