Metaxata


Metaxata is one of the villages in the wider region of Livathos. It is located in the southern part of Kefalonia, and has about 500 residents. It is less than 10 km from Argostoli and it is at an altitude of 140 meters.

In the earthquake of 1953 Metaxata, like all Kefalonia, suffered total destruction, which destroyed all the stone houses of the village. When the reconstruction was completed in the late 50s, most houses continued to maintain their traditional pre-earthquake status.
Today the Philharmonic of the Municipality of Livathos is based in Metaxata as well as the the Forest Protection Volunteer Group of the island.

In Metaxata, there are some accommodations, mainly villas and rooms for rent, while in the village there is a grill place, a convenience store, and many picturesque taverns in the neighboring villages. Very close to Metaxata there are some of the most beautiful beaches of Kefalonia like the beach of Pessada with its clear turquoise waters, the wonderful shallow beach of Avithos, the St Thomas beach in Karavados with the gray-green waters and magnificent view etc.

In 1823, the great filelinas poet Lord Byron lived for a few months in Metaxata before going to Messolonghi, and he wrote many poems for the region and its beauty. Today, the statue of Lord Byron is located in the central square of the village and nearby is the house where he lived. In the entrance of this house, there is a commemorative plaque in remembrance of the great philhellene.

Today in Metaxata there three churches: the church of Agia Paraskevi, the Church of Virgin Mary and the Church of St. Nicholas. In the 17th century, the church of St. Nicholas Metaxata was the seat of the Bishopric of Kefalonia and Zakynthos, which is why today it is known to locals as the “episcopacy”.