Argostoli (Kefalonia)


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Argostoli (Kefalonia), Greece

Looking at picturesque Argostoli, you wouldn’t know it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1953. The city and its surrounding area are full of treasures, including a 12th-century Byzantine cathedral and beautiful 16th century frescoes. And the nearby underground Lake of Melissani is simply magical. Enter the caves to find ancient stalactites, and marvel at the scattered rays of light beaming through, turning the water an intense blue.


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Argostoli. Ship will either DOCK or ANCHOR at this port.
  • Time Zone
    EET (Eastern European Time); UTC/GMT +2 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Greek. Say "Good Afternoon" in Greek: "Kalispera."
  • Currency & Shopping
    Euro (EUR); Shop for gold, souvenirs, shoes, and wine.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Taxis, buses, and ferries are available to navigate the city. Organized shore excursions are available for sightseeing.
    • Famous For
      A devastating earthquake flattened a major part of Kefalonia in 1953, including Argostoli. However, the town rebuilt itself to its former glory.
    • Fun Fact #1
      The film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a love story set in Argostoli during WWII as well as during the earthquake of 1953.
    • Fun Fact #2
      The 1953 earthquake exposed lime-covered frescoes of 16th-century St. Andrew Monastery, home to an unusual relic — the alleged sole of St. Andrew’s right foot.
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