When Odysseus set off for glorious days in Troy, his beloved wife, Penelope, was left alone to unwittingly excite the appetite of men for a gorgeous queen. Before long, the palace was brimful of odious suitors who would flirt with the queen persistently. What is more, they made Penelope promise she would marry one of them. To keep them at bay, she came up with a devise: she promised she would come to a wedding with the best of them when she would have finished weaving a shroud. So, she spent the daytime weaving it and the nighttime unweaving it. Thus doing, she managed to stay clear of the suitors for 20 whole years, until Odysseus returned to Ithaca.
Famous as the legendary homeplace of Ulysses, Ithaca island is a paradisial island for total relaxation. It has amazing lush greenery, gem villages and beaches with blue green waters. Kioni and Vathy are the most picturesque villages, while wonderful beaches to swim are Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis. A boat from Vathy goes to the fantastic and secluded beach of Gidaki. Apart from swimming, this small place is also great for hiking. Hiking paths cross the island and lead to small villages and ancient remains.