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Being Greek, I’ve many times found myself in conversations, where I’ve been constantly asked by international people to provide them with info about the “hidden” and nontouristic islands that are worth visiting while in Greece. The options of where to go in Greece are seemingly endless, and they all look great. Whatever you’re after, a holiday in Greece has something for everyone, it’s just a question of knowing where to look!
To get to the point and save you some time from crawling the web for info, I’ve decided to start this series of pages, "Your secret greek island" during which, I’ll be presenting you each week an awesome greek island, out of the beaten track! I’ll do my best to provide you with the most local suggestions about each one of them; promise! Whether you’re looking for a holiday with your significant other and your family, or a party vacation with your group of friends, stay tuned, cause I’m pretty sure that in this series you’ll find what you’re seeking!
The picturesque island of Kefalonia is, in fact, the largest, and probably the most beautiful one of the Ionian islands. Located west of mainland Greece, Kefalonia is particularly popular for its scenic crystal blue beaches, dramatic landscapes, mysterious caves, its delicious seafood and of course, its fishing villages. All of those bring straight to mind a typical Greek island, don’t they? Right, Kefalonia is most likely one of the places that you’ve probably seen on postcards since it uniquely combines the features that everyone thinks of, while on the search for their perfect greek holiday.
Kefalonia has inspired millions of visitors with its beauty, and became particularly famous after becoming the filming location of the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. If you’ve missed it, then click on the link that follows, it’s definitely worth a watch!
The island offers a great variety of cultural and sightseeing activities for all tastes and pockets. A stroll in the island guarantees you an experience of a lifetime and trust me, you won’t be able to stop talking about it and take your eyes off of your pictures upon departing. Of course, there are a couple of places that shouldn’t be missed while there; the cave of Melissani, as well as the island’s main harbour are areas definitely must visit (those two definitely stole my heart upon my last visit to the island!).
Do you get fascinated by the natural sculptures and their majestic hard to explain beauty? If yes, then a must-visit while in Kefalonia, is no doubt the cave and the lake of Melissani; beautiful waters with changing shades of blue as the sun sets, honey-like brown walls and countless stalactites will take your breath away and travel you to another, mythical and magical world. The cave is said to be a wonder of nature and it is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive sights. This magic landscape is particularly enchanting due to the fact that its roof has collapsed and you have a clear view of the sky while in the cave! Incredible isn’t it?! Due to the island's interesting reefs, nowadays many diving centers have opened in Kefalonia’s city center and offer a great variety of unique and guided day trip options! Do not miss it!
One of the places that specifically enchanted me while at the island, is the main harbor, Firkardo. As previously mentioned, Kefalonia is a fishing island and that is particularly seen upon arrival to its harbor. While there, you can watch the fishermen and sailors tending their vessels, and enjoy a stroll along the paved narrow streets, which are filled with local tavernas, coffee shops, little artistic shops selling handmade souvenirs, and of course flowers! Yes, if you’re into flowers- especially the ones hanging from the roofs- then you’ll enjoy the area’s landscapes for sure! They're undoubtedly ideal for summer pictures!
Like all the Ionian islands, Kefalonia, offers crystal waters, sandy beaches, impressive trekking paths, an always shining sun and of course, delicious local meals (you can now take for granted that I’d suggest trying some of their local fish dishes, simply delicious)!
As a big fan of the Ionian Sea and of its blue and cold-refreshing waters, I feel that it’s my responsibility to suggest this dreamy destination and its magic beaches! What are you waiting for?!
Cover Picture © Credits to istock/kwasny221
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