Mount Ainos

Mount Ainos, Kefalonia (1,628 m. elevation)

Mount Ainos is the highest mountain in Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands. Mount Ainos’ tallest peak is Megas Soros.

The Mount Ainos is inaccessible and partly cloaked in dense, dark forests of Greek fir (Abies cephalonica), an endemic species. The wood from these trees was used for shipbuilding and attracted the attention of all the seagoing peoples who conquered the island.

The Venetians called Mount Ainos Monte Nero, or “Black Mountain”, due to its dark forests. Certain ancient authors called Kefalonia itself Melaena (“the Black”) for the same reason.

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