Ithaca Travel Guide

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Ithaca,'Odesseus statue'

Ithaca,'Odesseus statue'

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Ithaca, Greece is a small island; one of seven that forms the Ionian Islands. It is said to be the home of Odysseus or Ulysses in Homer's The Odyssey.

Prices are moderate for hotels and restaurants. The small size of the island makes it difficult to find accommodations without a reservation. Many of the residents of towns on Ithaca offer rooms in their own homes for rent and many have transformed some of the larger mansions into small hotels. There are many cottages in beach areas that can be rented as well.   

Ithaca offers a somewhat quiet atmosphere. The difficulty most have just getting to the island keeps many tourists away, but the island does feature hotels, tours, cruises, and great holiday offers. Vathy is the capitol of Ithaca and lies at an altitude of 110 meters above sea level giving it grandiose views that will knock your socks off.  

The resort town of Kioni is a must see. You will find interesting cafes, beautiful hotels, and other attractions. The houses were built into the mountain in amphitheater fashion. This is a fishing town, so you will see local fishermen coming in and going out.  

Travel to the town of Stavros where you can find some ruins of 16th century buildings that were destroyed in an earthquake. You'll also discover the Cave of Loizos, which is a place Gods were worshiped in ancient times. Artifacts of all kinds have been found here and many are in the Stavros Archaeological Museum

The Nautical Museum of Ithaca is in the capital town of Vathy. Settings of houses before the earthquake in 1953 are on the display as well as photographs of  earthquake damage. You can see the embroidered traditional dress of early inhabitants and interesting relics of the past. Entrance costs 1 Euro. Another Museum in town is the Archaeological Museum of Vathy, that houses relics from the Roman Period. This museum is free.

The island features several churches and monasteries that are very beautiful and worth seeing while you are there. The Church of the Saviour, The Church of Agia Vavara, and Monasteries in Taxiarches, Kathariotisso and the monastery of Saint Nicolas. 

You must visit one of the many beaches on the island. The sand is fine and the waters turquoise colored and clear. Some are quiet and tranquil with tropical plants abounding and others are exciting and active with water sports, bars, hotels, and restaurants. 
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