Cruise Port Atlas | Argostoli (Kefalonia), Greece Map | Location

Argostoli (Kefalonia), Greece Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines visiting Argostoli: Voyages of Discovery, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Vallionos Square, Lithostroto Mall, Archaeological Museum, Korgialeneious Museum, Bosset (Drapano) Bridge, Myrtos Beach, Makris Gialos, Lourdas Beach, Xi Beach, Swallow Holes, Melissani Lake, Drogarati Cave, Sea Kayaking, Boat Tours, St. Georges Castle, St. Gerasimus Monastery, Fiskardo, Assos, Sami

Odysseus (Ulysses) of the famous Odyssey was the king of Cephalonia, whose home on the nearby island of Ithaca can be seen from the port of Sami. This ancient island is the largest of the Ionian group on the western side of Greece. In 1953 both Cephalonia and the island of Zakynthos to the south were hit by massive earthquakes, destroying most of the homes and buildings on the islands. It is estimated that 100,000 people moved away and there is still only a small portion of the pre-disaster population there. What makes this island so appealing is its unique and rugged geography, which includes caves, subterranean waterways, and rugged cliff- covered coast lines. Argostoli, the capital and largest city, is in a bay within a bay. You can take a ferry to the island's second largest city of Lixouri. Two-thirds of the islanders live in these two cities. Without doubt, the most popular tour on the island is the combination of the Drogarati Cave and underground Melissani Lake, both not far from the small fishing village of Sami. The most popular historic attraction is the St. George Castle. To see what the island used to look like, you can visit the one place not destroyed by the earthquake, the fishing village of Fiskardo at the northern end of the island. The towns of Assos, on a narrow isthmus, and Sami, on a large bay facing nearby Ithaca, also have some rustic charm along with tavernas at lovely boat-filled marinas. On the road to Assos is the island's most renowned beach, Myrtos, a half-circle of white pebbles at the bottom of a dramatic cliff.

Tourism has increased over the last 20 years since the release of the movie (based on the novel of the same name), Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which was filmed on the island.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Greek

Secondary Languages: limited English in tourist areas

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Vallianos Square in Argostoli

Geography and Population

Cephalonia is a large island, but fortunately Argostoli is centrally located, so you can get anywhere on the island within an hour drive (Fiskardo in the far north takes an hour). It also has the highest mountain in the Ionian chain, Mount Ainos, which is over 1600 meters. Rugged and sparsely populated since the 1953 earthquake, the island has roughly 36,000 people, with about 12,000 each living in Argostoli and Lixouri.

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How Far?

Taxis use meters, but many popular destinations offer standard rates.  The best place to catch a taxi in Argostoli is at Vallianos Square within easy walking distance of the cruise berth. 

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Argostoli Cruise Berth Cephalonia Airport 8.5 KM 13 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Vallianos Square 0.25 KM 3 minute walk  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Lithostroto Pedestrian Mall (start) 0.5 KM 5 minute walk  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Korgialeneios History and Folk Art Museum 0.9 KM 3 minutes, 8 minute walk  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Archaeological Museum 1 KM 4 minutes, 13 minute walk  
Argostoli Cruise Berth De Bosset (Drapano) Bridge 1.4 KM 5 minutes, 12 minute walk  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Makris Gialos Beach 3.7 KM 9 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth St. George Castle 9 KM 16 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth St. Gerasimus Monastery 15 KM 20 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Drogarati Cave 24 KM 31 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Sami 27 KM 35 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Melissani Lake (Cave) 29 KM 38 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Lourdas Beach 21 KM 32 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Xi Beach 12.5 KM 19 minutes includes ferry
Argostoli Cruise Berth Myrtos Beach 29 KM 40 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Assos 37 KM 46 minutes  
Argostoli Cruise Berth Fiskardo 50 KM 60 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Geniko Nosokomeio Argostoliou, Platonos Vegia, Argostoli 28100, 1.6 KM, 6 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Piraeus Bank, Leoforos Antoniou Tritsi, Argostolion 28100, 0.6 KM, 2 minutes, 7 minute walk
Alpha Bank, Leoforos Antoniou Tritsi, Argostolion 28100, 0.7 KM, 2 minutes, 8 minute walk

Post Office

Post Office, Zakynthou, Argostolion 28100, 1 KM, 4 minutes, 10 minute walk

Port and Berths

GPS location - 38.180635, 20.489885

Photo by Melissani Lake by Christos Vittoratos