Kefalonia Koutavos Lagoon

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Location: Argostoli

Koutavos Lagoon lies southeast of Argostoli and constitutes one of the two wetlands of Kefalonia. As various settlements surround it, its nature has inevitably gone through some corruption. However, it still showcases rich flora with almost 500 different types of plants, trees and flowers. Some of them are endemic to Greece, the Ionian Islands and even Kefalonia specifically.
Moreover, visitors will have the chance to observe the unique fauna of the area. There are over 70 bird species inhabiting the lagoon, and a small islet connected to the shore with a small strip of land. It is inaccessible to people as it comprises a bird habitat. Various interesting fish live in Koutavos, while bats and Caretta-Caretta turtles also frequent it.

The border of Koutavos Lagoon is considered to be the De Bosset bridge, named after the engineer who created it. It was originally built in 1813 and made of wood until the British rulers of the island decided to strengthen it. It connects the towns of Argostoli and Drapano, and it facilitated the locals to a great degree, making their transport much simpler.
Today, it is an almost 700-meter pedestrian bridge, and walking along is certainly worth it. The view from it is breathtaking, overlooking the lagoon, the bay and the nearby villages. In the middle of the way, one can see a large white obelisk. It was built by the British to remind their presence in Kefalonia.

Apart from strolling around the lagoon and taking a walk on the bridge, visitors can also participate in other fun activities, as pedal and electric boat facilities are available on the premises.

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