Spectacular Things To Do in Ithaca Greece

There are lots of things to do in Ithaca Greece. According to Homer, this island was the home of Odysseus.

Imagine being on the very island that is strictly related to one of the most famous travelers and adventurers in the books, after Hercules. 

Rich, in the essence of mythical adventure and man’s hope of immortality, this famous among the Greek islands destination, offers the magical ambiance of times past and the stories that light our imaginations.

Known as Odysseus’ kingdom, Ithaca stands as a symbol for spiritual quests. It symbolizes the discovery of the richness of all that each of us is and could become.

things to do in ithaca greece
From one of the tops of Ithaca

Find refuge from the humdrum of daily living in a magical adventure that holds adventure and inspiration that is only limited by the dimensions of your imagination.

Enjoy lounging on beautiful beaches and enjoying the perfectly scattered greenery of the landscape — a perfect culmination of wonder and breathtaking views.

Things to do in Ithaca Greece

The island has a little something for everybody. It belongs to the Ionian islands complex and has several hidden gems to reveal.

Sailing, exploring, shopping, dining, hiking, taking in the culture and history of Greece and total immersion into the mythical legends for an unforgettable adventure is possible on your trip to Ithaca.

Hike around the island. Here are two different proposals for hiking in Ithaca Greece:

Check out the archaeological sites

The first people appeared in Ithaca Greece during the Neolithic Age. Over 30 archaeological sites tell more about who they were.

Is it possible that Odysseus’ palace exists in one of the yet to be excavated sites? Learn more about the ancient people inhabiting Ithaca by visiting some of these fantastic sites.

Click here to find a shortlist with these locations.

Sail the Ionian Sea from Ithaca Greece

There are many different locations to access by water. Choose from sailing or yachting, whichever suits your preference at the moment.

things to do in ithaca greece

You’ll notice the different “feel” of the environment in the Ionian Sea as compared to the Aegean.

Ionian sea territory is described as a whole other Greece. You’ll pass through narrow corridors surrounded by tall cliffs with impeccable landscapes.

Sail to the many small islands that each have their unique charm.

You have your choice of day trips or planning overnight excursions to gain a fuller experience of the culture.

There are a host of yachting centers that cater to your resupply needs or for accommodating your overnight needs.

Don’t forget to view the loggerhead turtles and their egg-laying grounds.

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Afales beach, close up

Travel by sailboat to the enclosed bay of Kioni.

Village of Kioni
Kioni Village

Enjoy the journey there, and when you dock, you’ll be amazed by the breathtaking scenery.

Gidaki beach
Gidaki beach

You behold a quaint fishing village with stone homes and lovely patios overflowing with flowers.

The waterfront is packed with amenities to please all tastes.

Visit the one of a kind coffee shops with a variety of beverage offerings.

You may enjoy dining at unique restaurants featuring tables on the water, followed by a visit to one of the stylish bars in this hamlet that began in the 16th century.

Magnificent sandy beaches await you. Explore the pebbled beach of Filiatro along with:

  • Skinos Bay
  • Gidaki
  • Marmaka
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Polis
  • Dexa
  • Frikes
  • Aetos
  • Pisaetos
  • Rachi
  • Sarakiniko Bay
  • Minimata

Spend time in these locations in Ithaca

Vathi and Lazareto are nested in a bay with deep fjord-like waters.

Take an excursion to the 17th-century church in Lazareto, also known as the islet of the savior.

things to do in ithaca greece
See the village of Vathi and the Ionian Sea at the far end.

Take in the Ionian architecture featured in the hotels, shops, and other structures. It will flood your senses and to the overall experience of the island.

Enjoy world-class shopping at the various markets and shops featuring authentic Greek foods, beverages, artwork, and one of a kind gift items.

Stop in for coffee, enjoy lunch at one of the many cafe’s or visit the unique array of vendors.

Museums offer opportunities for viewing relics from the ancient past, artwork and total immersion into the history and culture from past and present Greece.

Immerse yourself more in-depth into the history and culture of old Greece by traveling to the Katharon Monastery. You’ll find it to be a religious mecca.

It is also called the patron of Ithaca or the monastery of “Panagia tis Kathariotissas.”

It has been standing in Homer’s Niritos, the most magnificent location on the isle point since 1696, and you won’t want to miss it.

There is so much to see and do in Ithaca Greece.

Don’t miss the village of Anogi, also called Upper Land (Ano Chora) and is one of the oldest villages of Ithaca. Few know that it is the 2nd most crucial medieval settlement of Ithaca.

Visit the Byzantine church dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin. It has exciting frescoes and worth seeing. 

Where to stay in Ithaca island?

There are some top selections, depending on the type of vacations you want to do and your company. Here are the top accommodation suggestions.

Romantic Escapes: The Perantzada Art Hotel in Vathi. White-washed rooms boutique hotel, classy and pretty nice private balconies are overseeing the bay of Vathi.

To the Beach: Choose the Captain Yiannis Hotel in Vathi. Fully equipped with kitchenettes, and great views to the Ionian sea, minutes from the beach. 


Piso Aetos, beach
The beach of Piso Aetos, Ithaca

You’ll want to plan and give yourself plenty of time to take it all in.

Ithaca offers something for everybody, whether you’re after an adventure, seeking rest, a unique experience of cultural immersion, or perhaps a little of each.

You’ll find it in Ithaca, Greece.

Photo credits: Zhang YuDeadEndMindSpiros VathisMickJonesMalingering.

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