The capital of Kefalonia is a modern and lively city with a strong commercial and social life. Argostoli is situated on the edge of the eponymous bay, in a natural harbour in the southern part of the island. The few buildings that remained after the devastating earthquake of 1953 pay homage to its past greatness. Even today, however, it retains some of its old glory in the squares, large public buildings rebuilt to the original plans, and the small streets.
The heart of the city beats in the bustling central square of Vallianos around which are many hotels, restaurants and bars, and a pedestrianised shopping street, the famous Lithostroto. Here, you will find crowds all day and all sorts of shops, from traditional products to jewellers and boutiques, and can sip your coffee while watching the world go by.
Visit the church of Agios Spyridon with its exquisite gilded, carved iconostasis and walk to Kabana square with its clock tower which was rebuilt after the earthquake to resemble the original. On the coastal road (Anthony Tritsi), a sea breeze accompanies a stroll among the shops.
Noteworthy sights of the city are the great stone bridge of Drapanou or Devosetou, joining Argostoli to the other side of Koutavos lagoon the obelisk (the "Column" as the locals call it), which is located in the middle of the bridge and is dedicated to those who built it, and Cosmetatos House, one of the few houses that survived the earthquakes on the scenic, palme-lined Rizospaston road.
It’s also worth visiting the Folklore and Historical Museum, housed in the building of Corgialenios Library and the Fokas-Kosmetatos Foundation with valuable coin collections, portraits and lithographs. The Archaeological Museum of Argostoli is also important, though it is currently closed due to the recent earthquake that caused severe damage to the building.
Walking around the small wooded peninsula leading to Lassi – the most touristic part of Argostoli – you will encounter two of the area's main attractions: the famous Katavothres where the sea water disappears through cracks in the earth and reappears on the eastern side of the island, and the lighthouse of St. Theodore, where you can enjoy an exceptional sunset with a view of Lixouri. In Lassi will find numerous shops and hotels, as well as two popular golden beaches, Makris and Platis Gialos, which are well-organised and offer hours of relaxation.