Farsa is located on the east side of the Gulf of Argostoli, opposite the town. The village is spread out along the main road that leads to the Lixouri peninsula and northern Kefalonia. Next to the main square, the church of St. Christophe celebrates the Saint’s name day on May 9th. In the evening a big festival is held with food and dancing.
The view from the village looks over the Bay of Argostoli and the town. After darkness falls, the sparkling city lights create a shining spectacle.
Like other villages in Kefalonia, Farsa was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953. Old Farsa is visible higher up the hill and is considered an open-air history museum because the place has better preserved pre-earthquake houses than other villages. If you are a hiker it is worth your while to go up to the old village and wander around.
If you stay in one of the village accommodations, you are in a central position on the island for excursions. At a short distance from the village are the two beaches Sotiras and Koumarias. The beautiful bay of Agia Kyriaki (St. Sunday) is twenty minutes away by car following the road towards Lixouri. The beach is large and offers a commanding view of the area. You can enjoy a meal in one of the fish taverns on the beach. Boats for rent will enable you to go to one of the secluded beaches in the bay such as Glari beach.
The “old village” of Farsa with its’ pre-seismic ruins, and breathtaking views is in itself like an open air history museum, being one of the best preserved old villages on the island with a long sea-faring tradition and tales of piracy. It is said that it was here that Louis de Bernieres was inspired to write his famous novel, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. The 1953 Earthquake badly damaged every building in the village. All the villagers were sadly left homeless. As in most villages on the island some of the inhabitants moved overseas and others who had also abandoned their mountainside village started a new settlement further down the slope and closer to the main road. The earthquake marked a major turning point in their lives.
Within the ruins of the old settlement you may find scattered items such as teaspoons, broken dolls and smashed porcelain all pointing to a quick abandonment.
The villages’ main income came from sailors working on merchant ships. At sea for months at a time it left the women to do all the work until the men returned. The growing of olives, vegetables, grain fruits and grapes were also used for income. Some people kept chickens others produced honey. The people of Old Farsa were quite self efficient making wine and olive oil.