I loved Ithaki , cause its balanced, it contains the right proportions of about everything, its green , its not that big not that small, the beaches are excellent , the capital -Chora has a lot to offer , but its not noisy , not overcrowded . Its a modest island , like his ages ago king Odysseus . Its mythical and real in the same time, secluded , calm , polite and civilised, nature well protected everywhere .Good for walking, trekking, bicycling, hiking , enjoying natural landscapes with mediterranean hills , churches and beautiful houses. I definitely want to visit it again. The houses also are well restored and have an air of provincial aristocracy if i mind say .
Fondest memory: The views over cefalonia at west and suddenly of Vathy and the south island on the east. On the north on can see Lefkada and northern Cefalonia. I also loved the presence of foreigners (non Greeks), having homes there, working during the summer in their restaurants or bars , having a love affair with Ithaki . (we met some of them and they were very lovable persons)
Favorite thing: If you can afford a private cruise around the island, there are several hidden cozy creeks where you can swim alone in turquoise transparent waters. Walking about the hills I saw some of them from the top...
Penelope still seems to wait her husband, Odysseas, to come back after 20 years... (Is there any woman -or man- in the world who would do the same nowadays?).
About this myth, I like a lot the scene about Argos, the faithful dog of Odysseas, which recognised him after so many years, when he came back from the war in Troia -for 10 years!- and his other adventures after it (other 10 years...).
Argos, being happy, died at once...
Konstantinos Kavafis (1863-1933) is a famous Greek poet who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. These sentences are the first ones from its well-known poem "Ithaki" (1911), a symbol to find our own Ithaki...
The poster was a part of an exhibition on the main street of Vathy.
The capital of Ithaki is a nice port, with 2.500 inhabitants (4.000 in all the island). It has been built around the frilled Molou Gulf, usually there are not any waves.
Vathy was destroyed by an earthquake in 1953 and was rebuilt. The houses are neo-classical, they compose a traditional town.
These beaches are near Gidaki, it is easy to find many of them all over the island... You can live like a hermit there, totally out of the civilization. Only a few fishers may see you...
Two other nice beaches are in villages Frikes and Kioni.
Favorite thing: It is a deserted beach, 25' by boat from Vathy, the capital of the island. As you see, there is only this small cafe-restaurant in the middle of this charming beach, whose its colour is impressively green...
Favorite thing: The museum has models of ships and items from the folkloric civilization of the island (traditional appliance). Outside it, you see this statue (copy) of the god of the sea, Poseidon.
Favorite thing: It is written: "To the sailors of Ithaki, whom the wave embraced for ever"... The anchor is in the middle of Vathy, the houses are around it.
Favorite thing: This is the small island Lazaretto, with the church of Sotiras. The houses of Vathy are around it, which was an old pest house - and a prison too...