At a balance between modernity and tradition, Argostoli is a city that portrays the Greek way of life and beautiful, untouched nature nearby intertwine. The city has been the trade and administrative center of the island since 1757. After the earthquake in 1953, Argostoli was almost completely destroyed and has been developing continuously ever since then. The Parliament Building, the Archaeological Museum, the Court, the Municipal Theater and many other buildings were built in the neoclassical style. The area around the main square of Vallianou, where concerts are held throughout the summer on both Lithostroto and Siteboron streets, is the heart of the city with numerous boutiques, cafes and restaurants…
At the very entrance to the city is the Koutavos Lagoon. While being a swamp in the past, it is nowadays a bird reserve and a feeding ground for Caretta Caretta turtles that are increasingly becoming a symbol of the city. The lagoon is intersected by the recently restored longest stone bridge on the sea surface in the world, De Bosset (Drapano), built in 1813. You can rent a hydrobike or pedal boat to ride through the lagoon.
The promenade near the coast is covered with black and white pebbles creating interesting shapes. In the morning you can buy some fresh fish here, take photos of the Caretta Caretta turtles, while in the evening you can enjoy the walk in the moonlight with a view of yachts arriving from different parts of the world. The path takes you further over the small marina where the ferries depart and connect Argostoli to the town of Liksuri. Along the way, you will find the monument to the poet Nikos Kavvadias, a marina for cruisers and Katavothres “the mystery” of the town. In fact, the sinkhole Katavothres is a rare geological phenomenon. Sea water enters cracks of the ground collecting the rainwater and underground water, then emerges on the opposite side of the island creating Melissani Lake.
If you continue walking the same path you will see the light house called St.Theodore, named after a nearby church. Today, the whole region is known as “Fanari”. Designed by J.P. Kennedy as a circular building with doric columns, it was built in 1829 when the British ruled the island.
Further, a circular path passing through a pine forest takes you to Lassi where you can visit the chapel and cave of St. Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island. We recommend that you visit the Korgialenios Museum as well as the Fokas-Cosmetatos Foundation building, where you will get to know the rich history and culture of this island through the personal belongings of donors.
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