There are a great many sights to be seen on and
around the area of the cave. The whole island is
of course extremely historic and one could spend a
lifetime just exploring the old villages and the
countryside. But here are a few highlights of
things to see around the island but particularly in this
area, and so which may be a good idea to combine in a
trip to the cave.
Visit the church Cefalonia: Karavůmylos
just beside the lake in Karavomilos.
Acropolis of Sami
One of the oldest man made structures on the island,
the Acropolis of Sami is actually part
of the old city wall and defenses. Now entirely
ruined it is still possible to make out the outlines of
the original structures. Visit as much for the
hike and the wonderful views over the city as anything
else. Head east out of Sami on foot headed towards
Antisami and watch out for the signs on the right
pointing up the hill
The other major cave of the island is the
Drongarati Cave which is a great place to see
stalagmites and stalactites. Discovered over 300 years
ago it was used by the community of Haliotat, and was
opened to the public, like Melissani, in the year 1963.
Only about 6 km away it is an hour walk, though uphill,
or a 10 minute drive to visit this other great cave.
If driving follow signs for Chaliotata, but go slowly
and look out for the right hand turn that is marked with
a blue road sign to Drongarati.
along the water front in Sami
where you can see the brightly painted boats, both
traditional and modern, as well as the buildings typical
of the area. Eat in one of the many restaurants
and cafes to experience a taste of how the local live,
though with English menus and good imported beers as
Around the island:
Assos Castle or Fortress
There is no entry fee to go into this ruined fortress,
also known as Asos Fortress,
which was first built in 1593 by the Venetians and so is
considered a part of the "modern" history of Greece.
Located on a headland command a fine view over the bay
it is a low stone structure which is well preserved in
parts while others have collapsed.
A great place to take a picnic and enjoy the views
and the views as you soak up yet another part of the
history of the island.
One of the more northerly parts of the island, it is
about 35 km and one hour drive north of the caves.
Archaeological Museum of Argostoli - Here you
can see some of the artifacts which were discovered in
the cave during the excavations of the 1960s prior to it
being opened to the public. Plates, statues and other
items relating to the worship of Pan and the nymph
Melissani after whom the cave is named can be found
displayed here. The museum is currently closed due
to damage from the earthquake,
see the website for future opening.