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Outdoor activities around Kefalonia

With a landscape as beautiful and rugged as Kefalonia's, the best way to get this island's full experience is by throwing yourself into the great outdoors head first.


While the beaches here are top notch, there are so many sun-soaked activities beyond the comfort of a sunlounger. These caving voyages, mountain hikes and kayaking trips will let you see Kefalonia from all the best angles, and might even get your adrenaline revving too.


Descend into the Drogarati Cave

The Drogarati Cave formed over a hundred million years ago, and was only opened to the public in the 1960s.

Found about five kilometres from Sami, the cave descends 60 metres below ground level, and consists of huge, cavernous rooms dripping with stalactites, forming stalagmites below and woven with an underground lake.

The acoustics inside are so good, the Drogarati Cave is sometimes the site of events whose atmosphere is added to with this natural wonder's eeriness.

Hike through Mount Ainos National Park

Mount Ainos National Park is a forest-cloaked expanse reachable from Lourdas, a resort that sits at the foot of Mount Ainos, the tallest peak on Kefalonia.

Hikes through the park's trails afford views of neighbouring islands, shady afternoons in groves of pine and fir trees, and maybe even glimpses of the semi-wild ponies known for roaming these parts.

Paddle through the Melissani Cave

Located just northwest of Sami, the Melissani Cave is, according to Greek mythology, a place where nymphs lived in the ancient days. The cave and the lake surrounding it were named for the nymph Melissani, too.

The cave system consists of two big, open-air halls, one of which shines a brilliant blue at midday while the other is mossy and darkened. Connecting them is a lake, which can be navigated via a small row boat.

Sea kayaking around the island

One of the best ways to discover Kefalonia is by seeing it from afar, and the only way to do that is by heading out to sea. Sea kayaking is incredibly popular on the island, as there are so many stop-off points along the coast.

There are exclusive little pockets of beaches, natural caves and rock formations that are much better reached by boat, and with the help of a tour guide you can find some of the best hidden spots carved into Kefalonia's coastline.

Head below the water’s surface with scuba diving

Scuba diving is a hugely popular activity on Kefalonia, and as such, you'll find diving schools in just about every major resort. It doesn't matter if you're new to diving or an old hand – there are courses that'll get you underwater and checking out the local scenery in no time.

The coastline of Kefalonia is privy to drop-offs, caves and reefs sporting the occasional sea turtle. There are even wrecks scattered across the sea floor like the immaculately preserved Perseus Submarine, which sunk in World War II off the coast of Poros, a resort that sits about equidistant from Sami and Skala.

Test your limits with canyoning

If you're not familiar with canyoning, it's a combination of rappelling down rock faces, waterfalls and streams. As you can imagine, it can be a high adrenaline sport that offers a totally new way of taking in a landscape.

Canyoning in Kefalonia will take you into caves, through gorges and down the sides of steep cliffs, made doable with the help of experienced guides.

Depending on what time of the year you visit will dictate whether your canyoning experience is wet or dry – come in the spring and early summer and you'll likely canyon through water, but come in late summer and after and you'll have a drier trek.

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