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Visit Ithaki-ithaka on your next weekend getaway or holiday.

Explore the island of Ithaki-ithaka. Located on the Ionian side of the Greek mainland, Ithaki-ithaka has around 3,000 permanent residents, and was the home of Odysseus from Homer's 'The Odyssey.' Ithaca's two major cities, Vathy and Skavros, are both home to museums and cultural sites. The Kathara Monastery is of particular interest, as is the former sight of Homer's School.

Be sure to book rental properties on Ithaki-Ithaka with HomeAway. HomeAway offers a variety of packages and properties, and will be able to meet any traveller's needs, no matter what they may be. HomeAway has a variety of accommodations on Ithaki-ithaka to choose from. Romantic apartments on Ithaki-Ithaka and rental villas for families are available. For larger groups, multi-family homes are available both on the beachfront and in the city. These properties are meant for larger groups, and are available with lots of different amenities.

HomeAway also had great accommodation on other islands for those who like moving around. Book a holiday home on Corfu, or find comfortable accommodations when in Zakynthos-Zante.

Things to do

Vathy:

Vathy has been the main port on Ithaca since the 16th century, as it has one of the world's largest natural harbours. The town has 2,000 inhabitants. Vathy is considered a traditional settlement, and local building laws prevent any buildings that do not conform to the traditional standards of older structures. This has resulted in Vathy's ability to expand.

Homer's School:

Visit the ruins of Homer's School on the island. This archaeological site raises the question of if Homer's Ithaca (the setting of the Odyssey) and modern-day Ithaca are in fact one in the same. The school is located near a cliff that overlooks the sea, and is a beautiful hike in both directions.

Kathara Monastery:

Located about five miles outside of the capital of Vathy, the Kathara Monastery is a monastery and also serves as a church. The altar inside is made of gold metalwork and painted facades. The building dates to to the 1700s, and has a fantastic view of Vathy bay. Hiking is recommended, as driving terrain is somewhat questionable.

Lazaretto:

The island of Lazaretto is a small island in the bay of Vathy. This island was used as a quarantine for travellers, and from 1836 to 1912 was a prison. A small church now stands on the island. Get to Lazaretto by boat or sea taxi.

Filiatro Beach:

Filiatro beach is situated very close to Vathy, Ithaca's capital. Warm waters are fantastic for children, and there are tree-filled shaded areas. Camping sites are available further off the waterfront. There are a few tourist facilities, such as small food and drink stands.

Pernarakia abandoned monastery:

The abandoned monastery at Pernarakia boasts a fantastic view of the Ionian islands. From this vantage point you can identify Kastos, Atokos, and many more. The monastery itself is deserted, and is located near the village of Exogi. Again, hiking is generally considered the best option.

Weather in Ithaki-ithaka

Expect a stunning and hot summer and milder, wet winter in Ithaki-ithaka. Summers reach up to the mid-30s, while winters dip down to the 10-15°C range. Precipitation is generally only seen in January and February. In the summer months, the Etesian winds cause trouble for sailors, but can be advantageous for various watersports.

Travel to Ithaki-ithaka

Cephalonia International Airport (EFL) is the closest airport to the island of Ithaca. From Cephalonia, the best option may be to rent a car or hire a taxi. Both car-carrying ferries and catamarans run between both the mainland and all public islands daily, and run more frequently during the high tourist season.

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Mrs C

5 of 5
Superb villa - exceeded our expectations. The photos on website are accurate. Pool a bit smaller than the picture shows but big enough and perfect. Incredible sea views from villa and terraces and lovely outdoor areas
  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2018

Vathi View, What A View!!

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Vathi View - the house is a traditional Greek home, comfortable enough and well equipped to accommodate a couple or family of four. We loved the two terraces, both exclusive to the house, one immediately outside the front door and an upper wooden deck with sunbeds and an outdoor shower - both with outstanding views over the harbour, it was so lovely to relax with breakfast or evening glass of wine just watching the comings and goings of the sailing boats and occasional "gin palace"! Its location is very convenient for supermarket, bakeries, restaurants (of which there are many), banks, scooter and boat hire, all within 5 minutes' walk but just far enough away from any busyness - not that Vathi was "busy" in comparison to some Greek island destinations in July. The owner, Brian, was brilliant with his responses to any questions and queries I put to him prior to our visit, no matter how daft some of my questions may have seemed, we had all the information we required by the time we arrived to just unpack and get on with our holiday. Brian also recommended Nico of Alpha Cars in Vathi for scooter or car hire, which I would recommend if anyone wants to explore Ithaca – Nico is also the contact if there are any problems at the house, needless to say there weren’t any! All in all a wonderful relaxing holiday on a beautiful, lush Greek island.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 08, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018