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Travel Guide to Argostoli Region (Central)

Koutavos Lagoon

The region of Argostoli, named after the capital of the island, offers the visitor varied and interesting sights. Located on the west of the main body of Kefalonia, the region is home to the biggest shipping port on the island.
Argostoli has a population of 12,500 and its largest villages are Razata, Farsa, Dilinata, Faraklata and Kombothekrata. The resort of Lassi is also located here.

Since 1757, following a move from Saint George’s Castle (Kastro), Argostoli has been the capital city of Kefalonia and is the biggest city on the island. It is also the administrative and commercial centre and is strategically located at approx. 45 km from the north, as well as the west and eastern sides of the island.

The devastating earthquake of 1953, destroyed houses, warehouses, quays of unique architecture, only a few of these buildings preserved reminding the architecture of the beautiful old city with the typical Venetian mansions, and dating further back, the Cyclopean walls near Razata. There is a rich cultural and historic heritage to be found throughout the region and the city with several museums, a library, monuments and historic squares.

The capital Argostoli and has many shops and services, supermarkets, banks, a hospital, tavernas, snack bars, coffee shops and sea-side eateries. The city centre offers open cinema, a variety of cultural and religious festivals, boat tours and yacht rental, and there two tourist trains that tour around the city during high season.

Argostoli is connected with opposite town of Lixouri with a car and passenger ferry (approx departures are every half an hour), the journey takes around 20 minutes each way.

Lassi is a holiday resort offering touristic services with many places to eat, drink and shop and two great beaches - Platis and Makris Gialos. All of the main villages of the region have tavernas and mini markets.

If you'd like to explore the city in more detail you can take one or more of our proposed Argostoli city walking tours.

 

The English Cemetery

There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied in and around area of the capital, including many natural attractions, here are just a few:

It’s easy to explore the region by bicycle or scooter, Ainos Bikes & Scooters provide a wide variety of bicycles to choose from, including children’s bicycles. You can explore the lagoon more fully by renting a pedal boat from Argostoli Lagoon Activities

From the harbour you can take the ferry to Lixouri or a day trip aboard one of the vessels leaving the harbour such as Enalios Cruises . They offer various day trips, including a naturist cruise, and leave from Argostoli. Or you could charter a private tour with Kefalonia Yachts.

Have some fun in the sea doing water-sports at Platis and Makris Gialos in Lassi, where you will also find a diving centre.

Around the small traditional fishing boats in Argostoli you can often find turtles swimming, playing and feeding in the sea. It’s an amazing sight to see such magnificent creatures in the wild.

During the warmer months Cine Anny shows recent movies in its open air cinema, and shows, concerts, plays and movies are on throughout the year at Kefalos Theatre and in schools, public buildings and open areas. We will try to translate the festivals programme of the municipality when it is issued.

The Management Body of  Mt. Ainos National Park is responsible for the protection and conservation of the National Park. The offices of the management body and a small exhibition are located in the Koutavos Environmental Centre in Argostoli. The personnel can offer information and organise tours in the National Park of Mt. Ainos, thus offering visitors a day full of beautiful experiences in a marvellous fir forest with many rare and endemic plant species.

Many religious and cultural festivals take place in the region including the Festival of the Grape Harvest and Moustalevria, at Agia Paraskevi church at Troianata. On May 21st the Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with mainland Greece takes place, it's a lovely way to spend a day in Argostoli listening to the music and looking at the traditional costumes but bear in mind some offices, banks and shops may be closed. There are also many sporting events including the Gym Festival “Anna Pollatou” and road races. Check our calendar of events for more information. 

For more services check the following:

Car, Scooter, bicycle, boat, yacht, taxi hire

Rent a car Kefalonia is a family company and its members are always ready to welcome you with a smile and courtesy as well as to answer all your questions. You will have excellent friendly service, you will receive your car without time-consuming procedures and you will always find options depending on your needs.

Ainos Bikes & Scooters hire a bicycles or scooters, make repairs, and you can make purchases at the store. They also organise cycling tours! They offers all types of bicycles and a wide range of models: BMX , DIRT , mountain biking, hiking, City, Road, FULL SUSPENSION , e- bike, etc and many children’s bikes (from the age of two years).

Kefalonia Taxi Transfers is the oldest taxi company on the island. They have friendly drivers that can collect you on the spot or arrange an appointment for another hour or day. All taxis carry a maximum of four passengers and their luggage, mini-bus also available.

Kefalonia Taxi Service is a reliable Kefalonian taxi company with excellent service, the best executive cars, punctual and experienced drivers. They provide a reliable and good service, reasonable prices with helpful, English speaking drivers.

Kefalonia Yachts provide private yacht charter.

Private Chef 

Viva Personal Chef; If you want to be pampered, relax and enjoy traditional Greek food without leaving your accommodation, Chef Viva is here to make your dream come true!

Concierge Services, Weddings and Events

Wedding Photography, Panagis Kavalieratos; a talented, efficient and friendly professional photographer. He specialises and covers (using both photography and video) ceremonies and special occasions, such as weddings, baptisms and other events. He also photographs holiday rental properties, villas and hotels for advertising. Over the last few years he has organised photography workshops.

Mythos Wedding Planning dedicated team is always available and willing to support you in all of your choices. The immediacy and hospitality of our people will make you feel comfortable to share your thoughts and will help you in every decision you make so that your wedding be as you dreamt it.

