Kefalonia Mount Ainos


Location: Ainos

Mount Ainos in Kefalonia: Ainos is the highest mountain not only in Kefalonia but also of all islands located in the Ionian Sea. It is 1628 meters tall and bears great ecological significance in terms of local biodiversity.

The National Park of Ainos was established in 1962 with the purpose of protecting the flora and fauna in the area and is now part of the network “Natura 2000”. Among many wildlife species, Mount Ainos is the natural habitat of foxes, birds, ferrets and wild horses. You will also encounter small lilac flowers (Viola Cephalonica) and one of the rarest types of fir trees in Europe, Abies Cephalonica. The trunks of these fir trees are particularly dark in color and so dense that Ainos was given the name Black Mountain (Monte Nero).

There are many forest paths you can take and the route is a must for all nature lovers who visit Kefalonia and enjoy hiking. The dense vegetation is particularly refreshing during warm summer days and the high points of the mountain offer a truly unforgettable, panoramic view of the island. The ruins of an ancient temple and a few monasteries are also located on Mount Ainos, including Agios Eleftherios and Zoodochos Pigi. Near the latter, you will find a natural fountain, too.



The beach of Xi is situated a few kilometers south of the town of Lixouri. Access is very easy and the car parking is very spacious.

It is a very long beach and it is famous for the colour of its sand, which is red! The water is very shallow at a distance of many meters and the seabed is covered with thin sand. In Xi there is a canteen, a cafe and you may rent umbrellas and deck chairs. Moreover, Xi is ideal for water sports such as jet ski, sea ski, parachute, etc.

XI beach is located to the west side of Kefalonia and about 42km from Argostoli. There are many ways that you can reach XI beach. First if you are nearby to Argostoli there is a ferry that will pass you opposite Lixouri and then you will go by road to Xi Beach. The distance is 7 km. Also you can take a taxi or bus ( check here to find more informations about public transfers ) or you can rent a car from out fleet here and give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the best experiences on Kefalonia.