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There are two Ithakas; a small Ionian Island, two mountains joined by a craggy ridge, rugged in the west, gentle and more fertile in the east where the shoreline is indented by numerous coves and sheltered bays where it’s said a million olive trees of a type unique to the island grow.
Only 3,000 Ithakians live here but many more can be found living as far away as New York, Cape Town and Melbourne. Like their famous ancestor Odysseus they are a seafaring people and even today many a merchant ship or ferry is crewed by seamen from the island.
Homer accurately described Ithaka as “rocky and unfit for horses but good for goats”! A single road connects the island capital Vathy, with its sheltered fjord-like deep- water harbour giving the town its name, to a scattering of villages in the north such as Stavros and Kioni passing beneath the ancient monastery of Kathara, its bell tower a landmark from many miles away.
Whether you stay for one week or the rest of your life you may absorb these lines by the famous poet C P Kavafy: “Ithaka gave you a marvellous journey, without her you would never have set out. Wise you have become and full of experience. Now you will understand what these Ithakas mean.”
- Experience the amazing panorama at the top of Mount Neritos (809m)
- Explore secluded coves around Kioni and Vathy in your own motor boat
- Snorkelling tour with the Marine Adventure
- Swim at the ‘Blue Flag’ Dexia Beach
- Visit the Archaeological museum in Vathy
- Visit Exoghi and its church Agia Marina for ancient walks and amazing views
- Odysseus Museum
- Visit the Monastery of Kathariotissa named after the islands saint. It has a wonderful panoramic view of southern Ithaka
- Celebrate the panagiri or festival of Sotiros (the Saviour) over the 5th and 6th August, food, music, dance and fun
- Kioni ‘feast’ day on 20th July with live traditional music, food, wine & dance.
Vathy is one of the more spectacular natural harbours in Greece. Almost invisible from the sea, its narrow fjord like entrance, guarded by twin headlands, each with the ruins of Venetian gun emplacements, is protected by the huge bulk of Mount Neritos, the island’s highest peak. The town itself contains fascinating alleyways and stepped paths often lined with the walls of elegant ruins, their archways and windows covered in wisteria. The wonderful Archaeological Museum, housing collections dating back to the Mycenaean period, is also based in Vathy. The countryside in the immediate vicinity is glorious. Quiet lanes and tracks lead up the fertile valley behind the town from where newly opened footpaths can be taken to places straight out of Homer’s Odyssey.
Ithaka is two islands connected by the narrow ridge of Aetos. The north ‘island’, dominated by Mount Neritos, with the historic Kathara monastery and the Venetian village of Anoghi on its broad flanks, has a whole series of sheltered bays on its eastern shore. Stavros is the largest of several settlements scattered across the north end of the island. The large central plateia beside the church is pleasantly tree-lined and contains the only statue of Odysseus on the island. From Stavros the road drops down a valley to the tiny harbour and port of Frikes with its scattering of waterside tavernas. Beyond Frikes, the road twists around a series of delightful bays, before a short sharp ascent reveals the picturesque and atmospheric harbour of Kioni, with its colourful cafés and harbour side tavernas. The surrounding coves and bays around Kioni are beautiful places to enjoy but most are only accessible by sea, therefore hiring a motor boat is necessary.
- Melissa's House
- Rigoni Apartments
- Eleni Apartments
- Nitsa's House
- Perantzada 1811 Art Hotel
- Villa Elia
- Villa Joanna
- Villa Kounavato
- Villa Lefki
- Villa Lemonia
- Villa Marina
- Villa Rhodia
- Likoudis Apartments
- Villa Agrambeli
- Villa Koumaria
- Villa Agrapida
- Villa Porto Bello
- Villa Kirki
- Villa Kalypso
- Villa Kalimera
- Villa Kalosirthes
- Captain Yiannis Hotel
- Afales Cottage
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester
|London Heathrow||Kefalonia||Dep: 10:35hrs
|Terminal 5||From: 22nd May
To: 18th Sep
|Terminal 1||From: 1st May
To: 26th Jun
|Terminal 1||From: 3rd Jul
To: 2nd Oct
Coach transfer to Sami then an onward sea crossing to Piso Aetos on our charter boat. Where applicable, hire cars will be waiting at Piso Aetos otherwise you will be transferred by taxi or minibus to your accommodation.
Approx transfer time: 1 hours 30 mins
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
British Airways: For Heathrow flights to Preveza, please click here; pre-seating only available up until Tuesday 23:59hrs
Jet2 Airlines: Visit Website (You will need your Ionian booking reference and surname)
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.