magnificent sights, amazing beaches, rich cultural
heritage, great monuments, mountains, castles, remote
monasteries and cheerful, hospitable people are the
treasures making Kefalonia one of the most attractive
It is the biggest island of the Ionian Sea, at the
outlet of Patraikos Bay, between Zante and Lefkada. It
stretches over an area of 904 km2 with a coastline
length of 250 km.
The island has a splendid natural beauty and a
diversified geological structure with innumerable small
bays and rich vegetation; the mountain Aenos (National
Park since 1962 supporting rich flora and fauna) looks
impressive from far away.
During the Byzantine period Kefalonia formed part of the
province of Achaia and the prefecture of East Illyria.
It was conquered by the Normans, the Franks, the
Venetians and the Turks.
It joined the rest of Greece along with the other Ionian
Islands, on May 21st, 1864. The inhabitants’ resistance
against the Italians and the Germans during World War II
The movie ‘’Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’’ shot in the
natural scenery of the island refers to a history of the
Argostoli is the island capital (as well as the capital
of Kefalonia and Ithaca prefecture) since 1757. It is a
modern town, which preserves its traditional character,
built amphitheatrically with a view of the Koutavous
lagoon, which is a crossing area for the migratory
birds. The city has many neoclassical buildings, big
squares, churches and remarkable cultural activity.
What to see in Argostoli:
The Archaeological Museum exhibiting important findings
discovered in the whole island, mainly dating back to
the Mycenaean period.
The Korgialeneios Library, one of the biggest libraries
in Greece, housing more than 55,000 volumes and a great
collection of Byzantine icons.
The Folklore and History Museum. It hosts exhibits
associated with the history of the island (costumes,
weapons, heirlooms etc.) and many every-day life
objects.- The central and spacious Valianos square with
the statue of the benefactor P. Vallianos, many cafes,
restaurants and bars.
The Napier Garden. It was named after the British
Governor Napier, who in the middle of the 19th century
realized many infrastructure projects on the island and
despite its limited space has a variety of trees.
The Rizospaston street, with palm trees and the monument
to radical revolutionaries.
The Kampanas square situated in the middle of the
Lithostroto, with the belfry bearing the same name
(recently renovated according to the plans of the
original tower which collapsed during the earthquakes of
1953), offering an amazing view of the town and the
Hellas Yachting's ships can take you, your children
and your friends to Kefalonia Island, to see that Greece is light, that
it’s the smiling dolphins that will follow you, the
white houses of its 6.000 islands, a warm smile and
an even warmer welcome.