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Location of Alexandra
Great Things to Do Near Alexandra
Just a short drive brings you to Polis beach. Boat hire is available here to enable exploration of the stunning coast and secluded beaches. On the north side is Loizos cave, once a place of worship for various gods.
Visit Rizes Cave
A natural cave hidden within trees just beyond the village of Perachori sitting around 30 minutes from Stavros. Local legend suggests that this might be Eumaisos’ cave, the shepherd who helped Odysseus when he returned to Ithaca.
Once one of the most important villages on the island, and certainly one of the oldest, dating back to medieval times, this now almost deserted village is famous for its prehistoric monuments, known as Menir. Among these impressive rocks with bizarre shapes, Arakli is the most famous which is 8 metres high and stands east of Anogi. Its strange shape and the symmetrical furrows on its surface give the impression that this is a work of art.
Visit the Naval and Folklore museum in Vathy
And learn more of the great folk traditions and culture of the island, along with the history of their seafaring heritage. Open July and August, mornings only, except Mondays. It is just off Geor Drakouli street.
On the north side of the island and surrounded by lush green hillsides, this gem is considered to be one of the most picturesque spots, with gorgeous translucent blue green waters.
Go to the beach!
Filiatro is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Backed by olive groves, this pebble beach has exotic blue green waters. There is a taverna on the beach.
With its rocky coastline, secluded bays and pebble beaches, exploring in a sea kayak is the ideal way to get to know this stunning island. Organised trips are available or you can hire your kayaks and do it at your own pace. www.seakayakingithaca.com
Ample opportunities to enjoy this pastime are to be had from the many beaches on the island.
A fantastic way to discover the delights of the sea on an organised dive. Odyssey Diving Club run organised excursions from Vathy. www.ithacadiving.gr.
Take a boat trip from Vathy
Visit the fabulous secluded beach of Gidaki, which can only be reached by boat or by foot. Hiking paths lead from here across the island to small villages and ancient remains. Afterwards, take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters before returning to Vathy harbour (around 30 minutes from Stavros village). Sun beds and umbrellas are available to hire and there is a taverna.
Visit the Monastery of Kathara
otherwise known as Panagia Kathariotissa. It is located on the highest spot on Ithaca and the views from here are spectacular, taking in the Ionian Sea.
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