My Kefalonia, the most westerly island of Greece, lies in the Ionian Sea, in the channel leading into the Gulf of Patras. With its ca. 780 square kilometres, the island is the largest of the Eptanisa (the Seven Islands). Turquoise seas, lush green vegetation, wild and sheer mountain scenery and a fascinating variegated geological profile have given Kefalonia a special atmosphere and beauty. Broad sandy beaches, small coves, and steep cliffs, steppe-like plains, fertile valleys, dense black forests of fir, a unique complex of caves and the highest mountain in the Ionian Islands, Mount. Aenos, standing at 1628m, are the most striking features of the island.
Kefalonia is characterized by the creative forces of nature and three thousand years of cultural history. In 1953 there was a devastating catastrophe, of a type that affects the Ionian Islands, located on the edge of the Eurasian continental shelf, a massive earthquake destroyed nearly 90 per cent of buildings on the island, roads disappeared and houses lay in ruins. The architecture, once predominantly Venetian in style was adjusted to modern conditions and now all Kefalonia’s building are built to strict standards making them earthquake safe.
In 2008, the economic magazine Forbes ranked Kefalonia as the fourth most idyllic places in Europe, rich in natural beauty and with the qualities of a relaxed and comfortable life. The island of Kefalonia is a place of special attraction and magic.