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Kefalonia Cephallonia Night Life Greece Kefalonia

Kefalonia Cephallonia Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

All Kefalonia's main seaside resorts have a lively night scene in July and August when hordes of Italian tourists and package holidaymakers from northern Europe ensure the beachfront music bars buzz till the small hours. You can take your pick of English pubs and curry houses or go for the more traditional evening entertainment offered by local ouzeris and bouzouki joints. Various cultural events take place in the main towns of Argostoli and Sami during the summer months and many island villages stage their own religious festivals which are a good excuse for a Greek style knees up.

The island has more than its fair share of good quality restaurants, particularly in the capital Argostoli and the picturesque northern town of Fiskardo. Try to sample some of the island specialties such as "kreatopita" (Kefalonian meat pie with rice and tomato sauce) and "crasato" (pork in wine). The island's famous Robola white wine makes a perfect accompaniment to a seafood meal. One of the classiest fish restaurants on the island is the Captain's Table, just off Argostoli's main square behind Hotel Ionian Plaza. It's not the place to dine if you're watching the Euros but the seafood is superb and there are plenty of gourmet meat meals to choose from if you're not a great fish fan.

Cheaper dining is available at the numerous gyros and souvlaki fast food joint which pepper the town. Or if you've over dosed on moussaka and tzatziki, treat yourself to a balti blow out at the Indian Queen just off the central square opposite Hotel Mirabel.

The cafes and music bars in and around the main square are the focus of the town's nightlife and during the summer months the square becomes the stage for occasional outdoor concerts. For late night dancing you can choose one of the discos in the streets leading off the square. On May 21st Argostoli hosts an annual festival celebrating the union of the Ionian Islands with the rest of Greece (an event which took place in 1864 when British rule here came to an end).

The popular resort area of Lassi, south of Argostoli, is chock full of lively music bars which throb till the small hours in high season. Poros and Skala in the south east corner of the island also offer plenty of late night watering holes and dance spots for the benefit of foreign tour groups. Many hotels and tavernas organise special events such as Greek nights and weekly barbecues in high season.

Local festivals include the Feast of Saint Gerasimos on August 16th in honour of the saint whose preserved body lies in the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos to the south east of Argostoli. On August 15th there's the rather bizarre Assumption of the Virgin Festival in the village of Markopoulo in the south east corner of the island. A swarm of snakes obligingly appears in time for the annual festival reminding villagers of the miraculous transformation of some local nuns who reputedly turned into snakes to escape capture by marauding pirates!

The awesome Drogarati stalactite cave near Sami occasionally hosts classical concerts due to its perfect acoustics. Check with one of the local tourist offices for details of forthcoming performances.