Argostoli – Explore Kefalonia Capital Island
A small town on the on the island of Kefalonia Ionian Islands in Greece, Argostoli, is one of the popular tourist destination. The city has served as the administrative center as well as the capital Kefalonia since 1757. At an elevation between 0 to 10 meters above sea level, it is among the most popular and busiest ports in Greece. Around 10,633 people live in the municipal area of Argostoli making it the most populous city in the region after Razata, Dilináta and Kompothekráta. Greek is the official language spoken by most of the people.
All flights scheduled to Argostoli land at the Cephalonia International Airport which is located close to the city. It serves as a major entry point for tourists planning a trip to Kefalonia and is currently connected to various cities across Europe and others. Similar to its counterparts the city experiences oceanic type of climate and has cool summers and moderately cold winters. The best to visit the city is during the summer months from April to October as during the winter months from November to March, temperatures can dip to freezing mark. Plan a visit to the city during the famous carnival festival. The city is also famous for its Easter, Christmas and other religious festivals. Annexation of the Ionian Islands and Kefalonia to the Greek stat on 21st may, Festival of ARGOSTOLI on 15th July, National Festival of choral singing in first week of August and procession of Agios Gerasimos on 20th October are among the most popular events and festivals celebrated in the city.
The charming city of filled with numerous attractions and beaches where tourists can laze around to soak in the sun and indulge in water sports. Most of the attractions are located within walking distance from each other; hence it is advisable that you wear comfortable shoes. Visit the fishing harbor which is the perfect place for sighting turtles. Do not miss exploring the famous Cephalonia Beaches, among which the most popular are Myrtos, Markis Gialos and Xi. All the beaches in Argostoli are popular for their pristine water and breathtaking beauty. Similar to many cities of Cephalonia, Argostoli too has numerous large and developed swallow caves. Do not miss visiting the Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave which can be reached by taking a ferry from the port.
When in Argostoli, you should take a trip to Sami, Assos and Fiskardo which are the most charming fishing villages surrounded by a rocky coast and dense green forests. St. Georges Castle and St. Gerasimus Monastery, which were severely damaged during the 1953 earthquake, are also worth visiting. Boat rides and sea kayaking are very popular among tourists as well. The lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi, Archaeological museum, Ktel Busses Kefalonia, war memorial, Ammes Beach, Agii Fanendes, Lixouri Harbour and Obelisk ruins are also some of the popular tourist spots in the city.
Eating and Shopping
While the city is a growing tourist hub, but it is still far from having fancy dining places or luxurious restaurants. The local cuisine revolves around meat and sea food and some of the local delicacies you should not miss here are Sofigadoura, Kreatopita, Boutridia, Frigania, Zante currant, Fritoura, Tsouknidopita, Omeletta, Savoro and Riganada. Beware if you are dieting, because Greek food is so delicious that gluttony is a sinless indulgence here. The wine is Argostoli is also very popular. Some of the most popular places where you can enjoy a wonderful meal in Argostoli are - Draught Grill & Beer House, Old Time, Ladokolla, Ladokolla, Ladokolla, Pinacotti, Delakafe, La Gondola and Bodega Spanish Beer House. The city is also peculiar for its nightlife which can be best enjoyed at Bass Club, Cinema Music Club, Kastro Club, Stavento Bar, So Simple, Capitain's Bar and Capitain's Lounge.
If you are planning for a shopping expedition in Argostoli, then you are in for a surprise. Of all the islands in Keflavik, Argostoli has the highest concentration of shops. Clothes, jewelley, thyme honey, Robola white wine, souvenirs and book are among the major buys. If you are interested in purchasing jewellery, then head to Garbis, Tzannatos and Veronicas which offer elegant decoration and a fine collection of hand-crafted jewelry. Wide choice of shops, cafes, tavernas are available for tourists in Argostoli. Please note that the shops remain open till late only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and during the tourist season. Lithostroto and main square area in Argostoli are the major shopping destinations which are filled with small shops, cafes, eating places on a long stretch of cobbled street parallel to the port. Mostly shops open from 7 am in the morning and few of them close between 2 and 5 pm.
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