Quick facts

  • Airport – 8.3 km/14 mins
  • Melissani Lake – 28.2 km/39 mins
  • Myrtos beach – 29 km/45 mins
  • Antisamos beach – 30.6 km/ 45 mins
  • St Gerasimos Monestary – 15 km/22 mins

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.

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