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Ithaca

is the fifth largest inhabited island in the Ionian see. It is located N.E. of Cephalonia and S. of Lefcas islands. The island is 27 km. from end to end and 6.5 km. at its widest point. It has an area of 92,7 sq. km. Ithaca is mostly mountainous.
The highest mountain of the northern part of Ithaca is Anoghi (the Homeric Mountain Niritos), 629 m. high. Ithaca is one of the districts under the jurisdiction of Cephalonia. According to the last census its population is 3.056. The origin of the name Ithaca is believed to derive from ithacos, son of Pterelaos.
Some claim that Ithacos was the son of Poseidon and Amfimili. Ithacos came to the island with his brothers Neritos and Polictor. Other interpretations as to the origin of the name of the island come from the Greek word “ithy” (cheerful) and the Phoenician word “Utica” (colony). Vathy a town of 1700 people has been the capital of Ithaca since 1500.
It is set around the bay of vathy. The entrance of vathy’s port (the Homeric Forkys port) is 300 m. wide and the length is 926 m. Lazareto or Sotiras isle lies at the south-western part of the port. There is a small church on the isle called Sotiras (savior). During the 19thy century those entering Ithaca were put in quarantine to prevent the spread of diseases.
Later the building on Lazaretto served as a prison until 1912. On the top of Lutsa hill, near the entrance of the port, lays a fort built by the French in 1807. Two cannons are the only arms that can still be observed. The cave of the Nymphs is a few kilometres north of vathy.
According to Homer, when Odysseus retuned to Ithaca he used the cave to hide the gifts offered to him by the phaeacians. There are remains of the ancient town (8th century B.C.) and ancient town walls (7th century B.C.) extending from the summit down slope of Aetos mountain 4 kms. West of vathy. The archaeological museum shelters a rich variety of findings from the Mycenaean, Corinthian, Protogeometric and Geometric periods such as pots, coins, tools, etc. Another remarkable museum to visit is the Historical and Cultural one.
An interesting church to visit is the Cathedral. The wooden iconostasis dates from 1793 and the steeple dates back to 1820. Another church you must visit is Aghios Georgios at Vunaki. It shelters an icon believed to be painted by El Greco. The library in Vathy shelters remarkable old books. There are many interesting old buildings in Vathy. A low, passed in 1978, prohibits construction in any other style of architecture.
There are several hotels, apartments, villas, traditional houses and studios to let. There are a great variety of restaurants, taverns, snack bars, coffee houses, and confectioneries. You can have fun at pubs, bars and clubs in and around Vathy. Motorbike, car, and boat rentals are available.
They’re a lot of service stations and two petrol stations. Near vathy there are several beaches: Lutsa, Dexa, Sarakiniko, Filiatro, Gidaki, Minimata, Skinos, Aetos and Pisso aetos.
They are easily reached by car or boat. Gidaki beach is accessed either by boat or by hiking trail. Buses depart daily from Vathy to Stavros, Frikes, and Kioni villages.
To see Vathy at its festive, decorated best, one must visit during May through to October when the town is thronged with people enjoying “Ithaca festival” including theatrical plays and concerts. Every summer an International Meeting on “ODYSSEY” is held in vathy.
 

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Stavros Dellaportas Kentiki Plateia Vathy, 28300 Ithaca, Greece,
Tel. +30 26740 33103 +30 26740 33103 ithaki@a1yachting.com
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Commercial Port
Name VATHY ITHACA/ITHAKI
Co-ordinates Of The Port N 38 50.1' E 20 42.7'
Port VHF Channels & Call Signs CH 12 Commercial Port Pilots
Services Water and diesel supply by tracks.
Places of interest
Attractions

THE TOUR OF THE ISLAND DELAS ‘SUPERIOR’ TOURS The Homeric Island of Odysseus ITHACA The mystery and allure of Ithaca is not in the ‘seen but the unseen’. Step back in time to the tradition of the ‘Grand Tour’. Where Mythology and History meet. Retrace the footsteps of Odysseus on this ‘Classical Tour’ Exclusivity for the discerning traveller. Highlights:
• Visit the ruins and canons of the old French Fort.
• Vital links to the Trojan Wars and the Ancient Olympics are discussed.
• View in the Pilikata Museum, artefacts rescued by British Archaeologists (1930-1938) from the Louizos Cave.
• By the same British expedition are findings from Alalkomenes displayed in the Vathy Archaeological Museum.
• Travel high into the mountains to 600 meters for stunning views of the Harbour of Vathy.
• Visit The Venetian Church of Anoghi to see the jewel coloured 16th Century Frescoes.
• From the heights, drop down to sea level to the quaint fishing Village of Kioni.

• Kathara monastery (For details please contact our office)

Transportation Mini Van or bus on Request, Motorbikes, Taxis, Jeeps, bicycles and sea taxi..
Accessibility
By Sea / Ferry Frequency From Athens 7 hours by boat and bus twice a day. From Patra 4 hours by boat twice a day. From Cephalonia 20 - 35 min by boat 4 times a day. From Astakos (aitoloakarnania) daily 2,5 hrs. from Lefcas (vassiliki port) daily 1,5 hrs.
By Air There is no airport in Ithaki yet. Helicopter servise on request, or through Cephalonia or lefcas.
Airport Details
International Code Name Of Airport EFL
National / International INTL
Length Of Runway 2.430m
Approach VOR DME(111MHz) - NDB(318KHz)
Biggest a/c Accepted ALL
Stands Available 6 large aircrafts
Private Planes Capacity 13 * 2tns or 3 * 7tns
Distance To/From Airport Argostoli: 8km / 10min, Sami: 37km / 40min, Poros: 40km / 50min, Fiscardo: 58km / 75min
Civil Aviation Authority Working Hrs Schedule is not provided yet
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