Vacations in Ithaca (Ionian - Greece)
Ithaca: The small, picturesque, verdant island of Odysseus
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Vacations in Ithaca island - Ithaca, The small, picturesque, verdant island of Odysseus
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Information On Ithaca
Ithaca is the smallest of the Greek islands of the Ionian Sea, except from Paxoi island, located south of Lefkada and right next to the north part of eastern Kefalonia. Ithaca has a long and narrow shape, while the north part and the south part of Ithaca are connected by a thin strip of land.
Ithaca became famous from Homer, thanks to its resourceful child, Odysseus. For that reason it is known in the whole of Greece as the island of Odysseus. Although there are some doubts, it is commonly accepted that today's Ithaca is actually Homer's Ithaca.
Ithaca is a quiet island filled with green, suitable for tranquility and relaxing time, without being deprived of the nightlife which you will find in Vathy, the capital of Ithaca, and in beautiful Kioni. You will also find several picturesque mountainous villages where tradition and tranquility rule.
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Beaches Of Ithaca
Most beaches of Ithaca are small in length and laid with pebble. The northern beaches are hard to reach contrary to the southern beaches which have easy access. Many of the beaches of Ithaca are accessible only from the sea.
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Travel To Ithaca
You can reach Ithaca only by ship, as it has no airport. There are ships for Ithaca departing from Patra (around 4 hours) and Astakos harbor of Etoloakarnania (around 2 hours), but from the neighboring Kefalonia as well which is less than half an hour away.
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Transportation On Ithaca (Car Rentals)
Public transportation is not very convenient and Ithaca is small, therefor it is best to have your own transportation. The largest part of the road network of Ithaca is with asphalt, which makes having your own car even more tempting. The maximum distance on the island, from Vathy to Kioni, does not exceed 25 kilometers.
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Accommodation On Ithaca (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Ithaca is not a big island so you should not worry too much about the place you should stay. Anyway, most rooms to let and hotels are found at Vathy, the capital of Ithaca. You can find some accommodation in Kioni and even less in the rest of the island's settlements.
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Food & Drink On Ithaca
The specialty of Ithaca is the Tserapa chicken, Tserepa being the traditional clay pot where the chicken is cooked. It is also worth to try the Savoro, fried fish fillet with raisins, garlic and rosemary. Last but not least, you will get to taste some unusual pies, like the onion pie. As far as deserts are concerned you have to taste Rovani, the traditional sweet of Ithaca with rice, honey, sugar and oive oil, which you will not find anywhere else in Greece.
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What To Buy On Ithaca
Before leaving Ithaca you should get some olive oil, white wine from the local variety Thiako, any of the great variety of spoon sweets (glyko koutaliou) and pure local honey.
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Attractions On Ithaca
A beautiful and well preserved museum in Vathy with various items from the past centuries of Ithaca.
Here you will see findings from excavations on Ithaca, from the Geometric Age up to the Roman Age.
Inside this cute little museum in Stavros village lie all the findings from the excavations at Polis Cave and at Pilikata.
The cave had been a religious center of the protoelladic civilization and its important findings are displayed at the Archaeological Collection of Ithaca.
At the mountainous village of Anogi lies one of the oldest churches in Greece and in the Balkans as well, Kimisi Theotokou.
Unusual rocky formations in Anogi village look like menirs. The most impressive one, Araklis, is 9 meters tall.
Kioni is the most picturesque settlement of Ithaca, built amphitheatrically and swamped with green.
Vathy is the capital of Ithaca and an attraction itself, as it has been declared a traditional settlement.
Katharon Monastery is the religious center of Ithaca, as Panagia Kathariotissa is the patron saint of Ithaca.
Inside the Nymphs Cave, besides the stalactites of the roof, you will see the ruins of a deserted altar.
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Alternative Islands To Ithaca
Ithaca is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Kefalonia (3 klm from Ithaca)
Lefkada (7 klm from Ithaca)
Zante (41 klm from Ithaca)
Paxoi (77 klm from Ithaca)
Corfu (106 klm from Ithaca)
Kythira (273 klm from Ithaca)
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Islands Connected To Ithaca
There is a ferry from Ithaca to the following islands:
Corfu (direct connection to Ithaca)
Kefalonia (direct connection to Ithaca)
Lefkada (direct connection to Ithaca)
Paxoi (direct connection to Ithaca)
Zante (direct connection to Ithaca)
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