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Walk Number 1 – The Deserted Village
Duration : Approximately 1 hour.
Start point : The bakery (the old bakery) in Fiscardo.
Destination : Deserted village of Psilithrias.

You will find the old bakery slightly back from the main harbour. Walk up the alleyway to the left of the Alpha Bank, you will see the bakery on your right. The road soon turns into a footpath which takes you up to the main road. Directly opposite you will see the track that you need to take.
The first interesting place you come to is Queen Fiskardo's Throne. This is about 250 metres up the track on your right hand side. There is a very small stone lined path leading to the "throne". This is possibly a natural formation but is more likely to have been hewn from the solid rock in ancient times. Local legend suggests that it was here that the Queen of Fiscardo held court.
Continue up the track, which becomes quite rough and resembles a dry riverbed. To your left and right you will notice the remains of old terraces now long overgrown and as you reach the brow of the hill, you will see fields on your left. Beyond these fields you may now be able to catch a glimpse of the deserted village. Continue just a little further and the track becomes a tarmac road. On your left, above the road, is the church of Saint Spirithon. If you are interested, there are some gravestones here, which date back to the turn of the last century.
Continue up the tarmac road a few yards and from here you will get a good view of the village. To get to the village you need to continue a little further. First you will pass a stone house on your right, immediately followed by the remains of small bungalow on your left. About 100 metres past this you will notice a newly widened footpath on your left - this loops back and leads directly to your destination, the old village of Psilithrias.
Here you can admire the view of Ithaca and the sea below and ponder on the past inhabitants of this once thriving village. Although a couple of the houses have been renovated and are used during the summer, the majority are not habitable. Some of the houses must have been quite grand in their time as there are remains of large gateposts and majestic balconies.
It is interesting to note that this village cannot be seen from the sea. Villages on the islands were often built in locations like this in order not to be seen by pirates. Access was entirely on foot and goods were transported by mule or donkey.
Once you have absorbed the atmosphere of the village you can either re-trace your steps to Fiscardo or continue another ten minutes up the track to the village of Antipata, with it's typically Greek Taverna, school building, church and large village square. This is a relaxing place to catch your breath and enjoy a cool drink or a snack before making the return journey or continuing your walk to Dafnoudi Beach – Walk no 2.
Walk Number 2 – Dafnoudi
Duration : Approximately 1 hour
Start point : Antipata Taverna
Destination : Dafnoudi beach and German Gun Emplacements
Follow the road that runs alongside the taverna, meanders past a few small houses and descends into the valley below. After around ten minutes there is a sharp bend to the right and on your right a large dilapidated but magnificent house. To imagine the former glory of this house, take a peek at the walled gardens, vine shaded sun terraces and imposing entrance gates. This was once the largest house in the area and used by the occupying German troops as a command residence
Now continue along the road for another ten minutes. You need to look carefully amongst the trees and bushes to your right. You should soon see a steep track leading to your right. This is sometimes marked by a crude sign in a tree and the beginning of the track is now white gravel. This descends quite steeply and is relatively rough underfoot so sturdy shoes are advised. The scramble up and down will take about ten minutes each way.
After your visit to the beach just rejoin the tarmac road and continue downwards. After around 500 metres the tarmac comes to an abrupt end. Just in case you hadn't noticed, there is a sign "End of Road" to bring this to your attention! There is now a track leading to your left. Take this track and continue along looking to your right as you go. After around 5 minutes, on a terrace below the track you should see what appears to be a large circle of concrete. On closer inspection you will notice that threaded studs protrude from the concrete. These are the mountings for the large German cannons that were used to guard the entrance to the shipping channels between Lefkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia.
Walk down and take a look around. Behind the mountings, in the rock face you will witness what was, an amazing feat of engineering. There are two steep tunnels carved deep into the rock. These lead to a series of chambers, all man made, that comprised the ammunition stores and billets for the gun crews. It was a considerable achievement if you remember this was constructed by German army engineers using local labour. The locals were paid for the efforts in special issue military currency.
A word of warning - although you may be tempted to explore the tunnels, beware! There could well be remnants of unexploded ammunition in addition to snakes and scorpions resident here
Walk Number 3 – The Lighthouse
Duration : Approximately 30 minutes
Start point : The road in front of Nicholas Taverna
Destination : Old Venetian Lighthouse and Byzantine Church
Nicholas Taverna is difficult to miss as the taverna has an imposing position high on the left hand side of the harbour. Just walk along the waterfront and past the taverna.
You will 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 but far less decorative 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. Below the lighthouse are more flat rocks to bathe from if you wish and 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 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 available to anyone with a camera.
Walk 4 Ayia Jerusalem
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Walk 5 Foki Beach and caves
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The Lighthouse Trail
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The Cypress Trail
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The battery Trail
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