10 Best Things to do in Ithaca, Greece [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla July 30th, 2020 Posted in Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Ithaca, Greece soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Ithaca with suggested tours!

10 Best Things to do in Ithaca, Greece
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Ithaca is an island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second-smallest of seven main Ionian Islands, next to Paxi. If you’re familiar with Greek Mythology, you might know about Homer’s fantastic and popular poem “The Odyssey”. Ithaca was the main setting of it and Odysseus is the main hero and considered the ruler of Ithaca. Making Ithaca known as the island home of Odysseus, it offers lots of great information and knowledge about Greek Mythology. Beaches, museums, harbor, those are the other places you can visit on this island.

List of Best Things to do in Ithaca, Greece

1. Filiatro Beach

 

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An easily accessible beach. Filiatro beach is very organized and has crystal clear waters of Ithaca. Of course, it has white pebbles like all the beaches of the island. The small shop that exists has coffees, soft drinks, water, and souvlaki (Greek fast food) that you must try.

2. Gedaki Beach

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An incredible beach one must go anyway! It is a very beautiful beach that has crystal clear waters with colors in all shades of blue. Another proof of the beauty of the Ionian. Have a magical day. Witness a beautiful landscape. Whatever you choose to do is worth it.

3. Kathara Monastery

 

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A simple but beautiful monastery. It offers a nice view that will take your breath away from its beauty as you see almost all of Ithaca. The monastery is small but well maintained. For a truly beautiful experience, it is worth going there to pray.

4. Sarakiniko Beach

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After passing the first bay and crossing a walkable path with rocks, you will probably end up in the calmest, most beautiful, and wonderful beach of the island. The landscape at Sarakiniko Beach is idyllic. The waters are turquoise and crystal clear, the beach doesn’t have so many pebbles as well.

5. Dexia Beach

 

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A small beach with turquoise waters outside Vathi. There are umbrellas and sunbeds as well as olive trees that offer their shade. A fully organized beach but is very quiet and relaxing. There is also a canteen that provides ice water, soft drinks, and beers.

6. Kioni Harbour

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Extremely picturesque harbor for yachts and the most picturesque place in Ithaca. The port of the seaside village of Ithaca, Kionios or Kioni, is very beautiful. It has restaurants where you can enjoy local delicacies, as well as shops where you can buy souvenirs! It is worth taking walks in the cobbled alleys of Kioni to discover small treasures.

7. Homer’s School

It is interesting for someone who knows the detailed descriptions of Homer. The site has not been completely excavated, but being at the top you can distinguish the structure of the building, especially if you first looked at the diagrams in the town square. There is not much to see here, but the view is still beautiful, and imagining this place in ancient times is inspiring.

8. Maritime – Folklore Museum of Ithaca

A beautiful and classic Folklore Museum. In a few minutes, you can learn things about the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the island and their daily habits as they were some years ago! There are more items related to the life of the people of the previous decades and a few samples for the naval history of the island.

9. Frikes Beach

 

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On the road from Frikes to Kioni, there are several small bays that will invite you to relax and swim. Frikes beach has crystal clear waters and is very quiet perfect for a day of relaxation and tranquility.

10. Aspros Gialos Beach

 

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Probably one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and of the Ionian! Easy access, has a walkable path with steps. The beach has a semicircular shape, white pebbles, and the serene and clear waters. On the opposite side of the island, you can see Kefalonia. Umbrellas with sun loungers are also available. However, there is no beach bar. Definitely a place to visit.

Where to stay in Ithaca, Greece

Budget Hotel

Korona Apartments

10 Best Things to do in Ithaca, Greece

Korona Apartments in Vathi provides air-conditioned accommodation with views of the sea and free WiFi. Each unit is equipped with a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

Price: Starts at $51 per night for Two-Bedroom House, includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

Luxury Hotel

Mouzika Elegant Suite 

10 Best Things to do in Ithaca, Greece

Mouzika Elegant Suite offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden, and a terrace. This apartment includes 2 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a washing machine.

Price: Starts at $99 per night for Apartment, includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Ithaca, Greece. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Ithaca.

How to go to Ithaca, Greece from London

Via Aegean Airlines: (one way with one-stop)

There’s no airport on the island of Ithaca. The nearest airport is in Kefalonia.

*From London Heathrow – Athens – Kefalonia

Ticket Price: £100.86

Via EasyJet: (one way)

*From London Gatwick – Kefalonia

Ticket Price: £108.55

*From Kefalonia to Ithaca via Ferry

There’s a ferry that departs daily to Kefalonia going to Ithaca. The trip may take 2.5 hours. The ports of Vathi and Pisaetos both serve ferries going to Ithaca from Sami in Kefalonia island.

*Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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