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Ithaki is known to the world as the island of Odysseus and Homer's Odyssey. Probably the most legendary of all the Greek islands, Ithaki is unspoilt by mass tourism.
Ithaki is situated only a few miles from Cefalonia. Its enchanting coves turn into paradise on earth. The west side of the island is steep and bare in contrast to the east which is verdant and slopes gently down to the sea.
The visitor can go on excursions to the traditional seaside villages and visit the medieval monastery of Taxiarches and the wonderful caves of the island.
A road leads from the capital port
of Vathy to the smaller ports of Polis, Frikes and Kioni, skirts
mount Niritos, allows a quick glimpse up to the village of Exohi,
perched up high, overlooking the bay of Afales and passes the
beautiful beaches of Agios Yannis. Exploring this unspoilt island
by boat or foot you are able to discover the legendary places
mentioned in Homer's odyssey, small inland villages, ancient
monasteries and deserted beaches.
Port Vathy, the small capital of Ithaki, looks out a large bay surrounded by mountains. Nearby lies the cave of the nymphs where Odysseus hid the gifts of king Alcinoos. The Phaeaceans returned a sleeping Odysseus to the neighbouring bay of Dexia. The waterfront shops, bars and tavernas of Vathy open out on both sides of the bay to a line of small houses, fronted by water and backed by mountains.
Other Useful Numbers:
Local dial code: -26740-
Police tel: ++30-26740-32205
Port Authority tel: ++30-26740-32909
Museum tel: ++30-26740-32200