Touring in the Ionian islands: Meganisi

Meganisi Pictures
This photo of Meganisi is courtesy of TripAdvisor
 

8th stop: Meganisi

Meganisi (literally “big island”) is an island and municipality situated very close (east-southeast) to the island of Lefkada. It includes the offshore islands of Skorpios (pop. 2 persons) and Sparti. Its total population is around 2000.

Vathy Harbour, Meganisi, Ionian IslandsThe island has three villages: the central village of Katomeri (492) and the ports of Vathy  and Spartochori which are the main settlements on the island. There is also a harbour at Atheni Bay used mainly by fishing boats. Meganisi is connected with Lefkada by a car ferry service from Vathy and Spartochori. The island has a school, banks, churches and a few squares. The island has no secondary school, so pupils attend the nearby school in Nydri, on Lefkada.
Vathy port has one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

Agios Ioannis, Spillia, Pasoumaki, Ambelakia, Atherinos, Faros, Limonari, Elia, Loutrolimni and Bereta are the best known beaches of the island which along with Papanikolis and Giovani Caves are worthwhile visiting.

Meganisi lies a distance of 4 nautical miles from Nydri (Lefkada) and 1,5 nautical miles from the island of Skorpios. There is a regular ferry-boat connection from Nydri to Meganisi (Cave & Vathy). There are also daily ferry-boat connections to Ithaca and Kefalonia.

Vathy habour at Meganisi island
This photo of Vathy habour at Meganisi is courtesy of TripAdvisor
 

While taking the ferry-boat trip (lasting 25 minutes), the visitor can enjoy the spectacular view to the surrounding islets scattered around Meganisi such as Madouri with the old family house of the greek poet Valaoritis and the islet of Skorpios, still owned by the famous Onassis family.

Meganisi has decent roads and frequent local means of transport. The island, receiving many local as well as foreign visitors every year, provides excellent sea  and accommodation services such as hotels, apartments and rooms to let. You will find surfing activities at the beach of Agios Ioannis, and you may reach the Caves by sea bicycle while the area around the island is perfect for sailing. You can also enjoy a kayak tour to the Cave of Papanikolis as well as an “all-round-the-island” tour. The northern part of the island is perfect of walking/hiking.

Overall, Meganisi is a quiet island, perfect for relaxation in a stunning natural environment. For those of you needing a bit more of sightseeing and activities, Lefkada is just there, next to the island of Meganisi with frequent ferry connections.

 
Meganisi Pictures
This photo of Meganisi is courtesy of TripAdvisor
 
 
 

External links

Municipality of Meganisi
With information about accommodation, transportation, etc.

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