Hiring a yacht is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauties of Ithaca. Wandering about the Ionian Sea, you will come across this low-key and peaceful island, also known to be the homeland of Odysseus. Ithaca has several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal yacht of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal vessel or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a yacht with a skipper--or without one, if you have a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise around its unique coastline. You can also rent a motor yacht and visit further destinations, such as Kefalonia or Lefkada on a two-day cruise. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht, making sure to include Ithaca in your week-long itinerary around the Ionian Islands.
Ithaca is the second smallest island in the Ionian complex, right after Paxi, with a population of about 3.500 people. Vathy is the capital of Ithaca, and it’s considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in Greece. Here you will be fascinated by colored traditional houses, a Maritime and Folklore Museum, and many café-bars and tavernas, where you can relax before you head back to your yacht. In the northern part of Ithaca, you will come across beautiful seaside villages, including Lefki, known for its churches; Kioni, with its romantic ambiance and top fish tavernas; and Frikes, offering day trips to Kefalonia. Some other top sights you can visit before your yacht tours in Ithaca, include the Cave of the Nymphs and the Monastery of Panagia Kathariotiss, serving as the most important religious center of the island.
According to Greek mythology, the king of Ithaca, Odysseus had a long journey ahead of him after the Trojan War and his struggle to make it back to his homeland was considered a brilliant feat. Being the only survivor, following the intervention of Zeus--who destroyed his ship--nothing stopped Odysseus to craft a replacement and return home. The decade-long adventure has made Ithaca the eternal symbol of adventure and travel. As the famous poem of Cavafy highlights, Ithaca awaits you on a long path, where you will not be deceived and you will be forever tied to an atmosphere of peace and serenity. With your motor yacht, you can follow the routes of legendary myths around the Ionian islands or simply craft your own itinerary and create your own worth-telling story.
A yacht rental in Ithaca will allow you to explore breathtaking beaches and visit traditional fishing villages by the seaside. Vathy offers a multitude of amenities to holidaymakers who may want to spend an entire day of fun. Departing from Vathy, you can find the beautiful Loutsa beach, organized with shallow waters, where you can anchor your motor yacht. The tourist resorts of Frikes and Kioni have several yachts departing from picturesque harbors. For the perfect island tour in Ithaca, you can visit all three villages, making several stops for lunch or swimming, whenever you please. Several charterers offer trips to Afales bay; it’s great for swimming and snorkeling in a secluded environment with multiple coves. Filiatro, Gidaki, and Sarakiniko are some other popular beaches that are close to Vathy. They are equally popular among beach lovers, looking for moments of relaxation. You can also pass by Marmakas Bay and Cape Agios Ioannis at the northernmost tip of Ithaca. By anchoring your yacht as you sail, you can enjoy sea kayaking and diving, in brilliant natural settings.
A yacht cruise to Ithaca from Kefalonia is quite common since they are only a few nautical miles from each other. The village of Fiskardo, in Kefalonia, is appreciated for its historical buildings and fishing boats that dock along the harbor. You have the option to spend the night or continue island-hopping to Zakynthos. You may also want to visit the Ionian Sea’s hidden gems, some of which include Atokos--known for its virgin nature and cedar trees. You can also make your way to Lefkada, where you will taste traditional food in spectacular restaurants and swim in top beaches, such as Egremni and Porto Katsiki. Your yacht rental trip in Greece can be crafted to your liking. You can even arrange the perfect wedding aboard a luxury yacht for special moments with your other half!
Below we have some useful information related to your yacht rental in Ithaca.
Avra Marina, Kioni: A small marina that can anchor vessels up to 20m. Near this marina, you can find Rachi, which is a tucked-away beach, where you can also anchor your vessel if there is no space left.
Marina Vathy: Occupies about 100 berths for all types of vessels, with great facilities and amenities. Vathy is the capital of the island and generally provides excellent shelter from all wind conditions, except the northwest.
Frikes Bay: It is situated on the north-eastern coast of the island. It has deep waters, great for motor yachts to anchor.
Pisaetos Port: Mainly a ferry port but one of the largest natural harbors on the western side of Ithaca.
Ferry rides from Sami, in Kefalonia, to Ithaca take 2 hours and then reach this port.
There is no airport in Ithaca but you can book a direct flight from Athens to Kefalonia, which is about 30 minutes away from Argostoli.
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