Home of Ulysses, the legendary hero of Homer, the tiny island of Ithaca attracts sailors and holidaymakers from all over the world. This lush green island is surrounded by crystal water and has wonderful coves around its coastline. Because of its small size, it is not as touristic as the neighboring islands. Ithaca is a place for total relaxation at the sea with the blue-green water. Sarakiniko, Filiatro, and Gidaki are the most beautiful beaches in Ithaca, while Kioni and Vathy are very picturesque villages to stroll around. The Monastery of Panagia Kathariotissa, located on top of a mount with breathtaking view to the Ionian Sea, is the main sightseeing in Ithaca.
The Monastery of Panagia Katharon is located on the way to Anogi. Panagia Kathariotissa is the patron saint of the island and its name day is celebrated on September 8th. Nobody knows the exact date of its construction but we know that the monastery was restored in 1696. Its main church (katholikon) operates since 1530 and has a beautiful iconostasis. From this monastery, visitors can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Ithaca.
Location: On the southern side of the island
Description: Vathy is the capital and main port of the island. The traditional houses, the paved streets and the picturesque harbor create a nice place to relax.
Location: 24 km north west of Vathy
Description: This village is built on the slopes of a mountain and it has a lovely port, where fishing boats moor quietly. This is an amazing place to relax.
Location: 19 km north of Vathy
Description: Frikes is a small seaside village on the northern side of Ithaca. Ferries connect Frikes to Lefkada and Kefalonia.
Location: 3 km east of Vathy
Description: Filiatro is a calm bay with white pebbles and crystal water. Lush greenery surrounds this small beach, which is the closest organized beach to Vathi.
Location: 9 km north west of Vathy
Description: This amazing little beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ithaca, with fine golden sand and emerald water.
Google map of Ithaca excursions
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