Katelios is one of the southernmost villages of Kefalonia, and is situated on the Western part of the Bay of Katelios. Katelios is divided into two parts, lower (Kato) and upper (Ano). Our neighbouring isle, Zakynthos, can usually be seen. On very clear days it is also possible to see Killini and the mountains of the Peloponnese, in mainland Greece.
“Ano” Katelios, a picturesque village of natural beauty, occupies the lower part of the valley coming down from Pastra, with a river passing through its centre. This river is unique in Kefalonia for the fact that it has natural water flowing throughout the whole year.
The village of Kato Katelios was composed of only two or three houses at the turn of the 20th century and became a stopover point for workers and merchants or generally anything that came or went from the sea. The two tavernas of Kritikos and Haberis, with their fresh fish and wine, were important places for all workers who found themselves isolated in Katelios by bad sea weather. After the First and Second world wars, and up until the present, the fish tavernas played much the same role, when all of Argostoli descended to taste their delicious wines and the fresh fish specially selected from the local fishermen.
“Kato” Katelios has a small beach, with a few tavernas and bars right behind. Agia Barbara is another, more popular beach – just a short walk away, past the river. Mounda beach is on the other side of the bay.
Katelios has its roots as a fishing village of Kefalonia with a great maritime tradition. Karavopetra (the “boat stone” – due to its appearance), sits perched on a reef just outside the pier of Katelios. Local tradition holds that this stone is all that remains of an ancient port that was constructed and used by the Venetians.
Some other local points of interest are:
– the remains of eighteen Roman water mills along the river, from Pastra to Ano Katelios
– the rocky bell tower of Saint Andrew in Ano Katelios (pictured)
– the small church of prophet Ilias, perched on the headland above Katelios
– the Roman mosaics at the Roman villa in Skala
– the Mycenaean tombs in Tzanata