Fiskardo is an incredibly attractive village on the northern tip of Kefalonia set among rugged hills covered in cypress trees and olive groves. At its heart is an exceptionally pretty harbour where Kefalonian fishing boats moor alongside the luxury yachts of the wealthy summer visitors. If you are up early enough, you can buy the catch of the day. Later, find a cafe and relax with a drink while you look out for celebrities – many like to moor up here. Beach lovers will appreciate the sheltered coves in and around Fiskardo. For history fans, you can walk to the Venetian lighthouse at the entrance to the inlet. The views towards neighbouring islands, Ithaka and Lefkas are wonderful from here and the many walking trails in the area.
Local markets and shopping
Fiskardo has all you need to stock up for your villa holiday. There are 3 supermarkets with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, frozen goods and alcohol including good Kefalonian wines. The 2 bakeries in Fiskardo sell delicious fresh bread and cakes, and the cheese and spinach pies are perfect for picnics. You can also buy designer sunglasses, sandals and clothes if you need to add to your holiday wardrobe. Closer to your villa, many of the local villages also have a few small shops for daily essentials.
Bars and restaurants
You must have at least one meal at a taverna in the picturesque setting of Fiskardo harbour. There's an excellent selection of smart restaurants here overlooking the yachts. Come evening, there's a lively atmosphere with local wine and cocktails on offer. The menus focus on the Greek classics such as lamb kleftiko and stifado, and of course there is always fresh fish on the menu. Most of the villages in the countryside surrounding Fiskardo also have a taverna or two. Dinner is often accompanied by lively Grecian music and dancing for the full rural experience.
The beaches in northern Kefalonia tend to be small, sheltered pebble coves surrounded by trees. A few of our favourites with the convenience of a taverna are: Emblisi Beach, Foki Bay, and Aghia Jerusalem. If you prefer a sand beach, try Alaties beach. There are many other beaches which can be accessed by boat or on foot and a couple you might like to discover are Dafnoudi and Kimilia. The extra effort makes them tranquil, hidden spots where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. One of the most beautiful destinations on Kefalonia is Myrtos Beach, a long curve of beach and brilliant turquoise water.
The action tends to revolve around the beaches and water in Kefalonia. A great selection of water sports including jet skiing, kayaking and donuts are available at Antisamos, just under an hour's drive away. Locally, you could try scuba diving or opt for a boat trip from Fiskardo harbour. Join a leisurely cruise or why not be your own skipper for the day? There are also daily trips to neighbouring island Ithaca.
Places of interest
Activities in Kefalonia, whether on land or sea, are very much focused on enjoying the landscape and panoramas. A combination of geography, history and natural beauty make this a walker’s paradise and, in the area surrounding Fiskardo, there are wonderful walks. They make excellent use of the network of donkey tracks and footpaths that still link the now ruined villages and hamlets. Pack a picnic and follow them through woodland and across headlands. The village of Assos is well worth a visit for its picturesque village and harbour lined with a small selection of tavernas. If you're feeling active you can take the steep journey up to Assos Castle, an old Venetian fortress where you'll be rewarded with stunning views.