Resort Guide to Fiscardo Kefalonia
Much loved by yacht owners, artists, celebrities, well-heeled visitors from Italy and holidaymakers alike, Fiscardo is one of Kefalonia’s most charming and elegant destinations. It is the northernmost town on the island and is a port (and fishing town) that offers ferry routes out to Ithaca ports of Lefkada and Frikes. It is beloved by artists for its Venetian buildings painted in pastel colors and the historic tavernas that look out over the water, not to mention the charms of the local fisherman who remain there despite the rising prices brought on by the influx of wealthy visitors. Fiscardo managed to avoid the brunt of the destruction brought on by the 1953 earthquake in comparison with other towns and villages and consequently retains a great deal of original Venetian architecture – which is why it is so popular in summer (sometimes a little too popular!) Many people choose to visit rather than stay in Fiscardo (as the hotels there are very expensive), and there are some fantastic restaurants and tavernas along the waterfront, with The Captain’s Cabin and Faros often described as the best restaurants on the island. Even a coffee in a waterfront café is a delight – sitting in the sun watching the fishermen get their nets ready for their next trip out to sea.
Fiscardo is packed with things to see and do. A lot of people head to Fiscardo for the shopping alone, with seemingly endless backstreets of tiny gift shops, craft shops, tavernas and cafes round every corner. The streets are gorgeous to walk around and simply window-shop as they are lined both sides with the traditional Kefalonian 18th century buildings, balconies, tiled roofs and grapevines. The harbor walk is a must-see too and if you follow the headland around from the harbor you will eventually come to a small but delightful beach. For those people after a bit of history there are a couple of old buildings to explore. Follow steps from the harbor up to the Panagia of Platiteras Church and Monastery and explore a wonderful area that was left untouched by the 1953 earthquake. Additionally you can spend some time admiring the ruins of an ancient Byzantine church and its remaining Venetian architecture. Another trip worth making is over to the Lighthouse of Cape Fiscardo. This gorgeous old lighthouse was built in 1892 and stands proudly on a sliver of land that juts out into the sea. Lastly, check out the harbor museum that has a fascinating display depicting how the village has changed over the last few years.
If you want to head out and about then there are some stunning spots near to Fiscardo as the west coast of Kefalonia is well known for having the most impressive beaches and landscape. Heading south from Fiscardo (probably in a hire car) you’ll get to Assos village which features one of Greece’s most picturesque ports as well as a stunning Venetian fortress and row upon row of pastel painted Venetian buildings. Further on you’ll get to Myrtos beach, the most spectacular beach in all of Greece and consistently voted into the top ten of best beaches in the world thanks to its white sand, turquoise sea and surrounding tall cliffs. Further still you’ll discover a seemingly endless choice of untouched and picturesque beaches and coves, most of which you can have all to yourself.
Finally, while in Fiscardo it is worth taking the opportunity to hire a boat or go out on a boat tour for the day as the stretch of water between Fiscardo and Ithaca is something you will never forget. A tour is preferable as they will be able to guide you around all the hidden sea coves and caves, point out all the marine life, from octopi to the resident monachus monachus to all the usual Mediterranean fish (at least the ones that haven’t been wiped out by overfishing!)
If you can afford to stay there Fiscardo is the perfect Kefalonia town. If you can’t then make sure you visit at least once during your stay.