Kefalonia:If ever a place was blessed with every possible natural beauty, Kefalonia is just that place. The largest of the Ionian Islands is also the one with the most variety in its natural environment. Tall mountains, aquamarine shores, water springs, underground caverns and lakes, and a rich and rare assortment of flora and fauna make this island unique.
Mt. Aenos, peaking at an altitude of 1628 m., is the second highest mountain on a Greek island and is covered by a dark fir forest. This endemic species (abies cephalonica) is unique to this mountain and along with its rare and rich flora and fauna have resulted in Aenos being declared one of Greece’s ten National Parks.
The dramatic landscape presents many contrasts: abrupt mountain ranges and steep rocky cliffs alternate with smooth, lacy shores and fertile plains with flowering bushes and olive groves. Towering cypress trees emerge everywhere, providing another contrast yet in this unique landscape. Colorful and fragrant bushes cover a substantial portion of the land. These include laurels, arbutus, myrtle and broom bushes. There is also a variety of fragrant herbs that grow in abundance on the island, including oregano, thyme and sage.
The shoreline offers just as much contrast and variety as the inland.
Gently shelving sandy beaches, white shingle shores, small or larger unexplored coves surround the island justify its fame as having some of the Mediterranean’s loveliest beaches. Myrtos Beach, voted as Greece’s best beach and ranking among the world’s ten best beaches, awaits to dazzle the visitor with its turquoise vastness and dramatic embracing cliffs. Other well known and “must visit” beaches include Skala, Antisamos, Makris Yialos, Xi, Ammes, Avithos and Paliolinos.