Ithaca Island

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The island of Ithaca belongs to the archipelago of the Ionian islands, and is located north-east of Kefalonia. Its verdant territory, small and mountainous it has characteristic bays considered by many to be paradises on earth. In its natural complex it has splendid and peaceful beaches. the Isle of Ithaca is famous for Homer's Odyssey for being the homeland of Ulysses. The western coast of the island is steep, creating a contrast with the coast greenery of the eastern part, which descends gently towards the sea. To visit with excursions i traditional seaside villages, with the intense color characteristic of the Ionian islands, the medieval monastery of Taxiarchon also called of the Archangels, and finally the curious and magnificent caves to be discovered. In general, verdant Ithaca is a favored place equipped of beautiful beaches and quiet villages, an ideal place for an unforgettable holiday.
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It was inhabited from the prehistoric era, in the Bronze Age and in the Minoan era. After 1000 BC Ithaca became an important trading center of many localities in Greece. It was occupied by the Franks, the Venetians, the Turks and repeatedly sacked by pirates. The Ottoman domination ceased with the arrival of the British who in 1864 ceded the island to Greece.
Ionian Islands Ithaca

Among the monuments and museums to visit we recommend: the Folklore-Naval Museum, the Municipal Theater Library and the Archaeological Museum, in Vathi, the Monastery of Taxiarxon in Peraxori, the Loizos Caves in Stavros.
Shipping lines with Hydrofoils and ferries connect it to Patras and Astakos. For further information, it is advisable to contact the Port Authority of Ithaca on the telephone number 0030 26740-32629
The major urban centers are the capital Vathi. coastal resort town of Kioni, the village located on the mountain of Peraxori e Anogi characteristic village located in the hinterland of the island.
Among the main beaches equipped for bathing are those of Paliokaravo, Loutsa, Aetos and Tsirimpis, located near Vathi, in the eastern part of the island of Ithaca, we find Frikes, Kioni, while in the western coast Aghios Ioannis and the bay of Polis, near Stavros. Departing from Vathi by ferry you can reach Mnimata and Gidaki. Among other noteworthy beaches are to be considered Aghios Nikolaos, Katsikouli, Sarakiniko, Kaminia, Gidari, Filiatro, Skinos, Mavrounas, Tsimpida, Sarakinari, Plakoutses, Filiatro, Lagadia, Koutoupi, Aspros Gialos, Kourvoulia, Limeniae Limenia pear.

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