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Argostoli is the island's largest city and is the commercial and administrative center of Kefalonia. Here is the largest harbor of the island and the most crowded place. A single ride is not enough to get to know Argostoli, as the city has many places that deserve your attention and an important commercial centre that will whet your appetite for shopping.


The heart of the city beats around the main square and between the paved and Sitemporon street in which they operate many shops, cafes and bars.


It is also worth a walk along the coastal road Antonis Tritsis, which is covered with pebbles that create wonderful designs. It is a walk to enjoy at any time of day. It is also ideal for evening walks, especially on moonlit nights. The bay of Argostoli, surrounding it, is one of the safest natural harbors in the world.


The city has a rich library, the Korgialeneio. You will also find the Government House, the Archaeological Museum, the Court, the Municipal Theatre and many neoclassical buildings. On the coastal road, you come across the city market with greengrocers and fishermen. In the harbor we see many boats tied up by Greek and foreign visitors as well as the pier, where securely tie cruise ships that give tourism life to neighboring areas. In the central square, we find bakeries, restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. In the paved street are shops for every need. This is the pedestrian shopping street of the island where you will find several café / bars and snack shops.


The cosmopolitan Argostoli is suitable for staying. Here you will find hotels of all categories and rooms to let. The nightlife is intense and satisfying all tastes. A holiday in the wonderful Argostoli will be unforgettable.


History


Since 1600 it seems to have begun to populate the region near Koutavos and especially from the side which today is the area of the bridge and Sisiotissa. The solution for a new town, which has better specifications as possible, with first the safe harbor, will occur later, when in 1757 is decided to transfer the capital from St. George's Castle nearby Koutavos, where there was a settlement of mostly by fishermen, a seaport of the Castle called Tener della Scala di Cefalonia. Previously the port was there in Koutavos, Porto de la Zephalonia or Porto de l 'Arsenal, in the recess. From 1757 and onwards Argostoli began gradually to grow. When the Ionian Islands passed to the British around 1810, Kefalonia and other Ionian Islands had its own English governor. One of them was De Bosset, who has made many projects in Argostoli and was the creator of Argostoli Bridge The bridge is one kilometer long linking Argostoli to the opposite side of Argostoli bay. The old town of Argostoli was very picturesque, since there were many large buildings with Italian influences in their architecture. The seismic city was characterized by several impressive mansions andpalaces, with Italian influences in the architecture of the houses with Renaissance and Baroque elements. Argostoli was also the second city in Greece that electricity supply arrived.


One of the "mysteries" of Argostoli are the sinks "Katavothres", a rare geological phenomenon.

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