One of the places I was determined to visit before we even left England for Kefalonia, was the Melissani Caves. An underground lake with dazzling blue waters highlighted by the sun shining through the skylight overhead, the Melissani Caves were supposedly home to Nymphs in Greek Mythology.
The underground lake never used to have the skylight, but like everywhere else on Kefalonia, it was effected by the huge earthquake in 1953. The ceiling of the cave collapsed into the lake below, and now half of the lake beneath the skylight is just 5ft deep from the rubble, while the rest of the lake is around 35ft deep.
To get to the caves you go down a long tunnel to get to the underground lake, and once you're at the end of the tunnel, you see the lake in all it's glory, boats bobbing along the surface helping visitors to get a deeper insight into the cave itself, which you can only get into by boat. The boat men are really friendly, happy to take your photo and answer any questions you have.
|My brother and I on the boat|
In the shallow section of the lake you can see all of the stones and rubble from the earthquake below the water.
After visiting Melissani Cave we headed into Sami, which is a town about 2km from the cave. Sami was the town used in the filming of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a film set in Kephalonia during WW2 that was based on a novel of the same name written by Louis de Bernieres. The film stars Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, and they covered the entire town in facades to make it look like the capital, Argostoli.
There wasn't really much to do in Sami, it's just a little harbour town with some fishing boats and yachts. I was a little disappointed by it and found that Fiskardo was much prettier as a harbour town and there was much more to do and see there. I'll publish a post about Fiskardo in a couple of days as it was completely gorgeous!
The photo above shows the juxtaposition of old vs new. Old fishing boat with the big modern black superyacht in the background. Sorry, I'm getting all weird with my photos lol!
Everywhere we went on the sides of the roads were these religious monuments? We still have no idea what they are or why they're on the sides of the roads, if anyone knows, we'd love to know!
Pop back tomorrow for a food review of our favourite cafe in Kefalonia! Then Friday I'll be posting about the Sea Turtles :)