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Administrative Region : Ionian Islands
Regional unit : Kefalonia

Markopoulo (Greek: Μαρκόπουλο) is a village and a community in the southeastern part of the island of Cephalonia, Greece. It is situated at the southeastern foot of Mount Ainos, at about 250 m elevation

The community consists of the villages Markopoulo (population 90 in 2001), Kateleios (pop. 42) and the beach village Kato Kateleios (pop. 140). Markopoulo is located 1 km east of Chionata, 2 km west of Kateleios, 2 km northwest of Kato Kateleios, 6 km west of Skala and 9 km southwest of Poros.

Historical population
Year Population village Population community
1981 175 -
1991 81 -
2001 90 272

History, Agriculture, Tourism

Stone Age remains have been found nearby in the Sakkos cave, in Skala and in the Mounda Bay area. At nearby Mavrata there is a tomb from the Mycenaean period while Roman remains visible just behind the main Agia Barbara beach indicate settlement in Kateleios over 2000 years ago. Although Mounda Bay is very shallow there is also some evidence that Kateleios was a port and trading centre during the Venetian period, witnessed by the remains of an old pier or mole in the bay.

Like virtually all of Kefalonia (except the Fiskardo area), the villages were destroyed during the 1953 Ionian Earthquake and have been rebuilt since. Remains of the old church bell-tower exist in Kateleios. Until quite recently Kato Kateleios was a small collection of fishermen’s houses and huts, some of which are still inhabited.

Kateleios is the home base for the Kateleios Group. Based in the old school near Kato Kateleios, the Kateleios Group is a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) that promotes the concept of slow, sustainable development in a carefully controlled manner. In particular, it seeks to research and protect the population of Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) and their natural habitats on the island (principally at Mounda Bay).

Community Markopoulo
Kateleios (Κατελειός ο)
Kato Kateleios (Κάτω Κατελειός ο)
Markopoulo (Μαρκόπουλον το)

See also : Kefalonia island

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