The country of Greece is a beautiful archipelago of Islands of different kinds. One of the islands, Cephalonia, also known as Kefallinia, is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece. Over centuries, this island has seen its name change from Kefallinia to Kefallinia and is currently known as Cephalonia.
Being one of the largest of the Ionian Islands, the Island of Cephalonia enjoys the highest population in the area. It currently holds more than thirty five thousand people at a density of forty six square kilometers. A huge expanse of seven hundred and eighty square kilometers easily accommodates its residents and a host of tourists from across the world.
Until the 1950s, the Island of Cephalonia boasted of major human establishments in the area. Little did the people know that it was an area highly prone to devastating earthquakes. One such disastrous earthquake wiped the entire human establishments in 1951. Since then, the population has been extremely limited consisting mostly of tourists and visiting residents.
Greece is famous for its stunning landscapes. Just like its counterparts from other historic cities of Greece, the Island of Cephalonia is known for its mountainous terrains, dense flora, sandy beaches and beautiful red poppy fields. Also popular are the tall fir trees which not only provide ‘great shade’ from the scorching Mediterranean sun but also make quality timber. Building sheds, boats, carpentry and being used as an alternative for firewood are its major uses. The trees also make great parks for recreation.
The Island of Cephalonia is also known for its limited yet varied fauna. The popular animal species found in the Island are the loggerhead turtle, the endangered monk seal and the European pine marten. Most of these animals take shelters in rocky caves, beaches and the fir tree forest. The monk seal is known to dwell in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
When it comes to history and mythology, one of the first names that comes to mind is Greece. The Greek mythology is well known for its Gods and Goddesses and have a great popularity across the world. Not to forget the legendary stories of Sparta and other courageous warriors from the ancient Greek legends. The rich history is still alive and can be easily seen in Cephalonia in museums and monuments.
Having said that, Cephalonia could have been a major tourist destination in Europe had it not been of the earthquake in 1951. Due to the devastating natural calamity, today it remains a small peaceful town content in itself.