This photo was not taken from a plane but from our car ! The road from Peratata to Markopoulo is winding all the time on 15 km and steep but it offers breathtaking landscapes on the shore of Cefalonia like this one.
Pesada is a small village east to Argostoli.
The first photo shows the very small harbor we found hen e were on a road trip. It was perfect to launch our Zodiac! (photo 1)
We were happy to find the fountain of the second photo to get fresh water as it is not always easy in Greece to find a tap when you avoid campings!. In this beautiful fountain of Pesada, we could fill up the water tanks of our car for several days.
Sailing along the coast allows discovering nice little coves that cannot be reached from land. This is always a pleasure for a midday rest, when the sun is high, the wind not blowing and anyway, stomachs need to be fed with a tomatoes, olive and boiled eggs salad sprinkled with olive oil and fresh oregano… Almost paradise! Everybody is resting, except, of course, the photographer that swims to the coast with a camera in a waterproof bag and climbs among the spiny bushes to get a general view of the cove!
As Poros (Ποσος) means harbor in Greek, there are plenty of Poros allover Greece! This Poros stands in the very south of the eastern coast of Cefalonia, 45 km south-east to Argostoli and 20 km south to Sami. It is a pleasant little fishermen village. From Poros, you can make day trips to Zakinthos.
Actually, we moored in Poros on our way to Zakinthos. The sailing from Poros to Zakinthos chora is about 20 miles. It is about the longest we can do with such small boats.
The Ithaki channel is a narrow stripe of sea between Cefalonia and Ithaki, about 10 nautical miles long and less than 2 miles wide. Flotilla yachts usually forbid it to their crews as the wind can blow strong, almost without warning in a matter of 10-15 minutes. This is due to a Ventury effect of the wind, blowing between two tall islands, almost like in a pipe; We sailed it several times and only once were caught in this kind of situation, that occurs in the end of the afternoon. That was a bit scary and we had to change our mind and spend the night in Agia Efimia, on Cefalonia, windwards, instead of Poros, on Ithaki, leewards.
Cefalonia is a mountain in the sea and the Assos peninsula on the western coast is like a hill on the side of the big island, only linked by a narrow isthmus. (first photo)
The second photo shows an isolated beach, a little south to Assos peninsula and that can be reached only by boat.
Fiskardo (Ψιςκαρδo), Phiskardhon for VT, is a picturesque little village at the far north end of Cefalonia, on the east coast.
The north of the island and especially Fiskardo, are the only part of the island that was not destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. It is the only place where the old houses, some of the XVIIth, are still standing. Moreover, the whole village has kept its look, with the way the houses are arranged around the bay, with narrow, crooked streets.
For more, see my Fiskardo page.
This photos was taken from the road to Sami. It shows how well sheltered is the bay of Argostoli. (look at the map to better understand its situation). The city spreads over a cape, inside the bay. The very inner part of the bay (on the right) is like the arrow of a hook (foreground)
Argostoli (Aσγoςτoλι), Argostolion for VT, is the capital both of the island and of the nome (prefecture). It is a busy little town that, like Sami, was entirely destroyed during the 1953 earthquake. When staying on Cefalonia, this may be the place where you come for shopping but not the place to spend much time.
Aghia Efimia (Aγια Εψιμια) is a small village nicely spread on the slopes of the mountain, in the northern ear of the Sami bay. It is facing south and the morning sun, which makes it a very pleasant location. It has several nice restaurants. The harbor is visited my small and very small (like ours!) yachts.
Melissani blue caves are found 3 km north to Sami, a few hundred meters off the road to Aghia Efimia. It is the most striking geological phenomenon on Cefalonia: it was a subterranean lake, which vaults collapsed during the big earthquake. Before that, shepherd new that the area was dangerous as sheep sometimes disappeared in narrow faults into the vault and fell into the lake. Now that a part of the vault has collapsed, the sun illuminates the water in blue and makes
See also my Sami page.
This photo was taken from the road that leads from Sami to Argostoli. The road climbs steeply and soon allows a wide landscape of the bay of Sami. Below (foreground), is Sami. The bay of Sami extends on the whole width of the picture. Aghia Efimia is on the far left, but, sorry, not showing! In the background, right and center, stands the famous Ithaki island with its two parts linked by a narrow isthmus. In the very far background, hardly seen, Lefkas island.
Sami is the second largest city of Cefalonia. It has been entirely destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. It has since then been rebuilt and it is not a surprise if the village lack of much charm. You will most of the time land on Cefalonia at Sami. Do not be deceived by the first sight, Cefalonia has a lot more and better to offer to the visitor.
Ah, Kefalonian food. Yum yum yum. When I heard the words 'Kefalonian Meat Pie' on Captain Corelli, I knew I had to come here.
And I wasn't disappointed. The Meat Pie is gorgeous, although it will slow you down a bit. I had Moussaka every day, and I can't get enough of it. I just love breaking the top, sinking into an aubergine and then hooking on to some minced beef... stunning.
Yvetsi, Stifado, Kleftiko... the list goes on. Try them, try them all! You won't be disappointed. Kefalonia is an excellent place for food, and every restaurant I visited served Greek grub to a high standard. The prices are dirt cheap too - main meals range from 5.50 to 12 euros.
Like many Greek islands, Kefalonia is awash with stray cats and kittens. And very cute they are too - which explains why both locals and tourists are so tolerant of them.
Quite a few tavernas have 'cat feeding areas' where you can leave food for the cats. What struck me was how well behaved and healthy the cats and kittens were - none begged for food, and they were all quite affectionate. We were assured by locals that they were safe to touch, although we didn't make a habit of it.
We noticed a few stray dogs too. I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.