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Excursions in 3 days

•Day 1
Morning: Get an early start and head to the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos located in the Omala valley. After paying your respects to the Saint’s relics go to the Monastery’s church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) and head downstairs the small underground area where Aghios Gerasimos

lived a hermit’s life. Visit the Robola Wine Co-operative wine-factory next the Monastery of Aghios Gerasimos, taste the Robola the famous Cephalonian white wine, which mainly produced in the specific region. Follow the main road to Sami and visit the Drogarati Cave with the rare red stalactites and stalagmites, located at Haliotata. Continue towards Aghia Efimia and when you reach Karavomylos village, visit the majestic Melissanis cave. Continue the road onto the picturesque settlement of Aghia Efimia, where you will find traditional coffee shops and small tavernas. Cut through the Pylarou valley and go down to Myrtos, the island’s most beautiful beach, for a quick dip in its turquoise waters.

Afternoon: Head in the direction of Fiscardo and take a detour for a brief visit to the Assos peninsula. There you will find the Venetian fortress and picturesque settlements which offer exceptional scenery. Get back onto the main road and continue onto the cosmopolitan Fiscardo. Roam through the traditional settlement and admire the preserved aristocratic homes and the traditional architectural style.


•Day 2
Morning: Get on a small boat heading off from Argostoli and visit the Paliki peninsula. Disembark at Lixouri and take a stroll down the paved, narrow roads with the trading stores and coffee shops. Dedicate some of your time to visit the neoclassical building of the Iakovatio Library, comprising of rare collection of books, manuscripts as well as Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. Head in the direction of the Xi or Mega Lakko red-sandy beaches and enjoy the sea and unique scenery. Taste the local mezedes (snacks) and fresh fish at the small tavernas along the coast of South Paliki.
Afternoon: Take a tour through the villages of Matzavinata and Soullari, where the residents have carried down the tradition of domestic winemaking. If you happen to be there at the end of August, you will be able to watch the wine making procedure take place in the residents’ yards! Before the sun sets make sure you are on the veranda at the Monastery Kypoureon so that you can enjoy the  best sunset on the island. Return to Lixouri and stop for a refreshing drink at the city’s bars.


•Day 3
Morning: Start off at the Central Square of Argostoli and walk down the road with the palm trees (Vas. Georgiou
Street) so that you can see the Kosmetatos Residence, one of the few manors that survived the earthquake. Continue your tour with a visit to the Argostoli Archaeological Museum as well as the Historic and Folklore Museum. At Makris Yialos, which is only a short drive away, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Many restaurants in the area of Lassi as well as on the Argostoli coastal zone offer a variety of mezedes and local dishes.
Afternoon: Take an afternoon stroll to Lithostroto, where you will find many stores with traditional products and souvenirs. Walk to the Cabana Square to see the clock tower, a replica of the original one that was destroyed during the earthquakes. Continue your evening with a drink and entertainment at one of the Argostoli bars located at the central Square.
 

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