Argostoli AreaThe Municipal District of Argostoli is the island’s largest and seat of the Municipality of Kefallonia. According to the 2001 census it had 12,722 inhabitants while its area is 155,000 stremmata (38,300 acres). The early development of Argostoli was rapid. It was the second city in Greece to acquire electricity. The town had, from the early stages, museums, tree planted streets, squares, elegant mansions, philharmonic institutions, theatres, small factories and sporting life, making Argostoli the professional and cultural centre of the island.
The earthquake of August 1953 nearly leveled the entire island of Kefallonia with the exception of the northern part. The capital Argostoli was completely destroyed. Shortly after followed the haphazard re-building of the capital unfortunately without a trace of its former dominant and aesthetic feeling. Once reconstructed, the Argostoliotes began to seek the elegance that had marked all aspects of their culture and hence forth, over a period of almost thirty years, evolved the basis of the Argostoli you see today.
In Argostoli you can visit the Archaelogical Museum, the Korgialenio Library, the Philharmonic Hall and the Kefalos Theatre. If you are interested in shopping, buying in Argostoli will satisfy the most demanding consumer.
Located near Argostoli is the Castle of St. George, the island's capital until 1757, the Katavothres (a unique geological phenomenon) and the Koutavos Lagoon.