The picturesque fishing village of Fiskardo is a beatiful spot on the northern coast of Kefalonia about 58 kms from Argostoli. It is set among rugged hills, cypress trees and olive groves. The small working harbour lined with restaurants, cafes and bars is overlooked by colourful traditional houses offering wonderful views across the water to the neighbouring islands of Ithaka and Lefkas. Colourful local fishing boats line the quayside making room for the visiting yachts during the summer months.
With stunning scenery, a wonderful atmosphere, easy access to local islands and an abundance of restaurants and cafes, Fiscado is a great place to stay.
The village itself has a bakery, bank, mini-markets and plenty of tavernas. In the immediate surrounding area there are wonderful walks, some of which have been planned by the local environmental group. Hiring a motor-boat for a few days is a pleasant change from driving and is the best way to find some otherwise inaccessible and secluded beaches. There are daily cruises to the nearby islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Skoropios and Ithaca.
The winding narrow streets of the village of Fiscado are wonderful to stroll through in the evenings, amidst the striking colours of Bougainvillea.
Some of the wonderful pastel coloured Venetian buildings overlook the fishermen preparing nets for their next trip. The L shaped waterfront of Fiskado is a mass of small boats tied along the quayside in front of the restaurants.
Sometimes described as a sleepy fishing village, in the summer Fiscardo becomes a bustling harbour where small sailing boats, motor boats, cruisers, yachts, fishing caiques and ferries all compete for space along the quayside.
The picturesque seaside settlement took its name from the Norman pirate Roberto Guiscardo who died there in 1085. The Venetians established their rule in Kefalonia during the middle of the 17th century and after 1700 Fiscardo became the commercial harbour to the whole Erissos area.
Although the 1953 earthquake destroyed much of the Ionian islands, the village of Fiscardo stayed almost intact and the village retains many original Venetian built buildings from the 18th century. With foresight the island’s governors issued strict building regulations to maintain the elegance of the Venetian architecture which lines Fiscardo’s deep horseshoe harbor.