Ainos is the highest mountain not only of Kefalonia but also of all islands located in the Ionian Sea. It is 1628 meters tall and bears a great ecological significance in terms of local biodiversity. The National Park of Ainos was established in 1962 with the purpose of protecting the flora and fauna in the area and is now part of the network “Natura 2000”. Among many wildlife species, Mount Ainos is the natural habitat of foxes, birds, ferrets and wild horses. You will also see small lilac flowers (Viola Cephalonica) and one of the rarest types of fir trees in Europe, which only grows in Kefalonia, Abies Cephalonica. The trunks of these fir trees are particularly dark in color and so dense that Ainos was given the name Black Mountain (Monte Nero).
There are many forest paths you can take and the route is a must for all nature lovers who visit Kefalonia and enjoy hiking. The dense vegetation is particularly refreshing during warm summer days and the high points of the mountain offer a truly unforgettable, panoramic view of the island. The ruins of an ancient temple and a few monasteries are also located on Mount Ainos, including Agios Eleftherios and Zoodochos Pigi. Near the latter you will find a natural fountain.
Have a superb day out exploring the island of Kefalonia, whose beauty you'll recognize from the film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"! In bus and boat, see the natural landscapes of this island including caves, mountains, and beaches.