Faros (lighthouse) was built in 1892 and it’s just a few minutes on foot from the port of Fiscardo. The lighthouse has a height of 27m. Close to the lighthouse there is the old lighthouse which was built during the Venetian times.
Norman Ruins - Byzantine Basilica
In the north tip of the island, a special mention must be done for the Norman ruins. In a wild area, visitors may find 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 of the general public. Since its inception, the museum remains vital thanks to the continued cooperation of local authorities and devoted volunteers.
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.
Near the lighthouses there are the ruins of an old Byzantine church, dated sometime between the 6th and 12th century. Departing from our hotel it is about half an hour walk by the sea and under the shade of pine trees.
The Roman cemetery of Fiskardo was discovered in 1993 and dates back to the Christian era (II-IV century AD).
During the excavations 47 tombs were discovered and it is believed that the cemetery extends further even beneath the current coastal road.
Several types of tombs can be seen:
– in tiles (the deceased lying in a pit above to a layer of tiles)
– burial jars (they are very large ceramic pots used as tombs for infants & children)
– rectangular tombs which include a pillow stone
– monumental tombs (actual rooms even with a stone door)
– sarcophagi (tombs made by a single piece of stone)
Many of the graves are family graves were whole families were buried together, and in some of them, several items have been found such as mirrors, earrings, bracelets, vases, coins and more.
Don’t forget to visit the only roman theater that can be found in Greece located at the entrance of Fiscardo!
This roman era theatre and tomb were discovered in April of 2007. The tomb was full of jewelry, pottery and bronze offerings. This discovery is the first of its kind on an Ionian island and Greek experts believe that this may suggest a previously unknown route between the two ancient cultures of Greece and Italy. 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.