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Day 10: Alykes - Ithaca

Ionian Islands in two weeks

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

Hanse Yachts, 2019
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(Greece)
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Self-tacking jib
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3 000 2 250
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Jeanneau, 2014
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CD/DVD
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Bavaria Yachtbau, 2015
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
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1 920 1 642
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Jeanneau, 2005
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54DS
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CD/DVD
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Gennaker
Heating
Hot water
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Internet connection
Inverter
Microwave
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Outside speakers
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Lagoon, 2020
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Bimini
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Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
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3 800 3 420
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Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Marina Gouvia, Corfu
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Heating
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Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
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2 650 2 253
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