Hiking tours in Kefalonia
Walking in Kefalonia can reward you with discovering hidden places of great beauty. There are quite a few signposted hiking trails but if you set off on your own you may, with a little luck, discover surprising places. Sometimes you come across an abandoned village, a half-ruined church, or simply a breathtaking view over the sea.
The best time to go to Kefalonia
In Spring or in Autumn. Specially in Spring there is an abundance of wildflowers. Did you know that there are 31 different types of wild orchids on the island? Even as a local, one is always surprised about the green and varied nature of Kefalonia at this time of year. The temperature in spring is pleasant and sunshine is quite reliable from May onwards.
Generally Kefalonia is ideal for Hiking-trekking and climbing
Kefalonia is ideal for hiking through the nature, since it is a very green island. The mountain massifs, especially Enos, cover a big part of the island’s surface, contributing to the diversity of the landscape, a trait of Kefalonia that excites the hikers. Hidden beaches and less ‘famous’ peaks, that offer astonishing views of the Ionian sea and the surrounding islands.
There is a big variety of possible routes, for experienced and less experienced hikers, but whichever you choose, it is certain that on your way you will enjoy not only the amazing natural scenery, but also one or more cultural attractions that are scattered throughout Kefalonia, this island with the history that goes back centuries. The paths and routes of Kefalonia are for those visitors, who want to really get to know the island, to penetrate into its depths, to walk through landscapes that ‘are not for everyone’, in order to have an alternative view of the place they are visiting.
The starting points of the paths and routes of Kefalonia vary, depending on where you want to go and the level of difficulty of the hike. The northeastern part of the island and the region of Erisos in the west are covered in lush vegetation, whereas the mountain of Agia Dynati in Pilaros is more bare. Poros is also drowning in vegetation, while the fir of Kefalonia that covers the mountain of Enos will make your hike through the National Park a unique experience.
The route from Poros to Antisamos with a view to Ithaca and mainland Greece has a length of 17 kilometers. It is considered difficult as most of the trail is very rough and only the end it becomes a rural road. High trees will provide you shade while you are walking, your eyes will be pleased by green and the Koutsoupia beach with clear blue waters – if you can resist! This is one of the most beautiful routes of Kefalonia in a part of the island which is quite unexplored. This is one of the most beautiful routes of Kefalonia in a part of the island which is quite unexplored.
This route starts from Monodendri in middle of Kefalonia and ends at Chaliotata of Sami, passing through the wind farm at west of Kefalonia on top of the mountain Evmorfia. At the beginning it is a barren landscape that results in beautiful green forests and view of the entire island! A canyon with high trees is located at the end of the journey, with a total length of 17km.
From the Monastery of Themata to the Mountain of Agia Dinati in Pylaros till coastal Karavomilo in Sami, the distance is about 12 km. It is a rural road with asphalt in some places that makes the path easy. After admiring the spectacular views from the monastery you will pass through the old Vlachata. The village was deserted after the devastating earthquake of 1953 but many of the ruins are of particular interest. Then after Poulata you will end up in Karavomilo after you pass through the cave area such as Aggalaki.
From the village Koulourata to the town of Sami the route has a length of 11 km and most part of it is a rural road. You will admire the mountain of Kefalonia, you will pass the old Mouzakata burned by German troops and the old Grizata and Zervata that were demolished by the earthquake of 1953. You can admire the view from the ruined monastery of Saints Fanentes at the end of the route with the great interest and archaeological findings of the Mycenaean era: the bay of Sami, Saint Euphemia and Ithaca.
This route starts from Agios Eleftherios on the slope of Enos and has a total length of about 10 km and ends at Agrapidies, on the other part on the road to Sami. Its biggest part is a rural road while a small part is path. It runs through the national park of Enos in the forest with the unique black firs in Greece! A path that will make you forget that you are on an island: Kefalonia combines mountain and sea!
For more hiking routes follow : https://greece.terrabook.com/kefalonia/chapter/hiking/
One of the well hidden secrets of nature in Kefalonia is the Waterfalls of Grados, in the southeastern part of the island, in the wider area of Eleios – Pronnon. It is a beautiful natural landscape, where the waters of the torrent fall from a high enough height and form at their base a small pond.
The Grados Waterfalls can be reached only by hiking, on a very pleasant route on a dirt road along its longest, in the green nature. The starting point is on the main road that connects Poros, the port in the southeast of Kefalonia, with Skala, one of the most touristic villages. There you will have to leave your car and continue on the dirt road on foot. The distance is not long, while the sign with the inscription “Towards Biological Cleaning” that you will come across will assure you that you are following the right direction.
Gradou Waterfalls have the most water in the spring, while they usually dry up in the summer, as the torrent that feeds them is seasonal and does not flow all year round.
