Lixouri is the main town in the Paliki peninsula and the second largest town of Kefalonia after Argostoli.
It is located in an area of outstanding beauty. It is no coincidence that the locals call it Piccolo Paris and belongs to the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. A characteristic of the area is its diverse territory. The green hills alternate with beautiful beaches and create landscapes of unique aesthetics that enchant nature lovers.
During your stay in Lixouri do not forget to visit the Koronatou monastery and Kipouraion monastery. These two Byzantine monasteries guard rare sacred monuments.
In Palliki there are several beaches that meet the needs of all swimmers. You'll find cosmopolitan, crowded beaches, and small secluded beaches. Among the most famous are the Platia Ammos on the road to the village Kamiranata, Megas Lakos located south of Lixouri and its length exceeds 5 km. Nearby is Vatsa beach. Northwest of Lixouri you will find the beach of Xi. While one of the most famous in the area is Kounopetra. It took its name from the rock that was moving rhythmically in the sea. This phenomenon was stopped after the 1953 earthquake.
In the bay of Livadi is the wetland Valtos - Livadi, which is one of the most important on the island. It occupies an area of 500 acres. In its waters flow more than 100 streams. Many species of birds find shelter in the area of the wetland. Like white herons, swans, fasonetes, mallards, etc.
In the tourism sector Lixouri stands out for its infrastructure. Hotels and apartments provide comfortable accommodation to all visitors. While the taverns and restaurants you will taste the delights of Kefalonian cuisine. You will not miss the opportunities for nightlife. Bars, clubs with live music, satisfy all musical preferences of visitors.
History, culture and education
The ancient city of Pali is already mentioned by Pafsanias. Just a few meters south of it, during the Middle Ages, Lixouri was founded was first mentioned in a letter to the senate of Venice in 1534. Around 1800 was an important administrative center with various services and secular life. The author Andreas Laskaratos described and satirized different, provocative for its time, social phenomena and behaviors in the town of Lixouri. In 1867 and 1953 Lixouri was destroyed by earthquakes.
The historic buildings since then are now a few, and are examples of a rich little town in the 18th and 19th century. Lixouri changed radically after 1800 when roads, churches and many public buildings were built. In the period the English domination - occupation of the Ionian Islands, Lixouri was the seat of the Concorde Club, which played an important role in the union of the islands with Greece.
What characterizes Lixouri, is its remarkable career in arts and learning. The first philharmonic orchestra of the island was founded in Lixouri, which is one of the oldest in Greece, after that of Corfu.
The Pallis' School Band was founded in 1836 by the composer Peter Skarlatos and other audiences of the time. It is one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in Greece and one of the creative elements of Ionian Music Culture
The Technical Professional School of Lixouri has its roots in the 19th century.
The Carnival of Lixouri gathers many people every year and is the most important event organized annually with great success and nationwide reach.
Every summer in Mantzavinata is held a popular wine festival.