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 it can make you giddy. There's no road to the beach and the only access is a delightful walking path from Vathy. Most people, though, come by boat and it can even get quite busy in summer.

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Nearby Ithaki attractions

1. Archaeological Museum

1.52 MILES

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

2. Marime & Folklore Museum of Ithaca

1.62 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…

3. Stavros Archaeological Museum

6.62 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…

4. School of Homer

7.28 MILES

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…

5. Myrtos Beach

11.03 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. Drogarati Cave

12.07 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…

7. Moni Agiou Gerasimou

16.99 MILES

Dedicated to Kefallonia’s patron saint, Moni Agiou Gerasimou is maintained by nuns. The large complex contains pretty gardens, a big, modern church and a…

8. Porto Katsiki

17.91 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,…