Holidays In Frikes
Frikes Holidays at a Glance
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An unspoilt fishing village caught between sparkling sea and windswept cliffs, the harbour of Frikes is where al fresco diners watch the world go by and their cares melt away. Secluded sand and pebble beaches await discovery whether on foot or by boat, for days spent swimming, snorkelling and soaking up sunshine, while nightlife here may be sampling the catch of the day, or dancing under a starry indigo sky.
Who holidays in Frikes?
If you love Greece in all her unspoilt authenticity, you’ll love the coastal village of Frikes and the beautiful island of Ithaca - a destination rich with stunning views and echoes of a varied and colourful history. All your holiday wishes will be met here, whether you’re a family or a couple, young or old.
Key Facts - Frikes
- Dialing Code00 30
- Time Difference+2 GMT
You’ll find the locals friendly in Frikes; there are only a hundred permanent residents, a fact which helps to explain its laid-back, get-away-from-it-all air. As such it makes a perfect base for a holiday spent exploring further afield to discover the ins and the outs of beautiful Ithaca, the island on which Odysseus is said to have lived. Small, and understated, the coastal village of Frikes is nevertheless a bustling hive of activity in the cluster of bars and restaurants doing a steady trade. The pretty harbour is home to fishing boats and some slightly swankier yachts, and many of these vessels offer trips out on the crystalline waters, making their way up and down the attractive coastline. Expect to discover hidden inlets and coves offering secluded sun traps - somewhere to make the most of the serenity they provide.
Frikes’ own sandy beach is popular in summer months, protected and shaded from western winds by the Marmakas mountain skyline - just as well, as, you won’t find rows of twirling parasols and shaded sunbeds here. The beach shelves gently into warm shallows, perfect for donning a snorkel and joining the children in discovering the fish sparkling in the sun’s rays just below the surface.
Goat tracks and walking trails lead you through the stunning scenery of the island’s interior among the scent of olive groves and wildflowers. For a complete change of scene, take a short hop across to the brightly coloured harbour of Fiskardo on big and beautiful Kefalonia. Frikes is also the departure point if you’re heading for the lovely island of Lefkas a little further afield, with her amazing vistas, remote villages and inhabitants sometimes still in traditional dress.
Evening activity in Frikes centres around the tavernas, and may be quiet in comparison to other island resorts. Nonetheless, an al fresco nightclub attracts lively crowds in the summer months, where dancing to live music takes place beneath the stars.
Kathara Monastery - situated on Mount Neritos. It is the highest mountain on Ithaca with a summit of over 900 metres with spectacular views.
Satanic Settlement - a German settlement situated near to the capital Vathy. Germans bought an area of land in 1972 and it became a self sufficient community.
Dexia Bay - Odysseus landed on this bay after all of his travels.
Caves of the Nymphs, situated just above Dexia Bay - a cave, where Odysseus reportedly hid all of his treasures on his return journey from Troy.
Stavros Museum - Located in Stavros village, the museum holds a collection of the various finds from Northern Ithaca, dating back to the times of Odysseus. The museum was built in 1933. Open everyday from 8.30am to 15.00 pm (close on Monday). Free entry.
The church of Agios Gerogios, the cathedral and the church of Taxiarchis with the icon of Christ, which are believed to be painted by El Greco.
A walk through the ruins of the old medieval capital of Ithaca will bring back the memory of the past, when the city was full of life, before its inhabitants abandoned it to move towards the coasts of the island.
The vestiges of old houses fortified against the pirate raids can be admired, as well as some ruined Byzantine churches which still have some very beautiful frescoes.
5 kilometres south of Vathy, Ithaca's capital, on the most south-east corner of the island is the Spring of Aretousa, which is supposed to be the spring described by Homer in the Odyssey, where Eumaeus, Odysseus¿ swineherd, brought his pigs to drink and where Odysseus met him on his return, following the directions of the goddess Athena. The path leading to the spring is shade less and surrounded by ravines in some spots, so one has to be careful and not afraid of the highs.
Hiking through the rugged and beautiful hills is recommended. There is a decent hike to the Spring of Aretousa, where Odysseus met his swineherd in the Odyssey. One kilometre from Vathy is the Cave of the Nymphs.
In August, there is a cultural festival with artists and orchestras from all over the world.
Eating/Drinking During Frikes Holidays
This tiny harbour-front village is a 20-minute drive from the port of Pisso Aetos. Try freshly caught sea bass or sea bream with locally grown tomatoes and onion with a squeeze of lemon plus a glass of chilled local village wine in the traditional tavernas. Bliss!
Getting Around on Frikes Holidays
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To get around:
By Bus: There is one bus connecting Vathy and Frikes and runs twice daily, once very early in the morning and once in the afternoon.
By taxi: Taxis charge one euro per kilometre. As on most of the Ionian Islands, car hire is recommended.
By boat: The tiny port of Piso Aetos, on Ithaca's western coast, has a twice-daily service to Sami on Kefalonia. Vathi, by far the largest town on Ithaca, is also the main port and has twice daily connections to Sami on Kefalonia.
Frikes Holidays Shopping
While on Greece holidays you'll be able to find shops and shopping centres where you can purchase a huge range of items from clothing to jewellery and DVDs. If you're looking for mementoes of your trip, souvenir shops are plentiful where you can purchase a fantastic selection of local produce including wines, pottery, leather goods, hand-made jewellery, religious icons and embroidery.
The major cities and resorts offer a greater choice of shops and places to go to enjoy a full day's retail therapy; the comparatively low prices make Greece holidays perfect for shopaholics to indulge their pleasure without breaking the bank.
Holidays in Frikes - Beaches
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