The municipality of Argostoli is the largest of the three municipalities of Kefalonia as it includes the central area of the island and extends to the southernmost village and the largest tourist resort of the island, Skala. The town of Argostoli is also the capital of the island.
Argostoli is a vibrant town with 10,000 year round inhabitants. It is located on the west coast of the spacious Bay of Argostoli with views to the mountains and the Venetian castle of St. George. On a stroll north of the city, you can see a rare geological phenomenon, the famous swallow-holes Katavothres. Here, seawater flows into large cracks in the ground where it disappears to begin a mysterious underground journey across the island. The water reappears on the east coast.of the island near Sami where it flows into the sea. The elegant lighthouse of Agii Theodori is immediately after.
South of the city lies the tourist resort of Lassi with beautiful beaches such as Platis and Makris Gialos and with good tourist infrastructure. The island’s airport is a short drive away.
In the center of the island lies the plateau of Omala at 500 m above sea level, surrounded by Mt. Ainos and other dramatic mountains. Here you can visit the impressive cathedral of Agios Gerasimos, the patron saint of Kefalonia. Next to the church is the monastery of Agios Gerasimos where the relic of the Saint is kept in a silver sarcophagus.
The Robola grape is cultivated extensively in this area. You can taste and buy wine in the Robola Producers Cooperative, located near the cathedral.
Livathos, the area southwest of Argostoli, is a gentle landscape with beautiful villages in the midst of olive and citrus groves. The area has excellent beaches such as Ai Chelis, Ammes, Lourdas and Trapezaki as well as many other smaller swimming coves. The main sights consist of the Venetian Castle of St. George, the unique Mycenaean tombs of Mazarakata and Lakithra, and the tranquil Monastery of Agios Andreas Milapidias with its Ecclesiastical Museum where many of the oldest most precious icons and screens from churches around the island are on display.
Lord Byron stayed some months in the village of Metaxata where he often walked to a promontory now called Byron’s Rock. The area of Elios-Pronnon is the southernmost area of the Municipality of Argostoli. Green, with crops, many villages, mountains and sea, the area attracts many visitors each year. Skala has the largest tourist development thanks to its long sandy beach. The most popular beaches are Skala, Kaminia, Mounda and Aragia.
Some of the attractions of the area are the Roman Villa in Skala, the unique Mycenaean tomb of Tzannata just outside the village of Poros, and the Monastery of Atros. On the 15th of August, the church of Panagia Fidoussa in Markopoulos celebrates in a unique way. Small harmless snakes that appear at that time are kept in jars in the church. Believers touch the snakes that are considered miraculous in various ways.
Ιf you wish to visit a completely different landscape in Kefalonia , then you must visit the peninsula of Paliki, the westernmost part of the island. Lixouri is the capital of Paliki and ferries connect the town with Argostoli, in daily basis.
On the peninsula of Paliki there are several pretty villages such as Agia Thekli Atheras, Chavdata, Chavriata, Damoulianata, Favatata, Kaminarata, Mantzavinata, Kontogenada, Monopolata, Rifi, Skineas, Soullaroi
All around the coastline of the peninsula you can swim and relax at the beaches of Xi, Megas Lakos, Petani, Lagadakia, Vatsa, Platia Ammos and Lepeda.
For bird-watchers , before you enter Lixouri you will find the wetland of Livathi, a very important place for the kefalonian enviroment and ideal for bird-watching.
Don’ t leave Paliki, before you visit the The Monastery of Kipouria. Built in 1759, On the edge of a solid rocky cliff high above the sea . Worth to mention, the sunsets from the natural balcony in Kipouria are spectacular.
One of the most admired parts of Kefalonia is region of Erisos , the northernmost part of the island. A mixture of new and old!
In Erisos you will find two of the most visited village of the whole island: the cosmopolitan Fiskardo and the colourful Asos with the venetian castle and it’s magical view.
The little villages of Erisos , Antipata, Mesovounia, Vassilikades, Komitata are built in a evergreen landscape. In Erisos you can also discover small picturesque beaches. The most beautiful are Foki Beach, Emblisi , Dafnoudi, Alaties Aghia Jerusalem.
Other places of interest in Erisos is the Monastery of Palaiohersou, the Russian Church in Antipata and the little island of Asteris.
Τhe region of Pylaros is the second part of nothern Kefalonia , near Erisos and is a valley located between two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros .
The colourful fishing village of Agia Afimia, is the most populated in Pylaros and hosts a nautical anchorage with a beautiful small beach.
Makriotika, Divarata, Potamianata, Feredinata are villages worth visiting ih the area.
In Pylaros is located the most famous beach in Greece and one of the most beautiful in the world: Myrtos beach, the landmark of Kefalonia, with it’ s crystal clear, azure waters and smooth white pubbles!
Many smaller, but also very clear, are scattered along the coastline of Pylaros and are waiting for you to discover them!
The eastern part of Kefalonia includes the region of Sami with it’s characteristic green mountains and the second major port of the island, with direct ferry routes to Ithaca the mainland.
Sami is famous because the movie Captain Corelli’s mantolin with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was filmed here.
Very near to the town of Sami is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kefalonia: Antisamos beach, with blue-green waters and the surrounding green landscape.
In the region of Sami are located two of the kefalonian nature wonders: Melissani lake and Drogarati cave.
The visit to the impressive underground lake of Melissani offers the visitor a unique experience , while watching the sunbeams mirrored on the water surface and unveil iridescent colours!
The Drogarati cave is like a magnificent undergroud rocky sculpture , surrounded by stalagmites and stalaktites.
Other memorable sightseeings in Sami are the Church of Virgin Mary, the ancient town, the Agioi Fanentes chapel, the Monastery in Agrilia and , of course the lake of Karavomylos.