Situated in a National Park, Mount Ainos has a high peak of over 1,600 metres. The mountain was declared a national park in 1962.
It is known as a special place of biodiversity. Each year visitors arrive to experience hiking in this amazing park which is the home to a special forest of fir trees that are so dark green they appear to be black. The Venetians named it Mount Nero which means Black Mountain.
As well as these special trees, the park has the famous wild horses of Ainos. No-one is sure of their real ancestry but they bear a remarkable resemblance to ancient sculptures of Greek horses.
The mountain is a paradise for hikers. Full of rare orchids, foxes and reptiles, you will see many fascinating sights. There are five marked hiking trails including one that will take you to the summit of the mountain.
Don’t forget to dress appropriately and wear strong hiking shoes if you are tackling one of the more complex walks. Hidden lakes and caves can also be found on some of the unmarked trails.
For nature lovers, Mount Ainos is a must and a day here is a rare opportunity to get away from the crowds found in the usual tourist hotspots on Kefalonia.
The National Park is 29.7 kilometres from the capital Argostoli. Situated in the middle of Kefalonia and is 37.9 kilometres from the airport.
It is the highest peak in the Ionian Islands with superb views over the island. Many activities are available including jeep safaris, mountain biking and star gazing.