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Δευτέρα, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Kefalonia Magic Beaches


Kefalonia is an island with numerous beaches for all preferences. Beaches crowded or isolated, with sand or pebbles, organized or not. Certainly, every beach on the island is a different magic picture and whatever choice you make the experience will stay engraved in your memory.
In this text, we tried to pick the 5 best beaches and present them to you.

Myrtos


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It is the trademark of Kefalonia with numerous international awards as one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and it is certainly worth it. Moreover, every year Myrtos is being awarded from the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) with the blue flag. The scenery from above is unique and the view is certainly breathtaking. Green rocks that result in quite a long beach with white pebbles and the Ionian Sea at its best. The turquoise waters, with or without wave, will make your swimming experience unforgettable. And when you finally descend and encounter the infinite blue, you will be enchanted. Do not leave until watching the sunset; it’s a unique experience.

Antisamos


 


The island of Kefalonia attained special glamour and publicity because of the Hollywood production “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, which was filmed in the year 2000 on the island. The beach that fascinated most viewers was no other than the beach of Antisamos. Awarded with the blue flag, it is located a few kilometers away from the port of Sami. The landscape combines all shades of blue and green, where the vegetation grows almost into the sea.

Petani


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Αλιευτικά σκάφη αραγμένα σε ιδιόμορφες γλίστρες στους Πετανούς.
“ePiETANoI” is a word of Homer, meaning an area with abundant water throughout the year. The Petani Beach consists of fine white pebbles and crystal clear turquoise waters. The path to the beach is just as unique as the beauty of the whole of the landscape which literally leaves the visitor speechless. The beach is fully organized with canteen, sun beds and many restaurants on the seafront. Enjoy your coffee or drink, while admiring the breathtaking sunset.

Xi (ksi)

Η παραλία Ξι, στα νότια της χερσονήσου της Παλικής.
Xi Beach is an exception compared to other beaches of Kefalonia, because it has no steep cliffs or deep waters. Instead, it is very easily accessible. Its waters are very shallow and thus more than suitable for children. What makes the Xi Beach so unique and extremely impressive is its reddish color of sand. Because of its clayey composition, one can enjoy a natural and free spa session, as it is said to have cleaning and tightening effects to the skin. The beach is well organized and you will easily find a parking place. For water sports lovers, Xi Beach offers a big variety (Jet-Ski, Water-Ski etc.).

Skala


Its crystal clear waters, the vegetation that grows almost into the beach and the beach area that is over three kilometers long have turned Skala into an important touristic center over the recent years. Skala Beach is fully organized but preserves its own distinct character. Apart from the village and the beach of Skala it is worth visiting other beautiful beaches and picturesque villages situated in the southeastern part of Kefalonia.

About the Author
www.kefalonia-tours.gr/en is an online Travel Guide, member of myGreece.Travel, translated into 3 languages. Purpose of the guide is to promote the island of Kefalonia and the identification of occult beauty.


Pessada 

Pessada is on the south coast of Kefalonia, 8 miles south-east of the capital Argostoli and just 5 miles from the airport. Pessada beach is an incredibly intimate simple stretch of sandy beach with rocks and steps leading down to the water. A series of secluded coves are good for sunbathing. Beautifully clear water provides excellent snorkelling possibilities. Nearby Agios Thomas beach is a favourite with children, with some modest beach facilities and a couple of tavernas.

Lourdas


Lourdas is located at the south coast of Kefalonia, the untouched part of the island where Skala is the only developed resort. It an about 1 km long, quiet beach with fine silver sand and a little shingle enclosed by a wide bay. A part of the beach is organised and sunbeds for hire are available.

Lourdas is off the main road to Argostoli. A steep winding road meanders it’s way down from Vlachata through Lourdas and the small village of Lourdata until you get to the beach, part shingle part sand. Lourdas although a small resort packs in quite a lot with numerous studios, houses, villas and hotels. Some apartments are situated on the beach overlooking the ever-changing turquoise blue clear water. These tend to be more expensive but well worth it if you like the sound of the sea lapping against the shore.

The rest of Lourdas is made up of over twenty good restaurants a couple of mini markets (24/7), car/bike rental offices and a couple of lively music bars with plenty of outdoors seating such as Astra music bar, Muses etc. Things here are pretty laid back and after the long stroll down the hill to the beach passing through the village of Lourdata you’ll need to put your feet up and rest!

A walk at the old village with the traditional square offers fine views and scenic surrounds. In order to explore the rest of the beaches in the south part a car hire is recommended.


Makris Gialos  


Makrys Yialos is a fine long stretch of golden sand situated just outside Argostoli, in the Lassi area. Is one of the most popular Kefalonian beaches.

