Holiday in Kefalonia – Day 5 – memories of a day trip around the island

Yesterday (Wednesday 24/05), I went on a tour of the island organised by Panam Tours. We stopped at various locations but I will mention the ones that I found particularly interesting: Myrtos beach, Assos, Fiskardo and Melissani cave.

To start with, I must say that the entire trip was enjoyable and the landscape from the bus was truly breathtaking. See below some of the pictures I managed to take, either with my phone or my camera. 

Assos – view of the coastline from the bus
View of Ithaca
View of Sami
Church destroyed by an earthquake in 1953

1. Myrtos beach

This was our very first stop. We just had a short break here to take some pictures and selfies. Our guide said that Myrtos beach is one of most photographed, if not “THE” most photographed, beaches in Greece. Well, given the landscape, combination of colours and the fact that it has won the title of best beach of Greece for 12 times, I believe him.

View of the beach from the main road

2. Assos

Assos is a small village on the west coast of the island and it was our second stop. The village was built under Venetian rule around the end of the 16th Century. The Assos Castle, one of the largest in Greece, was built between 1593 and 1595 with the intent of protecting the locals in case of an attack by the Turks or the pirates, but was eventually used as refuge from the Plague. 

Assos Castle
Typical home in Assos
Harbour
Kefalonian coast view from the village
Door of a building destroyed by the earthquake in 1953

3. Fiskardo

Fiskardo is a village in the north of Kefalonia, facing Ithaka. Its origins are believed to be dated at least to 500 BC, and was known as “Panormos”. Constructions works in 2006 have led to the accidental discovery of a perfectly preserved Roman grave complex with various artifacts. Subsequent excavations led to other discoveries, including a theatre and other objects dated from 146BC to 330AD.

Fiskardo took its current name in the 11th Century after Robert Guiscard, founder of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

We stopped here for lunch. Really lovely place by the sea, full of colourful houses, shops and restaurants, all next to the waterside. 

I had a tasty chicken souvlaki in a restaurant called after the original name of Fiskardo. The veiw from my table was very pleasant and it’s a shame we didn’t stay longer.

Typical street with stairs in Fiskardo
The restaurant I picked up for my lunch.
View of Ithaca
My table
Selfie time!
Chicken souvlaki, yum!
View of Ithaka from Fiskardo

Did you know?

Fiskardo is built over a natural limestone soil. This has been a natural protection against the big earthquake that devastated Kefalonia in 1953 and therefore all the in the village reflect their original structure.

4. Melissani cave

We went to explore this subterranean lake, made of sea water that flows into the cave through natural underwater channels. A treadmill is used to aid the flow in the cave.

The price to pay for the visit was 6 euros and it’s essentially a tour on a boat that  lasts for about 20mins. I believe it is a bit pricey, but the atmosphere inside the cave is truly mesmerising. 

Did you know?

  • The stalactites in Melissani Cave grow at a rate of 1 cm every 100 years.
  • Melissani cave was originally entirely covered. It is believed that the roof collapsed 5,000 years ago, during a powerful earthquake, giving the cave its current look.
  • The water depth in Melissani cave ranges from 4m to 12m, it is alway around 15degrees Celsius and it is constantly cleaned by the lake natural recycling system.

This is it. It was area really lovely day, worth the money and all the work to process the pictures. Extra points to you if you read the blog until he end 😉

 I hope you enjoyed it.

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