About Meganisi

 

Meganisi island is a small island that lies to the east of Lefkada.
It is approximately 1.5 miles from Skorpios and approximately 4 miles from Nydri.
The island has got a permanent population of about 1,200 inhabitants.
It covers an area of almost 20 sq km.
The village of Katomeri that is located high above Vathy is the capital of Megasini.


During pre-historic times, Meganisi was known as the Island Taphos. This name was taken from Taphos, the son of Poseidon and the ruler of the region.
The first reference of this name was found in the works of Homer.
Meganisi is a nice holiday destination. Meganisi, despite being small in size, has plenty of beaches where people can enjoy sea sports. Sea caves are the most important attractions in Meganisi.


The famous Papanikoli Cave is one among them, situated on the west coast of the island. This cave got its fame because it was used as a hiding place for submarines during World War II.
Meganisi has got regular ferry services with Nydri that is situated on the east coastal zone about 16 km south of Lefkada. From Vathy, there are regular boat connections to Ithaca and Kefalonia and also to nearby islets of Skorpios, Mandouri and Sparti.
Meganisi is an island of natural beauty. It is peaceful and hospitable, without many cars and noisy activities. Many footpaths cover the island and the narrow roads, which have little traffic, are ideal for walking. The residents love their island and take good care of it.

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About Cephalonia

Kefalonia island is part of the Ionian Islands. It is the largest island of this group and is also known as the island of the seafarers, like the famous seafarer Juan de Fuca.
The prefecture of Kefalonia also includes the islands of Ithaca, Kastos and Kalamos. The island is located between Lefkada, in the north, and Zakynthos, in the south and has a population of almost 45.000 inhabitants who are mostly gathered in the island's capital and main port, Argostoli.
Their main occupations and source of income are agriculture, fishing and tourism.


The island of Kefalonia is very mountainous: the highest mountain, Mount Ainos, rises at an altitude of 1520 metres and is the only mountain in the whole Mediterranean to possess an unique fir forest species called Abies Kefallia. Those are protected species and the area where they grow has therefore been declared a National Park.
Many fruitful plains, amazing lakes and rivers, caves, thick and verdant forests and wonderful beaches with golden sand and crystalline waters embellish the island. Because of its huge natural wealth, Kefalonia was, like all the other Ionian Islands, dominated by various civilizations such as the Byzantine, the Frankish, the Ottoman, the Venetian, but also the Napoleonic and the British Empires.
These cultures left a visible sign on the architecture of Kefalonia with great works, such as the bridge of Argostoli.

During World War II, Kefalonia was under Italian and German domination and the capitulation of Italy led to the massacre of 5,000 Italian soldiers. this event inspired the writer Louis de Bernieres its famous book, entitled Captain Corelli's Mandolin which became later a movie. Apart from the capital, Argostoli, the island of Kefalonia has a multitude of picturesque villages and small towns scattered all around it.
The most famous of those villages is the particularly picturesque Fiscardo, the only village that wasn't destroyed by the disastrous earthquake of 1953, and which keeps its beautiful neoclassical buildings until today.


Because of its innumerable beauties and charms and for having everything to offer even to the most demanding visitor, Kefalonia is one of the most popular of the Ionian Islands.

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About Ithaca

 

The beautiful island of Ithaca is famous as the homeland of Odysseus (Ulysses), the hero of the Homeric poem Odyssey. Ithaca is the land where the faithful Penelope waits patiently twenty years for her husband to return from the Trojan War. Despite his long voyage full of adventures, Odysseus manages to return to his beloved Ithaca, which became after the Odyssey a symbol of the long and difficult voyage of a life time and the joys of it, an idea which the poet Constantine Cavafy expressed beautifully in his wonderful poem called Ithaka (Ithaki).
The influence of the story of Ulysses is so vivid till today that theatrical versions of the Homer's poet are frequently played in the Municipality's Theatrical Library.

This wonderful, verdant island is separated from the island of Kefalonia by a narrow canal, only 3 km wide.
The east coast of Ithaca island is harsh and precipitous, greatly contrasting with the west coast which is verdant and soft, gently sloping down to the Ionian Sea. The interior of the island is quite mountainous, covered with pine forests, cypresses, olive trees and vineyards.
Enchanting coves are perfecting this idyllic landscape, making it a real paradise on earth. Fortunately, Ithaca has not yet been spoiled by mass tourism, mostly because it is an unknown destination and doesn't fit the expectations of the people usually looking for exciting night life and large crowded sandy beaches, fully equipped with sun beds and umbrellas. Ithaca is not that kind of island.

It is a calm and beautiful destination, ideal for those searching for relaxation, peaceful walks, calm swimming in emerald waters, small single coves boarded by pine and olive trees, and great calm. Ithaca is an island of pleasure where every one takes its time to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the place.
The island offers many things to do such as endless walks, visits to the sleepy villages and stops at the many archaeological sites associated with Homer's stories. The whole island is full of magic and beauty, making more clear the great love and pride of Odysseus for his homeland.


Ithaca is a wonderful island with amazing landscape of greenery, villages, small caves and picturesque ports. However, apart from a lovely scenery, Ithaca also has a great culture.
Many famous personalities of the Greek history were born there. The culture of this island has been influenced by the Italians, as the rest of the Ionian islands, and has offered a revival to the mainland of Greece.

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