Magnificent Meganissi

Debbie Dent on 25 September 2013

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Having recently returned from the beautiful, unspoilt Greek Island of Meganissi, I thought I would share my experiences of this lovely destination.

To get there, you fly into Preveza on the Greek mainland. From there it’s a 45 minute transfer to Nidri in Lefkas, then you’ll need to board a ferry for the 30-40 minute crossing which will take you to Meganissi. My husband and I had booked car hire in advance, so it was all surprisingly easy and stress free.

The ferry journey is great as it’s a chance to take in some fantastic views as you’ll pass various small islands including Skorpios, formerly owned by the Onassis family.

Once on Meganissi, we stayed in Spilia which has two popular tavernas where we sat and enjoyed watching the yachts moor at the port. To stretch our legs, we took a 15 minute walk from Spilia, up some steps, to the larger town of Spartohori. From here we had a great vantage point to admire the stunning vista. It is definitely worth a visit, with its narrow lanes and whitewashed houses, you can wander round and immerse yourself in the Greek way of life. There are also a few tavernas here and places where you can just relax and have a coffee.

It is easy to get around the island by car, as it is only 12 square miles. However, you don’t have to hire a car as there is a local bus service and walking around the island is lovely. The other main port of Vathi is just 4 miles from Spilia, so you can get there in just over 5 minutes by car. Alternatively you can walk, but it takes about an hour. Vathi has around half a dozen tavernas to choose from and you can watch the boats come and go or you can just sit, relax, and people watch! If you want to go in search of your own private cove, you can easily hire a motorboat from the port.

The beaches are mainly pebble. However, they are beautiful as the water is a striking blue-green colour and crystal clear. It is so inviting on those hot, sunny days.

Meganissi is a very green island with cypress and pine trees all around and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a quiet island, off the beaten track.

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