Cephalonia or Kefalonia (Κεφαλονιά, in greek) is the biggest of the Ionian islands and it became rather popular after the book, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. The island is gifted by the existence of the Mount Ainos (pron. Enos) and the Mount Ainos National Park, as well as skirted by white, lacy beaches in the shadow of the dark Kefalonian Fir tree (Abies Cephalonica).
At the the north-eastern tip of the island lies the little port-town of Fiskardo (Φισκάρδο, in greek). Although the island was severely hit by the 1953 earthquake, luckily, this little town reserved its traditional italian architectural style. The old venetian lighthouse on the north side of the port entrance signs your arrival at this cosmopolitan town.
One of the joys of traveling is tasting different kinds of food and local specialties. Well, Fiskardo is a fantastic place to enjoy greek, traditional food whilst sitting in the most beautiful surroundings. Most of the traditional tavernas and restaurants are standing on the harbor or very close to the sea.
The fishing and ferry port of Sami is the next destination. The little town’s main attraction is the ethereal cave of Melissani. The cave is the result of an underground stream that only around noon the sunrays turn the deep-blue colored water into vivid, exotic blue-green.
The beautiful bay of Antisamos is really close and an excellent opportunity for swimming. The well protected port of Sami hosts some excellent fish tavernas. Although a bit touristic, you may find plenty of provisions for your next stop.
Cephalonia combines the beauty of the sea with the magic of mountains. In Mount Ainos National Park you may enjoy hiking on its marked trails.