The capital of the island, Argostoli, is nestled on the western coast of Kefalonia, with the island’s airport around 5km away. A busy working port, it has a population of around 13,000 people.
It started its life as the capital of the island in 1757, following a move in population from the old administrative centre in Aghios Georgios, at the site of the Kastro (the island’s Byzantine castle).
The town itself is very compact, but has many sprawling districts along the outskirts. Although not really a shopping haven, you can spend many hours exploring the hidden streets, laden with pretty and unique tourist shops and a main port area sprinkled with bars and tavernas, there is plenty to see and do.
Although it is a rebuilt settlement, there is plenty to see and do in Argostoli – for an idea of sights to visit and a little bit about the history and town see our Argostoli information page.
To get a more visual idea of the town and what it is like, take a look at our collection of photos on the Argostoli image gallery page.
As the largest town on the island, Argostoli has a decent range of accommodation for those who are using it as a centre to explore the island or as a stopover on arrival or departure. More details about how to get to and from Argostoli and a choice of accommodation is available on our travel and hotels page.