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Ultimate Kefalonia Guide by Neighborhood

January 14, 2021
Greece has and will always feel like a country that's so far away. And it's just about distance either. There's something about this rustic and otherwise ancient country, mostly surrounded by clear blue waters, that just separates itself from the rest of the world. Sure, its culture may bear similarities to other countries in the region, but it just stops there. Actually staying or even living in Greece, particularly its beautiful city islands, is just so unique. That includes that largely remote and incredibly beautiful city of Kefalonia! The more you find explore its many districts, the more you'll fall in love with the place.
Ultimate Kefalonia Guide by Neighborhood


Agia Efimia

If there's one thing Greece has become particularly beloved for, it's its various harbor areas. The district of Agia Efimia in Kefalonia is no different. Mostly a fishing village, it's quintessentially Greek, especially with its close proximity to the beautiful Mediterranean sea. But looking out at the stunning body of water isn't the only thing you can do here. You can also eat, courtesy of the many fish taverns and charming cafes in the area!
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Argostoli

Argostoli distinguishes itself as the capital town of Kefalonia, which is why it's also one of the busier areas on this list. A very urban community—which is a rarity in the Greek islands—this is the type of place that you'd want to explore to get a good sense of the local lifestyle. Think kids walking to school for another day of learning. Loud and busy markets filled with freshly caught fish. And taverns full of drunkards singing and drinking to their hearts' content!
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Assos

One of the more fascinating things about the Greek islands is their history. During the 16th century, many of them fell to Venetian rule, and the city of Kefalonia is no different! You'll see this the most in the district of Assos, a beautiful village located on the western coast of the island. Though it's become a standard Greek village, the likes of which you'll see in Mykonos and more, it also houses the ruins of Assos Castle. It's a fascinating Venetian fortress built in 1593!
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Fiscardo

If you thought houses in Greece were only painted in natural hues, think again! The beautiful village of Fiscardo in Kefalonia proves otherwise. While the stereotypical image of a Greek village is like that of the stark white houses in Santorini, Fiscardo boasts a vibrant color scheme of oranges and reds beautiful offset by the luscious greenery that surrounds it. 'Picturesque' doesn't even begin to accurately describe this charming district by the sea! A place you'll most find on postcards, magazines, and the like!
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Kourkoumelata

There are countless villages in Greece that were built on hills, by the cliffs, and the like. Though this makes exploring them a bit challenging, the charm and beauty of such places more than make up for it. Case in point: Kourkoumelata! This beautiful area in Kefalonia is one of the most unique of its kind, not just among the Greek islands, but in the entire country too! That's because Neoclassical style reigns supreme here; an eye-catching mix of Greek and Roman influences
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Lixouri

An elegant village located on a beautiful Mediterranean coastline. What's not to love? The beguiling district of Lixouri in Kefalonia is as dreamy as ever. Beautiful architecture houses luxury apartments, opulent homes, sophisticated establishments, and the like. Though it's slightly similar but smaller than Argostoli, it's more of a residential area than an urban community. But that doesn't mean it doesn't get busy here! On the contrary, the nightlife is alive and well in this part of the island!
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Sami

Sami is yet another beautiful coastal district on the island of Kefalonia. And while this may seem like a 'you've seen it once, you've seen them all'-type situation, this area is as charming as ever. As the second-largest port on the island, it tends to get busy here. Every single day, you'll see fishermen founding up their latest catches, vendors selling all kinds of seafood, and more! Weirdly enough, however, the vibe here is somewhat relaxing for many visitors.
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Skala

Skala is the premier tourist resort in Kefalonia. The large port in the area makes it accessible to reach via ferry, which is why it's become a tourist haven on the island. Though it's not as urban a community as the other neighborhoods, that's the beauty of the plate. It's completely overpowered by Mother Nature, from the crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches to the exotic flora that surrounds the many resorts and hotels here.
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Peratata

Peratata is the kind of village you'd often see in romantic period films. Built on the slopes of a hill, it's as quintessentially Greek as the likes of Santorini, Mykonos, and more. An inexplicably charming place, two important landmarks dominate the area. One is St. George's Castle, a beautiful Medieval fortress, and the Agios Andreas monastery, a rusting solemn holy ground. These two are must-visit places any world traveler should go to!
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Poros

If you want to spend time in another seaside village, look no further than Poros! This coastal district just east of Argostoli is one of, if not the most beautiful port towns on the island. The rustic elegance of the village, paired with the calming waters of the Mediterranean, is a stunning scene worth seeing again and again. Though the place does tend to get busy at times as it is one of the main ports of Kefalonia.
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Svoronata

Svoronata is yet another well-developed district in Kefalonia. Though it's not exactly as 'touristy' as the resort town of Skala, it still draws a lot of tourists nonetheless. This is probably because Svoronata is one of the more balanced mixes of an urban landscape and a botanical oasis. People who are lucky enough to stay here get the best of both worlds. A busy market scene in a town square as well as beautiful almost remote beaches by the coast!
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Kefalonia might not be the most popular island in Greece but it truly lives up to the paradise-like beauty of the Mediterranean country. The many districts here range from beautiful villages to scenic port towns, all with their own unique charms!




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