While there are two lighthouses that remain intact on the Fiscardo coastline, only one is actually functional. The older of the two was constructed under Venetian rule, and is complimented by a picturesque keeper’s house with garden. Both offer magnificent views to the lovely little village of Fiscardo.
How to get to the Venetian lighthouse and the Byzantine church:
Walk along the waterfront and go past ‘Nicholas’ taverna at the left of the village up on the hill. You will then follow the footpath along the peninsula. You will soon find yourself walking along a shaded and fragrant footpath amongst the pine trees. The sea will be close on your right, so if you’d like to cool off you can take a swim from one of the many flat rocks along the way. After following the path for about 500 metres the path will fork. To the right is the original old Venetian lighthouse and to the left is the functional modern version. The old lighthouse is reasonably intact and the keepers’ house and garden are in good condition. This was inhabited by a local marine conservationist in recent years but is now empty. From here you can enjoy the good views of the channel between Kefalonia and Ithaca. If you now walk up past the new lighthouse and follow the rough track to your left you should be able to make your way to the ruins of the Byzantine church that once stood here. The track is rough and indistinct at times but the church is not far and once you reach it you will be rewarded with one of the better views of Fiscardo.
St. Theodore’s lighthouse in Argostoli (Fanari)
The Lighthouse or Fanari in Argostoli is located near Katavothres, on the coastal road from Argostoli to Lassi. One of the most photographed attractions of the island, it stands out for its unique architecture and is one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset. This is a unique circular building with a small tower on top, surrounded by 20 Doric columns. The original elegant lighthouse, built in the early 19th century when the island was under the administration of the Englishman Charles Napier, was destroyed by the 1953 earthquake and built again in 1964 based on the original plans, thus faithfully preserving its unique architectural style. It has been recently renovated to preserve it from saltwater erosion.