Since my very first visit to Greece in 1994, I’ve fallen in love with this beautiful land and her people. Today, in my first picture/video blog on this magnificent southern European country, I’m showing you some fabulous sights in one of its most scenic islands, Kefalonia, the largest of Ionian islands.
First things first, let’s go and explore her amazing selection of beaches. The island boasts many and some are not easily accessible. Myrtos beach is the most famous, a tourist haven, ranked fifth in the world. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.
When we flew there it a few years ago, we stayed in Skala, which was a relative quiet location in the south end of the island. We enjoyed swimming and relaxing by the pool, indulging in the ample supply of sunshine and cool drinks.
Kefalonia suffered a series of major earthquakes in 1953, which destroyed almost every single house on the island, when a 7.3 Richter scale was recorded as the worst. Before the 1953 Ionian Earthquake, there were 200 olive oil presses and today only thirteen. Olive production is an important feature of local economy.
During World War II, the island was occupied by Nazi Germany, the occupying force was predominantly Italian soldiers. Have you read the novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by English author Louis de Bernières? The fictional story was inspired by the picturesque village of Farsa. Even if you have not read the book, you may have watched or at least heard of the film bearing the same title, starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, released in 2001.
The island is mountainous with Mount Ainos in the middle. We climbed up during our visit. It was a natural park, covered with Abies Cephalonia trees, and I got quite a shock when hordes of mountain goats surrounded me, with bells jingling, like music. From the mountain top, the view was breath-taking.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video I made after our fabulous holiday there. I hope together with these wonderful pictures, you would agree that it’s a top destination. Rest be assured that I will be back with more picture/video blogs on beautiful Greece. Here are two links for you to learn more about her rich history, varied and wonderful geography, fascinating culture and hospitable people: Cephalonia; Greece.
Kefalonia, Beautiful Greek Island