POTHOLERS IN THE UNDERGROUND MELISSANI LAKE
Nature, Culture, Tasting
Feel like a potholer for a few hours at the underground Melissani Lake. Take a trip in a traditional local boat to discover stalactites, stalagmites and a myriad of colors in the light and the sea. Become a wine expert too, with a tasting of Robola, the local wine, not far from the monastery of Agios Gerasimos. There is a crypt here containing the saint's relics.
- Mount Ainos
- Melissani Lake: dancing lights and stalactitesFragata and the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the relics
- Robola cellar and wine tasting
- Mount Ainos is the highest point on the island: from here you'll travel to the Melissani Lake in Karavomilos. Our guide will lead you along a tunnel toward the underground lake. The underground lake was discovered in 1953, when the vault collapsed and sunlight first shone on the water. The beauty of Melissani Lake, also known as the cave of the nymphs, lies in this play of colors between the light and the sea. You'll get to it in a small wooden boat among stalactites, stalagmites, salt water from the sea, and fresh water from the natural spring located 20 meters below ground.
- In Fragata, you'll visit the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, the patron saint of Kefalonia, with its underground crypt which houses the saint's relics.
- But that's not all. The island of Kefalonia has a great winemaking tradition. Robola has citrus, pineapple and green apple notes. A tasting session is essential.By the end of the day, the production methods used to make this wine will hold no more secrets for you.Interestingly, the white grape variety of Robola grows on stony ground, which is why the Venetian conquerors called it “Stone Wine”.
Good to know
- The panoramic circuit includes a number of turns and hairpin bends.
- This is one of the most popular excursions so book early.