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Lixouri is Kefalonia's second city. The town is the second largest settlement of Kefalonia after the capital of the island, Argostoli. It has a population of about 3000 inhabitants.
Built near the ancient town of Pali or Paliokastro it is the capital of the Paliki Peninsula. Lixouri is famous not for it's prettiness but for it's people, considered as friendly, fun loving, singers, big hearted and original.
The Paliki peninsula is lower and much flatter than the rest of the island with gentle hills and clay soil which makes for excellent farming. This area produces vast amounts of grain, olive oil, wine and vegetables.
The waterfront and harbour area can be busy especially in the summer months with tourists and locals using the two ferry boats which transport all types of vehicles and people on foot over to Argostoli, a journey of 20 minutes or so. The ferries are every half an hour in high season and seem to pass each other midway. They are reasonably priced and very reliable with English speaking crew.
To travel to Argostoli over land would take around an hour. The route is very scenic and flat until you reach the livadi area then you have to climb up to the cliff road, this route gives you some great panoramic. views across the whole region.
Most of Lixouri was destroyed by the earthquake of 1953, it has since been rebuilt with wide streets, spacious squares and many sights worth seeing.
The restored mansion of Typaldos - Iakovatos, is one of the few buildings that survived the earthquake. From 1982 to 1984 the Ministry of Culture restored the building.
Today it houses the Public Library of Lixouri and the Typaldos-Iakovatos Museum. Inside you can admire the wood paneled ceilings and see the collection of old manuscript gospels, furniture and portable icons. The surrounding property is used for outdoor programs and performances.
If you fancy sightseeing around the two main towns of the island then this can be done in a day. You could visit the main attractions in Argostoli, have a spot of lunch in one of the many tavernas then hop onto the ferry and carry on your explorations in Lixouri, followed by evening dinner along the waterfront. The ferries work from early in the morning through to late in the evening, so transportation shouldn't be a problem to you. Both towns look impressive in the darkness from the water with their lights shining brightly, shimmering on the rippling water.
The people of Lixouri are known for their love of music, with the Philharmonic school of Pali, based here, being one of the oldest and most important in Greece. They are also famous for their marching bands.
Festivals are organized on the lively main square which is surrounded by various cafes, taverns, bars.
The town offers accommodation, and if you wish to stay in a town environment and find Argostoli is too chaotic then Lixouri may be the quieter option.
As you wander through the town you will see statues of eminent local figures in the town, such as the poet Andreas Laskaratos, the freedom-fighter Georgios Typaldos-Iakovatos, IIias Miniatis, Bishop of Kerkini and Kalavrita..Stamos Petritis, a doctor and local benefactor.
The famous bronze statue of satirical poet Andreas Laskaratos stands proudly on the quay, posing with his back turned towards Argostoli and the rest of Kefalonia, a sign of the two towns feud. This dates back to 1757 when the Venetians moved the capital of the island which was St Georges castle to Argostoli which was back then just a small port. Lixouri locals saw this move as an insult to their town as Lixouri was developing strongly at the time.
Although being a town good beaches can be found quite close by. A car /bike is an advantage in order to make getting around easier. You can find the beaches of Mega Lakkos, Lepedes and Xi which are all safe, sandy and great for a swim. For more information on these beaches see the beach guide.

 
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