Pylaros

Pylaros in the north of Kefalonia is a sparsely populated region. Much is made of the beauty of Myrtos Beach and the villages which surround it.

Agia Efimia
The bay of Agia Efimia
The bay of Agia Efimia

Agia Efimia is a picturesque village in the north east of Kefalonia about a 10 minute drive north of Sami. Its shops, bars and tavernas are all located around a small bay which in summer is a port of call for yacht flotillas as well as being a base for local boat cruises. Due to the quality of food and superb hospitality, many guided island tours call in here. There is some excellent holiday accommodation in the village. The crystal blue waters and small beach make this an ideal location to base yourself on your holiday, but to get further afield a car is required.

Divarata

Divarata is a small villlage in the Pylaros municipality in the north of Kefalonia. It is at a crossroads linking Fiskardo in the north with Argostoli in the south and Agia Efimia in the east; it sits at the top of the road down to Myrtos beach and is 20 minutes by car south of Assos. During the height of summer, there is a local bus service connecting Myrtos with Agia Efemia that passes through Divarata.

Myrtos beach

Myrtos beach is located in the region of Pylaros, which is in the northwest of the island and lies between the foot of 2 mountains – Agia Dynati & Kalon Oros. With its 700 metre long arc of dazzling white pebbles it has been described as one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece.

Myrtos beach and the road down
Myrtos beach and the road down

From the village of Divarata it is about 2km to the beach down a steep, winding road. During the summer season there is a local bus service to and from Myrtos, which departs from the harbour at Agia Efimia and passes through Divarata on its way to the beach – timetables can be found at the Tourist Information Office in Agia Efimia and are also listed here. The bus stops on the road leading down to the beach and from here it is a brief walk to the sea front. If you’d like to experience the drive down for yourself there is a car park at the base of the cliffs, but during July & August this gets full very quickly and it’s not uncommon for many cars to be parked on the roadside.

The beach’s white cobblestones gradually become smaller as you approach the shoreline and can be clearly seen glistening in the shallows, this coupled with the rays from the sun make the water a beautiful shade of iridescent turquoise. However, the sea water here has strong undercurrents so may not be suitable for inexperienced swimmers or children. The facilities here include a small beach bar where you can buy snacks and refreshments, you can also hire sun loungers & parasols too.

If you are feeling adventurous, you could try some tandem paragliding  – flying over Myrtos beach and viewing Kefalonia from the skies.

This beach has also been used for a film location. It was featured in the 2001 movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin where the Captain and his cohorts detonate an unexploded Turkish mine that had washed ashore.

The best place to get photographs is from above at either of the two viewpoints – one just to the north and one just to the south.

In Divarata itself there are several tavernas should you want to treat yourself to some local delicacies after a hard day at the beach.

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