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Ithaka

"As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery."
C. P. Kavafi
Ithaka
 
What is it about this small island in the Ionian sea that made Ulysses struggle there for ten years before his return? What was so special that witches' or goddesses' promises of immortality and not even fatal poisons could frighten him away from it?
Ithaka is a symbol of longing for home, immortalised by Homer in his Odyssey, but also a theme which manages to inspire contemporary artists. Maybe Ithaka herelf is the greatest enchantress of them all.

In the second part of our Trilogy of trips you will have the opportunity to experience the best of Ithaka and be enchanted yourself.
The most striking aspect of the island is the serene peacefulness you feel the moment you enter the bay of Vathi, its capital. Her traditional, doll-like houses welcome you to travel back to a more relaxed time and invite you to momentarily escape your reality and to lose yourself in this dreamlike land. In the middle of the bay lies the tiny island of Lazareto, a green jewel in the bright blue refuge of Vathi's port.

In the summer, Ithaka is a favourite destination among lovers of sailing, who choose to lose themselves in the beauty of its many private natural coves. She is also a haven for artists, who find inspiration in Ithaka's serene environment which helps them to unwind and start afresh.

One of the reasons we choose Ithaka to be part of our trip is that despite its profound history, breathtaking beauty, crystal blue sea and white stony beaches, the island has not been exposed to mass tourism development and remains a destination for those in the know, disregarded by many in their exploration of the Ionian islands. Here you can stay in simple yet elegant apartments and arty boutique hotels, taste authentic dishes in traditional tavernas or just simply relax by the sea.

If you are a lover of natural beauty bring your hiking boots and prepare to explore the island on foot. Ithaki may be small but is, nevertheless, full of potential. Explore it like a local! Find out more here