Ithaki has been disputed as the real home and kingdom of Odysseas for years, as there are many clues in the famous epic of Homer referring to this island. Greek archaeologists have recently found the ruins of a palace in the area of Exogi which is evidently of the same era Odysseas lived in. Ancient inscriptions have also been discovered referring...more
I liked this beach very much as I could put up my tent under the trees and enjoy a few days swimming in the beautiful water of the bay. It is a rocky bay with two nice beaches separated by a small rocky passage. So only the devoted natural lovers pass on to the second beach. The scenery is really beautiful and the small fishing and sailing boats...more
Lefki is a small quiet and beautiful village on the road to Stavros exactly 11 km from Vathy and 11 km from Kioni on the other side of the island. The most important asset of the village is the beach of Aspros Gialos which is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. I had the most enjoyable swim there!!! I didn't want to leave. The village...more
Inspired by the familiar story of Odysseus (Ulysses) in the famous epic poem of Homer “Odyssey”, Kavafis has used Ithaki as a symbol of the high goals you set in life. The journey is more important than your arrival to your destination. The longer your journey is, and the more experiences and wisdom you gain, the “richer” your will be when you...more
Afales is a beutiful deep bay with a set of stunning beaches on the northwest side of the island. The setting is wonderful with lush green vegetation and the best blue seawater of the island! You can go from Frikes towards Platrithias and then go on to Agioi Saranta. There you will find a sign which leads you to the beach of Afales. Ask the locals...more
Stavros is the main town of the north so a lot of action goes on here. It is found on the 16th kilometer from Vathy and it is one of the most important commercial centers of Ithaki.The area is considered as the most probable site of the mythological home place of Ulysses. Many ruins of the period have been excavated as well as a mask with the...more
On the way to Stavros, on the 11th klm from Vathy you will meet Lefki. Take the road going down to the beach and in about 1 klm you will find the spectacular beach of Aspros Gialos. The quality of the water is unbelievable. This was the most enjoyable swim I had in Ithaki. The crystal clear sea has an amazing turquoise color. I didn't want to get...more
Frikes is small fishing village built in a picturesque bay, in the northeastern part of the island, just 13 klm from Vathy. It carries a lot of history as it may have been the port referred in Homer as the port of Reithron. It is a romantic small port on the road from Kioni to Stavros. The road from Frikes to Kioni offers some of the best views of...more
Filiatro is a beach with particular natural beauty and although it is usually very crowded with deck chairs and umbrellas, it offers a wonderful swim to those who are interested in having a meal in the small taverna sitting in the shade of the trees...I, personally, couldn't stay more than 5 minutes there.... But if you are the type, or if you come...more
Kioni is one of the most beautiful villages in Ithaki. It is perched on the slopes of the surrounding mountains and although it hosts a lot of tourists, it is very pleasant and quiet. The port is very picturesque with the sailing boats and the old fishing boats rocking softly on its safe waters. The houses are nicely restored keeping its...more
Vathy, the capital, is a picturesque port with nice traditional buildings, pleasant restaurants, quiet atmosphere during the day and lively night life. It is a deep natural bay and gives nice views wherever you stand around it. In the middle of the port there is a tiny island, Lazaretto, which is pleasantly lit during the night.The National...more
This cove has a wonderful scenery with trees coming down to the waves and crystal clear water. The only disadvantage, for me, is the hotel built just on the wave and the little cement port which spoils the magic of the picture. You should leave your vehicle on the road some 100 meters away and then walk on a scenic path to get to it. If you go on...more
Odysseas(Ulysses) Restaurant is one of the restaurants in the port . Very fresh fish and well cooked food! Greek traditional dishes are served and are delicious indeed!!! The fresh breeze and the nice view of the sea will give you a lot of appetite and I am sure you will enjoy your meal. If you have never tried a small fish named “gavros” don't...more
This nice restaurant is in the capital town of Vathy. You can have a very nice meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoying beautiful views of the town. It is on the seaside facing the town so the views are nice all day long. You can sit on the tables by the water or in the main restaurant which is a little more protected during the windy days. The...more
According to a Greek friend, several Italian families settled in Ithaki after WWII. A few of them have opened pizzerias that take advantage of all local ingredients. The menus are covered with dozens of options, from the basic Margherita to a pizza almost self-destructing from the weight of 7 generous types of toppings. One of my personal favorites...more
If you have the privilege of coming in a private boat the island is a perfect destination but even without it you can get to lots of remote beaches with crystal clear water and trees shading you while you are enjoying superb swimming in the green-blue sea.If you don't come in your car you will have to rent one or a motorbike to enjoy the beauty of...more
This early morning ferry to Patras is my favourite (there is another one at 16:00), as you can have from it a wonderful view of the island's coasts at sunrise. You have to get up early, OK, but the show is really (for me) worth the effort. The ferry stops at Sami (Cefallonia) and then goes directly to Patras, where you arrive around 10am.more
Ithaki is a rather small island with not many mountains, so renting a scooter is a good way to know the island around. There are a few shops renting bikes/motorbikes around the main square.Some are strict and ask you for a valid driving license, some are not and don't ask... you choose!more
Most of the beaches are pebbles beaches, so it's hard to swimm barefeet. It's much better to enter the water with plastic sandals.
There are 2 arrival points to the island, depending on what ferry from Patras you take. This time I arrived in Pissaetos, on the west coast. This port is about 18 kms away from Vathy, the capital.
There is nothing in the pier except a little bar. When I arrived there were 2 taxis, but they were already booked for some tourists arriving in the ferry. So I found myself alone in the middle of nowhere, with no bus service to Vathy and no taxi around. I asked the woman in the bar and she said the taxis would return sooner or later to pick up us. So I seated and waited, waited, waited... after 30 minutes 1 of the 2 taxis returned and the 3 persons who were still there could do the trip to Vathy. BUT in a case like that you can't bargain the price and at the end the taxi driver asked us for 8 euros each for a 10 minutes ride!!!
So unless you have a friend that picks you up in Ithaka, choose the ferry that arrives directly to Vathy, never to Pissaetos.
The weather is usually good during the summer, the sun is shining all day long and the nights are pleasant but a little humid. So bring light clothes, all your swimming gear, and a light jacket for the night. And if you think you are sensitive to humidity bring a warm one!! There are super markets on the island where you can find almost everything...more
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Gidaki Beach is a nice daytrip once you are in Vathy. There is a boat that takes you there in the morning and picks you up in the afternoon.
It is a pebbles beach with a little hut bar, where you can have lunch. And there is nothing else, none else but the people that come with you in the boat, and some ocassional stops of the boats that do the "round-the-island" trip, apart from the few private yachts that stop there for a swim.
Vathy spreads from the harbour to the hills around. The main streets and nearly all the tourist activity runs around the main square that is by the harbour.But if you happen to rent a room in a house that is up the hill, you'll have to climb up and down the stairs a few times... anyway, the furthest point is about 10 minutes walking!more
There are not many beaches around the islands, the coast falls directly to the sea, leaving just some litlle rocky creeks and a few beaches. Most of them, you can only go by private boat.The best beaches in the island are:- By bus: Kioni and Frikes (north), Dexa (Blue Flag, 15 minutes walking from Vathy).- By boat trip from Vathy: Gidaki.more