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Lixouri lies on the Lixouri Peninsula across the water from Argostoli, the principle town of Kefalonia. The transfers from the airport involve a ferry crossing and take two hours. In common with most of Kefalonia, much of Lixouri was destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1953 and very little remains of its once graceful Venetian buildings. Lixouri is a quiet resort with an authentic Greek atmosphere where relaxation is the order of the day. The range of tavernas and restaurants provide a variety of food and cater for most tastes. If the limited number of shops is insufficient, Argostoli is only a short ferry ride away. The best beach is just over a mile from the centre. A Lixouri holiday will suit those looking for lazy days on the beach followed by relaxing evenings with a little sightseeing thrown in for good measure.
The Lixouri Peninsula never seems to be overcrowded and the whole atmosphere is one of relaxation where holidaymakers can forget the stresses of life back home. Lixouri has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and its tavernas and restaurants serve a variety of cuisine catering for all tastes. Sandy beaches in the area are perfect for lazy days soaking up the sun and in the evening there are bars and tavernas where you can while away the hours under the stars.
Lixouri is essentially a family resort, popular with couples as well as those who have young children. Families will find safe sandy beaches suitable for children and weak swimmers.
The Lixouri holiday season lasts from April until October when the temperature ranges from twenty to thirty degrees. Summer is the most popular time to visit the island.
Lixouri, on the peninsula opposite Argostoli, is a quiet town with an authentic Greek atmosphere. There are many villages on the peninsula that remain untouched by the influx of tourism and continue with their traditional way of life. Although Lixouri is the second largest town in Kefalonia, it remains a relaxed place with a slow pace of life. Lixouri offers a range of accommodation that caters for most budgets and tavernas and restaurants that provide for most tastes. The main square in the town is a hub of activity with shops, bars and tavernas around three sides of its perimeter. The shaded pavement cafes offer refreshing drinks and respite from the heat while people-watching.
The Lepeda beach with its reddish sand is considered to be the best in the area and is a couple of kilometres away from the centre of Lixouri. The gentle slope and the shallow water make it popular with families with young children. Other beaches in the area offer water sports.
A Lixouri holiday offers a relaxing break in picturesque surroundings, bathed in the warm glow of sunshine and Greek hospitality.
Lixouri nightlife is fairly understated, reflecting its popularity with families and couples, with entertainment provided by the bars and tavernas. Those wishing for livelier evenings will find two discos on the edge of the town where dancing continues until the early hours of the morning.
Although Lixouri shopping is fairly limited, it matters little, as a pleasant half hour ferry ride will take you to the capital Argostoli where there are shops galore. Lixouri shops provide holiday essentials and there are the usual numbers of gift and souvenir shops as well as a few clothes and shoe shops. Popular purchases include ceramics, jewellery, handmade lace, embroidered linens, leather goods and soaps made from olive oil.
Lixouri has tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants providing a range of food to accommodate most tastes. Fish plays an important part in the island’s diet and small fried fish, shellfish and kalimari are firm favourites. Lamb and chicken are used most commonly in meat dishes.
Local wines, including the famous Robolla, are easy on the palate as well as the purse.
Eating in Kefalonia is meant to be an unhurried pleasure, so please don’t mistake the relaxed attitude of waiters for tardy service.