There is a small village that is considered to be the crown jewel of villages around the island and of unique beauty around the whole country. The name of the village is Kourkoumelata.
The village of Kourkoumelata still remains a treasure well-hidden. Not as famous as Skala or Assos but equally impressive, it is known for its beauty and remarkable views to the sea, town planning and street layout.
In 1953, a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the biggest part of Kefalonia. Kourkoumelata was utterly ruined and despair came upon the villagers. However, at that difficult time, the ship-owner Giorgos Vergotis and his family, who were raised at Kourkoumelata, decided to completely support financially the reconstruction of the entire village. In order to do so though, he demanded that the new village would be rebuilt according to the neoclassical architectural tendencies of those times and the official street layout, with many Swiss influences.
Green gardens, clean public places, beautiful buildings, imposing churches, new streets, utilities and facilities were made and provided to the villagers. Kourkoumelata was the first village in Kefalonia that had electricity and water facilities installed, besides the main towns of Argostoli and Sami.
There are a lot of places that you can visit at Kourkoumelata. Two of the most known spots of the village are the ‘Cultural Centre George and Marie Vergottis’ and the local stadium, where concerts and events are held especially during the summer months. The cultural amenities are completed by the new Philharmonic Centre which is located on the opposite side of the road. Moreover, there is the village square with palm trees and a shrine, which is dedicated to the Vergotis family, as well as the local cafe, which has the shape of a ship.