Karavomilos 


Karavomilos is a picturesque fish village in the west part of Sami and 1 km from the harbor.
The village is a pole of attraction for the visitors, as very close to it, are some of the most famous natural sights in Kefalonia. The cave of Drogarates and the lake of Melissani.

Karavomilos has a small circular lake, with lush vegetation and fresh water which flows into the sea.

The surrounding area has quaint geological phenomenons. Really impressive is the cave of Drogarati with rare stalagmites and stalactites. The interior can easily host a concert. The acoustic of the cave is similar to this of the ancient theaters.

Very close to the cave is the underground lake of Melissani, which was discovered in 1951 by the speleologist Yiannis Petrohelos.
Big part of the roof has fallen making it easy for exploration. This lake is a really impressive sight, not to be missed. In order to reach the lake, you will pass through an underground arcade enjoying an unforgettable row in the cold waters of the lake.

Lassi

platis yialos 

kalamia 

The resort is an excellent place to use as a base to get around the island. Lassi is great for bars and restaurantsand has a good nightlife although it is still quite quiet. The people are lovely! The road through Lassi is not noisy at night and not that busy during the day. Platys Yialos is very similar to Makrys Yialos with golden sand but smaller.

Lepeda


Lepeda is an attractive golden sand beach beach located less than two kilometres south of Lixouri. In order to arrive there, you have to follow the street on the port of Lixouri and remain on it until you reach the green coast that is exactly opposite of Lassi. It's a red sandy beach about 100 metres long. Some strange rocks complete the scenery. The panorama is quite majestic having in mind that it offers a view on the gulf of Argostoli , St Theodori lighthouse and Mount Aenos. There is a bar on the beach and you can also rent parasols and deckchairs. A few metres away, on the street that leads to Lixouri, there are various restaurants.

Ai Helis 
Ai Helis is one of the most popular beaches of Kefalonia. It is situated near the Domata village about 5km southwest of Argostoli in the area of Svoronata.

Avithos  
Avithos is a beach located at the southern part of Kefalonia. Avithos is a rural area where olive trees and citrus orchards abound. The long sandy beaches of Avithos and Megalipetra are divided by a rocky outcrop, with the whole coastline facing the tiny island of Dias with views over to Zakynthos on a clear day.

Agia Paraskeyi 


This is the largest of a number of pretty coves found on the way from Karavomylos to the town of Agia Efimia in the neighboring municipality of Pylaros.

All coves are easily accessible as the main road passes next to the sea making it simply a matter of descending a footpath of a few meters.

The road turns and winds, constantly revealing naturally set rest areas, shaded by olive trees, complete with yet another pretty cove. The coves - with a view of Ithaki in the distance - have coarse white sand and clean waters in dreamy hues of turquoise and blue.

Kaminia 
Kaminia is a long secluded beach, one of the most beautiful at south Kefalonia. The beach is visible from the road to Skala. Just before the all green village Ratzakli you can turn right. The beach is accessible to car, but for the most beautiful spots you have to walk a bit.



Poros


This beach is fairly narrow and is more shingle than sand but considering its size it gets very lively during the season. It has a fantastic selection of water sports to try. As the waters shelve very gently, it is another beach that is ideal for families. Poros also has a good selection of tavernas and cafes that are close at hand from the beach. (Blue Flag.)
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Platia Ammos
Perhaps still somewhat of an unknown beach in Kefalonia, Platia Ammos has the mystique and vastness of Myrtos Beach. The only thing that stands between you and this beach is 400 some stairs down. Needless to say you’ll get a work out before you rest, but if you’re in descent shape, and don’t have small children, it’s so worth it. Be sure to bring water, food and a sun umbrella though, because all you’ll find on this secluded beach are pebbles and water.


The tiny, secluded village of Assos is romantic setting and perhaps the most beautiful location on the island of Kefalonia. The Assos peninsula is on the west coast of the island with the village nestling in its horse-shoe shaped harbour. The whole area is surrounded by beautiful coastal scenery of dramatic white rocks and cobalt sea with hillsides covered in forests of cypress and pine.
Dominating the entire area are the remains of a Venetian fortress high up on the imposing peninsula.
Assos is a simple and even rustic village with about 100 inhabitants. It has its own national heritage fortress and contains some fine examples of Venetian architecture commonly found on Kefalonia before the 1953 earthquake.
Alongside these you will find an attractive collection of private houses, a small selection of villas and apartments, four or five tavernas and a mini-market.

Το Φανάρι των Αγίων Θεοδώρων.  Ενας μικρός φάρος  με κυκλικό περιστύλιο.
Οι Καταβόθρες, ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά αξιοθέατα κοντά στο Αργοστόλι.





















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