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Walks on Ithaca
Themed Walks on Ithaca

These themed walks take place in the evenings on Ithaca's shaded, tranquil and traditional paths. They are led by Katrina, a walking guide, writer and story-teller who has lived on Ithaca for 20 years. Who better to introduce you to the magical secret places of this romantic isle?

Local Culture walk
“In search of the Megaron of Penelope and Palace of Odysseus”
  • Explore the hidden treasures and rich stories of Ithaca’s ancient history on the Island of Odysseus and Penelope.
  • Recent excavations by Greek archaeologists have proved that the Palace of Odysseus and Penelope lies at the site of Homer’s school.
  • Discover the magnificent Mycenaean ruins of Homer’s school, rich with stories.
  • A fun and informative walk with spectacular sea views and golden light over the cliffs of Polyventhis (Aphales).

Starts and ends at the square in Platrethia
When: Thursdays
Time: 5 pm
Duration: 3 hours (including rests and time at the site)
Level: Easy to moderate walk, with some uphill and loose scree.

Folklore/Farmer's Walk
  • The walk retains all the lovely features of the popular Farmers walk which has run for ten years: the past and present of farming, with old and new stories about the folklore of the Island in the unique area of Kalyvia, a beautiful hidden village where farmers still farm.
  • The walk passes on a Mycenaean track through 250 year old vineyards and then gently uphill on an old donkey track through some of the oldest olive groves on the Island.
  • At Kalyvia see the goats, chickens, and the House of the Islands Saint and Monk, Papoulakis. Hear his story and those of others from this historically rich village: poets, doctors, farmers, and the young boy, Mandolinis who was captured by pirates.
  • Local wine, cheese and olive tasting at the church of the Panagia.
  • Return to Stavros on a road via an old chapel, olive press and panoramic views of Frikes harbour and Polis bay as the sun sets.

  • Starts and ends: Stavros square
    When: Mondays
    Time: 5 pm
    Duration: 3 hours
    Level: Easy walk with slight uphill and some loose scree.

    General information
    The cost of each walk is 20 euros per person (2017). Please see your GIC island representative for further information and to book your place.

    What you need: Wear good shoes, boots or walking sandals. Good idea to bring a hat and always bring plenty of water.
    All walks are taken at the visitor’s own risk & must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

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