Dobrogea Sites - Map

To continue the mapping tradition :), here are (most of) the interest points I refer to in my Dobrogea Sites posts:

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If you know any other place worth mentioning please add a comment and I'll also update the map.

Corfu Map

To create a short summary of all my posts on Cofru (Kerkyra), here are the places I've been to and that can/should be easily reached during a vacation on the island. You can find information about the locations as usual in my blogposts ;).

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Thassos Map

After some years, getting tired of writing, I got the brilliant idea to reinvent the wheel :) ... so here you can find, as a summary of all my posts on the topic, a custom map of the Thassos Island, with the places I've been to and that can/should be easily reached during a vacation on the island. You can find information about the locations in my blogposts ;) here and here.

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Kafalonia (Κεφαλονιά)

The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia (or Cephalonia, Greek: Κεφαλονιά, Κεφαλλονιά) is a history-rich island, very important for the discoveries dating back to the Mycenaean era. Because of its strategic position, Kefalonia has been a continuous conflict zone, target of barbarian raiders, with noble families fighting among each other for influence or the entire island taking part in major wars from ancient to modern times, including World War II and continuing with the Greek Civil War until 1949. But the latest catastrophe that hit the island was the earthquake from 1953. Because Kefalonia lies above a tectonic fault, the earthquake was so devastating that leveled most of the buildings on the island, with only regions in the north escaping the heaviest tremors and houses there remaining intact.

Nowadays it is a touristic island,  with lots of beaches and a couple of unique sites. There are a lot of things to be see on the island (with photos - more or less in this order):
1) Melisani Cave, that can be found here, is a a unique sight - a lake with brackish water, part of a very complex water circuit. There's a nice explanation here: Seawater flows into sinkholes, named "katavothres", near Argostoli and flows underground to the Karavomilos lake where it reaches again the sea. There's a paid entrance at Melisani that includes a small boat trip on the lake, while the Karavomilos lake is more or less part of a tavern/restaurant complex. Plan your visit at a proper time of the day (I don't know exactly when, but I've heard that around 12 in the afternoon) for the best light.
2) Close to the Melisani Lake there is Drogarati Cave. Opened to the public,  the cave has a big hall of 900 square meters, called "Sala of Apotheosis" because of its perfect acoustics (used sometimes for concerts). It's a rather short visit, but it's definitely worth it. It is believed that the cave is connected to other smaller caves in the vicinity (such as Aggalaki [some info in Greek], caves that are not opened to the public).
3) The double-hilled Acropolis of Ancient Sami provides a great view over the port town of Sami and it is a reminder of the great glorious ancient city. It also reminded me of the Acropolis in Limenas - Thassos Island. I visited only the Gate part, missing the Agioi Phanentes hill and the ruins of the Monastery of Agioi Phanente. Close by on an opposite hill there is also Agrilia Monastery dating back to the 18th century. And there also the Antisamos beach, but I'll get back to it later.
4) To the north(-west) there is the Assos Castle, one of the two Castles on the island, situated on the hill above the picturesque village of Assos. A 30 minutes walk uphill gets you to the castle gate, but there isn't much to see inside (except the ruins at the entrance and a building as you turn right at the end of the cobble stone road). The vegetation took over most of the fortress area, leaving in sight some ruins of  more modern buildings (since the fort was inhabited until the late '60s). There's a large area to explore inside the walls on the (too large for me after the walk up to the castle). Some more info you can find on Agnitravel.
5) Fiskardo is a beautiful village in the north, one of the few places where one can see all the old houses still standing after the 1953 earthquake. For a short walk, don't miss the 16th Century Venetian Lighthouse at cape Fiskardo, the newer Victorian lighthouse nearby and the Byzantine Church on Fournias peninsula.

6) Turning back to the middle of the island, you can find Agios Gerasimos Monastery, dedicated to the patron saint of the island, Saint Gerasimos. Nearby there is also the Robola Wine cooperative (opened for wine tasting), Robola being specific to Kefalonia.
7) Related to this, the cave of Agios Gerasimos is located near Argostoli.

8) From Agios Gerasimos Monastery you can drive up the Ainos Mountain on a winding road and into the national park for a beautiful scenery and the freshest air on Kefalonia (owed mostly to the Greek Fir Tree forest).

9) Heading south you will find Saint George Castle, the seat the the island governors for many centuries. A short description and a couple more photos can be found here.

10) The largest town of the island is Argostoli (Αργοστόλι), and in its vicinity you can find the
‘Swallow Holes’ of Katovothres and the rebuilt Agion Theodoron lighthouse (also known as the Fanari lighthouse).
11) Regarding the Mycenaean heritage, the most important archaeological site is the Mycenaean Tholos Tomb near Poros, dating back to 1350 B.C., but one can find other sites too, such as the tombs in  Mazarakata.
12) You could also follow the filming locations of Captain Corelli's Mandolin through the vilalges of Sami, Agia Efimia and their surroundings.
Sami port
Agia Efimia
13) Last but not least ... beaches. There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Kefalonia, the most famous being Myrhtos, but I also loved Antisamos (both shingle beaches), Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos - beautiful sand beaches near Argostoli, Xi and Petani beaches on the Pali (Paliki/Lixouri) peninsula, the beaches in the south: Lourdas, Katelios, Kaminia - where you can find the protected nesting grounds of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Mouda and the Skala beach in the east.
Poros beach
Antisamos beach
Myrthos beach
Myrthos beach
Makris Gialos beach
Katelios beach
Katelios beach
Razaki/Kaminia beach

Of course there are lots of old/rebuilt churches, a couple of monasteries, small villages and beautiful wild places to be explored.

And thanks to Google technology - you can see all (my) points of interest on the map below:

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