Silversea Luxury Cruises A Fiscardo, Kefalonia

The Ionian Island of Kefalonia, also known as Cephalonia, is strikingly beautiful, with jagged limestone cliffs and terraced slopes dotted with olive groves. The highest point on the island is Mount Ainos, rising to 5,914 feet. Large areas are covered by luxuriant subtropical vegetation, and all around the island the scenery offers magnificent views of the mountains and the sea. Many sites on Kefalonia reflect its tumultuous history of ever-changing kings and rulers. View more

The Norman Kings of Sicily ruled the island during medieval times, followed by Italian overlords who ruled for three centuries under the principality of the Morea. In 1478, the Turks conquered the island only to be defeated twenty years later by the Venetians. And, for a short time, the British ruled here as well. Finally, in 1864, Kefalonia was returned to Greece. In 1823, Lord Byron spent several months on the island, captivated by the enduring spirit of the people, the natural beauty of the land and its rich history. Visitors to Kefalonia look to spend time in such places as the serene fishing village of Assos and the scenic port town of Fiscardo. Other highlights on the island include a Venetian Fortress, a 13th century castle, and spectacular caves. Tiny Fiscardo on the northeastern tip of the island boasts a picturesque harbor full of sailboats and fishing vessels and lined by whitewashed houses. It is said that the tiny port was named for the Norman leader Robert Guiscard, who met his death here in the late 11th century. During wintertime, Fiscardo numbers only about 100 inhabitants, but in summer the influx of visitors often overwhelms this off-the-beaten-path spot. Many of the old houses have been converted for use as holiday homes. Come ashore, and see why the island is such a popular destination. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor in Fiscardo Bay. Guests will be taken ashore via ship’s tenders. The landing site is just in the center of town. A few taxis are generally available on the pier. Shopping There are a number of souvenir shops located next to the Tassia Restaurant which specialize in colorful blown glass, hand embroidered linen and hand knitted goods. Cuisine The specialty of the area is Kreatopitta (meat pies) and fried cod with garlic sauce. Two restaurants of reknown are Tassia’s and Gytani. Other Sites Argostoli Argostoli, Kefalonia’s capital, lies on a peninsula projecting into the Gulf of Argostoli. Almost completely destroyed in a 1953 earthquake, Argostoli has been rebuilt in modern style. There is a small archaeological museum containing Mycenaean and Roman finds. North of town are the famous sea-mills, now partly buried as a result of the earthquake. Kranioi Four miles east of Argostoli lie the remains of ancient Kranioi. Kastro In Kastro stands the 13th century castle of Ayios Yeoryios, and a 17th century monastery noted for its fine frescoes and icons. Lord Byron stayed at nearby Metaxata in 1823. In this same area can also be found three Mycenaean rock-cut tombs. Sami Sami, the island’s principal harbor, is 15 miles east of Argostoli. Ancient Sami, the island’s former capital, lay to the south of the modern town. Remains of the old town walls and a 2nd century Roman villa can still be seen.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Fiscardo, Kefalonia