However, if you are one of the lucky ones and visit the Waterfalls of Grados on a hot spring day, do not even hesitate to cool off under their waters!
a) First day :
You can visit the monastery of Atros which is the oldest on the island & then the uniquely intact in the passage of millennia Mycenaean tomb located just outside our village. Additionally a few minutes away by the car if you finish early in a short distance between Poros and Skala is the temple of Apollo and in the village of Skala the Ancient Roman Villa.
b) Second day:
You can go at the waterfalls of Gradou for swim and after that you can continue your sw You can go at the waterfalls of Gradou for swim and after that you can continue your swimming at the very small beach kako lagkadi which is unique. Because the sea get into the cave at the beach kako lagkadi and your sensations from the environment are full emotions! Rare moments ! Except of this kako lagkadi beach it’s too close to waterfalls.
c) Third day:
Start from Poros next station the cave lake of Melissani is a wonder of nature and one of the most impressive sights on Kefalonia which is located in Karavomylos, an area close to Sami town. Melissani was discovered in 1951 and following construction works in order to make it accessible it has become one of the most famous tourist attractions. The magic of the landscape is partly because of the roof that has collapsed and you have a view of the sky while being in a cave. If you visit during the day when the sun is high and the sunshine drops on the lake it makes the light blue waters shine giving off a magical soothing feeling. After Melissani too close to it is the ancient cave of Drogarati with stalagmites and stalactites and it is also a good chance to visit it. Next it’s worth to go for a swim at world famous beach Myrtos and for dinner at Village of Assos with the famous castle or Fiskardo with famous yacht pier and graphical alleys.
d) Fourth day:
You can visit the first capital of Kefalonia the Castle of Agiou Georgiou where you can see a serious part of the history of the island the and lifestyle of the Kefalonia people. After the Castle of Agiou Georgiou you are almost outside of Argostoli which is now the capital of Kefalonia, so it’s worth to visit it and go for a walk at the famous stone-bridge of De Bosset, to go for shopping or to walk around the city. Almost, exaclty outside the city you can see the famous lighthouse of Agion Theodoron and if you are not tired it will be a good idea to walk from the city until there parallel to the sea.
e) Fifth day:
Mountain range of Ainos with the wild nature. Ainos it’s “offer” you unique life experiences via the rare geomorphology, fauna and flora of Kefalonia. You can see wild horses, hawks, badgers, hedgehogs, foxes, ferrets, weasel and of course the unique black pine.
f) Sixth day:
You can go for hiking or Scuba diving or trekking ask at the reception to give you more information and details about that
g) Seventh day – Beaches:
Such as Poros with the dolphins and blue crystal water ,famous Skala, Ai Cheli, Foki (where you can see the seals if you dive), virgin beach of Koutsoupia , Antisamos, Platys and Makrys gialos at Lassi, Emplisi and many other wonderful beaches.
h) Eighth day: Monasteries – Churches :
You can visit the first and Historic Monastery of Atros outside of Poros. The Monastery at Sisia or the monastery of Agiou Gerasimou at omala who is the protector of the island. Additionally you can go at Pastra Village and visit the church of Virgin Mary with lily’s. Υou will notice that the trunk of the lily’s is dry but at the 15th of August , a blossom come out from the dry trunk. Another remarkable phenomenon it happens at the same period 6th to 15th of August at the other two Churches which belongs two Virgin Maria h Phedousa at Markopoulo and Arginia . The specific period appears a specific kind of snake at the belfry-steeple of those churches which have the Byzantine cross on the head.
Kefalonia diving centers are found in almost all tourist places of the island, from Fiscardo and Agia Efimia on the north to Lassi and Lixouri on the southern side.
These centers offer courses for all ages and organize diving trips to interesting sites.
Important Kefalonia diving sites are the Temple Cave in Fiscardo with two entrances, the Catacombs with max depth 21 m, the Blue Canyon in Lassi, and the shipwreck of the Italian WWII ship Ardena which is suitable for advanced only divers between skala and kateleios .
Kefalonia is a beautiful island with a huge variety of edible fish and several local fishing grounds. It is one of those areas that give great emotions and joy to both hobbyists and professional fishermen. All you need is appetite, fishing equipment, bait and we left for the island!
Kefalonia is a beautiful island with a huge variety of edible birds and several local lurkers. It is one of those areas that gives great excitement and joy to both hobbyists and professional hunters. All you need is appetite, hunting equipment, your dog and we left for the island!
Every year in Poros, Kefallinia, is organized one of the most impressive and most numerous breves in Greece, with a total length of 201Km + 4.152m with famous athletes from all over the world. Every time the brevet is organized the island is in a constant celebration, while this event arouses the interest of several journalists from many parts of Europe who cover the event. The participation fee is free.
Our village is famous for the opportunity, (if you have the equipment) to do:
i) windsurfing (with your equipment)
ii) canoe or kayak (with your equipment)
iii) scuba diving (we have a lot of stores and people where they can help you)