Argostoli City

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Argostoli City

The picturesque town of Argostoli is built on the hill that rises from the Koutavos lagoon and the large natural harbor. The town was rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake of 1953. The city will enchant you with its attractions such as the historic stone bridge Drapanos, several museums, elegant squares and narrow streets with a number of areas reserved for pedestrians.

Argostoli is a cosmopolitan busy city, especially during the summer season, and offers a variety of interesting features and activities. The reference point is the central Vallianou Square, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars. Just above the square is the historic Napier Garden. It is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum, The Corgialenios Historical and Cultural Museum, which is housed in the same building as the Corgialenios Library and the Fokas-Kosmetatos Museum. Also of particular interest is the Harokopio Workshop, unique in Greece, with an exhibition and shop with handmade embroidery, the Museum of Radio and Telecommunication Equipment and the Botanical Garden.

The main shopping street is the traffic-free Lithostrotos (the ‘cobbled street”). There one can admire the church of Agios Spyridon and the rebuilt historic campanile “Clock Tower” of the Kabana Square.

The most popular walk however, is the one on the promenade along the water front that starts just before the stone bridge and passes by fruit stores, cafes, bakeries and the fishing boats from which fishermen sell their catch directly. In the water, ancient large sea turtles Caretta caretta swim and appear on the surface of the water to breathe air. A rare spectacle indeed.

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