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Sightseeing in Ithaka Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Ithaka is the beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, whose history is inextricably linked with the amazing myth about Odysseus. The isle attracts travelers with its rich archaeological heritage, amazing natural attractions and an abundance of lovely beaches. This island is perfect for those who wish to retire from the madding crowd, as well as those who prefer active entertainment.
Ithaka is famous for its jewellery. It is always handmade items and you can even see the process of its production. The jewellery is usually made in Venetian style, which is used only in … Open
The starting point for many excursions is the legendary Loizos Cove, where archaeologists have uncovered a lot of unique artifacts. Some of them confirm assumptions about the exploits of Odysseus, as well as the fact that the first inhabitants of the island piously revered cult of the goddess Artemis, as well as Hera and Athena. Those who are fond of myths of ancient Greece should definitely look into the cave of the Nymphs, which is located in the northern part of the island. According to a legend, returning Odysseus hid enormous treasures received from Alcinous, ruler of Phaiacians, in that cave. Aetos hill, where scientists have discovered the ruins of the ancient acropolis, is also worth mentioning among archaeological sites. According to scientists, more than four thousand years ago, it has housed a large settlement.
One of the oldest and most interesting settlements to visit is the village of Anogi . Its main hallmark is an old church built in the 12th century. This religious monument has been completely restored; the walls of the church today house a rich collection of ancient frescos. The village is famous for its huge boulders scattered around its entire perimeter. Some of them are perfect and resemble masterpieces of outstanding sculptors, rather than chaotic nature creations. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Ithaka is an ideal island, where you can introduce your child to the work of great Homer. Despite the fact that there is no archaeological evidence of Odysseys reign, who took part in the … Open
One of the highest hills is the site of the old Moni Katheron that has to be included in the recreation program. The monastery houses a precious religious relic, the icon of the patroness of the island. There are several attractive viewing platforms near the monastery from which the picturesque panorama of Ithaka can be admired.
Polis Bay Ithaka There are several amazing museums on the island, the most visited among them is the Museum of Stavros. Bronze tripods and clay masks, which, according to one version, once belonged to Odysseus, are represented there. The museum's collection is incredibly extensive and interesting, and wonderful story is associated with every exhibit. There is a high hill nearby, where, according to legend, once there was the palace of Odysseus. Every day inquisitive travelers climb the hill to admire the ruins of the legendary palace and appreciate the bird's-eye view of surroundings.
There are a lot of catering establishments on Ithaka. Local cafes are called taverns. Greeks love to spend evenings in taverns, drinking local alcohol and chatting with family and friends. … Open
Those who won’t be enough of archaeological finds represented in the Museum of Stavros are recommended to visit the Museum of Vathi. You can continue learning about the history of the island, appreciate a rich collection of porcelain and see a lot of unique historical finds. Nearby there is another interesting cultural center, the Folklore Museum. That’s an ideal base for exploring the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous population. Antique furniture and household items, clothing and handicrafts are among exhibits. One of the halls boasts a rich collection of photographs that will help you to see the island in the 18th - 20th centuries.
Ithaca Island is home to numerous beautiful beaches, so absolutely all travelers will easily find coastal areas suitable for their taste. Agios Ioannis remains the most popular beach of the island. There are several reasons for that, and a breathtaking view of Cephalonia is not the last one. Despite the everlasting popularity and hundreds of visitors, this beach is deprived of any infrastructure. It has managed to keep its original beauty. There are many attractive places for pedestrians near Agios Ioannis.
While communicating with Greeks, remember that some of the common gestures have a different meaning in Greece. For example, if you want to show neglect to a person, just pretend that you are … Open
It would be a mistake to fail to mention Filliatro Beach that is located not far from Vathy. Dense tree groves grow very close to the beach, so it is comfortable to relax there even in the midst of a hot day. There is one more popular beach not far from the capital. Loutsa Beach is always very popular with local people. There are several popular hotels and restaurants nearby, and tourists will enjoy visiting numerous souvenir stalls and outlets, as well as shops that offer jewelry. Beaches in the resort town of Kioni are the great choice for modern travelers who value comfort. These beaches are located close to the center of the town, so it is easy to mix sunbathing with shopping and dining.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Ithaka Island
♥   Castle 'Assos Castle' Assos, 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Santa Maura Castle' Lefkada, 38.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vonitsa Castle' Vonitsa, 63.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Chlemoutsi' northwestern Elis, 64.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Arta Castle' Arta, 92 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Ithaka Island
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko limnothalasson Mesolongiou – Aitolikou' , 52.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Ygrotopon Amvrakikou' , 79.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Tzoumerkon-Peristeriou kai charadras Arachthou (Zoni III)' , 132.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Ithaka Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Navagio Beach

From the series “The Hidden and Hard-To-Reach Beautiful Beaches”
To the picturesque sandy beach can only be reached by boat or with the cutter. The unified beach without any infrastructure is incredibly popular with tourists. Every day the travelers come here to see the ancient smugglers' ship and to relax in the calm atmosphere. Despite the relatively small number of holidaymakers, the atmosphere on the beach remains calm and quiet. Those who want to spend their time in full solitude should head to Navagio Beach early in the morning. … Read further

Melissani Cave

From the series “Fantastic and Colorful Caves Inside the Earth”
At different times of the day, the light stains the cave in different colours, making it one of the most amazing natural attractions of the planet. It is important to note that Melissani cave is an important historical object. Thousands of years ago it was used for religious rituals. Unique religious artifacts were discovered in the cave. Figures of the god Pan, clay disks and plates with images of the nymphs are now kept in the archaeological museum of Argostoli. … Read further
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