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Kefalonia & Ithaka Geopark
« on: Thursday, 26 May, 2022 @ 18:46:31 »
Kefalonia and Ithaca - nature as the key for a new beginning
UNESCO recognizes extraordinary Global Geopark of the 2 islands

ARGOSTOLI - In the still-pleasant heat of May, Lambros Papalambros, a jewelry designer as well as a trekking guide, is climbing fast amid rocks and goats through the cyclopean walls of the ancient acropolis of Sami, one of the villages of Kefalonia. The area is enveloped by thick vegetation - olive trees, cypresses and especially oak trees - like most of this Ionian island which, like its 'smaller sister' Ithaca, is once again attracting tourists after two difficult seasons.

Walks through nature, along hundreds of kilometers of trails, are in fact one of the main attractions highlighted by locals, along with splendid beaches - including the famous Myrtos - and the incredible turquoise sea.

And nature here has much to offer: in April 2022, Kefalonia and Ithaca were recognized as a Global Geopark by UNESCO, an area whose unique quality is symbolized in particular by a phenomenon thanks to which seawater falls non-stop from a sinkhole close to the main city of Argostoli through a subterranean path where it mingles with rainwater from the mountains to reach lake Melissani, on the other side of Kefalonia, a crater with crystalline water and stalactites, which can be explored with small rowing boats. Overall, 49 sites can be visited on the two islands, along with the sea that surrounds them.