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7 days in the Ionian Islands on a luxury yacht

7 days in the Ionian Islands on a luxury yacht

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Day 5

Cephalonia

About 50 miles away from Zakynthos, Kephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, yet has only 32,000 residents who work in the tourist trade and farm the limestone mountains that rise to the 5,341 foot Mount Ainos. Despite the annual influx of visitors, the island is so big it’s still possible to get away to places where you are unlikely to meet a soul for days.

In a catastrophic earthquake in 1953, entire towns and villages were destroyed, more than 600 people died and thousands where injured. If you’re interested in archaeology, there are excavations of Mycenean graves that shed light on a civilization developed thousands of years ago.

For those who do not share this passion, take a tour of the island to take in the peaceful town of Lixouri, the beaches on the south side and the sociable capital of Argostoli.

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