Argostoli - Kefalonia

It is located in the centre of the southern part of the island at the far end of the bay with the same name. It was destroyed completely by the 1953 earthquake along with its old mansions and majestic bell-towers. You enter the city by passing over its pretty stone bridge decorated by the Colona, a small pyramid, a monument dedicated to Charles de Bosset, who built the bridge. You see a modern city mirrored in the quiet water of its natural harbour with new buildings, such as the Administration Building, the Archaeological Museum, the Public Library, the Court House, the Municipal Theater etc.

Area Guide

One of the largest provincial stadia is the Stadium of Argostoli, Andreas Vergotis, a present from Roccos Vergotis, located at the edge of Koutavos Lagoon. You continue your way along the coastal road, where you can see the market place of fruit stores and fish shops. Don’t miss the chance to take a walk along the marvelous seashore sidewalk with its palm trees and paved with sea pebbles.
You can see the sail-boat of summer visitors moored in a row. Turning left, you arrive at the main square where you can see the fine patisseries, restaurant and hotels. Here, in the evening, you can enjoy your cake or ice-cream and if you are lucky, you can hear the sweet musical notes of the Argostoli Band. Don’t forget to walk along the Lithostroto (Cobbled Road), the main street of the city. Here, you can do your shopping at different stores. You can see the church of Saint Spyridon, and the clock tower of Campana Square, where the Kefalonians buried the Libro d’ Oro in 1797, upon the arrival of the French republicans.
You can visit the Argostoli Archaeological Museum and admire the archaeological finds of the Mycenaean period, ancient gold coins, copper swords, sculptures and ceramic.
Something that will be unforgettable to you is the Folklore Museum, located on the ground floor of the Corgialenian Library. Here, you will be transported to another age, vanished with the passage of time. You can admire the superb lace, the linen with family monogram, the living room with the dance gowns, personal things, furniture, silver sets, the Kefalonian bedroom, agricultural implements etc.
Then, you can go up to the imposing Library consisting of 50,000 books and you may ask to see the Icon collection of P. Harocopos, and the wood carved icon screen of Sarin.
A little further on from the Library you come to the <> Theatre, built at the site of the old theatre before the earthquake. It is an excellent building, and one of the best theatres in Greece.
Following the large palm tree lined street, you reach the building of the Argostoli Music Band School, and little further down you can see one of the very few mansions that survived the great 1953 earthquake. It is the home of Mr. Marinos Cosmetatos that preserves even today, the furniture and decoration of an authentic mansion.
Continuing your way, a distance of about one kilometer from Argostoli, you come to Katavothres (Swallow Holes), an inexplicable geological phenomenon. The sea water seeps into the ground and vanishes. Scientists have discovered, by throwing paint into the water, that it ends up in Melissani Lake at Karavomylos, about two kilometers from Sami.
You can swim at Fanari, the beautiful shallow beach that starts from Katavothres and ends at the picturesque Lighthouse of Saint Theodore. Fanari is one of the five works built by the British Governor Napier. It is a small round building flanked by white Dorian style columns. Here, you can enjoy one of the most enchanting sunsets.
Going a little further up and left, you find the Monument of the Italians, dedicated to the memory of the Acqui Division, whose soldiers and officers were executed by the Germans on the island (about 7,000 Italians). The panoramic view you can see makes you forget that sad event.
The tour of Lassi leads you now to the shores of the area. First you meet Kalamia, Gradakia, and Paliostafida, to end up at the marvelous beach of Makrys-Yalos, with its golden sand and very clean water, one of the finest on the island. A rock separates it from the organized beach of Platy-Yalos with tents, showers, a restaurant etc. this beach has the distinction of winning the Blue Flag, from the European Union. For those who prefer a tranquil environment there is the beach of Tourkopodaro across from there.

Useful Phones

Telephone code Greece: 0030
Telephone code Argostoli-Lixouri:26710
Telephone code Sami-Fiskardo-Ithaca:26740

EOT National Tourism Organization of Greece:26710 22248
Municipality of Argostoli:26710 22847
Municipality of Lixouri: 26740 91208
Municipality of Sami: 26740 22019
Municipality of Fiskardo: 26740 51341

Argostoli Police Station: 26710 22200
Tourist Police in Argostoli: +30 (26710)-22815.
Lixouri Police Station: 26710 91207
Sami Police Station: 26740 61204
Fiskardo Police Station: 2674051341
Patras Harbor-Police Station (2610)341002
Kyllinis Harbor-Police Station (2623)92211
Argostoli Harbor-Police Station: 26710 22224
Lixouri Harbor-Police Station: 26710 91205
Sami Harbor-Police Station: 26740 22031
Poros Harbor-Police Station: 2674072460
General Hospital in Argostoli: 26710 24641-6
First Aid Center: 166
Hospital (Health center) in Lixouri: 2671091233-91975
Health center in Sami: 26740 22807-22222
OTE National Telephone Company in Argostoli:26710 22499
OTE National Telephone Company in Lixouri:2671091399
OTE National Telephone Company in Sami:2674022299
Post Office in Argostoli:26710 22312
Post Office in Lixouri: 26710 91206
Post Office in Sami: 26740 22012
Bus Terminal for kefalonia in Athens: 2105150785
Bus Terminal in kefalonia:26710 22276-22281
Taxi Station in Argostoli:26710 28545
Taxi Station in Lixouri: 26710 91459-91524
Taxi Station in Poros: 26740 72340-72329
Taxi Station in Skala: 26740 83231
Taxi Station in Fiskardo: 26740 51496