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Fiscardo Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest Island in Greece’s Ionian sea, with a mountainous interior covered in pine and cypress forests. It is a landscape made famous by Louis de Berniere’s book ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ (and the film version starring Nicholas Cage) and, as you sail around the Island, impressive mountain scenery will be your backdrop.

The Island’s interior is well worth exploring by bike, car or jeep, all of which are available to rent in Fiscardo. Kefalonia has, at various times, been in Roman, Norman, Pisan, Turkish, Venetian, French and English hands and was occupied for a time by the Italians. Now Kefalonia is Greek, although there remains a definite Italian feel.

Fiscardo, located on the north-eastern tip of the island, and marked by an impressive Venetian lighthouse on the north side of the bay, is one of the few villages to have survived the 1953 earthquake almost unscathed and its 19th Century Italianate architecture remains intact.

Fiscardo itself is a gem of a seaside town, with much to appeal to the visiting sailor. It’s quite the place to see and be seen, sometimes referred to by some as ‘Kensington by the Sea’. In summer it is very popular and moorings can be in short supply as sailors throng the shops, boutiques, tavernas and nightclubs of the pretty harbour. The Captain’s Cabin on the waterfront is something of a yachtsman’s gathering place for early evening drinks, while Herodotus and the Garden Taverna come recommended for their delicious food.

Fiscardo is a good place from which to explore the fortresses, monasteries, museums and hiking trails of the northern part of the island. It is also within easy reach of some wonderful snug and secluded coves with crystal clear waters , ideal to anchor for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and navel contemplation. You might even figure out the meaning of life...as been drawing visitors from
 

 

Mooring:

  • Berth stern or bows-to on the town quay where possible. 
  • There is a pontoon run by Tassia’s Taverna on the west side of the harbour.
  • When the quay is full, anchor and take a long line to the shore on the north side, keeping well clear of the ferry berth.
  • The bottom is sand, mud and weed with a few scattered rocks, holding is good once through the weed.

To Do:

  • Climb up to the Venetian lighthouse for fabulous views
  • Hire a motorbike, car or jeep and explore the interior of the island. 
  • Visit the ruins of a Palaeolithic settlement and Byzantine church

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Fuel
  • Provisions