Fiskardo on Kefallonia

A very short sail today – only 11miles, mostly spent drifting along in barely a whisper of breeze.  We drifted up the channel between Kefallonia and Ithaca (infamous for its strong winds!) and could visualise Odysseus’ palace overlooking us up an inlet we passed - at any rate as I imagined the setting from reading Mary Renault (tales of ancient Greece) decades ago!

We eventually made it to this delightful old town – the only one on Kefallonia to survive the massive 1953 earthquake intact.  They’ve done such a good job of rebuilding elsewhere though, that this place didn’t have quite the impact that we expected.  It is lovely though – lots of harbour frontage packed with restaurants, bars etc, all done very tastefully, if a bit touristy.  I’m sure Captain Correlli wouldn’t recognize it.

 

Fiskardo harbour: The water here is so unbelievably clear you almost think there is nothing around the boat at all!

 

Views of Ithaca from the Venetian lighthouse at the end of Fiskardo bay.  The Venetians ruled the Ionian islands for several centuries.