the second largest community in Kefalonia after Argostoli
and is the capital of the small Paliki peninsula. The town
has a small port with a ferry line with services to Argostoli
(in the season every half hour) that is used for vehicles
under five tons. Other services are in summer to Patras and
Killini on the mainland. There is a Square by the port and
it is surrounded on three sides by Cafes, bars and small
tavernas. It is a short stroll from the promenade where the
ferry arrives and you can sit with a coffee awaiting your
return crossing in comfort.
Lixouri can be reached by either driving around the coast road, about a 30-40
minute drive, or by taking the ferry from the island's capital, Argostoli across
the gulf, about 15 minutes sailing time.
Most of the town was destroyed in the 1953 earthquake, although there are a few
public buildings still preserved in their pre-1953 condition, the Tipaldon-Lakovaton
public library and Museum being one of them. Lixouri is not as busy as Argostoli,
with a relaxed atmosphere; it is certainly worth exploring this part of the island.
Bring the car over with you on the ferry; it is then a very easy drive to some
very nice beaches, XI being probably one of the best. I had a very pleasant trip
on the ferry across the gulf, I then returned along the very scenic coast road
to finish a wonderful trip.
Be warned, returning this way is not for the fainthearted, as it is a winding
road that needs great care, particularly as in places there are no barriers and
you are just inches from some very sensational drops to the right. You can of
course drive from Argostoli hugging the mountainside and then return by ferry.
Islanders do advise that the safest way around the island is to drive clockwise,
thus always being mountainside, although not always possible this is very good
advice to take.
I actually enjoy driving on these dramatic roads, although I would not recommend
them to inexperienced or nervous drivers. On my visits to the island each year
I notice more new barriers on various main roads, which are getting safer.
my return visit in 2007 I found that the Lixouri side of
the Island has had a steady increase in tourism. At the
moment it does not seem to have any detrimental effect
to this side of the Paliki peninsula, as most of the villas
and apartment have been built inland. I spent some time
on Xi beach and I am pleased to say that it has not changed
since by previous visit in 2005.