Atheras also known as Aghios Spiridon is tucked high in the western corner
of Paliki peninsula of kefalonia. It's a quiet location, however a sand
and shingle beach, glass clear waters and a stunning view awaits the
visitor. A horseshoe shaped beach which looks out to the tiny island of
Averonissi that is situated in the middle of the bay. Averonissi is home
to numerous gulls and other birds. The actual beach comprises of sand and
shingle, with a grassy strip which runs along the top section. The bay is
backed by large pine clad hills and there is a real rural feel to this
place. Its remoteness makes it less busy than some of the island's other
In bygone days this place was once a smugglers' cove.
It is a delightful place, but you do require transport to reach this
village and beach, unless you are staying in Atheras, which is a
traditional Greek village with few rented rooms. The beach is a long walk
even from the main village center which sits high on the hills. The decent
down to the beach is via a long steep road which give you fantastic views
over the surrounding area and waters.
To one side there is a small harbour where little fishing boats bob up and
down on the gently lapping water, and on the other lies a fair sized
beach. Once this site was a hive of activity as a busy port known as Port Athera.Between
the taverna and the sand there is a grassy strip which is an alternative
seating area if you would like a picnic.
On the left (as you face the water) nestled into the rocks stand the very
quaint blue painted church of Saint Spiridon, it is a very picturesque
setting. You can walk around the track to the church which is filled in
the spring with lovely flowers .
There is one taverna on the beach which is traditional and rustic. This
area is still untouched by touristy buildings and the road that descends
to Atheras bay is going to delight you with the panorama of the green
scenery contrasting with the blue of the Ionian Sea.