A small village in the north of Kefalonia, Fiskardo is the perfect place for couples and families alike. Holidays here offer picture-perfect views of the surrounding forested hills, crystal clear waters and old Venetian buildings – all drenched in Greek sunshine. While Fiskardo’s chilled out restaurants suit the laid back atmosphere here, you will find plenty of exciting activities during your stay. Diving is popular from the shores of Fiskardo and you’ll be able to learn how from qualified instructors. Those who want to kick back and relax while on holiday, can do so on beautiful beaches, in therapeutic spas and on boats cruising through the Mediterranean Sea.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 35m
When to go
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The island's natural beauty is the main reason so many tourists flock to Kefalonia, and Fiskardo is a serene and secluded base to explore it from. Book some day trips and visit the spectacular cave on Lake Melissani, which you enter through an underground passage before exploring by boat. Drogarathi Cave is another fascinating display of natural beauty.
The 19th-century lighthouse of Saint Theodori, located on a peninsula north of Argostoli, is one of the many landmarks worth visiting. Those interested in Byzantine history should visit the Monastery of Kipoureon, as well as the Castle of Saint George, located on a hill overlooking Peratata village.
Many believe Myrtos beach to be the most stunning beach on the island. Within easy reach from Fiskardo, you can spend blissful days lounging in the sun and enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Wine and Dine
Mediterranean cuisine is famous for being both delicious and healthy, so holidays to Fiskardo will inevitably entail culinary adventures! Sample the delicious olive oils and the locally produced wines - the locals are very proud of them.
Only 11 restaurants can be found throughout the harbour area of Fiskardo, creating a serene atmosphere and an air of intimacy. Another restaurant is located on the hill overlooking the village. Many different European cuisines can be found, as well as superb traditional Greek food. Vegetarians are well catered for - Greek cuisine is known for its many vegetable dishes! Vegerra is a popular restaurant, just 15 minutes from Fiskardo, boasting a beautiful setting.
Fiskardo holidays are particularly popular with families thanks to the large variety of activities for all age groups. The beaches near Fiskardo are surrounded by a natural bay and the waters remain calm all year round, making it a safe option for children. Snorkelling equipment is widely available and a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Discover what's hidden beneath the waves in the colourful marine world of Fiskardo.
Hire a boat and marvel at Kefalonia's beautiful coastline from the sea. Its a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather and reach hidden beaches and spots not accessible by land.
Scuba diving courses are widely available, and include courses for older children and teenagers.
Action and Adventure
Those looking for adventure will feel at home in Fiskardo. Nearby resort towns are easily reached, where you can try all kinds of different watersports, such as water-skiing and wind surfing. Enjoy a day out on the crystal clear waters of the Aegean by renting a sea kayak and exploring Kefalonia's stunning coastline from the waves. Real adrenaline junkies can try out coasteering - a physical activity in which the rocky coastline is traversed on foot or by swimming.
In addition to this, tailor-made tours can be booked to include caving, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities.
Life's a Beach
Fiskardo sits in an area of Kefalonia known for its pebble beaches. This is ideal for snorkelling and diving. The sheltered bays keep the sea calm and safe for young children. Whether splashing by the shoreline or diving underneath the waves, crystal clear waters are always assured. Aghia Jerusalem is a stunning beach, less popular amongst tourists but frequently visited by locals. Head over here if you want to avoid the crowds!
If you're in the mood for a sandy beach, then head over to the village of Skala where you'll find a large stretch of golden sands. Ideal for spending a day lounging and building sandcastles, this beach is popular during high season and boasts wide range of watersports.
Situated on the northern tip of Kefalonia, the Errisos peninsula has an interesting and varied coastline.
Although Kefalonia is renowned as being the perfect place for a quiet holiday by the beach, there are plenty of nightlife options. Fiskardo is home to Kastro, one of the largest nightclubs on the island. Open since 1995 and built inside an old mine, Kastro has a stunning setting and a lively atmosphere. The huge club covers 700 m2 and the four levels are built in an amphitheatre shape, surrounding a large central dance floor. Several lively tavernas and cocktail bars are also located in the harbour area.
Head a little further afield to Argostoli and the famous Bass Club. This is considered by many to be the best club on the island, with famous guest DJs coming to play here during high season. Recently renovated and more luxurious than ever, this is a-must see for anyone looking to dance the night away!
Couples on a holiday to Fiskardo will enjoy all the intimacy and privacy they desire. This small, sleepy village is the perfect place for romantic beach picnics and moonlit strolls by the harbour. Lovely walking trails criss-cross the countryside surrounding Fiskardo.
Enjoy a truly special day at the Robola wine festival. Taste your way through local Robola wines, which have been cultivated here for more than 700 years. This annual 3-day event is perfect for couples and features loads of music performances as well as plenty of free wine!
The culture of Kefalonia has been heavily influenced by the Venetian and Turkish cultures that occupied this island throughout history. This influence extends to many different areas, including cuisine, music and art. Many famous writers come from Kefalonia, most notably Andreas Laskaratos.
The 17th-century brought with it a huge change in the island’s architecture, the results of which are still seen today. A clear western influence can be seen although the colours of the houses are still very typical for an Ionian island.
Kefalonia's musical heritage dates back to ancient times, making music a popular hobby amongst many locals. All festivals feature excellent examples of traditional music.