While this storybook village is a far cry from the more popular destinations in Greece, it still has plenty to offer.
Fiskardo Kefalonia is actually a favorite amongst celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Madonna.
After one visit, it was easy to see why this adorable village has stolen hearts with its old-world charm.
Autumn is an ideal time to visit this northernmost port of Kefalonia. Visitors can enjoy comfortable temperatures in the twenties (Celsius) and severely diminished crowds.
To make the most of your trip to beautiful Fiskardo Kefalonia, here’s a helpful guide.
In 1953, Fiskardo was spared by a massively damaging earthquake. At that time, the Greek parliament declared it a place of natural beauty, awarding it protected status. This helped to preserve the area’s traditional Venetian-style architecture.
Although this former fishing village retains its original architecture and traditional colors, it’s been largely transformed into a cosmopolitan resort town.
Imagine a picturesque fishing village adorned with quaint shops, seaside restaurants, and colorful boats bobbing in the water. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Fiskardo Harbor.
No trip to this charming village would be complete without a visit here. While it’s more touristy than I imagined, the seaside charm and traditional Greek cuisine makes up for it.
Plus, the tourist-friendly shops came in handy. I finally found a white sun hat that I’ve been wanting for ages!
Browse the area’s cute shops or rent a boat and spend the day on the water. You’re bound to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun regardless of what you choose.
I highly recommend hiking to Fiskardo’s Venetian lighthouse if you’re looking to experience the sights and smells of nature.
You’ll find this landmark by following the Faros trail, which starts from the end of the port of Fiskardo.
Helpful signs along the trail will guide you and prevent you from getting lost.
This straightforward, 15-30 minute walk is ideal for hikers of all levels. You’ll enjoy the coverage of shaded pine trees and easy terrain as you go.
Most of the terrain is forest floor, but there are some rocky spots along the way.
I was initially unsure about hiking in sandals, but to my surprise, I had no issues whatsoever. My husband even managed the hike in flip-flops and was completely fine!
Along the way, you’ll enjoy the intoxicating scent of sage and watch as the waves lap the shore.
While I prefer the charm of the Venetian lighthouse, there’s also the new lighthouse nearby, a more recent construction.
The address for Fiskardo’s Venetian lighthouse is Erisos 280 84, Greece.
If you’re planning to spend a day on the harbor, you may as well enjoy your time at sea by renting a boat.
Fiskardo is an ideal place for boating. It offers boaters a safe and sheltered channel between Kefalonia and its neighboring island of Ithaca. While at sea, explore one of the area’s secluded coves or cross over into Ithaca for the day.
Sadly, we didn’t rent a boat during our brief time, but it’s something I’d love to try in the future.
Emplisi Beach is small, but it’s well worth a visit. Here you’ll find crystal clear water flanked by a mountainous backdrop – and lots of small pebbles.
You may be struck by the feeling that you landed here almost by accident, since the location feels quite remote. Personally, that added to the “wow” factor. I truly wasn’t expecting such a striking beach to pop up out of nowhere.
This relatively unknown beach gem has a laid-back and quiet atmosphere, for the most part. That said, you’ll likely hear upbeat music from the on-site café.
Be advised that you won’t be able to rent sun beds/umbrellas at this beach, due to its small, remote nature. I suggest bringing chairs, beach towels, and whatever else you need to be comfortable.
The beach is located in Fiskardo, but the address for GPS is Grecia, Erisos, Greece. If you’re driving, you’ll need to find on-street parking, as there’s no designated lot.
My husband and I enjoyed one of our favorite meals of the trip at Tassia Restaurant. This was the first harbor-front restaurant to be established in the village of Fiskardo Kefalonia back in 1972.
When I discovered that it was a favorite of Tom Hanks and other celebrities, I promptly booked a reservation. If anyone knows what’s good to eat in Greece, it’s Mr. Hanks, an area regular!
This family-owned restaurant is operated by internationally-acclaimed chef Tassia Dendrinou and her brother, Polychronis Dendrinos. They prepare fresh and delicious Greek dishes at reasonable prices.
All menu items are made exclusively from local ingredients grown on Kefalonia island. I loved the fried squid here.
My husband enjoyed the Kefalonian meat pie, a local favorite.
After the meal, our server treated us to complimentary shots and a delicious mousse-style dessert.
You simply can’t beat Greek hospitality!
Tassia Restaurant is located at Fiskardo, Kefalonia 280 84, Greece. As you enter the harbor area from the town center, head left. You’ll find it about mid-way down the harbor.
My husband and I stayed just outside of Fiskardo in the remote village of Markantonata. Here, we spent two relaxing nights at North Point Rooms 1953, a charming and picturesque guesthouse.
We loved this tranquil and secluded property. It’s peaceful and remote, yet a convenient ten-minute drive from the harbor.
The intimate, six-room guesthouse consists of three separate buildings. You can rent individual rooms or the entire property, if you have a larger group.
Our cozy cottage room offered the intimacy of a cabin and truly felt like a home away from home.
The highlight of our stay was undoubtedly the warm Greek hospitality. Antonis was one of the most accommodating hotel staff I’ve met yet. He came directly over to relieve us of our luggage when we arrived in our rental car.
He then offered us a refreshing (and much-needed) cucumber water welcome drink. Back in our room, he had a complimentary bottle of Kefalonian wine waiting for us.
We stayed in the impressive Stefania suite, an ample attic-style space overlooking the entire property.
Stefania includes a spacious front terrace that’s perfect for stargazing.
Our room overlooked one of the most uniquely beautiful pools I’ve seen.
After we got settled, I couldn’t resist taking an evening dip. My husband kindly captured the memory in a photograph.
Besides, what’s not to love about a pool that’s veiled by a lime tree?
In the morning, my husband and I woke to a wonderful spread freshly prepared by Antonis. The Greek-style continental breakfast is truly above and beyond here.
You can expect a delicious array of pastries, cereals, meats, fruits, Greek yogurt, coffee, and eggs (upon request). Breakfast is typically served between the hours of 8 and 11 AM.
However, if you need to arrange an alternate time, Antonis is happy to remain at your disposal with advance notice.
North Point Rooms 1953 can be a bit tricky to find with GPS, given its secluded location. The exact address is Unnamed Road, Antipata 280 84, Greece. The property is located right next to Panayia Church. Keep an eye out for the church as you drive, as you may miss the property. The hotel offers private parking for up to two cars.
You may prefer to book a room directly in Fiskardo. In that case, I suggest staying at their original property, North Point Houses.
This property consists of three individual two-story houses that offer unrivaled views of Fiskardo Bay.
Here, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. These picturesque homes are just steps away from the harbor, shops, and restaurants.
Antonis kindly offered us a complimentary transfer to North Point Houses on our final day. I was so excited to get a sneak peek of this beautiful property. The harbor views were absolutely breathtaking.
I’ll definitely be keeping North Point Houses in mind for our future travels!
Have you ever visited Fiskardo Kefalonia? What were some of your favorite activities here? Let me know in the comments below!
This post was written in conjunction with North Point Rooms 1953. They kindly hosted me and my husband during our stay near Fiskardo Kefalonia. As always, all opinions are my own.