Vathi, Meganisi

A step back in time to visit the Island of Meganisi is a must for anyone sailing in the Greek Islands. With a population of less than 2000 people, this enchanting Greek island is only 20 square kilometres. Unspoilt Meganisi is a miniature island, covered in olive groves and pine trees and enclosed by crystal clear waters.

It has two main harbours, Vathi and Port Spiglia (more commonly known as Spartakhori). High above are two quaint villages offering visitors a glimpse of a traditional Greek way of life. Here you will find a maze of whitewashed houses, village tavernas and churches, with streets so narrow even a donkey cart would have difficulty making its way through. It is worth the ten minute climb from Spilia to Spartakhori village for the spectacular views. From here you can see the Greek Islands of Nydri and Skorpios of Onassis fame.

There are secluded and picturesque bays around Meganissi . Also some interesting and beautiful caves. On the south-west coast there is a 30 metres deep cave known as the Cave of Papanikolis. Tradition says that it got its name from a submarine that sheltered there during World War II.

Water is available from the quayside in Vathi and fresh provisions are available from the small mini-markets in the village. There are plenty of good Greek tavernas within the port of Vathi to satisfy all tastes.

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