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Ithaca Island is a place where myth meets rugged beauty. Best known as Ulysses’ home island in Homer’s Odyssey, Ithaca is much less developed and flies very much under the radar compared to its neighboring islands Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Sailing into the port town of Vathy, you cannot stop thinking about what it much have been like for Odysseus to see his homeland again after 20 years away. Besides its mythical status and stunning beauty, the island boasts dynamic hilly and coastal landscapes, hidden beaches, secret sea caves, cozy villages and very few tourists too. Being one of the least visited of the Ionian Islands, it is an authentic example of a Greek Island that has managed to strike a perfect balance with seasonal tourism.
From ancient Grek ruins to breathtaking mountains views and stunning beaches, Ithaca has it all. The hospitable locals, the traditional food, the deep blue water, the nature, the steep bare landscapes, the picturesque fishing villages, the archeological treasures and many more reasons will make you love Ithaca and want to visit it again in the future. Holiday in Ithaca promise endless relaxation, dips in clear water, romantic walks and amazing landscapes. It is easy to see why Odysseus fond peace on this island and a holiday in Ithaca will likely leave you feeling relaxed and yearning to stake out place of your own. If you have been dreaming about spending next summer in one of the most divine Greek islands with laid-back atmosphere, we would suggest to put Ithaca at the top of your Greek island holiday list.
Ithaca, Ithaki or Ithaka is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia, from which it is separated by the Strait of Ithaca. Ithaca is the sixth largest of the Ionian Islands.
The island took its name from Ithakos who was the first to settle the island. Since antiquity, Ithaca has been identified as the home of the mythological hero Odysseus.
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Wondering what to do and what to see? The team of ALLOVERGREECE put together a list of must-see destinations and top-rated tourist attractions to help you make the most of your travel itinerary, so be sure to refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions.
HOW TO GET AROUND ITHACA | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Boats, Scooter / ATV
Rentals: Ithaca is a relatively small island and the distances are short, with the longest being less than 30 kilometers. Although public buses exist on the island, probably the best way to get around is by car, scooter or ATV. Most roads are fine, but you will encounter many extremely narrow, bumpy, curvy roads with sharp turns. Most beaches are accessible by road but bear in mind that there are many dirt tracks, which many car rental companies won’t cover in case of accident.
Bus: The Ithaca bus service runs two routes daily, from Vathi to the villages in the northern part of the island and back, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Taxi: Another option is to hire a taxi. You can pre-book a taxi, or pick one up from the taxi stand in the central square in Vathi. Upon arrival at the port of Piso Aetos, the taxi is the only means of transport, as there is no public transport. Boats: Numerous boats depart from Vathi and sail around the island, reaching most of the beaches that are not accessible by car. If you want to have more freedom, you can hire a private boat for a few hours or a day.
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