School of Homer


The tumbledown walls of this archaeological site, a short walk above the village of Stavros, have long been known as the School of Homer, but recent archaeological digs have revealed that they may well belong to the long-lost palace of Odysseus himself. It’s all in ruins, and smaller than you might expect, but wonderfully evocative nonetheless.

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Nearby Ithaki attractions

1. Stavros Archaeological Museum

0.67 MILES

The most interesting exhibits in this one-room museum 10 minutes' walk outside Stavros come from a large sea cave in the bay to the south, now rendered…

2. Gidaki

7.28 MILES

While Ithaki doesn't have many beaches, those it does have are stunning – perhaps none more so than Gidaki, a white-pebble beach with waters so luminous…

3. Marime & Folklore Museum of Ithaca

7.98 MILES

A diverse collection of objects gathered from houses across the island and piled haphazardly atop each other are on show here. There are antique…

4. Archaeological Museum

8.03 MILES

Vathy's little archaeological museum displays artefacts found during island digs, including some attractive bronze horses and votive objects rendered…

5. Myrtos Beach

9.87 MILES

From the road that zigzags down to it, you'll understand why Myrtos is touted as one of the most breathtaking beaches in all of Greece. From afar it's…

6. Porto Katsiki

10.85 MILES

The once-spectacular beach at Porto Katsiki, near the island's southwestern corner, sustained major earthquake damage in 2015. As the debris washes away,…

7. Egremni Beach

12.95 MILES

Long famed as one of the best beaches in Greece, remote Egremni was devastated by an earthquake in 2015. Both the road that ran to the clifftop above it…

8. Drogarati Cave

16.03 MILES

A popular stop for round-island coach tours, Drogarati Cave is a natural cavern hollowed into the hillside 4km south of Sami. A short, steep stairway…