Fiscardo port in Kefalonia island
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Panoramic photo by Branimir Minkov Taken 14:42, 07/09/2013 (Athens) - Views loading...

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Fiscardo port in Kefalonia island

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Fiscardo is a small and beautiful Greek harbour village in the Ionian Kefalonia island. It is well preserved by being the lucky one that was left undamaged during the great earthquake in 1953 which ruined a lot of buildings in Kefalonia. One can see the traditional Kefalonian fishing boats in the port. There are many yachts that are owned by rich and famous people who are attracted to Kefalonia by the tranquillity of Fiscardo. The latter provides cosy restaurants, cafes, gift shops and bars to its visitors.

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