Lixouri (Kefalonia)

Lixouri: Pantokrator Church

Lixouri: Pantokrator Church

Set on the gentle slopes of the Paliki/Pali peninsula, Lixouri began as a farming settlement. The fertile soils still yield plenty of grain, grapes and olives. The town is divided by a river, the halves linked by small bridges (it’s not a very big river)!

It’s a traditional looking place, though like many in the Ionian, more modern than appearances suggest. The earthquake in 1953 finished of most buildings that had survived the previous quake in 1867. The rebuilding has been tastefully done, with wide streets and small squares home to plenty of cafes, restaurants and statues.

The Lixouri-ites seem to like their statues and you’ll find plenty honouring local achievers. These include the bronze statue of Andreas Laskaratos, a famous Greek poet and satirist (and old drinking pal of Lord Byron apparently), that greets you as you enter harbour.

Lixouri once aspired to be the capital of Kefalonia. It did attract the headquarters of the Bureau of Sanitation from Argostoli for a period around 1800 but that was as far as it went.

If you do want to visit the capital, there are frequent ferries across the gulf to Argostoli. Journey time is about 20 minutes.

Now a popular holiday destination, the town has a certain bustle and you’ll find plenty of shops, banks and a post office. There aren’t many sights to see; a few impressive churches and the restored Typaldos – Iakovato mansion. This houses an impressive library and the Typaldos-Iakovatos Museum.

Don’t be deterred by the short list of things to do. Lixouri isn’t a centre of huge cultural or architectural significance, or for wild parties. More a place to relax and stroll around, stopping of course for the odd coffee, beer or home made ice cream.

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