Port Of Fiskardo, 28084 Kefalonia, Greece
VHF канал: 12
GPS: 38°27’38.9″N 20°34’38.5″E / 38.460798, 20.577371
Fiskardó (Φισκαρδό) or Fiskardho or Phiscardo is a charming and well sheltered small harbor at the NE end of Kefalonia. The name of the town is a corruption of its Norman overlord’s name Robert Guiscard. Because the town was not destroyed by the 1953 earthquake that flattened most of Kefalonia, it is the most architecturally picturesque town on the island and, as a result, tourists flock here. The small harbour is almost always crowded and it pays to arrive early, especially during the peak months of July and August. Even arriving as early as mid-day, it is more than likely your only option will be to anchor on the N side of the harbour with lines ashore. Shelter in the harbour is excellent in the prevailing NW winds but becomes uncomfortable in strong S or SE winds.
There are no dangers in the approach. Fiskardo harbour can be difficult to spot when arriving from N, but the old Venetian lighthouse on the headland on the N side and the taller, modern lighthouse above it are conspicuous once close in. Beware of ferries entering and leaving at speed, which will not be seen until around the headland if approaching from N
Fiskardo is not a port of entry. The nearest ports of entry on the island are Argostoli or Sami.
Visting yachts have a number of options for mooring in the harbour. Unfortunately, the pontoons which used to be in place on the W side of the harbour have been removed by order of the Greek authorities and have been dumped on the S quay, considerably reducing the number of berthing spaces and blocking the section of the S quay with the best depths for mooring.
Currently yachts have the following berthing options:
Around 10-12 yachts can anchor moor to the short breakwater at the SE end of the harbour, although half of the inner side is reserved for use by a passenger ferry and will have to be vacated if a ferry is due. Depths along the inner and outer sides and on the end are less than a metre owing to rock ballasting, but are 3.0 – 4.0 metres just off. Mooring is to stainless steel rings on the top of the quay.
Some 6-8 yachts can anchor moor on the south quay, where there are also 2-3 private laid moorings to be avoided. Depths range from 1.0 metre at the E end to 1.5 metres at the W end, again owing to ballasting and a short ledge at the waterline, but are 3.0 – 3.5 metres just off. Mooring is to stainless steel rings on the quay or rusty iron ones on the quay wall. The western section of the quay, which has better depths of 1.5 – 2.0 metres, is currently (2013) blocked with disused pontoons.
Around 6-8 yachts can anchor moor on this quay in depths of 2.0 metres at S end, 3.0 metres in centre and 2.5 metres at N end. There are also a few private laid moorings along the quay. If not in use by tripper boats, there is also room for 2-3 yachts on the end of the short jetty at the N end of quay in depths of 3.0 metres. Mooring is to stainless steel rings and/or two bollards (hard to spot since they are amongst the taverna tables).
There are possible overnight berths for 2-3 yachts on anchor moor on the ferry quay on the N side of the harbour, just E of the small shingle beach. Yachts mooring here will need to leave before 11.00 as a ferry uses it. Depths here are from 3.25 metres at the W end to 1.5 metres at the E end.
Along the N shore of the harbour there is a good anchorage for 10-12 yachts in depths of 10-12 metres, taking lines ashore to stainless steel rings set into the rocks. Holding is only moderate in sand and some weed, so make sure your anchor is well dug in. Shelter here is good in all but strong E or S winds.
There are also several very attractive fjord-like coves S of Fiskardó
Fiskardo is a gem of a place, its quays lined with pastel-coloured houses in the Venetian style and the harbour a constant bustle of activity. It is deservedly popular, and hence invariably thronged with tourists, both land- and yacht-based. There is a good walk from the N end of the harbour through the trees out to the old Venetian lighthouse and around the headland to the N. Close to the path is the ruins of a Norman church, said to have been erected in memory of Robert Guiscard.
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