Ithaki was the home of Odysseus, Homer's hero that wandered for
years before he finally reached his long-lost kingdom and returned
to his wife Penelope. Although some archaeologists have identified
other islands as ancient Ithaca, today's Ithaki remains the favored
Still, there is not conclusive evidence as to
the location of Odysseus' palace. Ithaki is a small mountainous
island, relatively unspoiled by massive tourism. It is separated
from Cephalonia by a channel 2 to 4 kilometers wide. The west coast
of the island is steep and almost barren in contrast to the green,
gentle shoreline on the east.
The capital and main harbor is Ithaki or Vathi.
It's a charming town, with some old mansions, nice cafes and restaurants,
and three museums: the archaeological, the nautical and the folklore
museum. It's also the safest point to leave your yacht and explore