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Myrtos, Kefalonia, Ionian, Greece. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla
Myrtos, Kefalonia, Ionian, Greece. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

Northern Kefalonia: Myrtos Beach (Mirthos)

In the squat peninsula that characterizes the northern part of the island of Kefalonia there are three places that deserve a visit. The first place you come coming from the south is located along the western coast, almost at the beginning of the peninsula, this is probably the most beautiful beach on the island, the beach of Myrtos (Mirthos).

Just north of Myrtos (Mirthos) there is the second interesting location on this part of the island, the small village of Assos, also located along the west coast. Finally at the north end of the island is the pretty village of Fiskardo, one of the few villages on the island that have remained intact after the devastating 1953 earthquake.

MYRTOS BEACH (MIRTHOS)

Located at the beginning of the northern peninsula of Kefalonia, Myrtos (Mirthos) beach is often considered the most beautiful on the island. The beach is located at the base of a high rocky wall along which the coastal road passes. The beach can be reached via a secondary road that leads to a parking lot close to the beach. On Mirthos beach you can rent umbrellas to shelter from the sun. The sea after a few meters from the shore becomes deep.

Myrtos, Kefalonia, Ionian, Greece. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla
Myrtos, Kefalonia, Ionian, Greece. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

ASSOS AND ITS VENETIAN FORTRESS

The small town of Assos is located along a small peninsula that connects the rest of the island of Kefalonia with the promontory where the Venetian fortress of Assos stands.

The fortress of Assos is an imposing fortress that almost completely surrounds the Assos peninsula, it has a perimeter wall that stretches for over 2 km and which is reinforced by five bastions. Originally the castle had four access gates, today only two remain visible.

Its construction was started by the Venetians in 1593 with the aim of building a new inhabited center in the northern part of the island. The intention seems to have been to make Assos the administrative center of the island. The castle was used as a prison until the 1950s. Entrance to the castle is free.

FISKARDO

The village of Fiskardo is located near the northern end of the island of Kefalonia, along the east coast in front of the island of Ithaca. The village has a beautiful marina, from where ferries leave for Lefkada and Ithaca, and is characterized by a historic center with a Venetian imprint. In the area of Fiskardo some Roman remains have recently been discovered, including tombs and a theater.

Kefalonia Tourist Guide: Tourist Attractions what to visit.

Southern Kefalonia: Argostoli, Koroni, Markopoulo, Sami and Poros.

Paliki Peninsula: Platia Amos, Aghia Elenis, Petani, Kunopetra and Xi.

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