Our last stop on our Greek Island tour was the island of Kefalonia; we stopped in the capitol city of Argostoli. Let me just say, we LOVED Kefalonia, we were wooed by the beautiful bluest water & gorgeous views. Kefalonia is the largest of the seven Ionian Islands. Nearly the whole island was destroyed in an earthquake in 1953 so all the buildings are relatively new compared to other islands. Kefalonia is a very green island because of all the caves and underwater springs that nourish the island with water. The island is covered with vineyards & olive trees. They export a very large amount of wine every year, including a white wine called Robola, which is famous to this region and only made on this island. They also export a large amount of olive oil to surrounding areas in Europe and even the US, we learned that it takes five, 100lb sacks full of olives to get one liter of olive oil! Most of the islanders still pick all their own olives by hand and they get a harvest every two years. This island is also famous for their honey, because the herb thyme grows wildly on the island the bees on the island love it! So they have natural thyme infused honey that is only native to here! I loved that; I thought that was SO cool!
Joe and I had a very busy day on the island because there was so much cool stuff we didn’t want to miss. We started out by going to the Agios Andreas Monastery which dates back to the 15th century and holds all the art that was recovered from the ruble of the Greek Orthodox churches around the island, and surrounding islands, from the 1953 earthquake. It was very cool to see all the art in one place! Also, in the monastery they have a holy relic, which is said to be Saint Andrew’s foot. After he was crucified they divided his body up and sent it to different churches around the world and his foot ended up here, pretty weird, maybe kinda cool. Not sure.
After the monastery we headed to the Melissani Cave, we were so excited about the cave! This cave is special because the roof of the cave fell in during the earthquake in 1953 allowing the sun to shine in, illuminating the totally pure and gorgeously blue water inside the cave. The cave is 45 feet deep and you can see down to the bottom as if it were 2 inches of water. We went down into the cave and took a boat ride around it. It was very, very, very, very cool. The water alone was amazing! There are no fish in the cave, just eels, ew, but we didn’t see any.
There are sink holes out in the sea and bay areas and locals had always wondered where the water went after it went into these sink holes. A German geologist came to the island and brought a special type of dye with him and put a very large amount of the dye into the water going into the sinkholes. Twelve days after the dye was put in, it was found in the water inside the Melissni Cave! There is a whole underground water system between the sea and all the lakes in the caves covering the island. By the time the seawater reaches all the way to Melissani Cave it is 95% pure. Pretty wild, and very cool.
After the cave we headed to a quaint fishing village called Agia Effimia where we got to see the tradition and culture that are deeply rooted in this island. We explored around and sat on the beach eating fresh baklava. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, man that Baklava, good stuff. Now you will see 500 of the most gorgeous pictures of water you will ever see, scroll down, go ahead. These pictures will have you savin’ your money and packin’ your bags for Greece. And you should do that 😉 Also, by the way this is REALLY the color of the water, these are not over saturated over contrasted photos – it’s just that pretty. Okay, enjoy.
We finished our day by heading to Myrtos beach. Let me just tell you, this is the most beautiful place I’ve seen in the whole world. There are no words to describe it. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. It was gorgeous. Gorgeous. I’m telling you, like out of this world pretty. Okay, you get it.
All in all it’s a close race between Mykonos and Argostoli for our favorite Greek Island we visited. We loved them both immensely. We are definitely planning a trip back here to visit all of the award winning beaches! We had a wonderful day on the island and it deepened our growing love for Greece. Cannot wait to go back. If you are wanting to see Greek Islands, skip Corfu & Athens and head straight to Mykonos & Kefalonia – also, we are really looking forward to seeing Santorini on our next trip to Greece – so add that to your Greek Isles tour! Hope you’ve enjoyed our blogs on Greece, next we will be heading to Austria with our blogs! Stay tuned for some blogs coming soon about our time there!