The harbour of Fiskardo in north Kefalonia has earned itself a reputation despite its size as a small fishing harbour. It encapsulates everything that makes the Ionian Islands so special; history, architecture and above all an outstandingly beautiful location. The view of the waterfront with its colourful mix of fishing boats, yachts and the old Venetian lighthouse across the bay is justifiably famous.
To appreciate the full grandeur of the setting, the visitor should really walk up the hill and find a glade in the fir forest above the village. Suddenly all is revealed in a wide sweep that encompasses the gleaming white peaks of Lefkada, the green hills of Epiros, mysterious Ithaka and the sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. It is quite simply breathtaking. It is the sort of view that on a cold wet winter’s morning, inspires impossible daydreams.
The Kalokeri Apartment Suites have turned dream into reality. Surrounded by secluded forest, yet only a ten minute stroll from Fiskardo, the panorama from any of the balconies has to be seen to be believed. It is a view for all hours of the day and all seasons.
In the morning, light and shadow highlight the mountains, at night the sea is like a mirror dotted with fishing boats as they make their way back to harbour with the night’s catch. At midday with the breeze the yachts spread out past the millionaire’s island of Arkoudi, bound for Meganisi or Kalamos.
With half closed eyes, one can imagine the Corinthian fleet sailing north up the channel past the cliffs of Ithaka towards Corfu during the great Battle of Sivota in 420 BC. The breeze settles during the evening and the sun sets beyond Sappho’s Point on Lefkada to the west. Looking down across the tree tops, the pan-tiled roofs of the village fade and the lights emerge, reflected in the darkening water.
Everything about Kalokeri has been designed to take full advantage of the magnificent setting. The apartments are comfortable and well appointed maximising the amazing views. The swimming pool is set in its own clearing, surrounded by natural oak woodland.
Two bedroom apartments have a twin bedroom at the rear and a double bedroom at the front which leads to a private balcony. There are also two shower rooms and a balcony leading from the spacious living room.
One bedroom apartments have double or twin beds with one shower room and a living room with a sofa bed leading to the balcony.
Studios are very spacious and have double or twin beds, shower room and their own sizeable private balconies with fabulous views.
Motor boats are available for hire to explore the uninhabited east coast with its bays only accessible by sea, or across to the fascinating island of Ithaka. Inland, quiet lanes thread their way through unspoilt countryside connecting small settlements and hamlets such as Antipata, Germanata and Matsukata.
Kalokeri or `Summer’ is one of the more evocative Greek words. It translates literally as ‘fine weather’ and as northern Kefalonia experiences over 300 days of sunshine a year, the spirit of summer lasts a long time here. It is an appropriate name for these excellent apartments and combined with the superb setting, create the perfect place for a memorable holiday.
This villa is a Saturday changeover
This villa accommodation can only be offered with flights and transfers.