Wednesday, 2-Sep-2015

Region: Ionian Islands Area: Ithaca, Vathy
West of continental Greece, the legendary Ithaca is part of the Ionion Sea. This small island of 96 km2 is separated from the nearby island Kefallonia with a wide strip of sea of 3 kms. This is the island and the kingdom of Ulysses, the hero of Greek mythology, that is so beautifully described in Odyssey by Homer. Ithaca will enchant you with its unique beautiful spots, its rich vegetation, the archaeological site and the beaches with the crystal-clear water.

Exploring the island with a fisher-boat
The beautiful traditional villages of the island
The archaeological sites
The isolated beaches and the small bays with the deep blue water
Vathy, the capital and the main port of the island, is situated at a magnificent bay with deep water and is the destination for many sailing boats.
Beautiful houses, full of colors, decorate the coast, while the taverns give the area a pleasant vibrancy and make it an excellent spot for strolling.
You should definitely visit the Archaeological Museum situated close to the coast.
From Paleochora, the old town of Vathy, you can have a magnificent view to the little bay and the port.
If you head north, you should stop at Frikes, the magnificent village built on steep rocks with old windmills and at Kioki, the picturesque port, so as to experience true calmness and serenity in this village located at the foot of three hills.
Visit Stavros, a big village of north Ithaca, where you will see, at the central square, a domineering Byzantine church with red vaults and close by a sculpture of Ulysses.
A fifteen minute walk from there, at the top of the Pilikatoi hill, there are Micycean ruins that could be the Ulysses’s acropolis. The Pilikatoi Museum has a big number of the archaeological findings of the island.
On the south part of the island, going through the inland, Anoghi is famous for its byzantine frescoes and its weird rocks that are scattered nearby the island.
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