Located outside Sami is a popular tourist attraction called the Cave of Melissani. Inside the cave is a 20 to 30-meter deep lake with turquoise blue fresh and sea water surrounded by trees and forests. The place has an ethereal atmosphere especially when the light crawls into its roof and hits the waters at noon, which is the best time to visit the Cave of Melissani as it has a magical feeling when the sun is right overhead the cave. The cave has two chambers: the first one is sun-lit, while the second is dark with algae and moss-covered stalactites. The Cave of Melissani is one of the most significant Greek attractions, and it leaves a memorable and lasting impression on everyone who visits it.
Situated in Argostoli is the largest stone bridge on the body of seawater called the De Bosset Bridge that has been in existence since the early 19th-century. Erected by Charles Philip de Bosset to bypass the malaria and death infested swampland of Koutavos, the De Bosset bridge still marks the boundary between Koutavos and the Argostoli Bay. The bridge, however, is currently closed to traffic due to the long and continuous use of it throughout the years.
2.5 kilometers away from Argostoli is a must-see Kefalonian attraction called Katavothres. An extremely rare Greek geological phenomenon, Katavothres consists of a sea-powered water wheel in which the water produced flows underground and re-emerges on the Kefalonia east coast. Natural disasters, such as the 1953 earthquake that destroyed the island, only damaged the actual water mill but did not even disrupt the geological phenomenon of the Katavothres. In addition to the water mill attraction, there are also amazing sites in Katavothres, such as the small shingle beach wherein you can relax after touring the area.
Another Kefalonian point of interest is the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi that lies on a man-made peninsula just 3 kilometers away from Argostoli. Standing 8 meters tall, the lighthouse has 20 Doric columns, and it has a rather simple architectural style. It was erected by the British administrator Charles Napier in 1828, but the original structure was destroyed by the 1953 earthquake--the same earthquake as the one that destroyed the water mill of Katavothres. It was rebuilt in 1969 by Takis Pavlatos, and the structure still works today, giving the place a romantic view at night.
Located in Kaminarata is the Monastery of Kipoureon wherein ecclesiastical relics and post-Byzantine icons are placed. Literally meaning Ministry of the Gardens, the Monastery of Kipoureon has many gardens, which used to be the monks’ source of livelihood. However, only one monk lives in the monastery, and he welcomes visitors there every day. The monastery, as it is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin and the Holy Cross, celebrates on the 25th of March and 14th of September each year, so make sure that you consider visiting on those dates. In addition to the lush green surroundings of the monastery, its yard allows you to enjoy a wonderful view of the sunset and the Ionian Sea.
Kefalonia has amazing beaches across the island, one of which includes the Myrtos beach. Located 30 kilometers north of Argostoli, Myrtos is one of the most popular attractions is Kefalonia. With its semi-circular beach, rocky cliffs, and crystal clear waters, Myrtos is one of the most photographed sites in Greece, and it has gained a worldwide reputation over the years. Another crowd favorite is the Antisamos beach, which is located 27 kilometers north of Argostoli. Besides the natural beauty of the beach, Antisamos is famous for among sunbathers and swimmers. The beach is well-organized and has green hills and lush green forests surrounding it. Just 4 kilometers south of Argostoli is the Makris Gialos beach. Popular for its golden sand, Makris Gialos is one of the most frequented Kefalonian beaches. It has deep blue waters, a stunning landscape, a beach bar, and water sports facility, making it one of the best beaches for family vacations.
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