ITHACA - ITHACA SYMBOL OF ETERNAL LOVE
Ithaca, the island of the ingenious Odysseus, the hero of Homer, is an Ionian island, south of Lefkada and northeast of Kefalonia. The bust of Odysseus is an archeological site on the island of Ithaca that can be seen in the village of Stavros in the main square. The capital and main port of the island is the picturesque traditional town of Ithaca Vathi. At the entrance of the port, a bay is formed around the island of Sotira in which there is the church of the Transfiguration. On the hill from Vathi is the castle, built in 1807 with magnificent views. In Kioni, to the right of the port, there is a small part of the house where George Karaiskakis lived until the revolution of 1821.
At the top of Aetos hill is the Ancient Acropolis, the palace of Odysseus. In Pelikata, the city of Odysseus, is the archeological museum of Stavros, where there are findings from the Mycenaean and Corinthian periods. The nymph cave, also called the Marble Cave, has two entrances, one for the gods and one for the mortals. The Holy Monastery of Kathara, which is a reference point, has been built on the top of the Homeric Mount Niritos, since 1696. The Holy Church of Panagia in Linovrochia, built in 1800 has a magnificent wooden iconostasis, built by Metsovitis and the imposing old bell tower of 1820.
The Church of Panagia in Anogi Ithaca is one of the most important and ancient churches in the Balkans. It is decorated with frescoes of Byzantine style and has been declared by the Ministry of Education and Religions as a protected historical monument. In the Gulf of the City, there is an entire ancient city, with the Cave of Loizos which is an archaeological treasure, of Mycenaean Ithaca. The Pyramids of Exogi is a triangular pyramid about 3 meters high and another next to it, built with cylindrical "layers'' and located at the edge of the northernmost village of Ithaca. In the area of the village of Anogi there are scattered huge boulders called menir 9 meters high. In the center of the port there is a large iron anchor, a monument, dedicated to the Thiak sailors who were lost at sea.
Most beaches in Ithaca are small in length and with clear blue, crystal clear waters. The famous Platia Ammos, has all-white fine sand and is located in Afales, the deep bay north of Ithaca. Filiatro is the busiest beach on the island, as well as Stavros ta Kourvoulia, Aspros Gialos, Ai Giannis, and Lefki. Next to Filiatro, the most famous beach of Ithaca, is the bay of Sarakiniko which has two pebble beaches. If you want peace and seclusion, then the beaches of Ithaca will compensate every visitor as there are countless secluded beaches. Some of them are Kaminia, Myrtera, the beaches in the gulf of Afala, Alykes, Pera Pigadi, and many others that can only be reached by sea.
The local cuisine of Ithaca is characterized by the quality of local oil, aromatic herbs and spices such as rosemary, thyme and oregano. Many typical dishes are baked in the tserepa, a special clay dish with goat hair in which bread and various meats are baked. There is a great variety of spoon sweets such as sweet quince, sweet coumaro, sweet pear, jams, ravani, aliphaskia honey and many more. Thiacca spaghetti,the standard wedding food is thick spaghetti with a hole and made with meat, white wine and onion sauce. Traditional dessert of Ithaca is Ravani made with rice, honey, sugar and oil.