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Meganisi


Meganisi Island

The largest of the Prinkiponnisa, Meganisi is 4 nautical miles Southeast οf Lefkada town.

Within the group of the Prinkiponisa is also Scorpios, Scorpidi, Kithros, Thilia, Madouri and other smaller islands.

The island has been ruled by the Franks, the Turks, the Venetians, the British along with many other invaders over the centuries but has never lost its traditional "Filoxenia" (friendliness toward strangers).

Old woman The main villages are Katomeri, Vathy and Spartochori.

Katomeri is the capitol of the island and was formerly called Diministres due to the two monthly system of harvesting of wheat in this area. It was renamed at the beginning of 1800.

It is the most traditional of the villages and there is not a lot of tourism on the island. If you take a walk through the narrow streets you can see the old women doing their embroidery and the men mending their fishing nets.

The only petrol station on the island is situated on the road to Atherinos. There are several small Tavernas, shops, an off license and a hotel in the village.

Fishing boat Spartochori is built above Spilia and there are small tavernas cafes, bars, the only butchers on the island.

It is busy during the summer season especially when a «Greek night» has been arranged for the tourists.

Finally, it his here you will find the islands Police station.

Vathy is the main harbour on the island and here you will find a variety of sailing craft and also the ferry boat to Nidri several times a day.

Here there are several tavernas, small shops and the islands Post Office.

During the summer it is a busy area especially at the time of arrival and departure of the ferry boat. The ferry is met by the local bus upon arrival.

There is no bank on the island or cash point and only one taxi serves the needs of the whole island.

The main beaches on the island are:

  • Limonari: situated on the southeast of the island. The road is narrow and winding. There is no shade on the beach nor a canteen for refreshment It is a stony beach and their are sea urchins in the water by the rocks. It is the perfect beach for snorkeling.
  • Fanari: situated a short distance past the harbour of Atherinos it is classed as one of the best beaches on the island. It is a sandy beach with some shade and a canteen during the season.
  • Karakofolia (Nest of the Jay bird): Continue on past Fanari beach and on your right you will find a small path, this will take you across to Karakofolia. Here there is no shade or canteen so stock up before you go.
  • Agios Giannis: Situated on the west coast of the island. This is a popular beach especially for those with boats. It is mainly stony and there is a Taverna that is open from May to September. The water is crystal clear, access is by boat or car or motorbike although the bus does come down twice a day during the peak season.
  • Cherniades: You can reach this beach just a few minutes walking distance turning left out of Spilia harbour. It is a small stony beach with ample shade.
  • Pasoumaki: This is a man made beach situated on the road leading out of Vathy harbour toward Ambelakia. You will see the steps leading down to the beach. There is little shade and no refreshment facilities.
  • Ambelakia (also known as Abeliki): This is a very popular bay with the yachting fraternity as it is a safe harbour to anchor off in. There is a small Italian restaurant here that opens between mid May through to September.
  • Elia: A beautiful, small and peaceful beach. To get there you must go through Katomeri. There is a small amount of shade on the beach but no form of refreshment.
  • Xera: From Atherino harbour follow the new harbour road to Katomeri. You will see a small path just before the first main bend in the road on your right, follow this round till you reach the beach. This beach is used regularly for barbeques by holiday makers. There is plenty of shade here but no refreshment facilities. It is an excellent area for snorkeling.

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