Less manicured than its other Ionian counterparts, Ithaca (Ithaki) is an understated beauty of an island. Steeped in Homeric legends, it is the home of Ulysses, the symbol of nostalgia, the Kavafian ultimate destination. The Town of Vathy, the island’s capital is a gorgeously preserved settlement with traditional architecture. Art aficionados bear in mind that at the church of Agios Nikolas Xenon, one can see an original El Greco painting. The village of Kioni is equally beautiful and worthy of a visit. The Acropolis of Alalkomenes, dominating the mountain slopes, is considered by archaeologists to be the palace of Ulysses. Platia Ammos, literally meaning broad sand, is probably the most well-known beach of the island – for a reason! If you prefer pebbles to sand, then Aspros Gialos, Frikes, Gidaki and Kioni are the ones for you. Head to Vathy for taverns aplenty serving delicious Greek food, such as Trehantiri, Batis, and Kohili.