Kefalonia Karavomilos Lake

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Location: Karavomylos

Karavomilos Lake is one of Kefalonia’s most charming spots while being of great geological and biological importance at the same time; geologically, as it connects through an underground network of caves with the Katavothres of Argostoli, and biologically, since its biodiversity is impressive, being the home of many endemic species!

Karavomilos lies 2.5 km northwest of Sami, well-known for encompassing a lot of fascinating geological phenomena due to its location having intense tectonic activity. Nearby lies a picturesque fishing village, homonymous to the lake. They derive their name from the local watermill, which used an iron boat wheel to operate.

The lake is artificial, with an almost circular shape and shallow waters. It lies 80 meters from the coast and has been separated from the sea by a wall. The bed of the lake is just 1 meter deep and covered by seaweed and mud. Its water springs from its bottom, and according to research that has been conducted, it flows to the Katavothres in Argostoli through an underground network.

The lake is home to many endemic species of flora and fauna, some of them endangered, so its conservation is very important. Visitors have the chance to observe various types of beautiful orchids, as well as majestic birds, such as swans and herons. Plenty of ducks and geese also roam around blissfully.

What to do
The lush vegetation, in combination with the wildlife and a beautiful nearby church, makes the walk around the lake an experience you will most certainly enjoy. The scenery is spectacular when you stride along the cobbled path and, in the evenings, the atmosphere is almost magical.

Visitors can continue their walk through the beautiful trail that leads to the beach of Sami. While they are in the region, they can also complete your rare geological phenomena tour with a visit to Melissani Cave and Drogarati Cave!

Those who want to rest and eat or drink something can stop by the traditional tavern of Karavomilos, right next to the lake. They will enjoy the homemade delicacies under the shade of huge eucalyptus trees. The spectacular view of the sea on one side, and the lake on the other, completes the experience!

How to get there

There are many different ways to get to Karavomilos Lake from any location on the island.
Airport to Karavomilos Lake: 36 km / 22.3 miles | Sami Port to Karavomilos Lake: 18 km / 11.1 miles | Argostoli to Karavomilos Lake: 29 km / 18 miles

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.

Car rental: There's the option of renting a car in Kefalonia and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover Karavomilos Lake and many other places of interest in Kefalonia at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located in Argostoli. There are buses from Argostoli to Sami 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.



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