It is one of the villages of Municipality of Sikyona (Kiato) In in Korinthia regionWe meet it at the Kiato-Gkoyra road and it abstains 26 km from Kiato and 126 km from Athens.
We find it in the altitude of 750 m. and it is built amphitheatrically, with Eastern orientation, in the foot of Ziria or Kyllini.
It covers an extent of 30.000 square kilometers roughly, from which the 500 occupies his built-up Area.
His permanent residents amount roughly in 250 and their main occupation is the agriculture, while also exist few cattle-breeders.
The more important rural cultures are the vine-growing (“Agiorgitiko” grape and “Soultanina” raisin), cultivation of tomatos, cultivation of potatos, of any kind horticultural, legumes and cereals. of any kind horticultural, legumes and cereals. Also apple trees, pear-trees, cherry trees, walnuts, and almonds trees. The vineyard of Kefalari, extent of 500 square kilometers, is famous for the quality of the produced wine.
His fertile valley, stretched out from NE southernly and up to the limits of villages Asprokampos and Psari is crossed by the river Sofenetos (Stymfalian general that took part with 10.000 Arcadians in the expedition of Kyros against his brother Artakserksis), and is irrigated from this river but also from the homonym source “Kefalari”.
In the centre of village dominates a beautiful square with a huge platan (monument of nature), whose age exceeds the 130 years (it was planted in 1875 from a vendor). Next to the square, there are the traditional hotel Archontiko and the restaurant Geuseis kai Oinos, while nearby is the hotel Armonia and the cafe Kafeneion. During the summertimes you can enjoy his unique dew, with services of cafe but also of tavern and winehouse. Under the platan, on July’s 20th (Prophet Elias’ day), takes place the annual festival of the village with a lot of food and music. This day, the residents and the visitors of Kefalari visit the small church of Prophet Elias, which is up to Ziria, into the firs.
In Kefalari also exists a hostel, which is used by a Mountaineering Association, and has the ability to offer hospitality to about 15 visitors. Starting from this hostel, there are beautiful ways of walk in the tableland of “Isiomata” and in the forest of Ziria.
In the entrance of the village and on the motorway Kiato-Gkoura, we find the tavern of Magkas, with unique flavours, while it offers rooms for rent.
The initial name of the village was Ntousia. However, there are no complete and unanswerable warrants for the origin of name.
The tradition says that the village was named so by the name of a settler, perhaps the leader of a generation of nomads – cattle-breeders that used to live in the greater of Kefalari.
The writings report that the village took his initial name from the name of the klepht Christos Ntousiaitis or Ntousias, which came from a settlement of the area of Kefalari and had shown great action during the “Orlofics” period (1770). This interpretation however fails because in another reliable writing (book of V. Mpiris, “Arvanites”), there is a map in which is portrayed the repartition of Greece to the Franks at year 1388 and in which the village is reported with the name Ntousia. This period is very earlier from the appearance of Christos Ntousiaitis or Ntousias.
SOURCE OF GENERAL INFORMATION AND HISTORY: The book of our compatriot Spyros N. Spyropoylos, titled “KEFALARI STYMFALIAS (the village of Ntousias)”.