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Day 3: Kefalonia - Ithaca

7 day route to the Ionian Islands

Ithaca

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Ithaca is one of the most famous of the Greek isles. The name is familiar to virtually everyone who’s ever heard of the works of the ancient Greek poet Homer, for Ithaca is the birthplace of the legendary hero king, Odysseus. But archaeologists hold differing opinions regarding his exact place of residence, with possible versions ranging from Alalcomenes to Stavros.

Today’s attractions include an archaeological museum, a bust of Odysseus, the ruins of the ancient settlement of Pilikata, and numerous caves also mentioned in myths, such as Marmarospilia, the cave of nymphs. In 2010, the archaeologist Thanasis Papadopoulos announced that he had found the ruins of a three-story building in Ithaca Odysseus’ palace with a staircase set deep in a cliff. The palace is located not far from the village of Eksogi and forms part of the School of Homer archaeological park.

The island’s present-day capital is Vathi. It spreads out along the shores of a convenient, welcoming cove and naturally began to attract the attention of yachtsmen. The venetians built this stunning city and left a distinct imprint on its architectural style. You’ll see it clearly in the charming two-story houses with tiled roofs and narrow balconies as they ring the cove like an amphitheater. All tourist life is centered in Vathi, with the rest of Ithaca left in tranquility and peace.

Recommended boats for this region

Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 440
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(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 08/10 to 15/10
3 300 2 805
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Dufour Yachts, 2018
Dufour 382
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CD/DVD
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Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
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Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
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1 851 1 536
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2016
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CD/DVD
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Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
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2 700 1 890
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
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CD/DVD
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Electric toilet
GPS plotter
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Lazy jack / Lazy bag
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Solar panels
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6 200 4 340
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Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 450 Flybridge
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(Greece)
Autopilot
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Lazy jack / Lazy bag
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6 200 5 580
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2016
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GPS plotter
Hot water
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Sprayhood
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3 100 2 480
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat