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On foot - Argostoli

Argostoli is the island capital (as well as the capital of Kefalonia and Ithaca prefecture) since 1757. It is a modern town, which preserves its traditional character, built amphitheatrically with a view of the Koutavous lagoon, which is a crossing area for the migratory birds. The city has many neoclassical buildings, big squares, churches and remarkable cultural activity.

Argostoli Square, Kefalonia island.Source:© GNTO/ KEFALONIA PREFECTURE

What to see in Argostoli:

The Archaeological Museum exhibiting important findings discovered in the whole island, mainly dating back to the Mycenaean period.

 The Korgialeneios Library, one of the biggest libraries in Greece, housing more than 55,000 volumes and a great collection of Byzantine icons.

 The Folklore and History Museum. It hosts exhibits associated with the history of the island (costumes, weapons, heirlooms etc.) and many every-day life objects.- The central and spacious Valianos square with the statue of the benefactor P. Vallianos, many cafes, restaurants and bars.

 The Napier Garden. It was named after the British Governor Napier, who in the middle of the 19th century realized many infrastructure projects on the island and despite its limited space has a variety of trees.

 The Rizospaston street, with palm trees and the monument to radical revolutionaries.

  •  Lithostroto, the central street of the town, with commercial stores and many meeting points for young people.
  • The Kampanas square situated in the middle of the Lithostroto, with the belfry bearing the same name (recently renovated according to the plans of the original tower which collapsed during the earthquakes of 1953), offering an amazing view of the town and the Koutavou Lagoon.
  •  The 900 meter long Drapano stone bridge (or Devoset bridge) built by the English in 1813 in order to connect Argostoli to the opposite coast. - The coastal Public Market - where you will find the bust of the Kefalonian poet Nikos Kavadias. - The “Farao” Hill offering a panoramic view to the town.
  •  The Katavothres, which are situated near the lighthouse of Aghioi Theodoroi. These are caves, where the sea waters enter and pass through them reaching Sami at the other side of the island after a 14 day journey .- The Aghioi Theodoroi lighthouse at the end of the peninsula of Lassi, where the sunset is majestic.- The “Giro of Lassi”, a seaside road which leads from the town to Lassi.- The “Vinaries Wine Storehouse”, in “Thalassomylos”, hosting an exhibition of wine and local products.

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