This famous beach is the “trademark” of Kefalonia
One of the most well known attractions of Kefalonia
The sandy beach of Atheras in Kefalonia
The Cave Lake of Melissani is located in the village of Karavomylos, just 2 km from Sami. The lake is one of the most important attractions of Kefalonia. It was discovered in 1951 by the Greek speleologist Giannis Petrocheilos and it is a unique geological phenomenon. A large section of the cave roof has collapsed revealing an exciting show.
Its name is thought to come from the Nymph Melissanthi that drowned herself in the lake over her unfulfilled love for god Pan. According to another myth, a shepherdess named Melissanthi was looking for one of her sheep, stumbled and fell into the lake. The ancient years the lake was a place of worship of god Pan.
In 1963 was proved that the cave of Melissani communicated with the underground network of the island. The seawater inserts into the ground from Katavothres in Argostoli, follows an underground route, is joined with the rainwater, reaches Melisanni's lake and finally ends in the lake of Karavomylos.
In the lake of Melissani lies a small isle on which the archaeologist Spyros Marinatos discovered a shrine dedicated to Pan. The findings are kept at the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli. You can reach the lake descending from an underground tunnel and making a boat ride. On the route you can admire the natural sculptures created by countless stalactites and the crystal color of the waters.