Home of Odysseus, and perhaps Homer, this tiny island attracts sailors and holidaymakers from all over the world. It is very beautiful, and is surrounded by some of the clearest waters in Greece. Because it is small and a bit difficult to reach, it does not get the mass tourism that the neighbouring islands do. Therefore many celebrities like spending their holidays here - either on their yachts or renting a house.
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- Ithacas beautiful little capital Vathy has the worlds largest natural harbour. Here you can visit the cave of the nymphs, as well as the small archeo-logical museum. Local artists have their own shops, and the many small cafes and taverns will impress you.
- The monastery of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) Kathara is open for visitors. It was probably built in the 16th or 17th century, and has very beautiful icons, as well as very nice surroundings.
- There are also some ancient ruins just outside Stavros.
Ithaca is also excellent for snorkelling and some people like to climb its mountains. The nature is steep and beautiful, and has a wide range of flora and fauna, so going for long walks is a good choice. Bring lots of water, though, and prepare for some serious climbing. There are watersports, tenniscourts and daytrips to the neighbouring islands.
You can find both traditional souvenirs and clothes on the island. In Vathy there are several shops with very distinct handmade costume jewelley, art works and antiques.
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