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Ionian Islands of Greece

Take a look at Ithaca

The home of the legendary Greek hero Odysseus, Ithaca really is the jewel in the crown of the Ionian islands and a place where you can feel the ancient myths come alive. From the charming fishing village of Frikes on the North of the island through the chic, picture postcard beauty of Kioni to the bustling capital Vathi, each harbour offers something a bit different. There are numerous stunng anchorages on the island including Polis bay which is reputed to be the site of Odysseus’s farm. In the centre of the island the village of Stavros offers a glimpse of the traditional Greeks island way of life. Only accessible by boat, Ithaca is an unforgettable and magical place.

Frikes, Ithaca

Frikes is the most northerly of Odysseus’s legendary Ionian island of Ithaca (or Ithaki) and the relaxed lifestyle of the village revolves around the little harbour which is very popular, and for good reason. The small harbour is very picturesque and despite the amount of visitors it can often attract, it still manages to retain its typical Greek charm. From the bay you can cast your eyes over the houses that are built into the valley, leading up the traditional Greek windmills that stand on the top of the village, overlooking the harbour.

Kioni, Ithaca

The dramatic horseshoe bay and village of Kioni is one of the most beautiful places to visit whilst on a yacht charter holiday in the Greek Ionian. The entrance to Kioni bay is overlooked by three old windmills, and from here one sees the old village houses dotted on the hillsides behind the little port. The water is clear and there are four beaches within the bay itself, all with views across to the pastel coloured houses and surrounding olive groves. The picturesque village with traditional architecture is a great little place famous for its jewellery shops, with some great tavernas and restaurants.

Polis Bay, Ithaca

Ormos Polis is a bay on the west coast of the Greek Ionian island of Ithaca. At the north end of Polis bay was once the Cave of Louizos where bronze age masks and tripods were found, including the one dedicated to Odysseus. Whilst on your yacht charter holiday you can take a line ashore and take a trip to Stavros Town where there are tavernas and cafes in the hills. The beach of Polis bay on Ithaca island is a beautiful pebble beach, with clear, turquoise waters shimmering under the Ionian sun.

Vathi, Ithaca

Vathi on the Greek island of Ithaca (or Ithaki) is one of the larger Ionian island towns and more cosmopolitan than some, a picture of classical Greece with tavernas and cafes spilling out onto the town square lining the harbour’s edge. A beautiful white washed little church at the entrance to the harbour welcomes you this fantastic Ionian town. Vathi (or Vathy) is one of the South Ionian’s major ports where you can obtain all the yacht charter supplies you may need with shops, a few banks and a whole host of tavernas and cafés, Niko’s taverna behind the main square and Poseidon cafe are a couple of favourites. A great place to sit and drink coffee in a genuine Greek community with some nice jewellery and craft shops and gorgeous bakeries. Vathi is also one of the best places to leave your sailing yacht and hire a car or…

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