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Cephalonia (Argostoli), Greece

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Cephalonia possesses a classic landscape with an arid mountain interior and a rocky seacoast punctuated by bays and beaches. Mount Ainos, the island's major peak, towers a mile above sea level, while the busy seaport of Argostoli is Cephalonia's largest town. The Jet Set and the international yachting community have frequented the old fishing ports of Fiskardo and Sami since the late 1950s. But the island's population soared in the 1980s and '90s, as increasing numbers of general travelers discovered Cephalonia's superb beaches, dramatic caves, and picturesque villages.

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  • Lake Melissani Lake Melissani

    Cephalonia's largest cave lake features aquamarine waters and dramatic stalactites, and was the site of archeological finds such as figures of the god Pan left behind by a former Minoan culture.

  • Fiskardo Fiskardo

    This picturesque little port, popular with the international yachting crowd, is the only village on the entire island to emerge unscathed from the Great Quake of 1953.

  • Drogarati Cave Drogarati Cave

    Discovered 300 years ago when an earthquake exposed the entrance, this spectacular two million year old cavern features dramatic stalagmites and stalactites, and a magnificent hall called "Sala of Apotheosis."

  • Sami Sami

    Located on the northeastern coast of Cephalonia, this resort features shops, cafes, and tavernas. It also served as the principal location for the 2001 film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."

  • St. Andrew's Monastery St. Andrew's Monastery

    This 16th-century monastery was the sole building to survive the Great Quake of 1953, which exposed ancient frescoes and icons on the church wall. St. Andrew's serves as a small museum today.

  • Rombola Winery Rombola Winery

    This charming winery uses delicate, golden Rombola grapes to produce the island's native white wine, which features a fruit-like taste so delicious it has been nicknamed "Nectar of Immortals."

  • Beach - Makrys Gialos Beach - Makrys Gialos

    Golden sand and warm crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea make this pristine beach, nicknamed "Long Beach," one of the island's most popular destinations for sunning, swimming, and water sports.

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