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Praise for the ports of Kefalonia

- by Archimedes

Locals pay homage to the island's harbours.

As the Greek island of Kefalonia celebrates one of its best years ever in terms of the number of holiday visitors, locals pay homage to the island's harbours. Latest figures show a huge 20% rise in arrivals at Kefalonia airport and a 10% rise in numbers landing from cruise ships and ferries at Kefalonia island ports.

The surge in holiday visitors has prompted the island newspaper to pen a homage to the ports of Kefalonia with a paean of praise for the island's port facilities.

The article praises the well organized small and large ports found all around the island and the port authorities too for promoting goodwill among holiday arrivals.

Indeed, Kefalonia has a large number of good ports to choose from with harbours dotted all around the island's long coastline.

And the report spares no amount of praise for "Hostess Captain, Kefalonia recommends the Ports with pride, starting from the capital of the new breakwater hurry to reach the cruise ship that gently touch and invites passengers to hear legends and stories from local mariners."

Like I said, no praise spared. The main port is in the capital of Argostoli, set in a huge sheltered bay and a setting that some say is unrivalled in the Greek Islands with the historic Bridge De Bosset, at 700 metres the largest stone bridge in Europe, snaking out over the bay.

Across the Bay of Argostoli is the port city of Lixouri, of a rival as the capital of Kefalonia, but which many still regard as the capital of island culture and intellect and the birthplace of many prominent people in the fields of science and technology.

On the other side of Kefalonia is the port of Sami which provides ferry links to the island of Ithaca and is the site of the underground lake at Melissanis, one of Kefalonia's top tourist attractions.

The port of Fiskardo, on the north-west tip of the island, took its name from the Norman conqueror Roberto il Guiscardo, who besieged the island in 1085. This is almost the only village on Kefalonia to survive the devastating earthquake of 1953.

The east coast port of Poros is the site of many important archaeological remains, including a vaulted Mycenaean tomb while the small harbour at Pessada in the south-west is also linked to legendary figures like the apostle Paul who is said to have landed here.

Kefalonia island officials are particularly pleased at deals done this year with low cost airlines and with ferry companies that have helped to open up new international travel markets and helped the island recover from last year's poor tourism numbers in the wake of Greece's financial problems.