Argostoli is the capital and most populated part of Kefalonia with about one third of the islands population calling it home.
There is plenty to see and do here all year round. In the summer, it really comes to life and gets very busy so if you arrive by car, it is wise to park at the side of the lagoon road just after the running track or in the quite well hidden, car park just before the bus station.
The first thing you will probably notice as you walk towards Argostoli from the bus station is the bridge across the lagoon, which can go by different names depending on who you speak to: it is sometimes called Drapano Bridge whilst some people know it better as the De Bosset Bridge. Although once open to road traffic, for structural reasons it is now strictly pedestrians and bicycles only. About half way across the bridge is an obelisk made of stone, built onto a man-made island, this obelisk is a monument to the British patronage.
The quayside at Argostoli is a great place to try and spot the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles. They tend to hang around when the fishing boats come in, usually late morning, hoping for a few scraps from the fishermen’s catch of the day. Along the quayside you will also find a good selection of café bars and eateries.
The main pedestrian shopping street in Argostoli is called Lithostroto. Along Lithostroto, you can visit the Catholic church of St Nicholas, the earthquake museum which is staffed entirely by volunteers, and many different shops and café bars. The main square is called Platia Vallianou and is at the the north end of Lithostroto; it is a popular location for local events, there are also many hotels and tavernas which overlook the square. In the spring of 2019, the pedestrian area around the square was refurbished and extended.
Brenda ”We stayed in Lassi so best of both worlds as not far from Argostoli. Enjoyed a couple of lovely days there shopping, coffees and people watching”
Sue C ”We usually go to Argostoli a couple of times each visit to wander round the streets and watch the turtles, then enjoy a nice meal usually by the walkway”
Les ”We love visiting Argostoli for a walk round the shops and fruit market and seeing the turtles. We like catching the ferry to Lixouri and then drive to various beaches before heading back to Lourdas.
Out & about
The hermitage has been built onto the front of a hillside so be prepared for an uphill walk to see this beautiful piece of Kefalonian…
The church of Agia Varvara (Saint Barbara) is located over the water from Argostoli, just off the road heading towards Razata.According to tradition, in around…
The Catholic church of St. Nicholas in Argostoli is the only catholic church on the island of Kefalonia.The present day church is built on the…
Near to the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos are what remains of the original village of Valsamata, now known as Palia Valsamata. It was the main…
Behind Evangelistria Church in Kastro is a small piece of land bounded by a wall. This is a great place to get views of Mount Ainos down to Lourdas and all across the Livathos region.
Makris Gialos beach is one of the busiest and most popular in the whole of Kefalonia.
It is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach with calm, crystal clear water and a shallow incline out to sea.
The ancient city of Krani is located on the south eastern side of the Gulf of Koutavos, 1km away from Argostoli.
The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos is located in the Omala valley – it is an imposing building with a reconstructed church. Beneath the monastery, there…
We highly recommend visiting this beautiful village, give yourself time to walk round the ruins of the Venetian Castle of Saint George, the views from…
The garden was established by the Focas-Cosmetatos Foundation in 1998 to preserve and display the native flora of the island. The site was formerly an…
The local currency in Greece is the Euro and has been since 2002.
By law, both cash and cards are accepted at all establishments.
Hiring a car is a very good way to get out of resort and see all that Kefalonia has to offer, but driving in Greece is always an adventure and Kefalonia is no different.
There is a diverse range of wildlife living on, above and around Kefalonia. If you are lovers of wildlife, you will enjoy watching out for some of the islands most weird and wonderful creatures.
The thought of becoming ill on holiday can be an unnerving prospect. You should relax and enjoy your holiday though, knowing that there are many healthcare professionals on the island should you get sick.
Kefalonia, like the rest of Greece has had a smoking ban in enclosed public spaces since 1st September 2010