Coordinates: 38°18′N 20°25′E / 38.300°N 20.417°E / 38.300; 20.417Coordinates: 38°18′N 20°25′E / 38.300°N 20.417°E / 38.300; 20.417
Country Greece
Administrative region Ionian Islands
Regional unit Kefalonia
Municipality Kefalonia
  Municipal unit 119.341 km2 (46.078 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Municipal unit 7,098
  Municipal unit density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 280 81
Area code(s) 26710
Vehicle registration ΚΕ
Cephalonia and Ithaca, elevation map
The peninsula from southeast

Paliki (Greek: Παλική) is a peninsula and a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kefalonia, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 119.341 km2.[3] The name comes from the ancient town of Pale/Pali, which was north of Lixouri and is now an archaeological site. The peninsula is the westernmost part of Kefalonia. The seat of the municipality was the town Lixouri (3.752).


The municipal unit Paliki is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):


Pali Province (Greek: Επαρχία Πάλης) was one of the provinces of Cephalonia Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipal unit Paliki.[4] It was abolished in 2006.


Paliki is a peninsula in the Ionian Sea, attached to mainland Cephalonia in the northeast. On the east side, the Gulf of Argostoli separates Paliki from Cephalonia. Mountains up to 500 m cover the western and northern part of the peninsula.


The oldest document which contains the name "Lixouri" was sent in 1534 by local authorities to the Senate of Venice. Many houses were destroyed in the earthquakes of January 23, 1867 and August 1953.


Homer's Ithaca

Main articles: Homer's Ithaca and Odysseus Unbound

According to Robert Bittlestone's 2005 book Odysseus Unbound, Paliki was Homer's Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, the central figure in the Odyssey of Homer.



  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. "Detailed census results 1991" (PDF). (39 MB) (Greek) (French)
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