While you can definitely find hustle and bustle on Kefalonia, Lixouri is a place to just hang, relax and explore the beaches during the day.
Getting to Lixouri couldn't have been easier. I took one of the morning ferries from the capital city of Argostoli and thirty minutes later was dropped of at the port in Lixouri. From here I decided to set off on foot and explore a little. The harbor area is quite nice, and there are a few cafes and restaurants to grab a bite in. One thing you'll notice right away is the difference between Argostoli and Lixouri. While Argostoli is hectic and fast paced, Lixouri was a breath of fresh air. Even in the harbor area things just seemed to move at a slower, more deliberate pace. Exactly what I was looking for.
With the harbor at my back, and the sea on my right, I continued walking until I reached Plateia Petritsi. This was a great place to hang out for a couple hours and relax. Surrounded by restaurants, and traditional Greek cafes, this seems to be the place for the locals to gather and discuss the days events. I grabbed myself a coffee, pulled out my journal, and just took it all in. The sun was out, the mothers were all chit-chatting, and the kids were hard at play. Another perfect day in Greece.
From Plateia Petritsi I wandered around a bit just checking out the town. While Lixouri doesn't really offer any ancient buildings to marvel at, due to a devastating earthquake which took most everything down in 1953, there is a bit of charm to the architecture and layout of the town. Feeling a bit hungry I popped into one of the little family run restaurants in town for a little lunch. As with most restaurants in Lixouri the owner and his family greeted me and made me feel like part of their family. I sat back for a leisurely lunch consisting of a great bottle of local white wine, some assorted olives dressed with a local olive oil, a small salad, and a delicious chicken that was stuffed with feta, and braised in a spicy tomato sauce. Absolute heaven.
Overly full on chicken and wine I decided to walk the twenty minutes to the Iakovatios Library. This looks less like a library, and more like the inside of some wealthy family home with a beautiful book collection. There were little book shelves scattered around the inside of the library filled with books dating all the way back to the 16th century. In addition to the books on the first floor, there's also a small museum upstairs sporting paintings, furniture, and other treasures belonging to the Tipaldos family.
Tired after a full day I headed back to my room for a shower and a bit of a rest. Lixouri has a number of great beaches, and I planned on getting up early enough in the morning to check them out.