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Ithaca is an island located in the Ionian Sea, off the western coast of Greece. It is one of the seven Ionian Islands and is the smallest of the group. The island has a total area of 96 square kilometers, and a population of about 3,231 people.

Ithaca is known for its rugged landscape, with its highest peak being Mt. Neritos at 806 meters. The island is covered with thick forests, olive groves, and vineyards. There are also several small fishing villages and a few small towns along the coast.

Ithaca is mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, as the home of Odysseus. It is believed to have been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was an important port for the ancient Greeks. It was also an important naval base during the Byzantine period, and was the center of the Venetian Ionian Islands.

The island was occupied by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, and was later ceded to Greece in 1864. Ithaca has since developed a strong tourist industry, and is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

Ithaca is a beautiful and peaceful island, with a rich cultural heritage. It is a great place to visit, with its stunning scenery, historical sites, and excellent cuisine. It is also a great place for outdoor activities, such as sailing, fishing, and hiking.

Excursion tips for a day in Ithaca

Ithaca, Greece is a beautiful and historic destination, offering plenty of activities for tourists to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top activities to experience in Ithaca:

1. Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Alalcomenae, located on the northern side of the island.

2. Hike up Mount Neritos for breathtaking views of the island.

3. Take a boat tour around the island to admire its stunning coastline.

4. Explore the beautiful seaside village of Vathy, with its traditional stone houses, narrow streets, and tranquil harbor.

5. Visit the Homeric Cave of the Nymphs, where it is said that Homer wrote part of the Odyssey.

6. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Kioni beach.

7. Enjoy a traditional Greek meal at one of Ithaca's many restaurants.

8. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Ithaca to explore the island's ancient history.

9. Stroll through the picturesque village of Perahori, with its cobblestone streets and traditional stone houses.

10. Visit the Church of St. John in Exogi, one of the oldest churches on the island.

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The climate in Ithaca

Ithaca in Greece experiences a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers. During the winter months, temperatures are usually in the mid-teens (Celsius) and can drop to around 5°C at night. Summers are usually hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C. Spring and autumn are generally mild, with temperatures ranging between 10-20°C. Rainfall is common throughout all four seasons, but is heaviest in autumn, with an average of 150mm of rain per month.

Cruise weather for Ithaca

Our weather forecast for Ithaca helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 33.2 °C
min: 26.4 °C
18.0 m/s
38.2 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
52.6 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 34.9 °C
min: 27 °C
18.0 m/s
35.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
53.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 35.7 °C
min: 27.4 °C
20.9 m/s
30.2 m/s
3.2 %
24.1 m
53.7 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 26.6 °C
23.8 m/s
27.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
71.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 26.6 °C
28.8 m/s
33.5 m/s
13.4 %
24.1 m
73.0 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 26.4 °C
23.0 m/s
23.4 m/s
1.3 %
24.1 m
75.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 26.2 °C
28.4 m/s
33.1 m/s
0.9 %
24.1 m
77.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27 °C
29.5 m/s
32.8 m/s
0.2 %
24.1 m
72.8 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.1 °C
26.3 m/s
30.6 m/s
0.5 %
24.1 m
74.8 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 25.5 °C
33.8 m/s
33.5 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
81.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 25.2 °C
30.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
75.1 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 27.0 °C
min: 24.8 °C
26.6 m/s
28.1 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
76.5 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 25.6 °C
33.1 m/s
34.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
77.0 %
1,010 hPa

Cruises to Ithaca

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Scheduled ship calls in Ithaca, Greece
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