How to get to
Visiting Melissani Cave is very easy as it is on the
north east coast of Kefalonia, the most beautiful of the
Ionian islands, with good road access all
the way until very close to the cave. And with the
excellent local flights available it is just two hours
from Athens, including flight and drive, to visit this
Flights run every morning on Olympic air, departing
at 5:15 in the morning and taking just an hour you can
spend the day on the island, exploring the cave and the
coasts, and still be back in time for dinner in the
To/From the Airport
Take a taxi from the airport to Argostoli, and then
from Argostoli to Sami, and then a taxi to Karavomylos, which is just minutes away from
Or take a taxi all the way, which will cost
approximately 50 euros.
Every taxi on the island is familiar with this route
As well as taking a public taxi from the rank at the
airport it is also possible to book taxi or transfer
cars in advance. While not strictly necessary this
can avoid any concern about arriving.
Check out the prices at these two local taxi
From Myrtos Beach
Myrtos Beach is one of the most popular beaches on
the island, with golden sands, blue green clear water
and open views. There are simply facilities including
parking and beach chairs and umbrellas available.
To visit the cave from the beach is a simple trip as
the beach is on the north side of the island and only
about 16km from the cave. If you are self driving then
just follow the clear signs towards Sami. The road goes
through the pass with hills on both sides until you
reach the east coast at the town of Agia Effimia, then
follow the coast.
Just a few minutes before Sami the road passes
through the much smaller quiet town of Karavomylos.
The turning to the cave is the first right turning
before reaching the houses of Karavomylos itself. There is a
good signpost clearly stating Melissani Lake.
Drive for a few meters between houses until a small path
shows on your right again, also signposted clearly.
There is a small orthodox Christian cemetery on your
right and about 20 meters past that on your left is the
parking place for the cave entrance.
Alternatively consider taking an arranged tour to
visit the cave that will include transfers, local guide