Ithaca

Discover the allure of Ithaca, a mesmerizing island nestled in the Ionian Sea, where myth and history blend effortlessly with stunning landscapes. As the legendary home of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, Ithaca holds a unique charm that captivates every traveller. Bask in the idyllic ambiance of this serene island, where turquoise waters meet lush greenery, and experience an unforgettable vacation that will leave you enchanted.

How to Get There

You can get to Ithaca on the Luxe Sailing tours. Ithaca is accessible via various transportation options. For international travellers, the most common route is to fly to Athens International Airport (ATH) and then take a domestic flight to Kefalonia Airport (EFL). From Kefalonia, a short ferry ride will take you to Ithaca. Alternatively, you can take a ferry directly from Patras or Kyllini on the mainland of Greece.

Getting Around

The best way to explore Ithaca is by renting a car or a scooter. This gives you the freedom to venture through the island’s charming villages, secluded beaches, and hidden gems at your own pace. For those who prefer not to drive, there are local buses connecting the main towns and villages, as well as taxis available for shorter trips.

Culture

Ithaca is steeped in history and mythology, and you’ll find remnants of ancient civilizations scattered throughout the island. Embrace the warm hospitality of the locals who are proud of their heritage and eager to share stories of Ithaca’s rich past. Take part in traditional festivals, where music, dance, and local customs are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Activities and Adventures

  1. Exploring Caves: Embark on an adventure to the Cave of the Nymphs, where according to Homer, Odysseus sought refuge. This captivating cavern is accessible by boat and offers a mystical experience.
  2. Hiking and Nature Trails: Ithaca boasts numerous hiking trails that wind through lush landscapes, leading you to breathtaking viewpoints and secluded beaches. The Raxi Mountain trail is particularly rewarding, providing panoramic vistas of the island.
  3. Beach-Hopping: With its pristine coastline, Ithaca offers an array of beautiful beaches to enjoy. From the popular Gidaki Beach to the serene Aspros Gialos, each beach is a unique paradise waiting to be discovered.
  4. Sailing and Water sports: Rent a boat or join a sailing tour to explore the nearby islets and hidden coves. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for snorkelling or try your hand at kayaking and windsurfing.

Cuisine

Ithaca’s gastronomy is a treat for food enthusiasts. Sample authentic Greek dishes infused with local flavours, fresh ingredients, and a touch of island charm. Don’t miss out on these culinary delights:

  1. Kefalonian Meat Pie: A traditional dish made with savoury meat, onions, and spices, encased in flaky pastry.
  2. Seafood Delights: Indulge in an array of fresh seafood, including grilled octopus, sardines, and delectable shrimp dishes.
  3. Kreatopita: A hearty pie filled with minced meat, rice, and aromatic herbs, baked to perfection.
  4. Ithacan Honey: Taste the island’s renowned honey, produced from the local bees that feast on the island’s wildflowers.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Ithaca’s nightlife is vibrant yet laid-back, offering a mix of options to suit different tastes:

  1. Harbor-front Bars: Enjoy a relaxing evening at the bars lining the picturesque harbours of Vathi and Kioni. Sip on local wines or cocktails as you watch the sun set over the Ionian Sea.
  2. Taverna Nights: Experience traditional Greek music and dance at lively tavernas. Join in the festivities with plate-smashing and authentic Greek dance moves.
  3. Moonlit Walks: Take a leisurely stroll under the moonlight along the waterfront, where the enchanting atmosphere will leave you in awe.

Conclusion

Your journey to Ithaca Greece will be an unforgettable escape into the beauty of ancient legends and breathtaking landscapes. Let our tour agency assist you in planning your dream vacation to this mesmerizing Greek island. Embrace the enchantment of Ithaca and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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