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Ithaca Gulet Charter Guide

Low profile, hospitable Ithaca Island (or Thiaki as the locals call it) is ideal for relaxed vacations. The second smallest Ionian island, after Paxoi, is said by many scientists to have been the kingdom of Homer’s Odysseus [Ulysses] and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It flourished during the Mycenaean Period (1500–1100 BC) only to fall into obscurity after that glorious period.

A number of locals who had settled on neighbouring islands, repatriated during the Venetian occupation (1504). In 1797, Ithaca came under French, then Russian and then Turkish rule until 1809 when it became a British protectorate. It played an important part during the 1821 War of Independence and was united with Greece on May 21st, 1864, along with the rest of the Ionian Islands. Area: 92,6 sq. Km, coastline length: 101 km.

Vathy is Ithaca’s capital town and port. The Venetian influence is manifest in this heritage small town featuring beautiful tiled roofs, and picturesque kantounia (cobblestone alleys). After the ravaging 1953 earthquake, the biggest part of the town had to be restored or rebuilt anew. The 1668 Sotiras chapel stands on Lazaretto isle, at Vathy’s port entrance. Under British rule the islet was used as quarantine for infectious diseases and later as a jail.

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