A guest post by Anna Drakou
You don’t have to travel to other continents to find exotic beaches. We have them here in Europe, in the Mediterranean. Ithaca in the Ionian sea was on my wish list for a long time until I had a chance to go there with my daughter. We made a mini trip from the mainland in Greece.
We arrive at the port of Frikes on the northern part of Ithaca from Nidri Lefkas. The journey takes a couple of hours. The sun is heading down when we arrive at the wonderful fishing village. The taxi trip to the capital Vathy is winding and at just the right pace so we can admire the nice scenery views. The young woman driving the taxi car says she studied in Ioannina in the northwest of Greece but has now returned to Ithaca and trying to make a living as a taxi driver. I understand why she missed the peaceful views and returned.
Eat a delicious breakfast at the hotel and order a taxi to go to the beach Filiatro which is only 10 min from the city. The driver left us on the beach parking lot. We find our sun beds and enjoy the tranquility and wonderful little beach. In the afternoon we head to the village of Perachori which is high above the capital of Ithaca and gives us nice landscape views over the city and the view towards the mainland on the other. We decide to walk down to Vathy through the village and the olive groves. Arrive in town just before sunset and continue to capture the moments with our cameras. We eat a nice dinner and then walk home to the hotel.
We don’t want to miss the boat trip to the island’s beaches and pack our bathing bags to hurry down to the harbor. Captain and his family first take us to Ithaca’s most beautiful beach, Afales. The beach is on the island’s northern part and is only reachable by boat. We borrow a parasol for the beach and the extra water bottle we have with us is much needed. After a wonderful swim in these untouched waters, we continue for lunch in the village of Kioni. We spend the afternoon on the beach Gidaki.
We enjoy swimming and the view of the sailboats until it’s time to sail back to Vathy. Tired and satisfied, we pack as we leave for the mainland at dawn the following day from Ithaca’s port Pisaetos. Our way home to Epirus and the mainland goes through Astakos with a small stop in Kefalonia.
from Ithaca with love,
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Anna has been really kind to offer some of her wonderful pictures and experience from Ithaca. She has been a great inspiration for me ever since I came across her account on Instragram. Ηer blog Photogrid by me has all the information you ever wish for about your trips to Greece in both English and Swedish. It is also nominated in the category “local expert of the year” at the Swedish travel agency Apollos blog competition about travel inspiration. If you love the pictures as much as I do and you can spare a click, you can vote for Anna here.
from London with love, Eugeniaby