Travelling at the Ionian Islands, Lefkada & Kefalonia, where the intense morphology has created lake-caverns with exquisite natural decorations & acoustics such as Drogati & Melissanthi…
Visit their wonderful beaches with fine sand & turquoise waters, the picturesque villages, such as Sivota, Lixouri & Argostoli, that “keep” their character, autheniticity & their natural environment unaltered.
Wander at Mount Enos, which has been devoted to Xenios Zeus & prevails the highest altitudes, the most rare species of indigenous plants & wild horses.
Days 1st & 2nd: Lefkada Island
In the morning, your car will be delivered so that you can then drive to Lefkada via Rio Bridge, which is estimated to be 4-5 hours drive. The island’s name means white, and refers to the white cliffs in the south part that are characteristic! Lefkada town is the capital of the island. It is the administrative, economic & cultural centre of the island & has a population of about 8000 inhabitants who are mostly living from agriculture & tourism. The disastrous earthquakes of 1948 & 1953 brought great damages to the entire island & only a few monuments have survived.
A part of the capital full of life that you ought to visit is the central square of Agios Spyridon, which owns its name to the 17th century church that stands on the square. There is a large number of monasteries & churches that you may visit if you wish, as most of these host fine works from the Ionian School of Painting.
Another interesting part of the capital is Ioannou Mela Street, which is full of attractive arcades. Some worth-seeing museums are the Archaeological, the Gramophone & the Folklore Museum.
An attraction that you may enjoy is a visit at the gorgeous cascading “Dimossari waterfalls” that can be found just outside the village Nydri. It ends up into a gorge which is replete with white rocks! As you are enjoying your holiday on an island, your priority should be sunbathing at wonderful beaches with natural beauty such as Porto Katsiki and Kathisma, while those of you, who are keen on water sports Agios Ioannis and Vasiliki are the ideal places to visit!
A restaurant that you ought to visit on the island is “Fryni sto Molo”, where you may enjoy risotto with cuttlefish, stuffed onion with anthotyros- goat’s cheese and many more!
Before leaving the island you should buy pastrami produced by Ntelimaris & nougat by Fexis…
Days 3rd, 4th & 5th: Kefalonia Island
Taking the ferry from Vassiliki village , you will be directing towards to Fiskardo at Kefalonia Island. The journey lasts approximately 1 hour. Αrriving at a landscape rich in trees, herbs and wild flowers! Kefallonia is the biggest island among the Ionian islands, which includes important ports such as Sami, Poros & Argostoli, the picturesque capital town. It includes nice villages with traditional houses and verandas that are hanging around bougainvilleas, paved streets and sandy beaches.
Some of the most famous sightseeing at the island are: the Drogati cave, which is a stunning Snow Queen palace of stalactites and stalagmites, where concerts are often performed in the summer months. The underground Melissani lake was discovered when its roof fell in, to reveal an enchanted hidden world, where visitors nowadays may a take short, atmospheric boat trip around its diamond clear waters… A famous monastery located at Omala Valley, is Agios Gerasimos’ monastery, where there is a plane tree that was planted by the island’s patron saint at the 16th century, while inside the church the visitors may see his remains (after death he did not decompose), a feat that prompted his canonization.If you are a wine lover, you may visit the Robola Wine Production Corporation at this region, a grape variety which is characteristic and cultivated exclusively at the Ionian islands!
Argostoli: In the area are obvious the characteristics of the Venetian Empire. The town is located at the edge of the bay, it contains a natural harbor where the promenade full of greenery is ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. At the town entrance is found a small forest with eucalyptus, which is why it is worthwhile visiting.
Lixouri: a town totally destroyed from the earthquakes and being rebuilt. At the close by area, are located the beaches of Xi & Megas Lakkos, the main characteristic of which is the red sand, while you may visit Platia Ammos, that has 300 steps, if you want to reach it!
Myrtos: moving north, at the main road that connects Argostoli with Fiskardo-which is considered to be the most beautiful route of the island- you may reach Myrtos beach from Dibarata village, where the view seems to be breath taking.
Fiskardo: at the northest side of the island, and with a view to Ithaca, Fiskardo, with its picturesque houses full of flowers and colours and its little harbor is probably the most popular region, where thousands of visitors are flocking every year!
When you see the district Assos, surely you will be tempted to make a detour 4 miles in order to visit! It forms a peninsula with steep slopes and 15th-century castle which is connected to the main island by a narrow strip of land. Here everything is “flowing” smoothly and slowly! If you head at the back of the castle, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful sunset!
Restaurants with fresh and home-made dishes are “Platanos”, known for its traditional dishes at Assos region, “Vasso’s” for the seafood it serves at Fiskardo and many more…If you wish to visit Ithaca, there are ferries leaving from Sami, Fiskardo and Agia Efimia.
Day 6th: Athens – end of the cruise
Depart from Kefalonia Island. You will be arriving at Kyllini in Peloponnesus & then drive back to Athens, where you will return the car.