Ithaca, symbolic of the sweet homeland that everyone searches for and a rich and inspiring story. Ithaca island is a magical island, full of history, green scenery and beautiful beaches.
“Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for – C.P. Cavafy”
The island has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium BC. It was the capital of Cephalonia during the Mycenaean period. The Romans occupied the island in the 2nd century BC, and later it became part of the Byzantine Empire.The Normans ruled Ithaca in the 12th and 13th century, and after a short Turkish rule it fell into Venetian hands. Ithaca was then occupied by France under the 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio. It was liberated by a joint Russo-Turkish force in 1798, before becoming part of the Septinsular Republic. It became a French possession again in 1807, until it was liberated by the United Kingdom in 1809. Under the 1815 Treaty of Paris, Ithaca became a state of the United States of the Ionian Islands, an amical protectorate of the United Kingdom. Under the 1864 Treaty of London, Ithaca, along with the islands, were ceded to Greece as a mark of cordiality with Greece’s new king, the Anglophile George I.
The History and archeological sites are around every corner just waiting to be explored. The island is full of Odyssean associations, the School of Homer, Penelopes bath, Arethussa fountain, the Cave of the Nymphs and Alalcomenae are all real locations. Artists and photographers can capture Ithacas past and present everywhere, a traditional fishing boat or the atmospheric ruined houses of the 1953 earthquake.
Seaside taverns, trendy restaurants, local, delicious cuisine and desserts will definitely want to take with you, the food in Ithaca island is a matter that deserves your attention.
Nightlife in Ithaca centres on the waterside bars and is as lively or as quiet as you choose it woe. The local village festivals throughout the summer are great occasion attended by the whole island with live music and celebrations until the early hours.