Area Guides: Ithaca

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Ithaca is the second smallest of the Ionian islands, still unspoiled. A gorgeous rocky island with
verdant vegetation, mountainous villages with traditional character that is generally identified with
Homer’s Ithaca, the home of Odysseus from Odyssey and Cavafy’s “Ithaca,” the symbol of
adventure, travel and continuous pursuit. It stands among the other Ionian islands as calm and
wild, simple and genuine, romantic and poetic, mysterious and legendary, all at the same time. Its
architecture is based on a mixture of cultural influences from the Venetians and British who
conquered the island in the past. Most houses are built using wood and stone with no balconies
but with lovely gardens and clean yards. The largest part of the island is amphitheatrically built
and you can find elegant mansions with many characteristics from the renaissance architecture
there.

Vathy is the main town. A full sized marina including dock and wet mooring slips will allow you to
sail the island in absolute comfort. The Ithaca Yacht club stands proud of its elegant dining room
and pub with a full service that can become a yachtsman’s paradise. Gentle, calm, clear waters
make Ithaca one of the safest sailing areas in the world. Swim in the crystal waters of Filiatro,
Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis or find your own secluded coves. Walk along trekking paths, have
your fresh seafood at the local, traditional tavernas and chat with the welcoming locals. Meditate,
have a relaxing drink and view zillions of stars in the night sky as you attempt to seize the day and
find the meaning of life. Other known small and charming villages in Ithaca are: Frikes, Kioni,
Perahori, Lefki and Exogi.

Reach Ithaca by boat or your private/rental yacht and once there, move around by car. It is
accessible from the ports of Patras, Kefalonia and Lefkada. Once in the island, you can move
around by car or taxi. Heath centre for emergencies is located in Vathy.