Tourist guide of Ithaca island
Ithaca is the home of the Homeric hero Odysseus. Ithaca is a legend, has a big history and is related to intellectual people. It is the home of Lorenzos Mavilis. Ithaca combines perfectly the mountain with the sea and it is ideal for relaxing vacations.
Vathi is stretched inside a closed bay with sandy beaches and is the capital and the main port of the island. The houses are roofed with tiles with colorful windows and doors and along with the coastal road and the picturesque streets compose a beautiful picture. It is worthwhile to visit the house where Odysseus Androutsos was born, the Theater Library of the City, the Library of the Cultural Center, the bay Dexia, the island Lazareto, the coves Skinos, Thiliatrou and Sarakiniko and the Cave of the Nymphs, the ruins of the ancient city of Alalkomenes and the isthmus of Aetos.
You can swim at the beaches: Graves, Skinos, Gidaki, Thiliatro, Sarakiniko, Kaminia, Loutsa, Dexia, Aetos and Piso Aetos. Near to the mountain village Anogi there are impressive monoliths (Menir) - creations of nature, and the monastery of the Virgin Mary of Katharon.
The Exogi village is amphitheatrically built and is worth visiting the Pyramids and the church of Virgin Mary from where the view of the sea is magnificent. The beautiful coastal village of Kioni preserves its traditional and cosmopolitan nature and is worth visiting its windmills.
In the traditional village of Perachori you can find traditional houses to rent, while in Platrithia village, which land is very fertile, you can see the settlements of Agious Saranda, Lachos and Kalamos and from there to visit Afales bay with its small beaches and also the bay of Agios Nikolaos, with a beach and a small church, of the same name, on an islet.
Stavros is a beautiful village, and the largest of the area, where the portrait of Odysseus dominates. It is worthwhile to visit the cave of Loizos, located at the bay of City, which is the sea port of Stavros.
With a harbor for fishing and sailing boats, the picturesque fishing village of Frikies is built in a small valley. You can swim in the small beaches of Kourvoulia, Piso Kourvoulia, Limenia and Pera Limenia.
Nearby islands to Ithaca are Arkoudi, Atokos, Vromonas, Drakonera, Karlonisi, Lasareto, Makronisos, Oxia, Petalas, Pontikos and Provati. If you visit Ithaca, try meat or chicken in the pot, picarels with raisins, rosemary and rovani. It is worthwhile to buy potteries, embroideries and desserts.
For your stay in Ithaca, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Vathi, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can go by car to Astakos (Aetoloakarnania) or Kefalonia and then by ferry to Ithaca.
There is coastal link with Kefalonia, Lefkada, Patra and Astakos. Vathy and Piso Aetos connect with Patra all year long through Sami. Piso aetos connects with Fiskardo, Vasiliki and Astakos. Also, there are routes from Frikes to Fiskardo and Vasiliki or Nydri.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.