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Ithaka villa holidays

The charming island of Ithaka forms part of the Ionian Islands and is situated just off Kefalonia's north-eastern coast. Also known as 'Ithaki', this is an ideal place for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a typical Greek holiday without the crowds. Reached by boat from Kefalonia, Ithaka boasts a wonderfully dramatic landscape, from undulating olive-clad mountains plunging into crystal clear, turquoise waters to idyllic, unspoilt coves and quaint, traditional villages. Steeped in enthralling ancient Greek mythology, Ithaka is famous as the homeland of Odysseus whose adventures are recounted in Homer's Odyssey. The island's capital, Vathy, is perched on the water’s edge around a large inlet and it is here that you will find most of the island’s amenities. Our villas are located near to Vathy, a great base from which to explore the island or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the charming countryside. Ithaka is ideal for multi centre holidays with Kefalonia.

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  • Vathy

    Vathy

    Situated on the eastern coast of Ithaka, Vathy is the largest village on the island and sits perfectly around its beautiful natural harbour surrounded by olive clad undulating hills.

    3 villas 1hr 30mins Kefalonia
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Ithaka Villa Selection

We have chosen a selection of 3 villas from our full list of properties in Ithaka. Find the perfect villa below:

About Ithaka

Hints of history in Ithaka

Ithaka has enjoyed over 4000 years of history going back to the Neolithic period, though it remains most famous as the mythical home of Odysseus. The island's capital, Vathy, dates back to the 16th century and has a number of historic ruins, including a French fort from 1807. A visit to the town’s archaeological museum gives a good insight into its history. On exploring the island you’ll come across a variety of ancient ruins, tiny churches and monasteries, the most popular being the 16th-17th century monastery of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) in Kathara.

Local cuisine in Ithaka

Throughout the island you’ll find wonderful tavernas and restaurants serving a fabulous variety of Greek cuisine, from the traditional moussaka, kleftiko and stifado to typical meat and fish mezes. The town of Vathy offers a great variety of dining options, including chic cafés and bustling crêperies, all of which are situated around the harbour, where the local fishing boats chug in and out delivering their fresh catches of the day. For those looking for something a little different, enjoy traditional rural cuisine at the little tavernas in the mountains.

On the beach in Ithaka

Ithaka offers a delightful selection of sheltered coves and sweeping bays curving round shimmering turquoise seas. Most of its beaches are pebble and shingle, so the warm waters are crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling. While some are accessible only by boat, the more popular beaches feature quaint seafront tavernas where you can indulge in lunchtime mezes and escape the heat of the midday sun. Alternatively, pack a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the secluded, undeveloped beaches dotted around the island.

Outdoor pursuits in Ithaka

As the mythical home of Odysseus, Ithaka attracts sailors from around the world who come to explore the island. You’ll spot beautiful yachts moored up in the calm, protected bays, with many a flotilla sailing past en route to one of the pretty harbours. Also popular with walkers for its variety of flora and fauna, the island offers a fabulous network of both mountain and coastal paths – some routes are quite challenging and require a guide – with panoramic views over the sea and a chance to experience a little rural life.

James recommends
  • Hire a boat and explore the islets, coves and caves around the island before mooring up in a secluded bay for lunch.
  • Explore Ithaka’s capital, Vathy, taking a stroll through its narrow streets and dining in one of the tavernas on the water’s edge.
  • Take a boat trip over to Kefalonia and have lunch in Sami, where much of ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’ was filmed.
  • Jump in the car and drive into the mountains to explore the quaint traditional villages and monasteries.
  • Pull on your walking boots and head out on one of the island’s pretty mountain trails.
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Beaches

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Loutsa, Vathy

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre

Beach type:

Shingle beach, Public beach, beach is in a cove, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Bar
Information updated 19 Nov 2013

Dexa, Vathy

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, accessed by less than 15 Steps
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Free

Beach type:

Shingle beach, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion, Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Bar
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant
Information updated 19 Nov 2013

Filiatro, Vathy

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car
Parking: Within 5 mins walk

Beach type:

Public beach

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion

Activities for hire:

Pedaloes

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Bar
Information updated 19 Nov 2013
 
 

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*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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