Why choose a cruise to Argostoli?
Rebuilt after an earthquake in 1953, Argostoli is now a modern port town of colourful houses and pedestrianised boulevards. On an Argostoli cruise, you can enjoy shopping in one of the chic boutiques, or sampling traditional Greek food in a waterfront taverna.
Argostoli is located on a peninsula, with a serene lagoon on one side, and the Ionian Sea on the other. On the coast you’ll discover forested landscapes leading down to golden bays, lapped by azure seas.
A guide to Argostoli’s hotspots
Saunter along the waterfront to Koutavos Lagoon, one of the town’s hotspots. The waters of the lagoon are populated by Loggerhead sea turtles and wild fowl. As well as wildlife spotting, you can also rent a pedal boat or hydro bike to get out on the water.
The town’s main square, Plateia Valianou, is a great place for people watching and has a lot of restaurant options. Rub shoulders with the locals as you tuck into a Greek mezze platter. The nearby pedestrianised street, Lithostroto, is lined with upmarket boutiques and more traditional souvenir shops.
An Argostoli cruise is all about the beaches. The best option nearby is Makris Gialos Beach, a golden sand bay a couple of miles from the harbour. If you’re willing to travel further, a 45-minute drive takes you to the renowned Myrtos Beach, where many scenes from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed.
Less than 15 minutes’ drive from Argostoli you’ll find the picturesque village of Kourkoumelata. Like many other villages, it was flattened in the 1953 earthquake. But a wealthy inhabitant paid for the entire village to be rebuilt, and it has now been completely restored to its former neoclassical glory, with elegant villas and beautiful gardens.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Argostoli
The best time to visit Argostoli
In July and August, Argostoli has temperatures of around 25°C, which can rise up to 30°C. If you’re looking for a sun-drenched holiday, we recommend visiting during these months.
But Argostoli also provides an escape from the chilly British winter. In December, temperatures can reach 16°C, and the town comes alive with Christmas celebrations, from carol singing to festive markets.
Did you know?
· The 1953 earthquake raised the entire island by almost 60cm
· The best time for turtle-spotting in Argostoli’s lagoon is from 9am-10am, when they come to eat scraps left by the fishermen
· During summer, musicians stroll the streets of Argostoli, singing traditional kantades and playing guitar or mandolin
· In the town centre you’ll find the Church of St Nicholas, the only Catholic church in Kefalonia