Cave of Agios Gerasimos in Kefalonia: On a hill above the tourist resort of Lassi, just 3 km from Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, visitors can explore the Cave of Agios Gerasimos. That is where Agios Gerasimos, the saint protector of the island, lived for five years, leading a strict ascetic life of meditating and studying.
Agios Gerasimos, originating from a noble family of northern Peloponnese, became a monk in Mount Athos and, after visiting many places around Greece, he ended up in Kefalonia in 1555. He lived in the cave for five years, until 1560, when he went to the valley of Omala and rebuilt the Monastery of Panagia, which was later called the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos. The relics of the Saint have also been placed inside the monastery. Moreover, on August 16th, on the name day of Agios Gerasimos, the most important religious festival takes place on the island.
The Cave of Agios Gerasimos is very narrow and has a small hole from where you can get a great view over Lassi and the Ionian Sea. Right next to the cave, a small church has been built, dedicated to the memory of the Saint. Holy Masses are officiated in this church mostly on major religious celebrations. To visit the cave, one must first enter the chapel and take the small staircase at the back. Inside, visitors will see some icons, candles and offerings.
How to get there
The Cave of Agios Gerasimos is located in Lassi village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Kefalonia transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there's the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 511 8866, 0030 694 530 6145, 0030 699 561 9605, or booking your taxi online.
By Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at Argostoli. There are buses from Argostoli to Lassi during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don't always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.