The Aenos National Park on Kefalonia has become the first certified International Dark Sky Park in Greece. The certification recognizes the Aenos National Park as an area of exceptional dark sky quality and a protected environment that seeks to limit or reduce light pollution.
Kefalonia as a whole has some very dark skies, especially in the North, but if you are staying in one of main holiday resorts you will have to travel a few kms to escape the light pollution. One exception is Katelios in the South-East of the island. It's a very small resort so a walk along the beach away from the lights should be enough to get a clear view of the MIlky Way. Astrophotographers will also appreciate the South facing sea view towards Zakynthos, ideal for wide angle Milky Way astrophototography.
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Ever wondered why there are so many ATMs on Kefalonia these days? It's because the banks have discovered a trick of processing transactions in pounds instead of euros allowing them to use their own exchange rate, a process called Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). The table below shows the comparative cost of obtaining €100 from the most common ATMs if you follow the default option of processing the transaction in GBP, and looking at the receipts left behind by other customers most people are still letting the ATMs steal up to 10% of their holiday money.
If you ignore all the inevitable warnings and choose the other option to do the exchange in Euros, you will find that they will cost significantly less as the bank have to the use the Visa Exchange Rate in the transaction. This should apply to any ATM that you use and you must be given the choice. It's also a trick being used by some retailers and restaurants. It is generally accepted that if you are ever given the choice to make a card payment in GBP always decline the option and pay in Euros as you would expect.
|Cost of €200||ATM Fee|
|Tesco UK Online Rate||£182.39||-|
|Alphabank (Without DCC)||£186.42||€0|
|Alphabank (With DCC)||£191.58||-|
|Eurobank (Without DCC)||£188.68||€2.50|
|Eurobank (With DCC)||£190.79||-|
|Piraeus Bank (Without DCC)||£188.23||€3.00|
|Piraeus Bank (With DCC)||£193.25||-|
|National Bank of Greece (Without DCC)||£188.77||€2.60|
|National Bank of Greece (With DCC)||£194.05||-|
|Euronet (Without DCC)||£189.99||€3.95|
|Euronet (With DCC)||£204.26||-|
Brighten up your PC Desktop with these stunning images of Kefalonia taken by award-winning landscape photographer Colin Boulter of Neilson Reeves Photography in Manchester. They are available in a variety of sizes to suit most PC screens, simply choose your image and screen resolution, then right click on the image when it has loaded and choose 'set as background'.Kefalonia Landscape Photography
Due to its lovely sandy beaches and proximity to both airport and town, Lassi is understandably popular. It lies just three kilometres to the south of Argostoli, the island capital, but has plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops of its own. Although a developing resort area, Lassi remains mainly low-key and particularly popular with families. Lassi has two superb beaches which get busy in season, but this does ensure that they have good facilities, including watersports, sun beds and a beach bar or two.
The south coast of Kefalonia boasts a string of sandy bays and beaches but only limited development to date (Skala is the only place approaching a 'resort' here). The beach stretches for about a kilometre and sunbeds are available for rent. Slightly inland, the original village is an attractive little place and boasts a very traditional square shaded by a pine trees, three good tavernas and a mini-market. Lourdas essentially offers a quiet relaxed holiday with an excellent beach, fine views, scenic surrounds and limited (mainly taverna-based) nightlife.
A Greek village which has turned resort. Its main attraction is its long expanse of fine shingle and sand, gently shelving into the sea, with isolated coves in the surrounding area. There is a small high street 100 yards from the beach with shops and tavernas and streets branching off. Along the coast, Potamaki Beach is a haven for the rare loggerhead turtles, and this has now been declared a conservation area. Night-time 'turtle watches' are organised for those who wish to observe the creatures without threatening their survival.
Kefalonia WalkAbout puts street view style tours into most of the resort maps. All you have to do is drag & drop the little blue man on to the line indicating the availability of the WalkAbout imagery.
Kefalonia WalkAbout allows you to explore your chosen resort in a way which has not been possible before & is available for the following resorts:
4.4Enjoy a boat ride across the underground lake of Melissani where sunlight enters the caves, turns the water bold blue and scatters rays of light around the whole interior.