Svoronata owes its popularity to the 3 beaches close by: Ammes, Ai Helis and Avithos making it great for family holidays. There is also a marina nearby at Agia Pelagia which attracts holidays yachts as well as fishermen. Svoronata has retained some of its village charm with many beautiful old buildings including the church of St Nicholas and some traditional tavernas. The countryside around is filled with olive groves and cypress trees and is lovely to explore on foot. Argostoli, Kefalonia’s capital is just a short drive away if you want to experience the markets, museums and cafe culture.
For daily shopping, Svoronata has 3 mini markets. For a larger shop there are 3 supermarkets just outside Argostoli. In the town centre you can find a large selection of shops including bakeries and traditional cake shops. There are also markets selling locally produced vegetables, fruit, olive oil, cheese, honey and wine. You’ll also find gift shops selling leatherwork and other crafts.
Svoronata has a small selection of tavernas serving traditional Greek food as well as a couple of bars. The livelier resort of Lassi has a larger variety of bars including beach bars, tavernas and restaurants and is just a short drive away. In Argostoli, around 20 minutes by car, you can join the locals for coffee and cake or meze at one of the cafes in the squares. In the evening, find a bar where there is live music and enjoy a local glass of wine and some grilled fish or souvlaki.
The South Coast of Kefalonia is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue sea. Within the immediate area are Avithos, Ai Helis and the smaller Ammes beaches, all sandy, with sunbeds for hire and a cafe. The beaches of Platis Gialos and Makris Gialos at Lassi have more facilities including beach bars and water sports.
With its wonderful beaches and beautiful clear sea, Kefalonia is a great place for a range of water sports and activities including boat hire, sea kayaking, scuba diving and organised boat trips. In Argostoli, you can take a glass bottomed boat ride to watch the loggerhead turtles swimming in the harbour. To the east of the island, near Sami, you can go horse or donkey riding.
Kefalonia is rich in natural phenomenon which you can explore on day trips. For those who enjoy historical sites, the Venetian and Byzantine landmarks of St George’s Castle and Agios Gerasimos Monastery are within a 25 minute drive of Svoronata.
For foodies, there are several vineyards in the Omala Valley to explore where you’ll be given a tour and tasting.
Walkers will appreciate the countryside around Svoronata where you can stroll through olive and lemon groves. For a more serious hike, visit Mount Ainos National Park where you can explore the unique flora and fauna of Kefalonia. The views are spectacular too and on a clear day, you can see Zante and the Greek Mainland.
The Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake are both located close to Sami, within an hour’s drive of Svoronata. The Melissani Cave is a huge underground network and includes a beautiful lake with crystal water which is explored on a boat tour.
The spectacular Myrtos Beach in north of the island is renowned for its brilliant turquoise sea and is also well worth a visit.