Livathos: The region where Kefalonia Airport is located
The Livathos region of the Island is one of the most popular due to its superb coastline, with numerous beaches including Avithos, Ai Hellis, St Thomas, Spartia, Trapezaki, Lourdas and many others. The Livathos region stretches
from Lakithra to Platies and offers some of the most stunning scenery in Kefalonia. Livathos is within easy travelling distance to the capital, Argostoli, and the Kefalonia airport making it ideal not only for holidays, but also as a permanent base. Historically, the Livathos region has strong ties with shipping and many seafarers originate from this part of the island. Agriculture and fishing also continue to play an important part in the lives of the local people. Many of the villages offer a number of local facilities and a strong community spirit still exists throughout Livathos, with numerous local events and festivals taking place throughout the year.
The village of Lakithra lies in the heart of Livathos and is an excellent base from which to explore the island. The village offers local amenities including restaurants, a bakery, patisserie, gift shop and mini-markets. The excellent beaches of Avithos, Ammes and Ai Hellis are just a few minutes drive away and Argostoli is just a ten minute drive from the village.
Peratata is now one of the largest villages in Livathos offering excellent local facilities including a bakery, butcher, green grocer, mini-markets, chemist, restaurants, a bowling centre and many other local shops. The larger supermarkets are just a short drive from the village and there are excellent local transport links to the capital. Due to its excellent central location a number of beaches in the Livathos region are easily accessible including St Thomas Beach in Karavados, Trapezaki, Lourdas and Spartia Beach, making this an excellent base for holidays or as a permanent home. Vlahata and Lourdas Located at the foot of Mount Ainos, Vlahata sits just above the village of Lourdas, famed for its excellent beaches and stunning scenery. Vlahata is a popular traditional village offering a number of local facilities, restaurants and shops. Lourdas is one of the most popular resorts on the Island and highly sought after by visitors and residents alike due to its proximity to Argostoli and its graphic beauty. The nearby beaches of Lithero, Trapezaki, Spartia, Karavados and Sissia are also very popular with visitors to the Island.
Other regions of Kefalonia that are worth visting after your arrival on Kefalonia airport:
Mavrata & Katelios, Elios Pronnon Region
Nestling in the South West corner of the Island, the area of Elios Pronnon offers stunning scenery combining lush green mountains with some of the best beaches in Kefalonia. One of the main ferry ports is located in this area in the town of Poros, and a new marina is under construction in the village of Katelios, which will offer a number of berths for yachts and pleasure craft, and is certain to further improve the popularity of this area.Katelios is famed for its numerous fresh fish tavernas and its proximity to the beautiful sandy beach of Kaminia, a protected stretch of fine sand where the ‘Caretta Caretta’ loggerhead turtles nest within the summer months.
The village of Mavrata is just a few minutes drive from Katelios and is a small traditional village with excellent views of the Ionian and the Island of Zakynthos. This is a developing area with excellent potential for villa rental income and is a very popular base for visitors and residents alike. The pretty beach of Koroni is also within a short drive from the village.
The North of the Island undoubtedly sums up Kefalonia; beautiful countryside, traditional architecture and breath-taking
views. Most of the villages in the Erissos region are small hamlets with a very traditional atmosphere, and it is the home of some of the most photographed beaches and villages in the whole of Greece, including Myrtos Beach, known for its incredible aquamarine colour sea, making it a popular beach with visitors from all over the world.
The village of Assos, with its imposing Venetian fortress, is quintessentially Kefalonian, with traditional architecture and sea front tavernas. Finally, the traditional fishing village of Fiskardo attracts visitors from all over the globe, and is popular with celebrities and the “jet-set”. Fiskardo, although traditional in style, is very cosmopolitan and is often referred to as the ‘Kefalonian Riviera’ attracting large private yachts and is regularly featured in the media as one of the most beautiful places in Greece.
Katsarata village is just a few minutes drive from Fiskardo, nestling on the hillside and framed by Cypress forests and olive groves. Although very close to the cosmopolitan Fiskardo, Katsarata has developed a lower profile but with luxurious villas offering an excellent hideaway.