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Fri, 07 Oct 2016

Holidays In Vathy

Vathy Holidays at a Glance

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Vathy, has been the capital of the island since 16th century and has a population of approximately 2,000 people. During the Middle Ages this area was called "Vale di Compare" (Valley of the Godfather). Today the official name is Ithaka, but everyone refers to the capital as Vathy or Chora. 

Who goes to Vathy?
Vathy is ideal for anyone in search of the unspoilt & authentic Greece of yesteryear and all its traditional charm. 



Key Facts - Vathy

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

The Town has been built along the coastline of one of the most natural ports of Greece. Extending from the coastline, the town meets a small valley full of citrus trees, vineyards, olive trees, and agricultural farming. This resort is quiet, beautiful and traditional. There are a handful of tavernas, all of which are very good. The nightclubs play mostly Greek music. There are a selection of shops including general shops, supermarkets, tourist/handicraft shops, bakers, chemists and a launderette. There are 2 banks and a post office.

Paleohora

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.

Aretousa Spring

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.

Paleohora

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.

Aretousa Spring

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.

Paleohora

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.

Aretousa Spring

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.

Water sports 


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. 


Horse riding

In August, there is a cultural festival with artists and orchestras from all over the world.

Eating/Drinking During Vathy Holidays

The capital Vathy, set in a natural bay, has a labyrinth of narrow streets and medieval architecture. Here locals play backgammon and chess in the coffee houses called Kafenions while tavernas offer their Dish of the Day.  

Getting Around on Vathy Holidays

To get there:

Ithaca doesn't have an airport, but you can fly from the UK airports to Kefalonia, and then take a boat transfer. The journey by boat takes 1 hour.

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.

Vathy 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 Vathy - Beaches

Agios Ioannis - Sand beach. Just below the main road on the west coast of Ithaca is this small beach with beautiful sand.

Dexa - This bay has a Sand/Pebble beach and is located in the Gulf of Skinos on east coast of the island. There is decent swimming and it is not far from the Cave of Nymphs.

Bay of Polis - Pebble beach Southwest of Stavros is a bay with the ancient name of Polis that has a beautiful beach. A cave on the north side of the bay is thought to have been a centre of worship for the early Greek civilisation.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Ithaca 20 24 27 29 29 26 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Ithaca 8 10 12 14 13 10 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 Ithaca Holidays - 5 Day Forecast