At present I am living on the island of Ithaca, one of the smaller Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece. Having completely fallen in love with the island last year, I spent a total of 2 months exploring it before deciding to spend the summer months here this year. So I thought it was only fair to spread the love and give you a little glimpse of each of the villages on the island (and a rather large dose of holiday inspiration). Starting with Vathi.
Vathi is the port town on the south part of the island of Ithaca. Vathy is the capital and has been the main harbour of Ithaca since the 16th century. Vathi is the only town on the island (as everywhere else can only be classed as a village). It is beautifully picturesque and is built amphitheatrically around the harbour, which is said to be one of the safest and largest natural harbours in the world.
For those of you who have a thing for history or mythology, Ithaca is generally identified as Homers Ithaca, home to Odysseus. I grew up a bit obsessed with Greek mythology so the idea of getting to explore the island from Homer’s poem, The Odyssey, seemed like a complete adventure.
However, if you are into sunshine, sailing and beach days, this is a great place to relax. And Vathi, with its cute coffee shops, curio stores, a museum and a multitude of pretty little side streets to explore, is definitely worth putting on your list of holiday spots to pay a visit, or incorporating into your honeymoon if you intend island hopping.