Ithaki Island Travel Guide

  • Captain Aristos came to Ithaca Island
    Captain Aristos came to Ithaca Island
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  • Sailing the Ithaki channel
    Sailing the Ithaki channel
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  • Statue of Ulysses
    Statue of Ulysses
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Ithaki Island Things to Do

  • From Ormos Polis to Stavros

    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.

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  • Kioni

    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...

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  • Ormos Aghios Andreas and Telemachus...

    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...

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  • Sailing the Ithaki chanel

    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...

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  • Ulysses in Stavros

    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.

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  • Ormos Polis

    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).

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  • Hiking in Northern Ithaki

    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...

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  • Vathy / Ithaki Town

    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...

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  • Frikes

    Frikes is a tiny little village in the north of the island. It has a harbour, but not really a beach, just little creeks outside town.But it's got a few coastal restaurants where you can have a fresh fish on a terrace.There is a bus going there twice daily from Vathy.

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Ithaki Island Restaurants

  • Japanese sticks in Ithaca

    At a small hidden corner , with some aluminium chairs on the pavement , a tres sympa resto , with chinese-tai-noodles-curry cuisine , good prices and offers a solution if you re a bit fed up with Greek traditional food in Ithaki.

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  • Trust the greek cuisine...

    There are enough restaurants in Vathy, most of them have tables exactly next to the sea (don't be drunk and fall in the sea...). I'd suggest you to try especially any kind of seafood.

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Ithaki Island Transportation

  • By road around the island

    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...

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  • By ferry

    You can reach Ithaki by ferry from Patras (in the Peloponesse). There are 2 daily ferries with Blue Star lines, via Sami (Cefallonia) that take about 3 hours, 12 euros.There are also ferries in summer to Pissaetos pier from Lefkada island. 2 hours, 6 euros.

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  • Sailing...

    Renting a boat is the best way to go to undiscovered beaches all around Ithaki or even sail from one island to another (for example, Kefalonia and Lefkada are very near between each other)...

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Ithaki Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset at Katharon monastery

    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...

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  • Eumeo hut?

    Wandering around Vathy, on my way to Arethousa Fountain, I found this old hut made of stone. My mind was on the Odyssey, so I thought: "This could easily be a similar hut to that where the pork shepperd Eumeo took care of the Ulisses cattles..."Why not? Imagine, is free :-)))

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  • Little creeks

    Though most of the coast around is rocky, you can find little hidden creeks here and there. But they are hard to reach by road, the best way to go is by boat.If you take the boat that makes the island tour, they stop a few times in some bays for swimming.

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Ithaki Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by SirRichard Updated Sep 17, 2004

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    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.

    Me at Gidaki
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  • A island soft as a kiss

    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 ,...

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  • Hidden creeks

    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...

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  • Penelope

    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...

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