A Popular Resort During the High Season
Avithos beach is one of the lesser known beaches on Kefalonia, but it is a very popular resort during the high season and well worth a visit. The beach is only a short distance from the Airport and about 8km from Lassie and 10km from Argostoli. Avithos beach is a lot quieter than the beaches of Lassi and provides a good alternative if you are looking for somewhere a little more secluded. Avithos is a rural area where olive trees and citrus orchards flourish and is perfect for nature lovers who enjoy walking in the countryside and discovering the wealth of herbs, flowers and birds to be found in this area.
The beaches at Avithos and Megalipetra, which are separated by a small rocky barrier, are shallow and generally un-crowded making it a safe haven for children. Close to the beach there are a couple of restaurants and a small car park, sun beds and brollies can be hired and there are showers on the beach. There is a beach bar that provides snacks and cool drinks. The long sandy beaches and coastline of Avithos and Megalipetra both face the tiny island of Dias and on a good day Zakynthos can be seen.
The ancient temple of Thios, which was devoted to Zeus (Diaz in Greek), at one time stood on Dias but sadly can no longer be found due to the damage caused overtime by earthquakes. A monastery was built on the site of the temple, but unfortunately the monastery was also destroyed during the big earthquake of 1953 and only the steps remain. Today stands the orthodox chapel of Panayia Vlahernon which is built on the same spot. On 2nd July each year a pilgrimage takes place, to honour Saint Diotissa, where people go by boat from Pessada to the island, since the church is looked after and belongs to the people of this village.