Extending all the way to the foot of Mount Ainos on the south-eastern part of Kefalonia, the municipality combines the wild beauty of the mountains, the serenity of the rolling fields and the charm of the sun-kissed coast. Golden, sandy beaches, lush vegetation and the rare ecosystem of the National Park of Ainos co-exist harmoniously with the fascinating archaeological sites and the area’s long history and culture lost in the mist of time (40.000 BC).
Significant archaeological finds evidence the continuous human presence in the area in settlements centered around the once powerful City-State of Pronnos with its formidable Cyclopean walls unearthed near the site of Poros – the contemporary cosmopolitan head village -- and on the Koronon Hill, once called Palaiokastro (Old Castle).
The region’s ecosystem and marshlands are ideal for countless hours of study and trekking, popular among nature lovers fascinated by the presence of “Abies Kefalonica” -- a rare fir species endemic only in southern Greece, wild orchid plants and herbal plants.
The National Park of Ainos – home to a large population of horses of the family Eguus Cabalus -- is ideal for mountain climbing, trekking and extreme sports, while the Gorge of Poros constitutes a geo-morphological formation of unique beauty, rich in endemic flora.
In Southeastern Kefalonia, Caretta-Caretta turtles lay their eggs in various spots on the stretch from Cape Mounda to the beach of Sisia Monastery, while in the sea-area between Skala and Simi a complex of undersea and ground caves provides refuge to the Mediterranean seals “Monachus-Monachus” that go there to reproduce. Scientists have also recorded large colonies of bats in the same area.
The cultural wealth of the area comprises a plethora of phenomena, legends, and traditions revived through the events organized by the local cultural unions all year long, within the framework of preserving the local morals and customs.
The abbeys, boasting invaluable Byzantine icons and temples, in combination with the unique customs of the Arginia and Markopoulo settlements, where during the 15th of August the small snakes of Virgin Mary appear, contribute to the religious events organized with great care.
A year-round holiday destination, the Municipality of Eleio-Pronnoi beguiles visitors returning each year, fascinated by the area’s splendid natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.