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Accommodation in Argostoli

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, straddles the natural west coast 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 resorts.

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