The village of Fiskardo is in the Erisos region and is one of the northernmost settlements on Kefalonia; it is one of the few places on the island not to have been levelled by the earthquake that struck in August 1953. Because it escaped relatively unscathed, it is one of the few settlements in the area to still retain much of the Venetian architecture left over from their governance of the island between 1500 – 1797.
Much of this architecture can be found in the area directly by the waterfront, where the traditional narrow streets meet the quayside. On the quayside are many shops and numerous places to eat, drink and watch the world go by. In the summer months you will most likely see many expensive yachts moored up too.
From the small beach next to the ferry port it is possible to walk round to the Venetian lighthouse on the north side; on the way you will pass the ruins of a Basilica from the Byzantine era and the more modern lighthouse. The walk is no more than 900m each way and for sure footed people should take no more than 10-15 minutes.
Around the other side of the bay is a remarkably well preserved Roman burial site which was discovered during excavations for the foundations of a hotel.
From the port in Fiskardo it is possible to get to the neighbouring island of Lefkada sailing into the small port of Nidri – the journey takes about 1 hour 45 minutes – and from there it is possible to get to anywhere on mainland Europe.
Asos (or Assos as it is sometimes written) is at the far south-west of the Erisos region and just north of Myrtos Beach – it’s picture postcard appearance makes it a very popular destination. The downhill road to the village is spectacular and full of twists and turns affording stunning views out to the Ionian Sea; on a good, clear day you will be able to see the village and the peninsular behind which is home to the castle.
The village itself is full of life during the summer months and parking can sometimes be difficult, but if you do manage to find a space it’ll be well worth it. There are 2 small beaches and a good choice of bars and tavernas, as well as some souvenir shops.
For the adventurous, curious and lovers of old ruins, you can walk up and see what’s left of the castle first hand. From the car park, start to head up the path in a north-westerly direction, but instead of following the path, take the steps off to the left and walk up to the south entrance of the Venetian castle ruins. Saunter up through the ruins, have a wander round, see the disused church and come back down through the main entrance to the east, down the path and past the chapel. Allow a couple of hours for your ascent and descent and don’t venture up when the sun is at its peak (between 11-2).