Leisure & Sightseeing: Argostoli – Melissanni – Sami – Myrtos – Assos Penisula – Fiskardo
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Departure from Argostoli.
Argostoli has been the capital of the Kefallonia Region since 1757. It is the island’s commercial and administrative centre, and has beautiful neo-classical buildings. It’s a modern city with a remarkable historic and cultural tradition. Argostoli, built amphitheatrically with a view to the Lagoon of Koutavos, overlooks the fir tree-covered Aenos.
A scenic cruise around Lake Melissani
Short tour by rowing boat Melissani lake is a wonderful underground lake with sublime stalactites, where some kind of worship of God Pan took place in historical times. When illuminated by the sun’s rays, sublime colors are reflected on the lake water.

We continue through Sami and Agia Efimia.
Sami is a beautiful town built by the seafront and one of the four major cities comprising the four-state Kefallinia, was well-known from Homer’s epic poetry. We reach the picturesque village of Agia Efimia. It’s a quiet town sporting wide streets and good urban-planning, with a port where numerous yachts from all over the world flock in the summertime.

Photo stop at Mythos Bay
The most beautiful beach on the island and one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, with snow white sand, a paradise on earth is protected by high rocks while the sea offers sublime combinations with colours ranging from blue green to deep blue.

 Assos Peninsula and Venetian Fortress
Much of Assos history revolves around the castle during the Medieval period when Kefalonia was under the Venetian dominion. Plans to built the castle at Assos commenced in 1584 when the Kefalonian council sent a delegation to Venice, asking for the creation of a new fortress to protect the people from Turkish and piratical raids. In the event of a war or imminent pirate attack, the villagers would then be able to seek refuge within the fortress compound. The Venetian’s aim was to create a powerful fortress-city,inside which a population of the community would permanently reside. Agios Georgios was the only castle in the island at the time,but it didn’t provide adequate defence for the island , and so it was that the Assos peninsula was chosen as the location of the new castle. It was considered that the sheer cliff drops of the peninsula with aheight of 155 metres made the area naturally fort-like and virtually unconquerable. Contraction started in 1593 and the fortress was rapidly completed soon after 1595. Shortly after the castle was built. Assos became the capital of the northern Kefalonia for a few years.
Fiskardo free time- lunch
Fiskardo lies 54 Km northeast of Argostoli. It is a beautiful and quiet (with the exception of August) town with Venetian houses to be situated around a beautiful harbour. Part of Fiskardo charm is being the only town in Kefalonia not to have been devastated by the earthquake in 1953. It is a major sailing port.
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