Can one journey provide myth and immortality? It can, if the final destination is Ithaca.
Ithaca is located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece. It is an island full of legends, stories and knowledge. Your own trip to this unique landscape will also be the stuff of legend: gorgeous coves, beautiful beaches and a wooded landscape adored by yachters and sailors.
“As you set out for Ithaca, hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery,” wrote the great Greek poet Constantinos Cavafy.
The island of Odysseus
Odysseus was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca who is renowned for his brilliance, guile, and versatility. Perhaps Odysseus’ most famous contribution to the Greek war effort was devising the stratagem of the Trojan Horse, which allowed the Greek army to sneak into Troy under cover of darkness. And the long journey he took after the decade-long Trojan War is also very exciting.
What to do in Ithaca
Ithaca was first inhabited in the Neolithic Age. Despite the research, Homer’s Ithaca has still not been revealed. However, excavations have brought to light more than 30 archaeological sites.
And we all want to believe that one day, not too far away, Odysseus’ palace will be unearthed.
Vathi: the lady of the island
Built within this deep-water, fjord-like bay, the capital of the island maintains its charm and its traditional Ionian architecture. Museums, cafes, shops, all-day bars, restaurants, stylish hotels, make up the main part of town.
And there are two archeological museums in Ithaca, and you can’t miss the one in Vathi. The collections there are very precious, it’s good opportunity for you indulging in history.
Kioni: a bay in the valley
It is impossible not to fall in love with Kioni – especially when you arrive by sailboat at the enclosed bay, with its traditional, picturesque, listed fishing village.
Stone homes with patios brimming with flowers, little coffee shops and restaurants with tables on the water, stylish bars. As soon as you step onto the waterfront, Kioni will take you on a charming journey into a history that started in the 16th century.
Katharon Monastery: a religious mecca
A religious beacon, the monastery of Panagia tis Kathariotissas, patron of Ithaca, has been standing in Homer’s Niritos, the most beautiful point of the island and a significant attraction, since 1696. Don’t miss its feast day every September 7.
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