Ithaca

Ithaca – famous all around the world and through the depths of time. It is the island of destination, the island of nostos, the island of homeland and of love to it. Already since antiquity, through the poems of Homer, Ithaca becomes a symbol and, as a destination, takes on 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 along its dentelated coastline.

Ithaca is a single municipality, the Municipality of Ithaca, with its 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 clergy of the island is under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Lefkada and Ithaca. The permanent population of Ithaca is 3,231 residents (2011 census).

The picturesque villages will impress you with their 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 singularity to the beautiful landscape.

The island is divided into two parts, with a narrow strip of land linking the southern and the northern parts. In the southern part lies the capital of Ithaca, the homonymous small town. One more village of Ithaca is located in the south, Perachori, which is the most populated, while in the northern part of the island you will find six more villages.

The mountain Nirito is the tallest mountain on Ithaca, with its highest peak reaching 806 meters. The mountain is located in the northern part of the island and is located right across the port at Vathi – on top of the lower peak of the hill lies the Monastery of Kathara.

Although it is a small island, every corner of Ithaca hides its own beauties and is waiting for you to explore them.

  • Ithaca - Access

    All access information to Ithaca, whether you are looking to travel by airplane, car, boat, train etc. Learn how to get there no matter your starting point.

  • Ithaca - Accommodation

    When visiting Ithaca, you will be presented with a variety of choices for your accommodation. Either you choose to stay inside the villages or somewhere more remote, it is definite that the beauty of the landscape and the traditional architecture will amaze you. Ithaca does not have big hotel complexes with hundreds of rooms; it does, however, offer a big variety of small hotels, rooms to let, apartments, as well as villas, with private facilities for their visitors.

  • Ithaca - Beaches

    Discover all beaches of Ithaca on the map, with transport information and nearby points of interest. Popular or hidden beaches, family or nude, with a restaurant or beach bar on the coast, you will find it in TerraBook.

  • Ithaca - Cultural Attractions

    Discover all sights & points of interest of Ithaca on the map, with transport information, hours of service and contact details. Everything you should do & see on your trip.

  • Ithaca - Culture

    An island with a history that dates back thousands of years, a worldwide symbol of nostos and of the love we feel for our homeland, Ithaca could show nothing less than a rich culture, that is part of the life of its inhabitants and its visitors.

  • Ithaca - Entertainment

    You would never expect it from such a small island, but entertainment on Ithaca takes on a variety of forms. Most of you imagine quiet bars on the shore, interesting cocktails with radiant summer colors and tastes and a relaxed atmosphere...

  • Ithaca - Food

    Sea shore taverns, modern restaurants, local delicious dishes and desserts that you will definitely want to take back home with you: food in Ithaca is a serious and savory business!

  • Ithaca - Hospitals - Health Centers

    The Health Center of Ithaca is located in Vathi.

  • Ithaca - Information

    Here you will find all the necessary information about the island of Ithaca. The small island of the Ionian Sea with a history that spans through the centuries, gathers every year visitors from all the corners of the earth, who are moved by its beauty or who come here to fulfill a lifetime goal - reaching their own Ithaca...

  • Ithaca - Market

    Among the picturesque streets of Ithaca's capital, Vathi, you will find the market of the island. Most of the shops are small, with quality products and a vast variety. The market is ideal for a long walk, where you can window-shop, until you find among the beautifully arranged products, what you really like. Do not miss to visit even the smallest side roads, since even the smallest shops on Ithaca hide their own little treasures.

  • Ithaca - Music Stages

    You would never expect it from such a small island, but entertainment on Ithaca takes on a variety of forms. Most of you imagine quiet bars on the shore, interesting cocktails with radiant summer colors and tastes and a relaxed atmosphere...

  • Ithaca - Nature

    On the evergreen island of the Ionian sea, the small Ithaca, nature has surpassed itself. Verdant mountains and trees that reach all the way to the shore, invite the visitors of the island to see up close all the beauties and mysteries that are hidden away from the center and the crowded beaches, by following dreamy pathways, which will bring you to unique and majestic landscapes.

  • Ithaca - Public Services

    All public services in Ithaca are concentrated in Vathi, the capital of the island. The center of transactions and services is the Municipality Hall of Ithaca, and there is also a Citizen's Service Center, where you will find the offices of the IKA (Social Security) and OAED (Employment Services), a taxpayers' service desk, subject to the tax office of Argostoli, ELTA (post-office), OTE (Greek telecommunications), Police Department, Port Authority, Fire Department.

  • Ithaca - Services

    Even though it is the second smallest island of the Ionian islands, Ithaca offers a wide variety of services that will make your stay here more comfortable. Most services are situated at the capital of the island, Vathi, but you will also find ATMs, pharmacies and gas stations at the small villages of northern Ithaca.

  • Ithaca - Small Islands

    Around Ithaca is scattered a number of small islands that belong administratively to the municipality of Ithaca. Some are smaller, others are bigger, some are very close to the coast and others lie far in the Ionian Sea. All are uninhabited and covered with lush flora and most of them have beaches with emerald green waters and white pebbles, but they are accessible only if you have your own boat.

  • Ithaca - Taverns

    Sea shore taverns, modern restaurants, local delicious dishes and desserts that you will definitely want to take back home with you: food in Ithaca is a serious and savory business!

  • Ithaca - Tradition

    An island with a history that dates back thousands of years, a worldwide symbol of nostos and of the love we feel for our homeland, Ithaca could show nothing less than a rich culture, that is part of the life of its inhabitants and its visitors.

  • Ithaca - Transportation

    Here you will find all the necessary information about the island of Ithaca. The small island of the Ionian Sea with a history that spans through the centuries, gathers every year visitors from all the corners of the earth, who are moved by its beauty or who come here to fulfill a lifetime goal - reaching their own Ithaca...

  • Ithaca - Various Items

    Among the picturesque streets of Ithaca's capital, Vathi, you will find the market of the island. Most of the shops are small, with quality products and a vast variety. The market is ideal for a long walk, where you can window-shop, until you find among the beautifully arranged products, what you really like. Do not miss to visit even the smallest side roads, since even the smallest shops on Ithaca hide their own little treasures.

  • Ithaca - Vehicles For Rent

    Even though it is the second smallest island of the Ionian islands, Ithaca offers a wide variety of services that will make your stay here more comfortable. Most services are situated at the capital of the island, Vathi, but you will also find ATMs, pharmacies and gas stations at the small villages of northern Ithaca.

  • Ithaca - Villages

    Learn where to stay in Ithaca, and which places to visit. Browse all the villages, cities and communities on the map, along with nearby points of interest

  • Ithaca - Villas

    When visiting Ithaca, you will be presented with a variety of choices for your accommodation. Either you choose to stay inside the villages or somewhere more remote, it is definite that the beauty of the landscape and the traditional architecture will amaze you. Ithaca does not have big hotel complexes with hundreds of rooms; it does, however, offer a big variety of small hotels, rooms to let, apartments, as well as villas, with private facilities for their visitors.

  • Ithaca - Walking Tours

    The innumerable paths of Ithaca have been exploited only recently, and already they have loyal fans! The island is covered with lush vegetation, and since a big part of it remains unexploited by touristic infrastructure, the paths that the Ithacans have been using for centuries are still unspoiled and offer themselves to the visitors. Routes short and long, easy and more demanding for the experienced hiker, will bring you close to the nature and the flora of Ithaca. You will be rewarded with magnificent landscapes, that will definitely remain in your hearts as an unforgettable and special part of your vacations!

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