For this year’s Easter celebrations in Greece. A fantastic Greek friend of mine “Nikos Zavitsanos”, invited me to his father’s home on the island of Meganisi. Niko grew up on this island. After his father retired from a job with the government. He farmed the land with his wife and they grow all their own produce. So they make olive oil from the many olive trees they have. Also wine from their own vineyard and even cheese from their sheep’s milk. They grow all their own vegetables, salads, nuts and fruits. The traditional Greek lamb on the spit for the Easter celebration was also from their small flock. To produce all this food they work hard all day, but they shared it all with us during our stay. They made us feel welcome with their kindness, courtesy, culture, vitality and warm hospitality.
Located between Lefkada and the western mainland coasts of Greece. The island covers an area of 19.85 square Kilometers and has around 2000 inhabitants. Meganisi is a small island with limited tourist development, lush greenery and crystal clear waters. Some beaches can be reached on foot and others are accessible only by boat, but they all have amazing water.
The hospitable people, the peaceful way of living, the interchange of the scenery; all these things come together to make Meganisi an ideal place for a relaxed vacation.
The island has three villages: the central village of Katomeri and the ports of Vathy and Spartochori. There is also a harbour at Atheni Bay used mainly by fishing boats. Meganisi is also connected with Lefkada by a car ferry service from Vathy and Spartochori.
Vathy is a small pretty village and is the main port and capital of the island, although it would be hard to envisage a more sleepy capital in the Ionian Islands. The harbour entrance is flanked by chapels to bless all boats safe passage. Its port welcomes many private yachts, and a new marina has been built; capable of taking large vessels of up to 60 meters. Stroll along the beach promenade and enjoy a meal in one of the many fish taverns. Or just sit by the side of the harbour and enjoy the excellent local red wine. There are some fine walks through the olive groves to the bays with their virgin beaches, on the east coast.
Katomeri is a cheerful and attractive village. The small and clean little houses are the homes of the island farmers and fishermen. Olives and vines are the main cultivation here. Large olive groves with giant olive trees grow on the plateaus and on slopes fixed with dry stone walls. The area once had many olive presses, only a few of which survive today. There is, however, one machine which still operates normally. This is the Zavitsanos olive presses in the village of Spartochori.
Spartochori is built above the port of Spilia on high cliffs with spectacular views. With traditional architecture and picturesque streets, the village is a fascinating warren of alleys and lanes. Most too small to get a car through as the village was never designed for motorized transport, but for four legged transport. The area is a luscious green and Pine trees reach out as far as the edge of the sea and provide the perfect shade for walking. There is a footpath leading from Spilia Bay, the steep ascent up the footpath is made easier with the help of some small steps. The climb to the top is well worth the effort. As a result you can enjoy one of the best pizza in Greece; made by George in his bar the Tropicana.
The most famous attraction of the island is the Pananikolis Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in Greece. Locals claim that the cave successfully hid a Greek submarine in the Second World War, others say that it must have been a very small submarine if this is true. Whichever, the best way to explore the remote beaches on this island, is from a charter yacht. The luxury yacht “Glaros” regularly visits Meganisi, so join us on-board and meet the very friendly people of this island.
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Meganisi is next to the beautiful island of Skorpios. Which was the holiday island of Aristotle Onasis and Jackie Kennedy. I will be happy to answer any questions, or comments that you may have. So please feel free to leave them.