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REGIONAL INFORMATION ON ITHAKI ISLAND

  • Ithaki (Ithaca)

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.

  • Ithaki Town

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.

  • Transportation
    • You may reach Ithaki by:
      • By Air / Ferry: From Athens ("Hellinikon" airport) to Cefalonia ("Argostoli" airport) (flight duration: 1 hour) (22/06 - 20/09 daily flights). For more information, contact Olympic Airways (tel: ++30-210-9666666 / 926755 / 9267444, fax: 9666111). Then, from Sami, Cefalonia by local boat to Ithaki.
      • By Bus:
        • From Patras port to Vathy port (one to two ferries daily, duration: 4 hours).
        • From Astakos port (Etoloakarnania) to Vathy port (one ferry a day, duration: 2 hours). For more information, contact Patras port authorities (tel: ++30-2610-341002 / 324817) or Ithaki port authorities (tel: ++30-26740-32909).
      • By Bus / Ferry: Form Athens to Patra, and then by ferry to Vathy (once a day). For more information contact Athens central bus station (KTEL) (tel: ++30-210-5250785).


Other Useful Numbers:

Local dial code: -26740-

Police tel: ++30-26740-32205

Port Authority tel: ++30-26740-32909

Museum tel: ++30-26740-32200

 

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