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Introducing Ithaki

Sheltered Ithaki dreams happily between Kefallonia and mainland Greece. The island is celebrated as the mythical home of Homer’s Odysseus, where loyal wife Penelope waited patiently, besieged by unsavoury suitors, for Odysseus’ much-delayed homecoming. This tranquil island is made up of two large bodies of land joined by a narrow isthmus. Sheer cliffs, precipitous, arid mountains and occasional olive groves gild this Ionian jewel. Diminutive villages (much rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake) and hidden coves with pebbly beaches add to the charm, while monasteries and churches offer Byzantine delights and splendid views.