The setting for Louis de Bernières’ fabulous novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefallonia, is well known for its rugged scenery, friendly locals, a certain rural charm, and some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece. And despite the success of the novel and the movie it remains mercifully unspoilt by mass tourism.
The largest of the Ionian Islands, it never feels crowded, even in high season on the photogenic beach of Myrtos, the white pebbled beach of Antisamos, the mythical Melissani lake cave or among the swanky, marina-side restaurants of Fiskardo.
A walk in the capital city Argostoli and you will have to admire beauties like the central pedestrian street called Lithostroto, various museums, the statue of the poet Nikos Kavvadias, the Municipal Theater “Kefalos” and the outskirts of the city, the Fanari lighthouse, Katavothres and Makris and Platis Gialos, one of the most famous and crowded beaches of Kefallonia.
To the east of Argostoli, at the end of the bay, beneath the aforementioned Castle of St. George, sits the Koutavos Lagoon, a feeding ground for the Caretta Caretta turtles.
During the summer of 2017 the brand new central square was inaugurated and has plenty of things to keep everyone entertained.