Location of the Conference

ISVLSI 2010 conference will take place in the Conference Center of the mediterranean town of Lixourion in the Greek Island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. Kefalonia is considered as one of the most idyllic places to live according to FORBES 2008 magazine.

The home island of the ISVLSI 2010 conference has a long history since the bronze age. It belongs to the ancient Greek Kingdom of Odysseus (Ulysses) known from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

"Lixourion" (or "Lixouri") is the older town of the Kefallinia (or "Cephalonia", or "Kefalonia") and nowadays the second largest in size and population, after Argostoli the capital of the island. It is the municipality of the Palli (or "Palliki") peninsula.

Google maps for Lixourion (Kefalonia): here

Images of Kefalonia: here

15-day WEATHER FORECAST: here

for Travel (and Visas) and Accommodation information please visit the corresponding pages of ISVLSI 2010 website.

 


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Tourist Information

Exotic beaches, abundant greenery, subterranean lakes, spectacular caves, castles, monasteries, pine wooded mountains and unusual geological phenomena are more than enough for one to fall under the spell of this majestic island.

Mt. Ainos, spine of the island, is a unique mountain that has been proclaimed a Natural Forest with the aim of protecting a rare kind of fir. Exploring the densely wooded mountain is a unique experience. If you are lucky you may run into one of the famous Ainos wild horses. The island is packed with foreign holidaymakers in the summer. Fiscardo is teeming with yachts. The beaches are marvellous: Xi, Mirtos, Assos, Skala, Makris Gialos. Delightful boat trips turn to exciting explorations. There are dream-like lakes to discover: Avithos, Zervati, Melissani, Karavomilos. The traditional local cuisine is tantalizing.

Kefallonia – The hidden treasure of Greece

Kefallonia is a relatively new, economical, important and modern destination. It incorporates considerable cultural resources and its human reserve has special characteristics making the Kefallonians famous in the whole world. Every part of the island breams with remarkable natural beauty. Beaches with sand, pebbles and light blue sea, easy accessibility and good services recompense the visitors completely.

Kefallonia caters to everyone. Tranquillity for those who ask for it. Nightlife for the lovers of entertainment. Unknown, secret places for all who yearn exploring. Rich history and significant archaeological sites for those who care for civilization. Abundant

customs, legends and traditions for the wollowers of folklore. And above all, Kefallonia offers to everyone relaxations and gastronomical delight, pure beaches and lush surroundings, plenty of sensational, picturesque and surprising views.

The quality of hospitality provided by the tourist enterprises is high. The shops offer good products and services. The restaurants and the tavernas provide –except the Greek or local music- a great variety of excellent food, local tastes, drinks and sweets. The road network of the island is sufficient, while the public transport is quite frequent and in many places of the island there are offices where one can rent cars and bikes. An international airport is situated near the capital and many harbours serve the needs of the travellers.

The modern tourist face of Kefallonia is created by hospitality, cleanliness and safety and the island combines a rich mixture of culture, a fine combination of unique pure nature, sea and sun, and living conditions of high standard. That is why Kefallonia is the tourist choice of more and more visitors who, leaving the island promise themselves to return.

History

Cephalonia owes its name to the people from Western Greece, Cephalanes. It was first mentioned by Herodotus as "Cephalenia" and by Thucydides as "Tetrapolis" because of its four independent cities: Pali, Kranea, Sami, Proni. The Romans, the Normans, the Venetians, the Turks, the French, the Russians and the British successively ruled the island. A great part of the island was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1953 and was rebuilt.

Important archaeological finds were excavated near the village Mazarakata (8 km from Argostoli), at Lakithra, Metaxata, near Lixouri and at Kontogenada.

A visit to Argostoli

Argostoli, capital of the island, was rebuilt after the destructive earthquake in 1953. It is a nice town with wide streets, modern squares and many shops. The gulf of Argostoli is linked with Koutavo lagoon by the arched bridge Drepano. Touring the lagoon amid rich vegetation is enchanting. On the shores of Koutavos lagoon lie ruins of ancient Krani. The ancient aqueduct was built on the hill of the ancient city. The sunset from the lighthouse of Agii Theodori is idyllic. The area Fanari (2.5 km from Argostoli) boasts a rare geological phenomenon. The sea water from Katavothres runs into small deep holes, flows underground between the island's cracks and rocks to finally spring up on the eastern edge of the island near Sami.

The Archaeological and the Historic Folklore Museum in Argostoli are worth visiting.

You can buy honey, wine, "mandoles", "rozolia", tangerine liqueur and sophisticated embroideries.

There are many restaurants, taverns and bars.

A visit to Lixouri

Lixouri, capital of Paliki and the second largest town on the island, is on the western side of Paliki peninsula facing the Lassi peninsula. You car reach it by driving the 33Km from Argostoli, or by ferry-boat (sailing time 25 minutes). The farming community of "Lixouri" is first mentioned in 1534, in a written protest to the Venetian senate. In 1800, under the French occupation, Lixouri became the headquarters of the Bureau of Sanitation and the City Court, and this gave rist to hopes that it would become again capital of the island; Argostoli had been the capital since 1759. Naturally, a vendetta started up between the two towns which lasted for centuries, a few people may still be keeping it alive today.

Two violend earthquakes (January 23rd 1867 and August 12th 1953) completely demolished most of the old traditional houses. Although present day Lixouri may not look anything like the larger town of Argostoli, it does boast several important churches, lovely buildings, small traditional houses and flower-filled squares with picturesque coffee shops. Today's tourist will find modern accomodations, tavernas, nightclubs and immaculate beaches for swimming.

The Lixouri to Argostoli Ferry (approx. 25 minutes trip) costs 6 euros for a car and 2 passengers. As you enter the town, on your right stands the Lyceum building, with the fine statue of Stamos Petritsis, the work of the sculptor Bonanos. Continuing straing on, you cross one of the trhee bridges that once united the two sides of town. Under it is a dry river bed, which was in former times quite a rushing torrent. Among de Bosset's numerous public works was an elegant bridge, which the local wags facetiously dubbed "la Seine" just as they called Lixouri "little Paris". On the seaside road is Radicals' Square, with statues of three of the ten readical Parliamentary deputies who signed the resolution to unite the Ionian islands with Greece. But they are not the only statues and busts, which now grace the town's squares and parks. The bronze status of Andreas Laskaratos, a work of Apartis, welcomes visitors arriving by sea. Between the two jetties, fishermen tie their boats and caiques. In the main square above the harbor you can notice a huge poplar tree; according to I. Tsitselis, it was planted by Lixouri's first policeman after the celebrations on the occasion of unity with Greece in 1864! Kefalonians are "masters" of sweetmeats, among them mandoles, rozolia and Lixouri's koulouria.

 

 

 

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