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Ithaka - Natural beauty and utter relaxation

Ithaka can only be visited by boat from the nearby Greek Island of Kefalonia, but it is worth the trip. Ithaka offers gorgeous mountains and tranquil seas lapping on secluded shores. If you're looking to escape the crowds, Ithaka is perfect, with its muted beaches, peaceful villages and welcoming tavernas, you'll never want to leave.

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Vathy

Situated on the eastern coast of Ithaka, Vathy is the largest village on the island and sits perfectly around it's beautiful natural harbour. Surrounded by olive clad undulating hills, this charming sleepy village enjoys a good selection of tavernas and amenities which lines the harbour's front and around the village square. Vathy boasts a good central position to explore the island, either by car or boat and is located only a few kilometres away from where our villas can be found.

  • 1hr 30mins fromKefalonia

Piso Aetos

Piso Aetos is one of Ithaka's tiny ports, forming one of the little ferry routes running from Kefalonia to Ithaka. Set on the south eastern coast of the island, Piso Aetos boasts a lovely bay lapped with turquoise clear waters, backed by a dramatic lush green mountain-scape. Situated within a 10 minute drive from the main capital Vathy and a 30 minute drive from quaint little villages of Frikes and Kioni, Piso Aetos occupies a great location for those wishing to explore the island, whilst boasting stunning views across to Kefalonia.

  • 1hr 30mins fromKefalonia

Your Ithaka Villa holiday

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Hints of history in Ithaka

Ithaka has enjoyed over 4000 years of history going back to the Neolithic period, though it remains most famous as the mythical home of Odysseus. The island's capital, Vathy, dates back to the 16th century and has a number of historic ruins, including a French fort from 1807. A visit to the town’s archaeological museum gives a good insight into its history. On exploring the island you’ll come across a variety of ancient ruins, tiny churches and monasteries, the most popular being the 16th-17th century monastery of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) in Kathara.

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Local cuisine in Ithaka

Throughout the island you’ll find wonderful tavernas and restaurants serving a fabulous variety of Greek cuisine, from the traditional moussaka, kleftiko and stifado to typical meat and fish mezes. The town of Vathy offers a great variety of dining options, including chic cafés and bustling crêperies, all of which are situated around the harbour, where the local fishing boats chug in and out delivering their fresh catches of the day. For those looking for something a little different, enjoy traditional rural cuisine at the little tavernas in the mountains.

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On the beach in Ithaka

Ithaka offers a delightful selection of sheltered coves and sweeping bays curving round shimmering turquoise seas. Most of its beaches are pebble and shingle, so the warm waters are crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling. While some are accessible only by boat, the more popular beaches feature quaint seafront tavernas where you can indulge in lunchtime mezes and escape the heat of the midday sun. Alternatively, pack a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the secluded, undeveloped beaches dotted around the island.

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Outdoor pursuits in Ithaka

As the mythical home of Odysseus, Ithaka attracts sailors from around the world who come to explore the island. You’ll spot beautiful yachts moored up in the calm, protected bays, with many a flotilla sailing past en route to one of the pretty harbours. Also popular with walkers for its variety of flora and fauna, the island offers a fabulous network of both mountain and coastal paths – some routes are quite challenging and require a guide – with panoramic views over the sea and a chance to experience a little rural life.

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Not to be missed...

  • Hire a boat and explore the islets, coves and caves around the island before mooring up in a secluded bay for lunch.
  • Explore Ithaka’s capital, Vathy, taking a stroll through its narrow streets and dining in one of the tavernas on the water’s edge.
  • Take a boat trip over to Kefalonia and have lunch in Sami, where much of ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’ was filmed.
  • Jump in the car and drive into the mountains to explore the quaint traditional villages and monasteries.
  • Pull on your walking boots and head out on one of the island’s pretty mountain trails.

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