Ithaca

Ithaca (Ithaki) is smaller than many of the Greek islands, and slightly more difficult to reach. For that reason, it has escaped the mass tourism of some of the other islands, and it’s this that makes it the perfect escape.

Its charm is inescapable and its sleepy way of life endearing. Whatever you do, wherever you go, everything about this magical island is laid back and relaxed, and Ithaca’s friendly people will do their best to make you feel welcome – it’s no coincidence that many visitors return year after year.

The scenery is breathtaking – with beautiful remote mountain villages, olive groves beneath rocky mountains, fertile green valleys, and crystal-clear waters that lap the pebble coves on the coast. There are also stunning views out to sea and the surrounding islands, including Cephalonia, as well as to the distant mainland beyond.

Ithaca really is a magical place. So, if you’re looking for spectacular views and excellent walking, a gentle boat trip or a secluded beach, the buzz of experiencing an Ithacan festival, or the peace and quiet of a sleepy village square, then look no further.

Places of Interest

This exquisite island awaits your exploration with a surprise around every corner!

Exoghi
Translates as 'Out of this world' – and is a remote mountain village that affords beautiful views across the north of the island to Lefkas and the mainland beyond.

Platrithias
A beautiful village and region to explore.

Anoghi
The highest, most remote village on Ithaca. In the square stands a beautiful Byzantine church. Definitely worth visiting, if for nothing other than the views – which are out of this world!

Frikes
An attractive, small fishing village Kioni The most picturesque harbour on the north of the island, with beautiful waterside tavernas.

Perachori
Traditional village high above Vathy, known locally as 'the balcony of Ithaka'. Well renowned for its wine which is celebrated in a traditional festival on the last Saturday of July.

Bay of Aetos
An ancient site – thought of as possibly the palace of Odysseus. Piso Aetos is the small port where the ferry docks in from Kefalonia.

Lefki
The last spot on the island from which to witness the sunset – extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful.

Beaches

Ithaca has a plethora of gorgeous bays, the majority of which are smooth white pebbled crescents with aquamarine waters, backed by pine-clad mountains. Some are accessible only by mountain tracks, others from the sea and many easily by road. No matter what the time of year, it is almost always possible to discover a beach that you can enjoy alone!!

Dexa
A ‘blue flag’ beach close to Vathy

Sarakiniko Bay
Gorgeous scenery, close to Vathy

Ag Ioannis
Beautiful, fine golden pebbls, on the West Coast of the Island.

Polis Bay
A pebble beach below the pretty local village of Stavros. Sun beds and a ‘cantina’ offering refreshments are available in the height of the summer. Boat hire is available from here.

History of Ithaca

Neolithic finds in the north of Ithaca date it's earliest inhabitation back to at least 3000 BC. According to it's infamous mythology, the island was named after either Ithacus , son of the sea-god 'Poseidon' or Ithacis, the son of a Kephalonia king who settled there. It's earliest settlers lived in the north of the island, but by 1500 BC, southern Ithaca was also inhabited. During the Mycenaean period, Ithaca became the power seat for the Kephalonian state which embraced all the Ionian islands and parts of the Arkarnanian mainland.

See more informations about the History of Ithaca.

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