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It is the fourth-biggest among the Ionian islands of Greece´s west coast and according to the German archeologist Doerpfeld`s theory it is the Ithaka of Homer, home of Ulysses. Be that as it may, compared to Korfu and Kephallonia, this beautiful island with its mountain-ranges, luxuriant vegetation and 117 km of coast, surrounded by a turquoise sea, is still considered an insider´s tip.
Dream-beaches on the west coast
Of course, this island which is unusually green – this really must be pointed out again – has lots of beaches and romantic bays along the west coast which are worth exploring. But Kathisma beach, too, with “party-time” along the modern beach-bars, is more than just a very popular meeting-point for the young. From here to Porto Katsiki, what are probably the island´s most beautiful beaches are hidden. Often they are difficult to reach because of steep rocks and cliffs, for some of them, you even need a boat. The trouble of getting there however is richly rewarded by fantastic natural surroundings.
On the west coast, south of Tsoukalades, lies the spacious bay of Agios Nikitas with the old fishing-village of the same name, the only fishing-village on the island to be situated directly by the sea. It´s a lovely location, with a small, old village-centre with cosy taverns and pretty hotels. All in all idyllic, but also fairly touristy in the high-season. There are various lovely beaches and bays not far away.
The east coast is far more developed for tourism with places like Lygia, Nikiana and Nydri. Here, the Ionian sea looks more like a large lake and the numerous small islands and pretty bays are very picturesque. A popular and diverse area for sailors. Nydri is the island´s most frequented holiday-resort. From here, you can take boat-trips to the islands lying opposite: Madouri, Sparti, Skorpidi and Skorpios, Onassis´ private island.
The island´s southern-most village, in a sheltered bay and with pretty tavernas along the mole. Tourism doesn´t stop from intruding here either, but the atmosphere is very nice still. There is an extremely popular spot for surfing along a long pebble-beach where the ground in the water is sandy and you can stand as far as 100 m out). There are plenty of boat-trips on offer starting from Vassiliki and going to various beaches as well as ferries to Kefallonia and Ithaka, same as in Nydri.