Meganissi – Overview
Meganissi lies in the Ionian Sea, just off the east coast of Lefkada. Its nearest neighbour is the private island of Skorpios – once owned by Aristotle Onassis - but the difference between glamorous Skorpios and unassuming Meganissi, its rural landscape peppered with abandoned windmills, tiny churches, and ancient ruins, couldn’t be more marked.
The first traces of life on the island date back to the Neolithic era, and like every island, it has its place in Greek mythology, too – though in Meganissi’s case, it’s a rather modest tale, culminating in Ulysses giving his fleet to the island when he left for Troy.
It’s a modest myth for a modest island. There are no towns on Meganisi, just three villages that are really nothing more than hamlets. Its beaches tend to be of the white pebble variety, with a few sandy beaches in the northeast, washed by clear, clean water. Few of the beaches have organised facilities, but the upside is that even though the island does have its fair share of summer visitors, you’re still likely to find a beach with no one else on it, particularly if you choose one of the little coves accessible only by boat. The island’s most famous attraction is the Pananikolis Sea Cave, said to be the second largest sea cave in all of Greece and where, locals claim, a Greek submarine was hidden during the Second World War.
With a network of paths that criss-cross the island, Meganissi is perfect for walking and cycling; the ideal place, in fact, for a complete getaway or a good, old-fashioned family beach holiday.
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