CEFALONIA (FISKARDO)

         
 

It is the largest island of the Ionian Sea. According to tradition the island was named by the Athenian Kefalo who moved to the island. Kefalonia was initially inhabited during the Neolithic age (3000 BC). The island took part in the Trojan was on Ulysses side because the island belonged to his territories. Later, the island followed the fortunes of the rest of the Greece by being captured by the Romans (1st century BC). During the Byzantine age the island was one of the 64 regions of the empire. When Constantinople was captured by the crusades (beginning of the 12th century) the island was plundered by the Normans. Then the island fell into the hands of the Sicilian family Orsini and the Italian family of Toki, until the Byzantine empire when it came under Turkish rule. Between the 16th and 18th century the Enetians held the island. Afterwards, the French followed by the English took control of the island but it was finally reunited with the rest of Greece in 1864.

The ancient Greeks called Fiskardo bay “Panormos” which means a bay always adequate for mooring. Although Fiskardo is a well-known place with many touristic attractions, you will be able to find a place to moor. Excavations revealed traces of a Paleolithic settlement (i.e. 50,000 years BC). Fiskardo took its name from the Norman Knight Roberto Guiskardo, who conquered Sicily. The place is known for its marvelous nature beauty. Fiskardo is the hometown of the naval poet Kavadia.

 The people of Kefalonia are a musical people. The “Arietta” is a short song, originating from Lixouri that is sung according to the acoustic perception of the singers. Do not forget to taste the exceptional flavours of Kefalonian cuisine; cheese pie with eggs, cuttlefish with celery and tomato, feta cheese with toasted garlic bread, potato salad with lentils, “Tsigaridia” and “Polisporia” or “Bourbourelia”, a dish descending from the time of the ancient Greeks, from their mystical ceremonies during the worship of Dimitra, the ancient Goddess of the Earth. Also, try the dish of “Aliada” otherwise known as “Skordalia”, a type garlic paste beaten with a traditional mortar. The island’s pies are delicious, with the meat pie being the queen of them all.

 
 

 

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