Ithaca, the island of Odysseus, is one of the most mythical of all Greek islands, still unspoiled but of unique historical and architectural interest. Being one of the least known islands in Greece has given Ithaca the privilege to retain its authenticity and beautiful character. The architecture of Ithaca is based on the mixture of cultural influences, from the Venetians and British who conquered the island.
Most of the houses were built using wood and stone with no balconies, very close to one another while others have kept a nice distance. The whole town is rather characterized by an architectural brilliance that beautifully blends with the small traditional shops and houses with their lovely gardens and clean yards. During the late Venetian period and the end of pirate invasions, buildings were built with balconies and used other decorative features as well while during the British rule, the island adopted the Neoclassical characteristics.
A catastrophic earthquake in 1953 caused extensive damage in all of the Ionian islands, so entire settlements had to be restored on Ithaca island. Today, visitors can admire many elegant mansions with many characteristics from the renaissance architecture. If you are interested to come closer to the island's turbulent history visit the museums in the heart of Vathy and the ancient monuments.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.