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Prefecture: Kefallinia (capital)
Province: Province of Krani (capital)
Location: 38° 10′ 23″ N, 20° 29′ 29″ E


Population: (1991)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank


sea level
sea level (centre)
about 1,000 m
Postal code: 281 00
Area/distance code: 11-30-26710-2
Municipal code: 2701
Car designation: KE
Name of inhabitants: Argostolian sing.
-s. pl.>
(in Greek and English)

Argostoli (Greek: Modern: Αργοστόλι, Ancient/Katharevousa: -ον, -on) is the main town on the Greek island of Kefalonia, and is the seat of the province and the capital of the prefecture. It is the port for several inter-island ferries. Its geographical location is in the southern part of the island and has been the capital in 1797, 70 years before becoming a part of Greece. Its neighboring communities are Lassi to the west. It sits on a peninsula that is covered with forest in the north and a hill with 24 m in elevation. Its postal code is 281 and the area code is 26740.

Much of the town was destroyed in a major earthquake in 1953, but locals assure us that any new building must be made with steel-reinforced concrete to obviate any future risks.

If you are really lucky, you may see sea turtles swimming off the port's fish quays, hoping to feed on rejected fish. The sea inlet is also home to schools of dolphins. NE of Argostoli is a protected lagoon and the Drapano bridge crosses over.

The city has a few plateias, the Port of Argostoli which includes a small ferry to Lixouri, hotels, and the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli. It also has an industrial area located approx. 1 km south.

The city has an airport located 10 km SE.

Nearest Places


Historical population:

Year Communal population Change Municipal population Change
1981 7,164 - - -
1991 6,815 -349/-4.87% 9,918 -
2001 9,522 - 18,529 -

External links

North: Erissos/Eryssos
West: Gulf of Argostoli
Argostoli East: Leivathos
South: Ionian Sea

See also