Discover Vathy (or Vathi) in Ithaca

The port town of Vathy is the capital of Ithaca island, Ionian Sea

Vathy (or Vathi) is the capital town of Ithaca island, in the Ionian Sea. This town spreads around a large natural bay and distinguishes for its traditional architecture with the small houses, the red-tiled roofs and the Venetian mansions. The severe earthquake that hit the region in 1953 destroyed many houses and buildings in Vathy but fortunately many of these houses were rebuilt in traditional style and the historical mansions were restored.

The port of Vathy used to be the main port of Ithaca island until few years ago, but today most ferries from Kefalonia and mainland ports to Ithaca arrive at the small port of Pisaetos, on the western side of the island. The port of Vathy is large and lined up with fish taverns and cafeterias. The marinas of the port is where many private yachts and fishing boats moor in summer.

At the entrance of Vathy port is the small islet of Lazareto with a small church on it. Many baptisms and weddings take place at this small church on Lazareto. Just few steps from the port is also the Archaeological Museum of Vathy where findings from excavations around the island are hosted. The exhibits of the museum include small statues, coins, ceramic vases, tools and more.

Many Ithaca hotels and studios are found in and close to Vathy as this is a central place to stay on the island. A small bus connects Vathy to other villages and beaches, while there is an excursion boat from the port to the stunning beach of Gidaki. The closest beaches to swim in Vathy are the organized beaches of Filiatro and Sarakiniko.