The Greek word “Apaggio” means a peaceful recluse.
Travelling south from the port of Vathy one soon discovers a beautiful, undulating landscape with only a very few houses and dramatic views to the sea.
This southern part of Ithaca produces most of the island’s wine and hillsides show off an attractive patchwork of vineyards, olive groves and pine forest.
A ten minute drive from Vathy leads to a small country lane, which ends up at the hilltop village of Perachori.
Apaggio is close to the top of Perachori and has panoramic views over Vathy Bay and across the sea to Atokos island and the Greek mainland.
Perachori is a sleepy, traditional village and has a taverna, a souvlaki bar, a bakery and a general store. There are many hiking paths to discover hidden hamlets and ancient churches.
When we last visited Apaggio there was only the sound of goat and sheep bells clunking in distant hillside olive groves.
Maid service & linen change twice weekly
Location: car hire recommended. Vathy and its good selection of tavernas, bars, shops and boat hire is a drive of 10 minutes. Kaminia beach is a 10 minute, bumpy drive along a little-used track. Paleochora, once the island’s capital but now abandoned to the vestiges of fortified houses and churches with fading Byzantine frescoes.
Accommodation: sitting room; small kitchen; double bedroom; bathroom with shower; front sun terrace and shaded side terrace.