Kioni (Ithaca)

Kioni: The pretty village with yachts on the main (east) quay

Kioni: The pretty village with yachts on the main (east) quay

Though largely flattened by the 1953 earthquake, Kioni has re-emerged with little to betray the more modern origins of many of the buildings.

The whitewashed house with their red tiled roofs, run up the green densely tree’d hillsides, offering some pleasant walks.

The bustling harbour with yachts going to and fro is ringed with cafes and restaurants. Bike and boat hire is available. There’s a little more tourism evident here than in other places on the island but it’s not obtrusive. Facilities are limited to a mini market and bakery.

If you have a chance try to visit on the 20th July, when one of the saints days is celebrated with the blessing of the fishing boats, followed by feasting accompanied by traditional music and dancing.

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