Known as the home island of Ulysses from Homer's Odyssey, Ithaca Greece belongs to the Ionian island group. Apart from its mythical essence, it boasts an incredible natural beauty. Similarly to its neighboring islands, it is covered with lush green nature and it offers exotic beaches with emerald waters.

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The island is only reachable by ferry. Ferries depart from Astakos port, in western Greece and from Killini port in Peloponnese. But it is also connected to Lefkada and Kefalonia islands.


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Famous all over the world as the homeland of Odysseus, the mythical hero of Homer, Ithaca is an iconic island.
However, it has so much more to offer! Carpeted with lush greenery, dotted with quaint villages and having exotic beaches, the island oozes charm in abundance!

The only way to immerse yourself in the magic of this place is to explore it. Vathy, Kioni, and Frikes are the most picturesque villages. What’s interesting about these villages is that they have managed to keep their traditional identity despite the touristic development. Vathy, in particular, is the island’s center of activities and where the most hotels are located.

As for its beaches, they share the same exotic setting with their Ionian neighbors! Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis are some of the best ones.
If you’re searching for a secluded alternative, though, Gidaki beach is your best bet!

Except for chilling out and relaxing, visitors can also go for swimming, hiking, and sightseeing. The medieval village of Anogi, Loizos Cave and Katharon Monastery are some of the must-visit places of the island.

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In Ithaca, you will discover a wide selection of apartments, studios and traditional houses for your accommodation.
Mostly located in Vathy, the island's accommodation facilities offer an authentic experience with well-equipped units with all comforts and various amenities.


The only way to reach the island is by ferry. There are ferries from Greece mainland (Astakos and Killini ports), Kefalonia and Lefkada. The closest airport is on Kefalonia, and offers daily flights from Athens but also from many European cities.
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Discover the highlights of Ithaca to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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  • Vathy village
    Vathy, the capital of Ithaca, is constructed around a large bay and has a lovely port promenade with fish taverns and cafeterias. A small islet is found at the entrance of the port.
  • Gidaki
    Gidaki beach is an attractive and isolated beach accessed only by boat from the port of Vathy. There is an adventurous hiking trail that locals only use and it is considered very tiring as a result most of the tourists favor the boat service.
  • Polis
    Polis bay is pretty close to the village of Stavros and 18 km north of Vathy, the capital of Ithaca. Polis is a beautiful pebbled beach with clear turquoise waters shimmering under the Mediterranean sun.
  • Kioni village
    Located on the northern side, Kioni is among the most picturesque spots on the island. As it is surrounded by greenery, the waters in Kioni have blue green colour.
  • Monastery of Kathariotissa
    The Monastery of Kathara, or Panagia Kathariotissa, is located on the highest spot of Ithaca. Its location gives breathtaking view to the Ionian Sea.