Laced with small coves of transparent waters and trees that almost touch the sea, charming settlements hidden within its forests, mouthwatering delicacies that taste like heaven and an aura that will eternally enchant you, Ithaca is a place that will totally captivate you and, despite of its small size, your vacation days here will never be enough.
Despite being an outsider, Ithaca has nothing to envy from its larger competitors in the Ionian Sea in terms of natural beauty, gastronomy and culture. Its numerous small villages, either mountainous or seaside, boast well-manicured and perfectly maintained small houses and cottages of the local architecture. Visit the beautiful Stavros village, stroll around its mountainous streets and then enjoy some of the best meat dishes on the island; head to Anogi to admire the tall, vertical stones of the area with the tallest one reaching 8m in height; combine Paleochora with Perachori to indulge in its scenic beauty and panoramic sea views as well as a stroll through the ancient ruins scattered among oak trees; combine a refreshing swim with an afternoon coffee at the graphic Frikes seaside settlement and get a glimpse of the locals’ daily life.
You should also consider a tour around the island with a private boat as Ithaca boasts some stunning small coves, secluded and totally unspoilt, only reachable by sea.
BEST BEACHES IN ITHACA
Reachable by sea or by a foot path, Gidaki is maybe the most beautiful coast of Ithaca with its whitish pebbles, azure waters and unspoilt scenery.
Found on the northern part of the island, Afales is encircled by whitish dramatic cliffs and boasts exotic, completely translucent waters.
Consequent small coves right under the seaside road around the village of Frikes boasting white pebbles, crystal clear waters and lush greenery.
Very close to Vathy, Sarakiniko is a graphic cove reached by car and then a small footrail featuring a pebbly coast, emerald waters and natural shade.
This is maybe the largest and the only organized beach of the island with shallow, warm waters, white pebbles and trees that almost reach the coastline.
Calm and picturesque, Skinos is laced with pine trees throughout its shore and offers the ultimate tranquil beach escape for all types of visitors.
Only 2km from Vathy, Dexa is a long and narrow coast emerging from a lush olive grove right above offering calmness and serenity.
Easily accessible, this is a long coast surrounded by pine, olive and cypress trees boasting a pebbly coast and tranquil, clean waters.
Next to the island’s homonymous secondary port, Pisaetos is a beautiful coast offering a tranquil ambience and a scenic backdrop.
Surrounded by slopes carpeted with lush vegetation, Kaminia is another serene cove with white pebbles and crystalline, calm waters.