Beach life

Let’s take a little break to enjoy another beautiful Kefalonian beach. So much turquoise water and white sand.

Greek goats

During one of our trips around the island we encounter, AKA get stuck in the middle of, a flock of greek goats.

These furry little blighters surrounded us! We had to give up and wait until they flocked past.

Red sands at Xi beach

If you’re bored of white sandy beaches (I know right . . .!) then Kefalonia can also offer you a nifty little red number!

Xi beach is a unique combination of colours – the dark red of the sand and the green of the sea, framed by walls of white-grey clay behind.

People use the clay as a beauty ritual, smearing themselves with it and enjoying its creamy clay goodness!

We also get a close encounter of the air plane kind while lounging around!

Lighthouses and lunch

After being buffeted at the top of the wet and windy mountain, we head back down to a more temperate climate for a spot of lunch. What else but a traditional gyros . . yum!

Then it’s back to our little resort of Lassi to explore the sights of the local area. There’s some lovely little coves to explore as the sun starts to dip low in the sky.

As the sun sets we find a lovely little lighthouse to take lots of pictures of.

The lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi lies on a man-made peninsula. It’s a circular structure with 20 columns and its tower is eight metres tall.

The building is rather simple with a Doric architectural style. It was originally built in 1828 by the British administrator Charles Napier, who ruled the island that time.

The lighthouse was destroyed in the earthquake of 1953 and was rebuilt in 1960 by the local architect Takis Pavlatos according to its original architectural design.

There’s a lovely little shingle beach by the lighthouse too that looks gorgeous as the setting sun warms everything with pink and gold.

Another interesting sight to see close by is the Katavothres sea mills that mark the spot of a fascinating natural phenomena.

Sea water enters sink holes and the flow created was used to drive a water wheel to power the mills.

The mystery has always been as to where the water goes. By injecting dyes it was discovered that the water that entered the sink holes came out two weeks later in the Melissani lake and flowed out to the sea at the village of Karavomilos, above sea level.

AINOS MOUNTAIN

Today you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re coming to you from the wet, windy wilds of North Wales but no – we’re still on the sunny holiday island of Kefalonia!

We headed up to the summit of Ainos mountain known as Monte Nero (Black Mountain) during the Venetian period due to the presence of the dark Kefalonian Fir tree.

It is the tallest mountain of the Ionian islands with an elevation of 1,628 metres (5,341 ft).

On clear days, the view includes the NW Peloponnese as well as the islands of Zakynthos, Lefkada, and Ithaca. This was not a clear day however . . .

We briefly enjoyed the views above the clouds before the rain and fog rolled in . . while we were still dressed in our tourist gear . . .

Mt. Ainos was declared as a National Park in 1962 and is home to lots of the island’s biodiversity. Shame we can’t see our hands in front of our faces at this point . .

Myrtos Beach and Argostoli

Back to enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Kefalonia from way back in 2019 . . . here’s the view down to Myrtos Beach.

It’s a long way down to the incredibly choppy beach where the man loses his prescription sunglasses – and sight!!

Check out the vivid blue of the very rough sea behind me . . far too choppy to swim in – unless you’re my fool of a husband that is!

This crappy quality footage gives you a little taste . . .

Below is the aftermath of the loss of the sunglasses – and having to drive back nearly blind . . .

Our next stop is the town of Argostoli which has been the capital and administrative centre of Kefalonia since 1757.

It’s getting a bit overcast and rain is threatening, but we still have time for a quick potter around.

Lots of colourful souvenirs and architecture to happily snap away at.

The De Bosset Bridge (formerly Drapano Bridge) is a stone bridge built in 1813 over the bay of Argostoli. At 689.9 meters, it is the longest stone bridge over the sea in the world.