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Kefalonia Nature


Kefalonia, being the largest island of the Ionian Sea, can be considered an Island of exceptional natural beauty. Mountains, lakes, eco-parks, caves, streams and are geological phenomenons are only some of the beauties that Kefalonia nature has to offer.

Katavothres in Argostoli

Katavothres
Aside from being a lovely, waterfront location, Katavothres is the site of a rare geological phenomenon which had trumped scientists for generations. Here, seawater pours through fissures in the rocks near the coast and dissappears underground. Noticing the regularity in the water’s movement patterns, water mills were placed here by an Englishman (Stevens) in the early 1800’s to take advantage of this occurrence. While many attempts were made since that time to explain this peculiarity, many the...
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Drogarati Cave in Sami

Drogarati Cave
Discovered almost 300 years ago thanks to an earthquake which shook the region and created a possible entrance, Drogarati has only been open to the public since 1963. Inside, the cave walls are lined with stalactite and stalagmite formations, and speleologists have estimated the cave to be 150 million years old. Drogarati is roughly 60m deep and is a constant 18 degrees Celsius, with humidity reaching a level of 90%. Interestingly, Drogarati is comprised of two parts, only one of which is acc...
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Melissani Cave and Lake in Sami Kefalonia

Melissani cave, also referred to as Cave of the Nymphs as it used to be a place of worship dedicated to the god Pan, also comprises Melissani lake, setting the stage for a mesmerizing experience. Curiously, the lake is a mixture of seawater and freshwater though it is about 500 m from the sea. Most impressive however, is the unique effect created by the rays of sunlight that pierce through an oval opening in the cave’s ceiling, lending an exquisite blue color to the waters below. In order to cap...
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Karavomylos Lake

Karavomylos Lake
This small, circular lake surrounded by greenery, is the arrival site of the water that flows underground from Katavothres. From its starting point at Katavothres, the water travels underground to Melissani Cave where it briefly resurfaces only to continue its journey to Karavomylos. At this point, the water flows through a water wheel and ends up in Karavomylos.
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Mt. Aenos National Park

Mount Aenos National Park in Kefalonia
The highest peak in Kefalonia, and the second highest of any Greek island, Mt. Aenos reaches an altitude of 1,628m, and spreads over roughly 285 square km. The surrounding area has been designated a National park, and is covered with a rare species of fir (Abies Cephalonica) and black pine. There are many ways to explore the area, including car, bicycle and foot, and it certainly makes for an enjoyable excursion. Aside from the breathtaking views of Kefalonia and neighboring islands, visitors ha...
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Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli

Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli
Koutavos lagoon lies at the apex of the Argostoli bay, delimited by the DeBosset bridge on one end, and the Koutavos park on the other. Though the lagoon and surrounding areas had fallen into neglect in the past, recent efforts have given the area a renewed vitality. Koutavos is now an eco-park–a reserve for some of the region’s rarest species of fauna and flora, looked after by the Environmental Awareness Center which was specifically established in the aims of upgrading and protecting the natu...
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