The famous all around the world and in the depths of time Ithaca is the island of destination, the island of nostos, the island of homeland and love to it. Since antiquity, through the poems of Homer, Ithaki is a symbol and as a destination has an even greater and deeper meaning by the poem of Cavafis.
It is a small green island, the “emerald” in the Ionian Sea, with pebbles, pure white beaches and unique turquoise waters in dentelated coastline.
Ithaki is a single municipality, the Municipality of Ithaki with capital the city of Ithaca, also called Vathi , located in the southern part of the island. It belongs to the Ionian islands and is the second smallest of the Ionian islands (slightly larger than Paxos). The church belongs to the Diocese of Lefkada and Ithaca. The permanent population of Ithaki rises to 3,231 residents (2011 census).
The picturesque villages will impress you with the simplicity and authenticity, while Vathi, built around a natural bay, is one of the most picturesque, colorful and serene, small island states of Greece. The island Lazaretto in the middle of the bay gives an extra touch of uniqueness to the beautiful landscape.
The island is divided into two parts with a narrow strip of land linking the south with the northern part. To the south there is the capital of Ithaca, the homonymous small town. Another one of the villages of Ithaca is located in the south, Perachori , which is the most populated, while in the northern part of the island you will meet six more villages.
The mountain Nirito is the tallest one in Ithaca, with the highest peak of 806 meters. The mountain is located in the northern part of the island and is just across the port at Vathi - on top of the lower peak of the hill there is the Monastery of Kathara .
Although it is a small island, every corner of Ithaca hides its own beauties waiting for you to explore.