of Odysseus, and perhaps Homer, this tiny island
attracts sailors and holidaymakers from all over
the world. It is very beautiful, and is surrounded
by some of the clearest waters in Greece. Because
it is small and a bit difficult to reach, it does
not get the mass tourism that the neighbouring
islands do. Therefore many celebrities like spending
their holidays here - either on their yachts or
renting a house.
is truly a magical place, and stands for the homecoming.
Odysseus sailed for a decade to reach his home,
and many sailors believe Ithaca is the ultimate
goal. Its friendly people will do their best to
make you feel welcome, and it is no coincidence
that many return here year after year.
though Odysseus is the best known name of Ithaca,
it was not he gave the island its name. According
to mythology, Ithacis was the son of a Cephalonian
king who settled here, and who together with his
brother built a fountain that provided the whole
island with water.
island has probably been inhabited since the 2nd
Millennium BC, and there is evidence it was the
capital of Cephalonia during the Mycenaean period
(around 1500BC). This coincides with the Trojan
war, and if Odysseus really existed, now is when
he would have been king.
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