The picturesque seaside settlement of Fiscardo lies northeast of Arostoli, the capital. It took its name from the Norman leader Roberto Guiscardo who died there in 1085. The buildings of the settlement, which have been preserved from the earthquakes of 1953 are under a preservation order, give a special tone to the landscape. Near Fiskardo stand ruins of a Paleo-lithic settlement, the most ancient on the Ionians. The remains of a Byzantine church, the monastery of Platytera and the quiet small ports are all worth visiting.
The village waterfront plays host to russet pink and duck egg blue shops, balconies decorated with bright flowers, sleepy cafe bars, fruit sellers, fishing boats and visiting yachts and small craft shops. The sheltered bays looks towards the mountainous coastline of Ithaca. Daily ferries from Fiskardo visit the small port of Frikes in Ithaca and Vassiliki in Lefkas.