The picturesque 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.

Very few houses survived the earthquakes of 1953, but the few remaining have renaissance architectural characteristics. The numerous little tiled roofed white houses, and a lovely little port where 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.

I arrived 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 route along 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 wandering around 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.

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