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Our Guide to Kefalonia
Argostoli Marina (Kefalonia)
Located at the southern end of a salt-water lagoon, Argostoli marina is less a marina and more a concrete ledge that skirts the town of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. Whilst there is an official marina in the area, it has long since fallen into disrepair (although it is now in the hands of a private developer, so there is hope).
Whilst there aren’t toilet or laundry facilities as part of the marina, being yards from the town has obvious advantages: all the usual amenities can be found in the town and shops and restaurants are all within easy reach for even the laziest sailor.
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands in Greece, and is a busy tourist destination – particularly in the northern hemisphere summer, when temperatures are very dependably over 25 degrees and there are a myriad of beaches to explore. The island houses a famous ruined castle of St George, but, being an island of strategic importance for the Med, most of the buildings were destroyed in World War II (notably, the island was the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), or, afterwards, in an earthquake in 1953.
The area of Argostoli is a designated nature park – if you’re lucky (or even if you’re not) you’ll spot one of the wild turtles who enjoy the shallow waters of the Argostoli lagoon, or spot one of the colourful or rare birds who are afforded particular reverence. Argostoli has a decent range of shopping, eating and drinking destinations and is delightfully not overrun with tourists (there is no direct bus link to Kefalonia airport from here).
Things to see and do
Aside from the ancient castle, which is now over 1600 years old, there are many natural wonders to enjoy on the island – you can climb high to get excellent views over the Ionian, or, better, head underground, where there are all manner of caves (with colourful stalagmites and stalactites), breath-taking underground lakes, and even swallow holes which go right under the island (water takes about two weeks to get through them).
If finding a beautiful beach is more your thing, then there’s also a number of great places to park your towel in the area, and there’s naturally an amazing sunset to be observed on the clear horizon if you find the right place to sit.
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Where to Sail
There’s a wealth of places to set sail for from Kefalonia – whether heading northwards via Lefkas, Paxos and taking in some culture in historic Corfu, southwards to glorious and beautiful Zakynthos and onwards to Kalamata (where you’ll find the best olives in Greece!), or East to Patras and the Greek mainland.
Even staying closer to home, there’s enough to explore around Kefalonia, with Poros and Sami and Fiskardo offering appealing overnight options with very little sailing to do in-between.
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Getting to the Marina
Argostoli is only 8km from Kefalonia airport, but is curiously not linked by public transport. It is possible to walk to the marina, but we’d recommend getting a private transfer – the journey only takes about twenty minutes, and we can arrange taxi’s or minibuses for you – please just ask when booking.