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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.

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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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Great place to unwind

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We are just back from a stay at the Eucalyptus Apartments [Tangerine] and were very impressed by everything about the apartment and complex. The apartment was very clean, including 5 changes of bedding and towels and cleaning during our 14 day stay. We received very clear directions from Reggina from the airport to the apartment [including photos to stop us getting lost!] and were met by Simon at the apartments. Simon was very pleasant and helpful and was always on hand in case we needed any assistance, which we didn't, but it was reassuring to know he or Reggina were available. The apartment is fully kitted out for our needs and is spacious. The view from the balcony towards the sea [about 50 metres away, though only 10 metres from other parts for the small complex] and Sami town were very good. It is a good idea to hire a car to visit other parts of the beautiful island and to drive to Sami in the evenings for the various tavernas. Although only a 20 minute walk to town, the return walk along the coast can be dark and a torch would be useful. There is a peaceful air about the whole site and we would thoroughly recommend Eucalyptus Apartments.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

Lovely unspoilt cottage on lovely unspoilt island.

5 of 5
The house is slightly old-fashioned and feels very "Greek", which we loved. The beds were comfortable, the hot water very reliable and the shower good. Kitchen facilities were fine and it was nice to arrive to a bowl of fruit and some tea and coffee. The terrace, surrounded by prickly pears and oleanders, with a view of the hills, was a perfect place to be, except in the middle of the day, when it was too hot for some, but there are other shady areas of the garden where you can sit. We did have to use anti-mosquito products when sitting out in the evenings, and found the plug-in ones useful for the night ( you can get packs of insecticide tablets from Kiki's amazing wonder-store in Frikes, as well as pretty well anything else you might need). The cottage is 5 minutes from Frikes and 10 from Stavros, so very well located, but you do need a hire car. As for the island, it is quite beautiful, partly because it is so mountainous, affording glorious views. For those like me, who find mountain roads challenging, be reassured: the roads are mostly excellent, with crash-barriers on the precipice side, so I coped well, only refusing to go up to the Monastery above Exogi. Beaches: Polis, below Stavros, is lovely and has facilities ( cafe, toilets, sun beds), but our favourite was "K2" ( second one along, between Frikes and Kioni), quiet, fascinating rock formations & a wall to sit on to get changed!), glorious mountain views. Restaurants : tried all 3 at Frikes, all good, all on the water's edge. Also, Donna Lefkas at Lefkas (posh food), and Ithiki Restaurant in Stavros: Prawns with saganaki and fennel- delicious. What to see: Kathara Monastery, Anogi (stuffed aubergines terrific, wall-paintings in church & wonderful walk up to Old Anogi), School of Homer ( Odysseus' Palace?) Esther does guided walks, very good, and she shortened ours as we are all knocking on a bit!. Vahi, very picturesque, busy, good for souvenirs. Excellent fish soup in the alley leading to the folk museum (shut that day, for technical reasons!). It's just a pity Ithaka is difficult to get to in September, but we did drink from the spring at Kalamos, so our return is assured! We loved it.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017