The town of Argostoli was devastated by the
1953 earthquake and very few original features remain. Although unlike Zakynthos
town it was not rebuilt in its "venetian" style, it has an attractive waterfront
which features a colourful fruit market, for farmers to sell their produce.Much
of the daily fish catch on Kefalonia is sold in the fish market, next to the
waterfront, where taverna owners and locals await the early morning
catch.Smaller fishing caiques sell directly from boxes on the quayside.
A 650m causeway-the Drapano bridge, stradles
the natural westcoast harbour. Early evening this can be an excellent place to
catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle. Small fishing boats selling their daily
catch add to the charm. Palm trees and seats line the attractive promenade,
which has a tourist office at the northern end near the departure point for the
hourly car ferry to Lixouri. (Departs on the half hour as far as I can remember
from around 7.30am) The promenade area gets very busy and it is not always easy
to park, particularly during the peak summer months, so I would suggest parking
near the supermarkets and Ktel bus depot, as you enter the town of argostoli,
from the southern end of the island. During the busy months the main square is
also closed to traffic, so do look out carefully for the roadsigns.
The main street Lithostroto is pedestrianised and has lots of
shops, remember that shops in Greece close at 2.00pm until around 5.00pm.Many of
the resorts do not have chemists,banks or cash machines, you will find these in
Argostoli near to the main square, and along the northern part of the
waterfront, heading for the ferry area.
Argostoli has an attractive main square the Platia Vallianou,
with plenty of bars and tavernas in which to sit and watch the world go by.This
area is a good place to visit in the evening if you want a bit of nightlife.
The main bus depot for the island is situated in Argostoli near to the drapano
causeway, from here you can catch busses to Sami, Skala and Katelios and
Fiskardo, fares are extremely reasonable but busses do get busy and are
infrequent! Check the departure times for your return journey carefully as
taxi's rides on the island tend to be expensive due to the distance between