ABOUT KATELIOS AND KEFALONIA
Katelios, a quaint fishing village, is situated on the southern coast of Kefalonia, opposite Zakynthos, laid between the villages of Lourdas and Skala.
Being one of the smaller destinations on the island means it has retained its charm, tranquil with its traditional style homes, it is scattered with a selection of tavernas, some the best fish tavernas on the island along the sea front,
After dining, you can also visit of the many bars which have live entertainment, as well as modern cocktail bars to finish off the night. The location of the resort gives access to the nearby Skala, a busier resort with nightlife and a large choice of bars if one wants a change of scenery.
The peaceful and stress free atmosphere, attracts people wanting to escape the bustle of other resorts, it offers a wide range of walks and safe bathing for children, while bird spotters flock here in awe of the nature and natural beauty.
Katelios has gradually grown around the wide bay, and the main beach, Agia Varvara, gives fantastic views across the Ionian sea to the island of Zakynthos and mainland Greece, Killini. 32 kilometers South of the capital town of Argostoli, where you can visit for shopping and visit the main square where an abundance of bars and restaurant are to be explored.
Close to Katelios resort is Mounda Beach, considered to be the one of the most important nesting grounds for the endangered loggerhead turtle, (Caretta Caretta).The Katelios Group formed of both local and international conservationists can be found for more information.
Rainfall in winter months ensures a green and rich land, cultivation of olives, olive oil and grapes for the Robola wines, a grape found only in Kefaloina. A visit to the winery is a must…
Mount Ainos, sits high and stretches from the center to the South of the island, and is covered with black pine trees (Pinus nigra), and Greek fir trees (Abies Cephalloinca), also the home to wild ponies which roam freely.
Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands of Greece at 780 km2, is famed for its landscape combining lush mountain scenery with picturesque sandy beaches. High winter rainfall and fertil soil mean that all of the Ionian Islands are beautifully green, with olive trees, grapes and many more fruits and vegetables growing in abundance. Mount Ainos dominates the view, stretching across the south part of the island, covered with black pine (Pinus nigra) and Greek fir (Abies cephallonica) trees and home to famed wild horse
According to Greek mythology, Kefalonia was named for Cephalus, who was awarded the island after he fought with Amphitryon of Mycenae in a war against the Taphians and Teleboans. It has further been suggested that Kefalonia may be the true Homeric Ithaca and therefore the home of Odysseus.
More recently, in the Northern tip of the island , Fiscardo named the “Jewelof the Ionion” , a Roman grave complex has been excavated in Fiskardo, including a vaulted tomb and stone coffin, , clay pots, gold jewellery and bronze artefacts. Archaeological sites can be found all over the island, ranging from Palaeolithic (40,000 years ago) to Venetian (17th Century) periods. It is particularly important for artefacts of the Mycenaean era, such as a Tholos tomb dating from 1300 BC found in Tzanata near Poros. Much of Kefalonia’s rich and diverse history can be explored in the highly regarded Archealogical and Folklore Museums in Argostoli.
Kefalonia also boasts an intriguing character . The original 16th Century monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island, succumbed to the 1953 earthquake, however a Byzantine church has been built nearby and houses the festivals associated with the saint.
The legendary Drogarati Caves, some 60 metres below ground level, were discovered 300 years ago. It is possible to visit the caves for a small fee and with the temperature relatively constant at 18¡C, it offers the perfect chance to view some ancient stalactites and stalagmites. Drogarati is renowned for its excellent acoustic qualities, with many concerts and other shows being held there
First explored in 1951, Melissani Lake, or Lake of the Nymphs, is an underground mix of sea and fresh water approximately 500m inland. The cavern shows evidence of a significant cave-in several thousand years ago, which allowed sunlight to flood in, giving a striking blue hue to the crystal clear water. A boat trip on this beautiful geological wonder is a must during your time in Kefalonia.
Kefalonia has excellent transport links, with domestic flights available to Athens as well as international flights across Europe, an island hopper aircraft provides access to surrounding islands for visits. Ferries are also available to other Greek islands, the mainland and to Italy.
Katelios is one of the most picturesque bays in south Kefalonia with a variety of restaurants along the beach,where you can try the traditional tastes of the island as well as the famous local wines.Here you can enjoy your food or drink accompanied with a sea view or lead next to Santa Barbara beach,rewarded with the European Union’s blue flag due to the sea’s cleanliness.
– 700 m from Agia Barbara Beach (has a blue flag) of Katelios
– 3 km from Mounda Beach the Sea Turtle Beach of Kefalonia
– 7 km from Skala one of the most Elegant Seaside Resorts of Kefalonia
– 26 km from Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia