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Visit Fiscardo - Kefalonia

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THE place for outdoor activities and watersports!

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Walking around Fiscardo

There is a big sign-posted network of hiking trails in Fiskardo (or Fiscardo), in Kefalonia island. In total, there are three sign-posted trails of 850, 4,7 and 10km. While walking these paths, one can enjoy all the landscapes of the peninsula, as well as to discover the cultural secrets, that no car can access! These paths have the advantage that they can easily be accessed even in summer, since they are largely covered by dense shade, thanks to the forests of cypresses, of pine and of strawberry trees.

 

A wonderful way to learn the basics of Scuba diving. Qualified PADI instructors take you through theory and training. You will then make your first dive and experience the exhilaration of breathing underwater. The course takes around three hours to complete and costs €50 Euro. This includes approximately 30 minutes theory, 30 minutes training, the trip on the Fiskardo Divers dive boat and your first dive in the sea!

If you require more details or wish to make a booking, please contact the reception.

Diving in Ioanian Seas

Water Sports and More..

Yaughting Boat hire Kayaking and cruising

There is a fleet of new boats to hire in Fiscardo. Ideal for finding your own secluded cove or even crossing the narrow channel to explore the neighbouring island of Ithaca.
There are countless bays and coves not accessible by car so it is possible to find your own secluded beach and relax in privacy, away from the crowds.
Although there are plenty of small coves within easy reach of Fiscardo. The more adventurous seafarers might like to cross the channel to Ithaca, tie up in the miniature harbour of Ancient Polis and perhaps walk up to the village of Stavros for lunch or a coffee.

 

You have also the option to participate in organized one day cruises: From the village of Agia Efimia, you can take the beautiful Ithaca Cruise and the 3-Island Cruise. The cruises start at 09.00 in the morning and return around 18.00 in the afternoon. Both the cruises are a beautiful way to see the nearby islands of Ithaca, Meganisi, Scorpios (Onassis Island) and Lefkas. Ithaca is the island and birthplace of Odysseas. There is a cafeteria on board with drinks and snacks/sandwiches at very competitive rates, so there is no need to take food or drinks with you. The boat also stops for lunch for one and half hour on both the Ithaca and the 3 Island Cruise. The cruises are on from Monday until Sunday and you will find the exact days and co more information, do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone.

 

Kayaking is also another activity which you could enjoy at Fiscardo:

Itinerary: Emplyssi – Fiskardo – Foki – Evreti (round trip)
Kayaking Distance: 6-7 nautical miles
Duration: 5-6 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy (in the usual weather conditions)
We launch from the secluded cove of Emplyssi and we kayak south along the coast. After a while, we reach Fiskardo, a picturesque village that was left untouched by the 1953 earthquake. The traditional houses and the abundant signs of an aristocratic past make it simply unique.
We continue kayaking to Phoki, a colourful little bay with crystal clear waters and a forest of cypress trees covering the surrounding slopes. After a while we reach the Evreti bay, where we paddle over 2 wrecked caiques and we stop for swimming, snorkeling and lunch.
After lunch we can either paddle straight back to Emplyssi or extend our paddling and visit the little islet of Dhaskalio, the Homeric ‘Asteris’ where Penelope’s suitors set up the ambush to Ulysses sun, Telemachus. Especially worth the visit on the spring when it is a seagull rookery.
We finish back in Emplyssi beach.

Fiscardonna can supply its guests with modern Kayaks for hire at a very low price. Please contact the reception.

FiscarDonna operates at its basement a luxury butique (Sabia). With carefully selected items from every corner of the globe, Sabia has something for everyone; from Italian leather bags and Asian silk shawls to French haute couture and beautiful, local hand-made jewellery. It is this wonderful collection of inspiring items, along with the famed Greek hospitality and charm that one received the moment they walk into Sabia that makes it what it is – a magical place for all to enjoy. Our guests have a 10% discount.

There also many other shops in Fiscardo from which you can select clothes, suvenirs, accesuars or Cephalonia traditional delicasies.

Shopping in Kefalonia

Kefalonia Restaurant's Goodies

There is a great number of restaurants offering European, local and Asian food. Fiscardo tends to get very busy and it may be advisable to book a table for your evening meal. Fiscardonna Luxury Suites operates its own Café Restaurant (Café Tselenti) voted as one of the best in Cephalonia by Trip Advisor.

Café Tselenti has an extensive menu and caters for all tastes, including the traditional Greek dishes such as Eleni’s home made  Mousaka and Soutzoukakia ( greek meatballs in a fresh herby tomato sauce) Many various dishes are avaialbe on the menu. And Eleni boasts all are the very best freshly cooked  home made dishes! There are numerous salads, including a Blue cheese salad, or the wonderful Prawn and avocado salad. Fresh fish of the day is also availble.
Delight in Eleni’s home made desserts, Apple pie (With Baileys), Fresh Strawberry cheesecake, Lime and Lemon Torte, Crepes ice creams  and far more! The evening menu changes and you will find even more tantalizing dishes to make your evening a memorable one!

The elegance of the past can be captured in the ambience of the restaurant, day or evening, when one may hear the sound of music drifting out of the building, capturing the atmosphere of Fiscardo. Minas has the most interesting selection of classical as well as music from around the world, together with an impressive sound system the scene is set.
After the sunset the mood changes to one of romance and warmth.The bar has a D.J. with an extensive collection of jazz music and an almost exhaustive collection of rock music, from the mid 50’s Rock & Roll and Urban rhythm and blues to today’s alternative rock and Indie music. There is music for everyone’s tastes!

The Tselenti building is a historic house that has been owned by the Tselentis family since 1893. Its business may have started as a Cafe but it is now a cafe, bar and restaurant. Contact Minas and Eleni Tselenti (26740 4134). FidcarDona’s guests have a 10% discount.

Some other well known restaurants and Cafés are listed below:

The Lagoudera grill house specialises in grilled chicken and pork. (26740 41275)

Irida Cafe is the restaurant serving Greek and international cuisine. Specialising in lobster and sea-food dishes (26740 41328 and 26740 41343)

Tasia’s taverna is one of the oldest restaurants in Fiskardo. Tassia Dendrinou has not only published her own recipe book – she now hosts a Greek national cookery programme. She still has time to do a vast amount of cooking and has catered for some celebrity guests such as Tom Hanks. (26740 41205)
The Captains Cabin is a long-established restaurant with a a nautical theme. The 250 year old converted sea captain’s house is situated in the harbour facing the lighthouse. Try the Kefalonian meat pie. (26740 41007)

The Panormos Taverna is owned and run by Andreas Charitos. The taverna is along the coast from the harbour, set apart from the restaurants in Fiscarcardo that cluster round the port. Situated above and beside the Roman excavations and near the small Fiscardo beach, the taverna is close for those mooring their dinghies on the beach and offers wonderful views and local home-cooking. (26740 41203)

Nicholas Taverna is a spacious taverna in an elevated position with plenty of parking spaces on the Fournias peninsula of Fiscardo towards the lighthouses. It is the last building out of Fiscardo in this direction and has wonderful views taking in the whole of Fiscardo harbour. They have Greek dancing on Friday nights in high season.

Alexis Restaurant and Cafe Bar offers Greek and Italian cuisine with local speialities, fresh fish and grilled specialities as well as sea-food mezes. Mr Kyriakos Ferentinos (26740 41212)

Lord Falcon is a new Thai restaurant which opened in 2007 in one of the lanes in Fiscardo.

Vasso Restaurant is one of the more upmarket restaurants in Fiscardo and is situated next to the supermarket Archontiko in the harbour with seats right above the water. The restaurant specialises in international cuisine, mediterranean specialities and fresh fish. Telephone 26740 41271

FAROS

The Faros (light house) was built at 1892 and is based a few minutes walk from the port of Fiscardo. The lighthouse has a hight of 27m. Close to the lighthouse there is the old light house built through Venetian times.

Norman ruines -Byzantine basilica

 Besides the beauty of the village of Fiskardo in the north of the island, that attracts also many sailors, and a special mention is for the Norman ruins that are located at the tip of the peninsula.
In a wild area there are the remains of a church, probably built in the eleventh century to house the tomb of Guiscard (the Norman leader who gave his name to the village of Fiskardo), and two watch towers with the foundations of a Venetian lighthouse..

Nautical and Environmental Museum

The Nautical and Environmental Museum in Fiskardo is the result of various collaborative projects  aimed at the preservation of the island’s natural inheritance, as well as the promotion of environmental awareness in the general public. Since its inception, the museum remains vital thanks to the continued cooperation of local authorities and devoted volunteers.

Daskalio Island

This small islet is located between Kefalonia and Ithaca. It is rumored to be the location where the suitors of Penelope, Odysseus’ queen, waited to ambush her son, Telemachus.

Byzantine Church

Near the lighthouses there are the ruins of an old Byzantine church, dated sometime between the 6th and 12th centuries. It is about half an hour walk by the sea and under the shadow of pine trees, from Fiscardona

Roman Cemetery

The Roman cemetery of Fiskardo was discovered in 1993 and dates back to the Christian Era (II-IV century AD).

During the excavations have been discovered 47 tombs and you think that the cemetery is much more extensive and continues under the current coastal road.

There are different types of tombs:

– in tiles (the dead lying in a pit above to a layer of tiles and it is also covered)

– burial jar (they are very large ceramic pots used as burials of infants and children)

– rectangular tombs which include a pillow stone

– monumental tombs (actual rooms even with the door in stone)

– sarcophagi (made by a single piece of stone)

I found two sarcophagi and the sides have representations in relief Hell, one shows the abduction of Persephone.

Many of the graves are found whole families were buried together, and in some, the most sought after, were also found objects such as mirrors, earrings, bracelets, vases, coins and much more.

Roman Theater

Don't forget to visit the unique in Greece roman theater. It is the only small Roman theater that has been discovered in Greece. It is at the entrance of Fiscardo.

The Greek Ministry of Culture announced in April 2007 that a roman era theatre and tomb had been unearthed in Fiscardo, Kefalonia. The tomb was complete with jewelry, pottery, and bronze offerings.

This discovery on Kefalonia is the first such find on an island in the Ionian Sea – and Greek experts believe that this may suggest a previously unknown route between the two ancient cultures of Greece and Italy.

Located in Fiscardo adjacent to the newly built Fiscardo Bay Hotel, the newly found site measures 26 feet by 20 feet. The find contains five burials, including a large vaulted grave and a stone sarcophagus.

The Associated Press reported that the archaeologists also found gold earrings, rings, and leaves that may have been attached to ceremonial clothing, as well as glass and clay vases, bronze artifacts decorated with masks, a bronze lock, and copper coins.

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