Tourists from all over Greece, Europe and the world visit Kefalonia. It is a popular vacation destination for many Italians, due to its proximity to Italy. As one of the largest islands in Greece, it is well-equipped to handle the influx of tourists during the summertime and it has something to offer to everyone. Two cultural attractions, the fishing villages of Fiscardo and Assos, and other natural attractions, including Melissani underground lake, Drogarati cave and Myrtos beach, have helped popularize Kefalonia.
The beach is set at the base of a very steep road, surrounded by mountains, in a curved bay with a strip of pebble and sand beach which is up to 50m wide in places. The beach is about 600m long, with the central part being used by swimmers. Petanoi beach is recognized for its great beauty, with many visitors comparing it with a smaller version of Myrtos Beach. It is a blue-flag beach.
At Petani beach you can find 2 restaurants with fresh fish in affordable prices. A favored activity is evening swimming before watching changing colors on the sea as the sun sets in the West. The beach slopes quickly away so that one can only go out a short distance from the shoreline before being out of depth. The steep surrounding hillsides at Petani Beach are made up of local limestone covered by brush undergrowth.
The beach is only 8 km away from Villa Forestata and you won't need more than 15 minutes to arrive. You might also encounter some connection problems with your cell phone due to beach's geology and location, but if you drive above the cliff your phone will work fine again.
Myrtos Beach is in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia island. Myrtos beach lies between the feet of two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros (901m). Myrtos has been described as "one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece", with its "mile-and-a-half long arc of dazzling white pebbles. The is a small place to buy snacks etc. It is also a blue flagged beach. Myrtos beach is the perfect place to get tanned due to the white pebbles and sand.
It was used as the location for the mine explosion episode in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Myrtos has been voted 12 times the best Greek beach while it regularly features in best beaches lists.
The surrounding sediment at Myrtos Beach is generally made up of marble material, a metamorphosed limestone. The beach is made up of round, white cobblestones. The sediment gradually becomes smaller as you approach the shoreline. Because the slope angle has an abrupt drop near the edge of the shoreline, the wave energy is very high and causes the gradation trends from cobbles to pebbles along the beach. Long shore drift, along with wave energy, has shaped the shore. As waves curve along the beach they also pick up the finest bits of marble; this creates sediment plumes that follow the curve of the beach with the direction of the waves giving the water a shade of turquoise.
The beach is only 26km away from Villa Forestata and you won't need more than 30 minutes to arrive. Try to combine your trip to Myrtos with a nice drive to Assos peninsula. One of the most picturesque place in the island.
Platia Ammos A secluded beach that is 30km west of the main town of Kefalonia is unspoilt and peaceful. The gem of a beach is surrounded by stunning cliffs. Up until a few years ago it was only accessible by boat, but now there are 280 steps chisselled into the cliff side. Near the Monastery of Kipoureon, the sandy coast is a spiritual experience unto itself. Warning: The strong currents do not make this beach an option for weak swimmers.