A quick guide to why you should visit Ithaca on your private yacht charter around the Greek Islands.
When departing on your private yacht charter around the Greek Islands from our home in Lefkada. Ithaca will be one of the first major islands that we are able to reach. It’s green and winding shoreline, making it a distinctive figure against its sparkling blue Mediterranean backdrop. But is it worth visiting?
The Quiet Ionian Island
Its coasts are beautiful and its past is legendary. Despite this Ithaca still remains one of the quieter large Greek Islands. This is primarily thought to be a result of the island having no airport for both international and domestic flights. This means that the only way to reach it is via boat. A prospect that deters many would-be visitors. But their loss is our gain, as the beaches, towns and landscapes that attract people to all the most popular islands are out in numbers here too. As a result, Ithaca makes for the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Greek Island experience. Relaxing and unwinding without having to deal with a large number of tourists. Usually found on other more popular islands.
A Place in The Sun
Beach lovers are simply spoilt for choice on Ithaca as the island is home to a vast array of beautiful beaches. Whether you are looking for large, sweeping white sandy beaches, or a secluded pebbled cove. This island has everything you could ever want. While we could spend all day listing the incredible beaches you should visit, we instead just mention our favourite. Filiatro beach, is a sheltered paradise found near the town of Vathy. Combining smooth white stones and clear warm waters. With rustic woodlands and quaint Greek charm, its the perfect little hideaway.
Hike Ithaca’s Hillsides
A bizarrely shaped island, Ithaca is home to some of the most unusual landscapes in all of Greece. A twisting and weaving coastline surrounds a range of rolling hillsides. The sides of which are steeped in lush vegetation that spans the entire island. From up here, the views are simply staggering, looking out over the island and her bays. Then onto neighbouring Kefalonia to the west or the vast Mediterranean to the east. Hikers visiting Ithaca are also treated to a number of hidden monasteries and churches, built up in the secluded foothills of the island.
Explore Ancient Sites
Ithaca is perhaps most famous for being home to Homer’s famous wandering hero: Odysseus. Yet while this tale may simply be the work of fiction. There are a number of ancient ruins that show this island does indeed have a long and illustrious past. Ithaca’s hillsides are littered with archaeological sites dating back thousands of years.
Even more are being found as the years go by. The most famous find so far is known as the School of Homer. Despite the name, it is not where the philosopher was educated (if he or she even existed). It is thought to be a site of inspiration for the epic poem. By matching up the descriptions in the stories, archaeologists believe they may have found where the palace of Odysseus would once have stood. They are now searching for evidence to prove this theory. Maybe it was more than just a story? Whether it was or not, being only a short walking distance outside the town of Stavros, this is a site well worth a visit.
Dive into the Depths
Life beneath the waves of Ithaca is just as exciting as what is on the surface. Divers, both novice and experienced, are treated to vibrant reefs. Breathtaking underwater landscapes and a range wrecks and cave systems just waiting to be explored. Spots for snorkelling are available too, primarily in sheltered bays such as previously mentioned Filiatro beach. Here, snorkelers can enjoy the island’s shallow waters, brimming with undersea plants and animals, whilst staying protected from the currents of the open sea.
Want to explore the mythical land of Ithaca? Then join us on a private yacht charter around the Greek Islands and experience it for yourself.
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