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Argostoli

Argostoli

Argostoli has been the capital of Kefalonia since 1757. Till then capital of the island was Saint George’s Castle. The earthquakes in 1953 completely destroyed the city of Argostoli, diminishing the traditional buildings, and the churches with the elaborate bell towers, all of which were tokens of a civilization that disappeared with the ruins. In the following years the city was reconstructed with the assistance of the Greek government and many foreign countries.
Nowadays Argostoli is a beautiful and peaceful city where you can find all the main commercial and administrative services of the island. The central square, is the main venue where the locals meet every day for a walk, a cup of coffee, or a drink, as there are many cafeterias and pastry shops around it. At Lithostroto, the main shopping street, and at Sitemporon Street, you can find most of the shops, while the waterfront is suitable for romantic walks at summer nights and every time of the day.
In Argostoli there are many interesting things for you to see, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Folklor Museum and the Korgialenios Library, and the Fokas Kosmetatos Museum, the Napier Garden, the Kefalos Theater. The Saint Spiridon Temple at Lithostroto, and Sissiotissa at the waterfront, were both destroyed by the 1953 earthquakes and reconstructed later at the same point. The De Bosset waterway that connects the city with the opposite shore of Koutavos is another monument of Argostoli suitable for day or night walks, since it is only for pedestrians. You should also see the Radicals’ Monument, the Lighthouse in Saint Theodore area and the rare geological phenomenon at Katavothres. At a very short distance, in Lassi, a touristic suburb of Argostoli, you can find Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos beach, as well as Gradakia, Kamaroules and Paliostafida beach, and if you want to plan your stay there, you can find lots of hotels or studios to let.

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