Metaxata is a pretty little traditional village located in Livatho. The
village has lovely colourful gardens and a pretty village square, Metaxata
is very appealing and gentle on the eye.. Views to the east give the
village real grandeur, with the mighty Mount Enos standing proudly in the
Only a short distance from the capital Argostoli the village is ideally
located to explore the rest of the island. Lassi resort. Avithos beach and
the lovely beaches surrounding the Svoronata area are all in easy reach,
approximately 10 minutes away. Approximately 360 people reside in Metaxata
, in the Spring and Summer months the population increases with
kefalonians returning to their island and foreign visitors staying in the
Metaxata is an ancient settlement. In the 1930s Professor Marinatos
discovered tombs from the Mycenaean era - some thousand years BC
In a later excavation numerous pieces of pottery were discovered and are
now housed in the Kefalonia Archaeological museum in Argostoli.
Metaxata has it's own important place in the history of Kefalonia, once
being the seat of the Archbishopric of Kefalonia and also home to the
island's first printing press.
Lord Byron stayed in Metaxata for a few months, he wrote his epic poem,
Don Juan while in Metaxata. Kefalonia was his last place of residence
before he joined the resistance in Messolongi on mainland Greece. He was
to loose his life fighting in the Greek War of Independence He was
inspired by the islands natural beauty and the pleasantness of the locals.
His work contains many poems inspired by his love of Kefalonia.
A statue of Lord Byron stands in the central square of Metaxata. Present
day Greeks still remember Byron with affection.