Chamberlain family – Ithaca (Aug 20)

The Chamberlain family last year travelled to Kefalonia and this year had booked the gorgeous Villa Porto Bella on the harbour in Vathy but didn’t know until a few weeks prior to departure if they would actually get to travel!  We are please to say they did and Stephen kept us posted whilst they were on holiday via Twitter and we spoke to Vicky when they were back in the UK. 

Here are some of their comments and tweets:

Early flight out from Gatwick to Kelfalonia this morning we were met by a taxi at Argostoli Airport by taxi and taken to the port at Sami. Then met by our own charter boat to where a hire car was waiting on the dock for a 10min drive to Vathy on the Odyssean island of Ithaca.

And breathe…..The view from here- Villa Porto Bello is right on the harbour at Vathy on Ithaca with lovely views across the bay and up to the mountains. Very peaceful and very relaxing. There are no Covid cases at all on the island. Great work @Julestravel

Rooms with views! Every room has doors out to the terrace, the pool and the views!

Lovely evening meal in Vathy-had to try the traditional Greek-style young goat with lemon and oregano potatoes and wild rice. Naturally accompanied by a few glasses of a decent Greek red wine.

Little walk to the end of the bay to check out a little familiar run taverna with a great seafood platter.

Lovely morning in Vathy yesterday an iced coffee and a walk around the bay where there are some lovely buildings and statues of Oydesseus in the town square.

Wonderful afternoon family scuba diving off the coast of Ithaka with Odyssey Diving Club. This time there was no falling backwards off the boat & journey out & back was by speedboat which was amazing! We went deeper this time and saw a far greater range of fish



Fortunate to have a wonderful taverna within a few meters walk of our villa.

Healthy post-run breakfast of fresh watermelon, white and yellow peaches, sweet figs with some local Greek yoghurt and honey. Accompanied by peach juice and a filter coffee! Bliss!

Up this morning to the hill at the mouth of Vathy Bay to see the English and Venetian cannons used to keep the pirates at bay! Great views from the top!

Family time on Ithaka- rare uninterrupted time together!

Thanks once again for organising an idyllic, stress free holiday for the third year running. We’ll back to plan for next year soon!