to the southwest, is beautiful Polis Bay, the
only harbour of any size on the West Coast of Ithaca. Many
of the islands fishing boats are moored here.
Located on the north side of Polis Bay, there is a cave, thought to have been
a centre of worship for the early Greek civilization. Some archaeologists believe
that the Loizos Cave, rather than the Marble Cave to the south, was the actual "cave
of the nymphs" mentioned in the Odyssey; certainly this cave was a site
of cult worship to Hera, Artemis, Athena, and possibly also Odysseus, something
demonstrated by archaeological finds, including 12 tripods from the Geometric
During this period Christian religion was instituted churches and monasteries
were erected in different areas of Ithaca including a town named Jerusalem, which
was built above the Bay of Polis. Unfortunately this town due to the powerful
earthquake of 967 AD, fell to ruins and dropped into the sea and now lies submerged
on the seabed. It has been reported that a few decades ago the ruins could be
seen from a height over the bay.
On my drive along the very scenic coast road from Stavros to Piso Aetos, I caught
a glimpse of the bay of Polis. Unfortunately I was running out of time for the
ferry back to Kefalonia, but none the less I stopped briefly to admire the magnificent
view of the bay below me. It's clear blue/green water reflecting in the sunlight
. . . I certainly will want to return some time in
the future and explore this beautiful area.