Start your tour of Kefalonia’s villages going from Argostoli and Lixouri. Charming Argostoli, the island’s capital, is where the heart of Kefalonia’s nightlife undoubtedly beats. It’s a place full of traditional corners, as well as modern facilities that will make your stay easier and more pleasant.
At the town’s port, you’ll see large, luxury yachts and cruise ships arriving from every corner of the planet, while early in the morning, if you’re lucky, you might be able to see a few super cute Caretta Caretta sea turtles walking near the water.
The truth is that the days and nights in Kefalonia start and end in Argostoli; here you can enjoy your morning coffee at the central square, you’ll buy souvenirs from the Lithostroto pedestrian street, and you’ll admire the imposing church of Agios Spiridonas, the locals’ pride and joy. In the evenings, couples head towards the Agioi Theodori lighthouse, where it is said that you can enjoy one of the best sunsets ever.
Lixouri, the second largest village in Kefalonia, is very picturesque and located right across from Argostoli. The first town to ever exist here was called Pali, a name that comes from the ancient king Peleus. It was such a strong commercial town in its time that it even had its own currency. Lixouri’s presence remained strong in the following centuries, playing an important part in the unification of Kefalonia to Greece. Unfortunately, in 1953, the village was almost completely destroyed by the terrible earthquake that hit the Ionian islands, though some of the 19th-century buildings have remained intact, including the Tipaldos – Iakovatos mansion that is one of the most recognisable sights of the island. Walk around its narrow streets, visit the church of Pantokratoras, walk at the beautiful port and enjoy amazing food with ouzo overlooking the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
Argostoli may be the capital, and Fiskardo may be one of the most famous villages of the Ionian islands, but the true magic of the Kefalonian tradition is found in two small villages that seem to be out of a painting. Two villages, in the north part of Kefalonia, amphitheatrically built above crystal waters, with small boats tied at their piers, colourful traditional houses, narrow streets, and countless of options for food, coffee and/or drinks by the water.
The village Assos is the true jewel of Kefalonia, known for its Venetian castle, whose remains still stand today. Go up the hill to enjoy the sunset and swim at the beach before having a meal at one of the many seaside taverns. Start your stroll in Assos by moving along the magnificent coastal road and enjoying a coffee with a sea view, or take a quick dip in one of the nearby beaches (Myrtos, the most famous beach in Kefalonia, is just a 15-minute drive from the village). If you have access to a boat, don’t miss Ammos tou Grammatikou and Kouloumi beaches, which can only be reached by sea and where you can completely disconnect from the tourist crowds.
Then, explore the castle of the small settlement, with its impressive fortress and beautiful view, which dates back to the 16th century. The beauty of Assos is unlike any other place in the Ionian Islands, and will transport you to another time in Kefalonia: to stories of knights and fortresses, and to the romance and unique characteristics of a region of Greece that still lives on through its strong Western past.
In Fiskardo, a popular spot for Greeks and foreign VIPs who arrive here on their boats, you will be surrounded by the magnificent beauty. The architecture is impressive, with colourful houses built during the 18th and 19th centuries, reflecting the Ionian style, and two lighthouses. Cars are not allowed in many parts of the village, which gives you the chance to take a stroll and admire the interesting architecture and scenery. There are also two beautiful trails to walk around the area. Don’t miss the chance to taste the fresh and delicious cakes at the renowned patisserie Melina.
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