Nestled between Lefkada island and the Greek mainland lies the charmingly unspoilt island of Meganisi.
It is just under nine square miles in size and is part of the Prigiponisia islands. Meganisi has three villages; Spartohori, Vathy and Katomeri and approximately 1,000 inhabitants. The other islands in this small archipelago are all privately owned, the most famous of which is Skorpios island once owned by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
How to get there…
The nearest airport is Preveza on the Greek mainland. Charter flights from many European countries fly into here from May to October and there are domestic flights from Athens with Aegean Airlines and to the other Ionian Islands with Sky Express.
From the airport there is a short journey by road to Lefkada (Lefkas) island and then onwards to Meganisi via the passenger ferry from Lefkas Town or the larger car ferry from Nidri harbour on the East coast. There is also a taxi boat service which can be booked for private transfers.
Where to stay…
Meganisi has an excellent mix of accommodation to suit all budgets from luxury villas and a 5* hotel to modern apartments and traditional studios. They can be booked via holiday companies together with flight and transfer options or independently.
Vathy – The harbour village of Vathy is quaint and stylish with a good choice of excellent small tavernas and restaurants.
Spilia / Spartohori – The bay of Spilia lies below the village of Spartohori and is perfect for those looking for a traditional Greek village location with beautiful views.
Katomeri – The island capital, sits inland and is a typical Greek village of stone built cottages with courtyards bursting with colourful flowers and plants.
What to do…
This is a destination for the traveller looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Meganisi life is calm and tranquil punctuated by the arrival and departure of the daily ferry. The fingers of the north of the island hide beaches and coves galore for the relaxing, swimming, snorkelling and pottering around in little motor boats.
Enjoy a morning coffee in Spilia or Vathy and watch the coming and goings of village life as people catch up on the daily news. The afternoon brings a sleepy atmosphere over the island during siesta period and the little streets are quiet except for the odd inquisitive cat.
The late afternoon springs to life as the tavernas start to fill up with the evening guests from the holiday makers and sailors. Meganisi is a popular stop for yacht flotillas and private boats cruising the route between Lefkas, Ithaka and Kefalonia.
Meganisi is rich in tiny coves and tranquil beaches. There are beaches accessible by road on the West, North and East coasts. Some of the most well known beaches include Spilia, Fanari, Pasoumaki, Barbarezou, Makro Limonari and Mikro Limonari.