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As far as the economy of Kefalonia is concerned, the island is almost entirely dependent on tourism. Traditional economic activities such as agriculture, although there is not much room for it due to the mountainous nature of the island, and fishing, are really only of interest to the internal market, that is, the islanders and the tourists. In fact, when the tourists arrive in summer, many products have to be imported from other islands and from mainland Greece.
The area around Lassio, near the capital Argostoli, was the first to benefit from the emerging tourism. In 1971, Kefalonia got an airport, which brought even more tourists to the island. From 1980, Fiskardo in the north and Skala in the south-east developed as tourist resorts.
In terms of agriculture, the main crops grown are olives, grapes, almonds and citrus fruits. Furthermore, several types of (goat) cheese are produced on the island, as well as excellent honey.
Kefalonia has five ports for local boat traffic and ferries to, among others, Patras on the mainland of Greece, and to other Greek islands. Sami is the most important port as it has the greatest depth. Industrial activities are limited to some cement and stone factories.
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