Kefalonia Argostoli

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Argostoli Kefalonia: Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia with a population of 14,000 inhabitants. Argostoli stands on the far end of the natural bay surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. Beautiful Venetian buildings used to adorn the town before they were destroyed along with the entire Argostoli and other villages of the island from the major earthquake of 1953.

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The town has been rebuilt since then, with the help of the Greek government yet no efforts have been made to maintain the traditional architecture and the local colour. A stone bridge of 650 metres long called the Drapano Bridge stands at the entrance of the capital. At the center is a small pyramid dedicated from Charles de Bosset, who built the bridge, to the British Empire.

The modern and cosmopolitan town of Argostoli is quite busy during the summer season offering a plethora of interesting features and activities. The beautifully paved coastal road promenade is boarded by palm trees and colorful pebbles from the sea. The road ends at the small ferry quay where boats connect to the town of Lixouri every half an hour and fishing boats moor.

The central square of the town called Plateia Valianou (Vallianos Square) is a large and pleasant square lined by many restaurants, cafes and bars. During the evenings, the square gets really crowded with locals who are really warm and friendly. In Argostoli, one can notice the traditional way of life.

The pedestrian Lithostroto Street (Cobbled Street) is the main street of the capital filled with all kinds of shops. There one can admire the beautiful church of Saint Spyridon and the interesting clock tower of Campana Square. Around its outskirts are a range of restaurants that cover all tastes and budgets. Right above the square is one of the town's nicest sights, the lush Botanical Garden.

In Argostoli, one shall visit the Archaeological Museum of Kefalonia which houses interesting archaeological findings from the Mycenaean, Hellenistic and the Roman period. The rich collection contains coins, swords, sculptures and ceramics.

Another worth-visiting museum is the Korgialenios History and the Folklore Museum which is housed in the ground floor of the Korgialenian Library, a 19th century restored Kefalonian house. The museum exposes an interesting collection of photographs from the history of Kefalonia.

The library of Argostoli hosts 50,000 books and old manuscripts, among which are very rare. Nearby the library is the beautiful theatre of Kefalos, one of the best theaters of Greece. The Lighthouse of Saint Theodore is located a couple of km from Argostoli and was built by the British Governor Napier. A small round building with white Doric columns locally known as Fanari. This beautiful lighthouse it is one of the trademarks of Kefalonia.

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How to get to Argostoli

There are many different ways to get to Argostoli from any location on the island.
Airport to Argostoli: 8.5 km / 5.2 miles | Sami Port to Argostoli: 26 km / 16.1 miles

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Kefalonia transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 5306 145, 0030 694 5118 866, 0030 697 7193 569 or book your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Kefalonia with as little as 11 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Argostoli and many other places of interest in Kefalonia at their own pace.

By Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at Argostoli. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Airport to Argostoli: There’s a bus station outside the airport building. There are several buses from the airport to Argostoli during the day. Check the official timetables of the route Airport > Argostoli here.
From Sami Port to Argostoli: There’s a bus station at the main port of Kefalonia, Sami. There are several buses from Sami to Argostoli during the day. Check the official timetables of the route Sami > Argostoli here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.

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Hotels in Argostoli

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Limanaki Hotel is situated in Lassi, western Kefalonia, only 2 km from Argostoli. The accommodation boasts air-conditioned rooms that feature spacious balcony, bath tub or shower, mini bar, satellite TV, direct phone, safe box and wifi. A fresh-water swimming pool with hydro-massage, TV lounge, garden, children’s pool, playground, restaurant and parking area are found on site.

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The modern city hotel Mouikis is located in the center of Argostoli, conveniently close to the central square, shops, restaurants, and the port. The hotel offers a comfortable lounge with a lounge bar, an Internet Corner, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. The hotel has rooms of varying sizes, all elegantly decorated and equipped with high-quality mattresses, A/C, satellite TV, mini fridge, and private balcony with views to the harbor.

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Located in Fanari, in the area of Lassi, Panorama Studios and Apartments are only 700 meters from the center of Argostoli. The complex has a beautiful garden and a spacious area with green lawn, a swimming pool and poolside bar, and free private parking. All studios and apartments are spacious, including A/C, satellite TV, and fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary amenities. The units have furnished balcony and terrace, and free wi fi is available throughout the complex.

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Reviews of Argostoli, Kefalonia

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  • vasilikiang 13 Oct 2011
    Romantic bar works there
    This is a very nice spot about 2 km from Argostoli. Actually a nice cafeteria has been built around Katavothres that works as a romantic bar at nights. The cafe opens after 7 in the evening, which is a shame because it would also be a nice place for day coffee. There you can actually see the sea water getting into the ground, passing a wooden mill and disappearing under some rocks. This water crosses the island from underground and after 30 km it reached Melissani Lake and then pours into the sea in Karavomylos, at a place with a same mill.

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