traditional settlement of Kioni stands in the southeast of
Ithaca, in a verdant setting of an incredible natural
beauty. Built at the far end of a small, wind protected bay 25
kilometers away from Vathi.
houses survived the earthquakes of 1953, but the few remaining
have renaissance architectural characteristics.
The numerous little tiled roofed white houses, and a lovely
small fishing boats are quietly moored, contribute
in giving Kioni its unique character.
This traditional island village spreads like an amphitheatre
down from the slopes of the mountain towards the sea until
it halts before a beautiful harbour with crystal clear green/blue
waters. Three partly demolished mills, which until World
War I ground flour for the villagers, grace the entrance
to the bay.
It is said that the village took its name from a piece of
an ancient column known as 'kioni' that was used as a pedestal
in churches. Kioni was another hiding place for pirates so
no islanders lived here before the 16th century. It was after
this time that Kioni was founded by the people who used to
live in the mountain village of Anogi.
Today, this little paradise has become a busy and modern tourist
resort, with many cafes and taverns lining this lovely
port, and many yachts stopping daily.
here from Frikes and drove down to the harbour only to find
that it was very busy, I could not find anywhere to park in
the extremely narrow street so after a very quick look decided
not to stay as I was running out of time, and instead returned
to Piso Aetos for the ferry back to Kefalonia by a different
the very scenic coastal road.
Fortunately, a few days later I returned to Ithaca by boat
and I was able to spend some time in Kioni
this absolutely beautiful place that although sometimes busy,
is still able to keep it's unique atmosphere.
. . . I could not believe the clarity and colour
of the sea here, I was so lucky to be able to return and see
such a breathtaking place.