Kefalonia is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the whole of Greece. It is blessed with beautiful villages, friendly locals, delicious food and wine, and amazing beaches. Kefalonia took its name from the mythical Kefalos who was first ancestor of the race of the Kefalides in Attica and it was the man who was in fact the first King of Kefalonia giving it his name.
With an area of 786.6 km2, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and the 6th largest of all the greek islands. Kefalonia is located off the west coast of mainland Greece, with Lefkas to the north, and Zakynthos to the south.
The island is dramatically different from the rest of the Greek islands. Fertile valleys planted with grape vines and olive groves are home to hundreds of villages, churches and hilltop monasteries. Tiny pebbly coves and soft silver and red sandy beaches fringe the island’s mountainous shoreline. Multi-hued stalactites and stalagmites fill the cool caverns of Drogarati and sunlight creates ever-changing colours on the subterranean lake of Melissani. Loggerhead turtles nest on the island’s southern shores and rare birds flock to the Koutavos lagoon in Argostoli.
Kefalonia was once voted the tenth most beautiful place in the world and it’s not difficult to see why. The beaches are as close to paradise as you can ever imagine and each little village seems prettier than the next. The island has no high-rise resorts, no noise, no pressure. This really is a holiday heaven, a paradise to proudly call home.
It is divided in 6 municipal units and one community:
Municipality unit of Argostoli which includes the capital of Kefalonia and neighboring areas such as Agonas, Thinia, Davgata, Dilinata, Faraklata etc.
Municipal Unit of Livathos which is in the south west and includes the villages of upper and lower Livathos such as Lourdas, Mousata, Simotata, but also Karavados, Pessada, Spartia, Klismata, Korianna etc.
Municipal unit of Elios Pronnoi which is in the south coast of the island and includes villages and such as Skala, Poros, Valeriano, Markopoulo, Katelios etc.
Municipal unit of Sami which covers the eastern coast of the island and includes villages and settlements such as Sami, Karavomilos, Grizata, Haliotata, Poulata, Zervata, Pyrgi etc.
Municipal Unit of Pilaros which includes the areas of Agia Efimia, Divarata and Makriotika and their villages such as Agia Efimia, Antypata, Vasilopoulata, Drakata, Fededinata, Potamianata etc.
Municipal Unit of Erissos which covers the northern part of the island and includes villages and settlements such as the well known Fiscardo, Assos, Antipata, Komitata, Touliata, Magganos, Niohori etc.
Municipal Unit of Palliki which covers the west coast of Kefalonia and includes Lixouri town and villages such as Mantzavinata, Agia Thekli, Villatoria, Havdata, Havriata etc.
Municipal Unit of Ithaca which includes the capital of Ithaca, Vathi and all the villages.
Community of Omala which includes the villages of Fragata, Valsamata, Mihata, Panohori.