Fiskardo Concierge Services was created from a team of tourism loving dreamers, who work together to develop the best vacation experience for you. With their extensive knowledge of the Ionian Islands they can suggest everything you need to make your dream holiday come true.

Beauty & Wellbeing

Take a class of Yoga with Marco and learn skills to be more peaceful, serene and to focus better on what it’s really important for you during your holidays; and after the holidays, at home, during your daily life: emotions, self love and positive attitude towards others.

Kefalonia massage Christina and her colleagues can indulge you with the complete relaxation of a professional massage! Choose from a range of styles and treatments, such as Release & Relax , Hot Stones, Deep Tissue, Thai, or Head-Back-Feet massage. Her team consists of three massage therapists who are able to provide other beauty services too.

Stamo & Nikos Hair and Nail Salon, located in Argostoli, provide exceptional services and specialise in cutting, styling and colouring hair. They also offer pedicure and manicure services and treatments as well as waxing.

Child Minding

Child Minding and kids activities are available with a team of enthusiastic and certified child carers and teachers with the support of a qualified psychologist are arranging a variety of creative and imaginative activities for your children. Activities include organised parties and workshops at their specially designed venue at the capital of Argostoli.

Debosset Bridge

There is a rich cultural and historic heritage to be found in the region, its especially concentrated in the capital, take a look at out our Argostoli Day Tour. Opposite the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli (now closed after the damage caused by the 2014 earthquake) are the Law Courts, originally constructed by the British with stone from the Cyclopean site at nearby Krani (see below) and Kefalos which is the main theatre of the town.

The Lithostroto is a wonderful pedestrian street, which incorporates the major shopping pulse of the capital town and the only Catholic Church of Saint Nicholas. A little further along you reach Kabana Square - home to the Bell Tower which was rebuilt in 1985 to house the original clock mechanism. The main “Vallianos” square has been recently renovated, there are plenty of places to sit to watch the world pass by, let the kids blow off some steam in the spacious flat area, or find the public exercise park just on the edge of the square. Stay a bit later as the square really comes alive in the evening when the surrounding restaurants, coffee shops and bars fill up and the atmosphere buzzes. In the square there is a statue of Panagis Vallianos, a merchant and ship owner thought to be the father of modern shipping. Close to the square is the Town Hall and the Focas-Cosmetatos Library and Museum which is worth visiting for their permanent collections, as well as for the earthquake exhibition in the outdoor courtyard.

Argostoli by night

Enjoy a walk along the great Rizospaston Avenue, also known as the Palm road (though the Palm trees have been recently removed because of an insect that have damaged them), resulting in a small park full of pine trees or visit the Napier Garden with its great variety of trees or venture a little bit further out to the Botanical Gardens.

Another important site in Argostoli is the ancient city of Krani (located about 3km from Argostoli near Razata) among the ruins are parts of the walls of the ancient city which are known as the Cyclopean Walls because of their size.

To the east of Argostoli town sits the Koutavos Lagoon, a feeding ground for the Loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta). Now a nature reserve and historic bridge provides a pedestrian only crossing providing a pleasant flat walk and lovely views of the lagoon and city. There is also a footpath around some of the lagoon where you can stroll, watch or feed the birds.

It is worth visiting Drapano, on the far side of the bridge, a cemetery preserved by the Ministry of Culture. Here you can discover some fabulous marble and stone sculptures of artistic value by great sculptors such as: Mponanos Georgios, Filippotis Dimitrios, Malakates Iakwvos and many others. The British Cemetery is located  a few meters closer to the bridge. 

If you are visiting, or staying in, Argostoli town and are looking for somewhere to relax, swim or picnic there are three idyllic beaches called Fanari, Kalamia and Gradakia. It you want to visit the three beaches in the same day you could incorporate a visit to the unique phenomena and watermills at Katavothres, Agion Theodoron lighthouse (Fanari), named after the small adjacent church and the Monumento Ai Caduti Divisione Acqui (the memorial to the Italian Acqui Division). Kefalonia’s Greco-Italian Society maintains an exhibition called “The Mediterraneo Exhibition” in memory of the Acqui Division, next to the Catholic church in Argostoli.

Further afield in the region Dilinata has an interesting olive museum (check opening hours) and nice square where you can watch the sunset and eat a souvlaki. The village of Farsa, 11km from Argostoli is worth exploring especially the old village which stands on the opposite side of the Paliki peninsula and has amazing sea views and is an atmospheric place to visit to watch the sunset through the ruins. Exploring the paths in and around the village gives us a great insight into the life of a traditional Kefalonian village.

There is a lovely walk you can take from Davgata Village to Argostoli, it's a fairly easy route and takes about 1 hour.

On the south coast of the Argostoli region you will find the tourist resort of Lassi, and the popular sandy beaches of Makris and Platis Gialos and Gradakia. Lassi is an attractive tourist resort, and visitors can find many bars, tavernas, supermarkets and shops lining the main road. A couple of kilometers on a hillside above the resort of Lassi is the Cave of Agios Gerasimos where Saint Gerasimos lived for five years, leading a strict frugal life.

The small chapel of Agia Varvara can be found underneath a metal bridge just outside of Argostoli town on the road to Prokopata. The chapel is built into the stone and is an interesting place to visit as the bridge spans a small ravine.

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