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// JUNE 2018
The raw diamond of Kefalonia
Athens
Patras
Sami
Lepeda
Lixouri
Paralia Petani
Porto Athera
Agia Thekli
Rifi
Chavdata
Chavriata
Mantzavinata
Lixouri
Lixouri
Lepeda
Argostolion
Lixouri
Kaminarata
Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon
Lepeda
Megas Lakkos
Paralia Petani
Platia Ammos
Skinos Chavriata
Kounopetra
Xi Beach
Lixouri
Lepeda
Atheras
Amidi Beach
Fteri Beach
Atheras
Lixouri
Myrtos

Porto Athera

 

20th of June
Boating to the beautiful beaches of Paliki

For the last day of our journey in Paliki, we had arranged a beautiful boating with a small fishing boat, so as to explore the amazing beaches all the way from Atheras to Fteri.

The weather had not allowed it the previous days, but as it was proved, it had probably kept it as a surprising good bye gift for us, before we left this splendid island, which had bewitched us in many different ways.

The mountain village Atheras and its beautiful church

We started our trip early, leaving Lepeda behind us and heading towards Porto Athera.

Before reaching the idyllic port, where Panagis was waiting for us with his fishing boat, so as to start our beautiful exploring journey to the sapphire Ionian Sea, we had a little stop at the mountain village Atheras, since our meeting with our captain had been arranged for later on.
 


The village is built at an altitude of 250mt and has amazing views to the sea, while on its square, predominant stands the church of Saint Paraskevi, with its wooden temple dating back to the 19nth century and with its impressive twin bell tower too.
 


Atheras celebrates on the 26th of July, day devoted to Saint Paraskevi.
A great festivity with traditional music, dances and feasts takes place here.
The festivity is honored not only by the locals, but also by many visitors from the whole island of Kefalonia.
There are only a few scattered houses in this idyllic small village, but most of them are very pretty and the place exudes serenity and peacefulness.
 


We took photos of the nice church and then we continued driving towards Porto Athera.


Panagis and his “PANTOHARA”!

Panagis was informed by our friend Aristea and was waiting for us, with his little fishing boat anchored near the jetty.
On a nearby tor stands the picturesque chapel of Saint Spyridon.
 


We approached the little path which was leading down the small creek where many fishing boats were anchored and we recognized immediately Panagis, since we knew the name of his boat.
He had named it Pantohara (endless joy) and it sounded so poetic and optimistic to us that immediately created us a feeling of pleasure for the boating that would follow.
We waved and called him and he said hello to us too.
Afterwards, he told us to climb down the small path and then he embarked himself on a smaller boat, so as to take us and lead us to “PANTOHARA”.
 


As soon as we set foot on the fishing boat, a rather big fish jumped out of the water and landed, out of the blue, on the small deck! Panagis told us immediately that he believed we would bring him good luck for that day and welcomed us with pleasure to his “PANTOHARA”!
 


We settled to the bow and to the stern too and Panagis pulled up the anchor and started the engine. Our boating was just beginning!

When the sea captures the soul of the Kefalonian…

Our captain was a young and educated man, born and raised, literally, by the sea of Kefalonia, since his father and his grandfather were fishermen too.
He became a family man at a very young age and had decided to live in his land and not to immigrate elsewhere, since the sea was his great love and he could offer a good life to his family with fishing.

The weather was amazing.
A northwesterly pleasant wind was blowing, the sky was clear and the glorious reflection of the sun was gleaming on the deep, sapphire blue waters. 
 


As we were leaving the bay of Porto Athera, we photographed the seagulls which were flying around us and we also took many snapshots and videos of the idyllic chapel of Saint Spyridon with its faint violet color.
It was surrounded by the mesmerizing greenery of the island and it looked as if it had escaped from some old postcard.


Magic beaches and historic secret caves…

“PANTOHARA” was swaying playfully in the waves and we could feel the fresh air and the salty droplets of the sea on our cheeks.
While sailing along the shore, we saw the color of the water changing and the deep blue gave its place to the green and to the turquoise, especially where the vegetation was thicker and greener. 
We saw many caves and Panagis showed us one which was very large and deep, not approachable though by the fishing boat, and told us that it was of historic significance, since there was hiding, during the World War II, the famous submarine “Papanikolis”.

We also saw some more caves, which were used by the Resistance, also during the World War II, since they were the perfect hiding place for those who fought the Germans at that time.

Panagis showed us also a cave which had its own romantic history, since it was the secret meeting place for his parents, when they were young and in love…
 


At some point we arrived to the unspoilt and splendid beach of Amidi, with its turquoise waters and its white pebbles.
We swam there and took many photos of it. 
 


Before continuing our trip towards Fteri Beach, where the wild, impressive limestone rocks go all the way down the beach, literally, next to the waves.
They create magnificent contrast since their faint grayish colors meet the deep blue color of the sea. 
 


We couldn’t take enough photographs and videos in our effort to capture this wild, untouched beauty of the landscape surrounding us…


The throwing of the cast net and the…lucky passengers!

On the way back to Porto Athera the wind was even milder and Panagis threw the cast net, since he had already told us that he was sure we would bring him luck…
We too threw a coin into the sea, thanking it in advance for the good haul that our nice friend was expecting from it…

 


We continued taking videos and snapshots of the exquisite landscape from different sides and angles on our way back to Porto Athera, till we arrived to the small bay and then Panagis brought “Pantoahara” to the shallow waters for us to swim easily towards the beach.
 


Politeness, discretion and dignity…

We said good bye to this kind and very nice young man who had offered us this unique boating, to some of the most exquisite beaches of Paliki.
We had followed a route of  splendor and thought that Panagis was also an authentic son of Kefalonia, who has his own very nice philosophy about life and supports it with a great sense of modesty, while at the same time he is toiling daily to provide for his family.
But, above all we managed to have a glimpse of a peaceful soul and we sensed the fandom thread of nostalgic memories that keep him to his beloved land…
A land which he could never be separated from.  
 


We stopped one more time, before returning to Lixouri, to our favorite fish tavern “Gialos”, where we had ouzo with delicious meze from Maria’s hands.
We said our last loving good bye to her, since our relationship had developed to a true friendship, and then we went back to our car and left the picturesque Porto Athera.

Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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Country: Greece
Date: 2018
Route: Kefalonia-Peninsula of Paliki
Cities: Athens, Patras, Sami, Lepeda, Lixouri, Paralia Petani, Porto Athera, Agia Thekli, Rifi, Chavdata, Chavriata, Mantzavinata, Lixouri, Lixouri, Lepeda, Argostolion, Lixouri, Kaminarata, Moni Iperagias Theotokou Kipoureon, Lepeda, Megas Lakkos, Paralia Petani, Platia Ammos, Skinos Chavriata , Kounopetra, Xi Beach, Lixouri, Lepeda, Atheras, Amidi Beach, Fteri Beach, Atheras, Lixouri
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