The island of Ithaka, also spelt Ithaca or Ithaki, is one of the Ionian group and the tiny island lies just four kilometres off Kefalonia's eastern coast.
Overshadowed by its more popular neighbour, Ithaka has mostly escaped the notice of package holiday firms but it's still a favourite destination of independent travellers and day trippers.
Ithaka is a sleepy little island - the ancient port was dismissed by Homer as only 'good for goats' - where time, when not standing still, often appears to be wandering about rather aimlessly.
Apart from the visiting yachts and ferries full of day trippers there is little to disturb the gentle, soporific Ithakan atmosphere.
The island is small, about 120 sq km, and it's almost split in two by a narrow hill ridge at Aetos, with peninsulas to the north and south
The north has the better beaches and the more interesting walks while the south has the relatively busy capital port of Vathi and the more important historical links to Homer.
The west coast of Ithaka is rough and ragged with only a couple of decent beaches while the east is typified by rolling hills and farmland.
Many houses on Ithaka were destroyed in the earthquake of 1953. Ithaka is reputed to have an olive tree that is more than 1,500 years old.