Setting for the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’
Cruise lines visiting Argostoli include Fred Olsen, Holland America, Princess Cruises and MSC.
Cruises to Argostoli in Kefalonia (Cefalonia), the largest Ionian Island, will allow those of you familiar with the film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ to visit some of the film locations, particularly if you take one of the cruise line excursions.
These normally include a scenic drive in to the mountains and forests surrounding Argostoli, visiting the Melissani or the Drogarati Caves and the village of Sami, one of the towns used in the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Smaller cruise ships moor up next to a new concrete pier that reaches out in the Argostoli Bay, allowing you to disembark and walk into Argostoli within a few minutes. Larger ships moor up in the bay and tender ashore.
It is a very peaceful area and there are lovely views of the surrounding mountains and forests, so staying on board would not be a chore.
When you get off the ship, watch out for Loggerhead turtles which live in the bay and can be seen from the pier.
Turtle spotting can take a while, don’t linger too long though, as the town shuts between 2pm and 5pm.
Our advice is to head for the town first, before doing any leisurely strolling.
Argostoli is an easy town to walk around but is disappointingly modern having been rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953 which destroyed the many Venetian buildings and many of the villages surrounding Argostoli.
There are a range of shops including tourist shops and the Archaeological Museum of Kefalonia.
The Archaeological Museum displays prehistoric to Roman antiquities from the Island of Cephalonia including a collection of Mycenaean finds.
Once you’ve visited the town, walk along the bay and maybe stop for a drink in one of the cafes overlooking the water.
You can also cross the 650 metre long stone bridge, known as the Drapano Bridge.
About half way across you will come to a small pyramid called “Colona” (Column) which is dedicated to Charles de Bosset who built the bridge.
Spend some time on the bridge and keep your eyes open –this is another good place to look out for turtles.