The Venetian Lighthouse

A short interesting walk with swimming opportunities too

Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse

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Distance: 0.83 km
Terrain: Reasonably level a few stone steps
Duration: 30 minutes for the circuit
Views: Spectacular views of Fiscardo and the Ithaca Channel
Points of interest: The old venentain lighthouse, the new working lighthouse and a ruined Byzantine Bassilica
Other: Swimming possible from flat rocks en-route

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This is one of the shortest walks and also suitable for a hot day, as for most of the time you will benefit from the cool shade provided by the pine trees. There are some good swimming spots on the way so take towels and swimming gear too!

Start point The road in front of Nicholas Taverna. This is difficult to miss, as the taverna has an imposing position high on the left hand side of the harbour.
Walk along the waterfront and past the taverna. Take the footpath straight ahead of you rather than the signposted path to the basilica as, by following our route, you will return via the basilica in any case.

You should be walking in the shade of fragrant pine trees and the sea will be close on your right. 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 meters, you will find the old Venetian Lighthouse on your right. The keepers house and the tower have both been extensively renovated and are in excellent condition

Take the path down to the right and you will find that below the lighthouse is a great place to swim from and there is a fantastic view directly down the channel between Kefalonia and Ithaca. On a clear day you will be able to see as far as  the southernmost tip of Ithaca.

If you now walk up past the new lighthouse and follow the rough track to your left you will be able to make your way to the ruins of the Byzantine basilica that once stood here.
At his point you can decide whether to return to Fiscardo the way you came or continue ahead which will take you back to Fiscardo via Nicholas taverna.

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