The village of Kioni lies east of Ithaca, nestled in the bay and built against the slope. The houses are restored in the traditional style. When seated on the terrace at the port you have the opportunity to truely enjoy this picturesque view. Kioni can be recognised from afar thanks to the three old Venetian mill foundations on the southern cape. Please do not flush the toilet in the port. The water is crystal clear, so it is not a pretty sight when all kinds of things, discharged from the toilet, start floating about. Showers, shops and restaurants are sufficiently available. From Kioni (but also from Fikes and Vathi) it is possible to take a tour of the island by taxi. The duration of this trip is about 2.5 hours. The route passes along Frikes and Stavros along the west side of the island, past the perched Káthara monastery or Anóghi, where you can see a church that was built between 400 and 800 AD.
Here you will have a magnificent view of the Vathi bay and surrounding islands. The monastery is no longer in use except to celebrate the annual Feast of Mary on September 8. The church has some beautiful frescoes and is one of the most beautiful churches in the area. Here you will find beautifully restored frescoes that were discovered after the 1953 earthquake. The next destination is Stavros, the capital of North Ithaca. It has a view of Polis bay, the place where Odysseus left when travelling to Troy. In the tiny museum – built on the spot where the palace of Odysseus once stood – you can see the findings of several excavations.
When entering the bay we recommend unrigging the sail because there are a lot of katabatic winds here in the late afternoon. This port is popular with flotillas, making it very busy. Therefore, double mooring is recommended, on the bow or stern anchor.