is the largest of the Ionian islands
. Green rocks plunge suddenly into the deep blue waters. Picturesque
villages and small beautiful towns highlighted by old mansions and "humble" farmhouses; a little further over, the ruins of some ancient city.
Cephalonia has been justly called the island of contrasts: Roman, Venetian and Byzantine ruins, side by side with famous beaches and the 1628 metre
The capital Argostoli
is where the sea pours into spectacular swallow-holes and disappears endlessly into subterranean tunnels forming
a rare geological phenomenon. The water reappears at lake Melissani
, an incredible semi-underground lake of clear turquoise and indigo water.
Nearby is the Drogarati
cave, a large stalagmitic cavern of rare beauty. To the north is the small village of Fiskardo
and its pretty harbour, that has escaped the earthquakes and retains the old style buildings.
Cephalonia also is the island, where 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin
' movie was shot.
Photos taken from me during July 2005 vacations, Click on each image to enlarge.