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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

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2013
Bavaria 40 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 15/05 to 22/05
1 700 1 377
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 15/05 to 22/05
2 300 1 461
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 450 Flybridge
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 15/05 to 22/05
5 500 3 850
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2017
Sun Odyssey 479
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 15/05 to 22/05
3 304 2 808
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2018
Oceanis 51.1
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 15/05 to 22/05
4 100 2 435
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria, 2015
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 15/05 to 22/05
2 750 2 338
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat