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Day 3: Meganisi - 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

Lagoon, 2011
Lagoon 380 - 4 + 2 cab.
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 09/07 to 16/07
4 950 4 207
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2013
Sun Odyssey 469
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
TV
From 09/07 to 16/07
4 700 4 230
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 440
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Hot water
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 09/07 to 16/07
5 215 4 433
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2019
Oceanis 46.1
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 09/07 to 16/07
4 760 3 332
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2013
Bavaria 45 Cruiser
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Gennaker
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 09/07 to 16/07
3 750 3 375
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2012
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Teak
From 09/07 to 16/07
5 600 4 200
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat