This vast mountain dominates the scenery in the south of the island, with its highest peak Megas Soros reaching 1,628 metres. Legend has it that Soros (meaning mound) came from the animal remains sacrificed to Zeus.
Mount Ainos is in a National Park and well worth a visit to see a variety of flora and wildlife. Look out for Abies Cephalonica, a species of fir tree that covers two-thirds of the park, wonderful displays of wildflowers in the summer, orchids, hares, woodpeckers and the semi-wild ponies that you’ll encounter on the south east of the mountain.
As well as breathtaking views across Kefalonia, you can look for Zante, Ithaca, Lefkas and on the clearest days, the mainland Peloponnese. Do check the weather forecasts, as there can be mists at the top clouding the view and remember the temperature is likely to be lower on the higher ground so carry an extra layer of clothing just in case.
There is a winding, but driveable road much of the way up, but you might prefer to swap
flip-flops for walking shoes and hit the hiking trails to explore nature. There are a variety of routes, with different lengths and levels of difficulty to suit most people, and tables and benches at various points for you to enjoy a picnic.
It’s also worth doing a bit of research before setting out, as the trails are not always clearly signposted. If you’re driving from Poros village you can park near a quarry, where there is an information board and the start of a hiking route.
Don’t forget to complete your journey by signing the visitors’ book at the peak.