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Following the Steps of Ulysses

A fascinating tour which will take us back in time of legends and tales when the mythical sea adventure of Homer's Odyssey is unfold. According to the myth, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, (Phaiakes) where the shipwrecked hero Odysseus (Ulysses) found himself after a tremendous storm and his struggle to escape from the range of Calypso. With the tour "Following the steps of Ulysses" we will visit Paleokastritsa, a bay of incredible beauty which according to the myth is where Ulysses was washed up on shore and princess Nausica, led by Athena -the Goddess of Wisdom- found him. She led him to the palace of her parents Alkinoos and Ariti, who after having taken good care of him and listened to his mighty stories, decided to give him a ship to return safely back to Ithaca. This act made Poseidon furious who then petrified the ship which legend claims that is now the island in the bay of Palaiokastitsa, where Alkinoos palace is said to have been. Of course, the artful Ulysses managed to escape from the range of god of the sea, Poseidon and found his way back to Ithaca. 

But since Corfu is shrouded in myths and stories, our next visit with the "Following the steps of Ulysses" tour will be the beach "Ermones", a truly unique place with trees growing down to the sea's edge and grandiose rocks surrounding the beach creating a breath-taking scenery. According to a different version of the same myth, Ermones is the actual gulf where princess Nausica found Ulysses. Many researchers claim that the wilderness of this spectacular scenery matches perfectly the description in Odyssey, and mythology-lovers visit this location just to admire the stunning view and experience the great resemblance between Homer's description and reality.  You will just have to let yourself be drifted by the tale and decide which of the two enchanting locations fits better this mythical story.

Last stop to our tour "Following the steps of Ulysses", will be the Kanoni area where you'll have the chance to enjoy a truly magnificent view of the Pontikonisi and the surroundings and appreciate the richness of Greek mythology by listening to the stories this place carries. Legend claims that Pontikonisi was actually the rock where Ulysses ship crashed during the heavy storm caused by the enraged Poseidon. However, when a story is unfold in such a charming place, mythical tales are often in dispute and in this case there are other arguments stating that Pontikonisi is actually the Phaecian ship turned into stone as an act of revenge from Poseidon who wanted to castigate the Phaecians for having helped Ulysses.  

Follow the steps of Ulysses with this mythical tour and immerse yourself in times of legends and myths, having a firsthand experience of these alluring locations which captured Homer's imagination and inspired countless artists ever since.

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A fascinating tour which will take us back in time of legends and tales when the mythical sea adventure of Homer’s Odyssey is unfold. According to the myth, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, (Phaiakes) where the shipwrecked hero Odysseus (Ulysses) found himself after a tremendous storm and his struggle to escape from the range of Calypso. With the tour “Following the steps of Ulysses” we will visit Paleokastritsa, a bay of incredible beauty which according to the myth is where Ulysses was washed up on shore and princess Nausica, led by Athena -the Goddess of Wisdom- found him. She led him to the palace of her parents Alkinoos and Ariti, who after having taken good care of him and listened to his mighty stories, decided to give him a ship to return safely back to Ithaca. This act made Poseidon furious who then petrified the ship which legend claims that is now the island in the bay of Palaiokastitsa, where Alkinoos palace is said to have been. Of course, the artful Ulysses managed to escape from the range of god of the sea, Poseidon and found his way back to Ithaca. 

But since Corfu is shrouded in myths and stories, our next visit with the “Following the steps of Ulysses” tour will be the beach “Ermones”, a truly unique place with trees growing down to the sea’s edge and grandiose rocks surrounding the beach creating a breath-taking scenery. According to a different version of the same myth, Ermones is the actual gulf where princess Nausica found Ulysses. Many researchers claim that the wilderness of this spectacular scenery matches perfectly the description in Odyssey, and mythology-lovers visit this location just to admire the stunning view and experience the great resemblance between Homer’s description and reality.  You will just have to let yourself be drifted by the tale and decide which of the two enchanting locations fits better this mythical story.

Last stop to our tour “Following the steps of Ulysses”, will be the Kanoni area where you’ll have the chance to enjoy a truly magnificent view of the Pontikonisi and the surroundings and appreciate the richness of Greek mythology by listening to the stories this place carries. Legend claims that Pontikonisi was actually the rock where Ulysses ship crashed during the heavy storm caused by the enraged Poseidon. However, when a story is unfold in such a charming place, mythical tales are often in dispute and in this case there are other arguments stating that Pontikonisi is actually the Phaecian ship turned into stone as an act of revenge from Poseidon who wanted to castigate the Phaecians for having helped Ulysses.  

Follow the steps of Ulysses with this mythical tour and immerse yourself in times of legends and myths, having a firsthand experience of these alluring locations which captured Homer’s imagination and inspired countless artists ever since.

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