Near Vathi, on your way to Aetos, you will find Dexia beach. Ulysses is believed to have disembarked here when he arrived at Ithaki. It is a small, cosy sandy beach and swimming in the clear blue sea will fill you with enthusiasm.
Aetos’ beach is situated in the middle of the island, near its narrowest part. The wind-protected beach at the far end of the bay is ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Pisso Aetos is diametrically opposite to Aetos, at the western part of the island. It is another magnificent beach, close to Vathi and once you come here you can also visit the ruins of the ancient city Alalkomenes nearby.
Among the island’s most famous beaches, near Vathi, Gidaki is full of people in the summer, people who understand the meaning of "greek summer" under the warm sun, in the cool sea, enjoying total relaxation.
Leeward beach in the homonymous bay. It is situated in a close distance from Vathi and overlooks the coasts of the mainland.
Afales beach is full of pine trees, which almost reach the sea in an image that will remain in the visitor’s memory.
The sandy beach, together with the deep blue sea, relax and freshen up the visitors who come here for swimming.
Kourvoulia is a small, secluded beach at the northern part of the island near Frikes.
The beach is lined with trees offering shade to the visitors and creating a fascinating image.
Sarakiniko beach is at the far end of Sarakiniko bay. On the left cove of the bay, you see Skoutari cape.
The crystal clear water of the sea invites the visitor in to freshen him up.
Mnimata beach, near Skinos bay, attracts many holidaymakers every summer because of the short distance from Vathi and mainly due to the superb crystal clear sea.
Skinos is one of the most famous and crowded beach on the island. It is situated in the homonymous bay, 3 klm. from Vathi and the view to the northern part of the island is unrivalled.
Ai-Giannis beach at the western part of Ithaki, on the way to Stavros village, combines the blue sea with the all-green mountain called Kathara.
Kioni beach, situated at the northern part of Ithaki, also attracts many visitors. Being wind-protected it invites the visitor to spend the whole day here enjoying the clear waters and the life-giving sun.
This text (extract) is cited January 2004 from the Assoc. of Local Authorities of Kefalonia & Ithaca tourist pamphlet.
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