Ormos Polis (look at my page under unsorted locations in Greece) means "harbor of the city". The city is Stavros, the 750 inhabitants capital of the northern part of Ithakii, 2 km inland and at an elevation of 250 meters. Ormos Polis is in front of Fiskardo, on Cephalonia, on the other side of the Ithaki channel.more
Kioni (look at my page under unsorted locations in Greece) is a little village of 250 inhabitants, 5 km east to Frikes. As the ferries arrive in Frikes, most visitors do not come to Kioni which is a dead end. Thus, the village has kept its charm and remains rather quiet. Large yachts cannot anchor along the quays and thus most visitors are coming...more
Ormos Aghios Andreas (Saint Andrew’s bay) is the southernmost bay of Ithaki. It is framed west by Akra Aghios Andreas and east by Akra Plakes (Plakes cape), 2 miles SWW of Akra Aghios Ioannis (Saint John cape). The shore is steep and covered by shrubs. In the northern part of the bay, near the shore, a few small boats can anchor for a while. It is...more
The Ithaki channel is framed by Cephallonia, west and by Ithaki, east. It is around 2 mile wide and about 11 miles long. There are few shelters for small boats : Ormos Polis on Ithaki, Fiskardo, Aghia Eufemia and Sami on Cephallonia. We sailed several times both ways the Ithaki channel but it is considered as dangerous for small boats : the shape...more
Numerous archeologists have tried to identify the places mentioned in the Odysseus. Most of them now agree that Ulysses’s palace was near Stavros. Diggings have unearthed what might be its ruins. A small museum gathers the most significant artifacts found on the site. A statue of Ulysses (my photo) stands in the main square of Stavros.more
It is from Ormos Polis that Telemachus left Ithaki to search his father that had disappeared after the fall of Trojan (Od., II, 382-434). It is also from Ormos Polis that the pretenders launched a boat to intercept and possibly kill the son of Ulysses as he had become too dangerous for them (Od.,IV, 768-786 ; chapter XX).more
Go to the village Stavros and then further on with direction Exogi , there up in the mountain is a secluded village , overlooking a breathtaking view, the evergreen valley with spare settlements , the rocky cliffs at the sea , unfortunately i didnt take my camera tha day . But the view is absolutely awesome , especially before the sunset. You can...more
We were only here on a daytrip,but explored this town as much as we could!Life seems to revolve around the harbour area, with the small cafes and shops....great to wander.There are also a couple of museums here, the most popular is the archaeological museum and there is also a folk museum.More me, I enjoyed looking at the huge mansions that are...more
There are very few roads in the island. The main one goes from south in Vathy to north in Frikes / Kioni and there are only 2 buses daily doing that route. So public transport is not a very convenient option if you wanna explore the island in depth. In that case you better rent a motorbike or a car...more
Another place for a marvellous view from the heights ( with pic attached this time ) is the Katharon monastery. After Vathy the capital you take the road for northern Ithaki , about 6 7 kms away you deviate right at Katharon monastery . Again the view is absolutely breathtaking. The monastery itself is not very well preserved, its a bit dirty , but...more
Gidaki is one of the best beaches in the island. Is a pebbles beach, but long and not too crowded, as it can't be reached by road. The only way to get there is by a fishing boat that makes 2 daily trips there, so you can go early in the morning, spend half day there (there is a beach restaurant) and return in the afternoon.
7 euros for the boat.
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 ,...more
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...more