What to Do on the Island of Ithaca

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Ithaca is one of those smaller Greek islands that is a bit off the beaten track. Although it achieved popularity because of the role it played in Homer’s Odyssey, it doesn’t seem to be the island that people seek out when they’re traveling to Greece, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Besides the fact that this is the island Odysseus came from and spend so much time traveling back to during the Odyssey, it has charms that can satisfy the modern traveler, as well. Here’s a look at what to do once you’re here.

Kathara Monastery

Kathara Monastery is another great place to visit while visiting this island. There are many reasons why you would want to spend some time at this monastery. It is interesting to take in the spiritual side of the Greek culture at this Orthodox Christian Monastery. It is also in a quaint location in the countryside, which means that it has some great views as well. This is definitely a great place to spend the day.

Filiatro Beach

Although there are plenty of beaches on Ithaca, Filiatro Beach is the one you will want to make time for if you only have a short time on the island. This beach is a popular spot for those who come to the island by boat for the day. It is also a very popular beach with facilities such as a small cafe with refreshments. There are also sun beds and umbrellas to rent. This is the perfect place to relax in the sun and enjoy the waters!

Kioni Harbor

While on the Greek island of Ithaca, visiting Kioni Harbor should top your list. Visitors to this island sat that it is a peaceful, romantic area by the sea that actually has something for everyone. Although couples do find the romance here, it is actually a main draw for visitors because of how charming of a harbor it is. While here, you’ll want to walk the streets, visit some of the boutiques, eat in a seaside cafe, and also relax away all your stresses. It is a popular place to visit by boat, as well, and you will see many boats docked here from other parts of the island with the intent of spending the day.

Archaeological Site of Homer

Besides the fact that Ithaca was mentioned in the Odyssey as being the home of the hero, Odysseus, there is also an important archaeological site here that is associated with Homer, the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. It is said that Homer ran a school on this island and visitors can view what remains of it while also learning about the poet.

One of the most charming things about Ithaca island is that it is a bit off the beaten path. Sure, there is a healthy crowd of visitors that flock here during the tourist season. However, it isn’t as popular as some of the other islands in Greece. This has helped the island maintain its traditional charm.

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