January brings snow and low temperatures all over Europe. Kefalonia didn't make an exception. Even though personally I would like to see some snow on the beach, I have to settle only for the mountains.
Ainos is covered in white sparkly snow and the views are wonderful. Some of the locals adventured themselves in order to enjoy the new sights and take some photos. Here are some of the most beautiful of them. All pictures belong to THEMIS DK. (Instagram)
"Mount Aenos or Ainos (Italian: Monte Nero or Montagna Nera) is the tallest mountain in the Ioanian island of Cephalonia, Greece. Its elevation is1,628 metres (5,341 ft). Most of the mountain range is designated as a National Park area and is covered with Greek fir and black pine. Semi wild ponies inhabit its forest. On clear days, the view includes the NW Peloponnese and Aetolia along with the islands of Zakynthos, Lefkada, and Ithaca.
No ski resorts are found on this mountain range, but there are beautiful caves to be seen in the north. A highway passes over the mountain range connecting traffic from southwestern to the eastern part of the island is one of the few roads going into the mountain range. Approximately 3,000 to 4,000 people live on the slopes of Ainos.
Multiple television and cell phone relay towers occupy the summit.
The easiest way to get to the summit is to drive along the Mt Ainos road from the North West to the transmitter station. Leave your car here and then continue along the dirt track on foot for about 10 minutes until you reach some steps to the right and a sign post. Go up these steps for another 10 minutes to reach the summit. A concrete post at the summit has a metal container strapped to it, this contains a visitor book.
A more strenuous walk is the well maintained and signposted route from Digaleto, on the road from Sami to Poros. Drive, or walk, along the road heading West, signposted to Ainos/Einos.
The official walk starts at a quarry, about 1 km out of the village. Walk through the quarry and follow the signs containing a white square on a yellow background (some of these signs are a little rusty and appear to be red, or will have fallen down but the pathway is quite obvious). All the major junctions have a map and most have shaded rest areas. Much of the walk is below the tree line and can be cool even in the summer, there are occasional view points along the route. The climb is 1096 meters and the length is 6.5 km." (Wikipedia)
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