If you are interested in a relaxing and enjoyable holiday at the same time, Kappatos apartments will guarantee you the above. Close to most tourist beaches, Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos, in the tourist resort of Argostoli, Lassi, you will find a wide variety of restaurants and bars to select the best for you.
Among our apartments you can choose between rooms for 2 people with separate bedroom and kitchen, or newly built family apartments for 4 people with 2 separate bedrooms and kitchen. All apartments share a wonderful view over the sea, are fully equipped with hot water and the full hospitality of the owners that will make you feel at home.
Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea. It has an area of 781.5 square kilometers and the population at last census was around 40,000 residents. According to tradition the name derives from the first inhabitants on the island, the mythical hero Cephalus. It is believed that Kefalonia was created during a major earthquake, something that probably occurred as it is located right on a major seismic fault in the Ionian Sea.
The island boasts many attractions, ranging from the natural landscape and beaches and ending at the great creations of those who passed through Kefalonia during the centuries. The most important are the Castle of St. George, the cave-lake of Melisani, the Drogarati cave with its stalagmites and stalactites, the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli, the monastery of St. Gerasimos, the beaches of Myrtos, Antisamos, Xi, Lourdas and many more that can be seen on Attractions and Beaches section of this guide.
The peninsula of Lassi is located 1 km southwest of Argostoli and is one of the most popular areas of the island. It boasts for its natural beauty, intense nightlife and tourist infrastructure that meet every requirement. You will find restaurants and taverns which you can try the unique flavors of Kefalonia cuisine and recipes from the international cuisine. In Lassi you can visit the Lighthouse of Saint Theodore and the sinks, while you will find two of the most popular and well-organized beaches, Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos.
One of the most well known sights on the coastal road from Argostoli to Lassi is the Lighthouse of Saints Theodore. It is named after the nearby church, though the whole region is now commonly known as ‘Fanari’ or lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built in 1829 under British rule, like much of the island’s characteristic architecture (see Debosset Bridge), and was designed by J.P. Kennedy as a circular building with Doric columns. Like everything else in Argostoli, it was demolished in the earthquakes of 1953 and rebuilt immediately afterwards, together with a precious few architectural gems of the period. The lighthouse has recently been restored to preserve it from extensive saltwater erosion.
Drogarati cave is one of the largest and most attractive geological formations in the region around Sami as well Kefalonia as a whole. It lies a short distance from the cave lake of Melissani and belongs to the same geological region. It was discovered about 300 years ago after a major earthquake caused a section of the cave roof to collapse, revealing what is now the main entrance. The cave descends to a depth of about 60 metres and has an average temperature of 18ο C and the high humidity (90%) common to all caves.
According to archaeologists, Drogarati cave is over 100 million years old. The section currently open to the public is only part of the cave complex, which is believed to connect to other caves or cave formations in the region. The roof and floor of the cave are graced with countless stalagmites and stalactites, created by lime deposits in the water that filters through the bedrock above. They grow at an estimated rate of 1 cm over 100 years, and although many have now been broken by earthquakes and human activity they still offer an enchanting sight as one descends into the cave.
Drogarati is open to the public throughout the year and due to its exceptional acoustics has even hosted a number of concerts in its 900 sq. metre entrance chamber. It is also one of the few caves where relatively bright electric lighting has been permitted, enabling the visitor to fully admire this marvel of nature’s creation.
The cave lake of Melissani is one of the most enchanting and well known attractions of Kefalonia as well as being a site of great historical interest. Located at Karavomilo, very near Sami, it was rediscovered in 1951 by famed Greek speleologist G. Petrocheilos and opened to the public following extensive access works. A large section of the cave roof has collapsed, allowing sunlight to filter through the overhead vegetation and giving the water a brilliant turquoise colour.
Today, visitors can take a guided tour of Melissani cave lake in small rowing boats and enjoy the magical spectacle of its stalactites and sunlit turquoise waters.
Makris and Platis Yialos are just 3 km from the centre of Argostoli and are two of the prettiest and most cosmopolitan beaches on the island, with fine, golden sands and crystal clear waters. Makris Yialos is fairly long (hence the name ‘long beach’) and remains clean throughout the year due to its location. It is one of the island’s chief tourist attractions and one of the most organized in all of Kefalonia, with a beach bar – restaurant, water sports and lifeguard.
Platis Yialos is a natural extension of Makris Yialos, from which it is separated by small rocky headland, making it possible to walk or swim from one beach to the other. To the south one can see the small beach of Tourkopodaro, while across the mouth of the bay stretches the peninsular of Paliki and the small islet of Vardiani, silhouetted against the deep blue sea of the Ionian. Both beaches are awarded the coveted blue flag every year for their clean waters and golden sands. Locals and visitors alike prefer these beaches for their proximity to Argostoli and the lively tourist region of Lassi, but chiefly because they are beautiful beaches that combine everything anyone could wish for on their summer holidays.
Antisamos lies near the port of Sami, just 22 km from Argostoli, and is considered one of the island’s prettiest beaches. The route from Sami to the beach is particularly enchanting as it crosses one of the greenest parts of the island with towering pine trees. Many visitors stop at a plateau on route to take commemorative photographs, while the view from Agrilion Monastery to the beach is also impressive.
Antisamos beach is mostly pebbly with stretches of finer pebbles and white sand. It is set among densely wooded hills whose Cypress trees reach almost to the shore, while its deep blue and crystal clear waters are bound to impress even the most jaded travellers.
In the past few years Antisamos has become an organized beach, with a snack bar, sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports. It is annually awarded the blue flag for its cleanliness and offers ample parking space in a specially designated area.
Every summer this once quiet spot is inundated with countless tourists and locals who come from both near and far to visit this charming beach. Part of this recent popularity is due to the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, in which Antisamos features in many scenes and reveals the beauty of the Kefalonian landscape.
Myrtos beach is a stamp for the island. Nowadays, the name of Kefalonia is closely related to Myrtos beach. They is nobody who has chosen the island for holidays and has not seen or swum in that marvellous beach. Is has been characterized as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and it holds a Blue Flag for that. First of all, the visitor, before even arriving at the beach, is enchanted by the wonderful green route leading to the beach. The picture he sees cannot be described with words; huge rocks encircle the bay in order to protect the beach from the wind, while the white sand at the bottom of the sea and its dark blue waters challenge the most daring swimmers to explore them; they have to be careful though because it gets deeper suddenly.