The perfect destination to truly ‘get away from it all’, Meganissi is a tranquil Greek Island full of traditional character and charm. Relax on one of the many stunning beaches or explore the beautiful pine forests that cover the island to get a real taste of the tranquillity. With three small hamlets on the island, Spartochori is situated above the main ferry port of Spilia with some shops and traditional tavernas amongst the narrow streets. Vathi is on the east, a tiny fishing port with beautiful, quaint houses, traditional tavernas and an attractive harbour and Katmeri is inland situated between the two ports with several tavernas and shops. Most of the coves and bays are untamed, and tracking down your own plot of sand is all part of the adventure. The most remote ones can only be reached by hiring a boat and it is a thrill to discover them along the coastline. However, not all of Meganissi’s beaches are so hard to reach; Pasoumaki Beach is a couple of kilometres outside of Vathi, and Agios Ioannis, Fanari, Spilia and Barbarezou are easily accessible by car. This little part of Greek heaven will set the tone to relax and enjoy the laid-back pace of island life during the sun-soaked days or warm summer evenings.
Those looking for a taste of traditional Greece need look no further than our villas in Meganissi. The famed Greek hospitality abounds here. The beaches are idyllic, uncrowded and unspoiled and the tavernas equally tempting. Wherever you go, timelessness and charm will follow you.
Wonderfully untouched by mass tourism, Meganissi retains a strong sense of culture and tradition. The island has been inhabited since ancient times, and can trace its history back to the days of Homer. This long history is evident around the island – from abandoned windmills scattered on the hilltops and old churches, to the remains of horse-drawn olive presses and stone wells. Wherever you go on this charming island you’ll find peace and relaxation, a world away from modern life. Explore the tiny, traffic-free streets of stone-built houses, and you’re likely to see local women in traditional dress carrying baskets on their heads.
Authentic Greek tavernas are the place to sample excellent traditional cuisine on Meganissi. You’ll find them in the three main villages, Spartohori, Katomeri and Vathi, and some have great locations on the waterfront with divine views.
As you may expect, the fish here is worth trying, especially when drizzled with the island’s own olive oil. Greek mezes are on every menu, and taste great with a glass of ouzo.
Meganissi is so small visitors have their pick of any of the quiet beaches and secluded bays. Some of the best beaches are found at Ai Yiannis, Spilia, Fanari, Atherinos and Limonari, but there are plenty more to be found with a bit of exploration.
You can hire a boat and discover rocky coves inaccessible by land, or take one of the tracks leading down through the olive-grove terraces to private, sheltered beaches, where the sea is beautifully clear.
This island is heaven for walkers, and the various footpaths and trails are an ideal way to discover beautiful scenery off the beaten track. Spend a pleasant afternoon walking from coast to coast, under the dappled shade of groves of olives and scented pines.
From the port in Vathi you can take a boat trip to one of the neighbouring islands like Lefkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia, or around Meganissi itself, and enjoy magnificent views of the verdant hills, rugged coast and impressive sea caves.
Meganissi Holidays - Points of Interest
Dine in a taverna in Spartochori with great views over the sea to the neighbouring islands.
Check out the sea caves – you can sail right into Papanikoli cave, which has its own sandy beach.
Spend a morning in the pretty fishing village of Vathi with its colourful pastel houses and watch the world go by on the quayside.
Browse the local shops in Katomeri and find some unique souvenirs.
Explore hidden ruins that can be found scattered across the Island.
Built on high rocks over Spilia port, the small village of Spartochori enjoys beautiful views over the beautiful blue sea. Stroll down to a taverna and let the welcoming locals serve you delicious Greek fare.
Vathi, a picturesque harbour village is located on the north east coast of Meganissi within a sheltered inlet. A laid back atmosphere can be enjoyed here, and the village remains wonderfully traditional.
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Scores 9.5 out of 10based on 15 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
Kingston upon Thames Family (the eldest child is at school)
The restaurants are wonderful. Particularly Marinata, where we became regulars. Fantastic too to rent a boat and explore the caves and the many beautiful spots around the island
They’re having a bit of a problem with wasps at the moment, which made eating outside a little less relaxing than I otherwise would’ve been.
Confirmed stay: 28 July 2019 Published on: 29 July 2019 9 out of 10
Excellent villa Views Quiet and not commercialised Eating out is quite reasonably priced
There were a lot of wasps at this time but they really didn't bother that much
Confirmed stay: 07 July 2019 Published on: 08 July 2019 10 out of 10
brighton Family (the eldest child is at school)
not much to do but that's what we wanted
Confirmed stay: 30 June 2019 Published on: 03 July 2019 10 out of 10
There's not a lot going on in Meganisi, which is why we like it!
The transfer from Preveza airport is not great (more below).
Confirmed stay: 30 June 2019 Published on: 01 July 2019 10 out of 10
Stoke on Trent Friends
We love the relative peace and quiet on Meganisi - no loud tourist entertainment anywhere (no disco or karaoke). The local night life is all we need - restaurants and bars and plenty of chat.
Some of the holiday yachters are a bit snotty - but only a few.
Confirmed stay: 09 June 2019 Published on: 18 June 2019 9 out of 10
Old Greece, quiet and peaceful.
Not that it is a problem for us but there isn't lots to do and limited night life.
Confirmed stay: 09 June 2019 Published on: 10 June 2019 10 out of 10
Nine Mile Burn Couple
Lovely quiet town, good selection of restaurants. Very friendly locals.
No, just the weather- very stormy, unusually.
Confirmed stay: 19 May 2019 Published on: 24 May 2019 10 out of 10
Being late season the beaches were very quiet, we could easily find places which we had to ourselves.
Being late season some of the tavernas had a limited menu. My only reservation in the accommodation was that there were quite a few lightbulbs gone, but this really didn't affect my enjoyment of the holiday.
Confirmed stay: 21 October 2018 Published on: 22 October 2018 10 out of 10
I like the island for what it gives. A quiet haven.
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Confirmed stay: 16 September 2018 Published on: 17 September 2018 8 out of 10
All the best restaurants in Vathi are walking distance. Your additional information says there is no ATM machine, but I saw one in Vathi behind the line of restaurants.
I was unable to get a proper map of Meganissi online before we left so driving around was a bit of an issue at times because of lack of detail. Map with roads & beaches would be useful, also to indicate where the car parks are in Spartohori and how to get to them without driving through the village which might be a bit scary for some. Good beaches that non-swimmers can use are limited, fortunately the Pasoumaki beach closest to the villa is the best we found. Ferry timings from Nidri meant we had a 3 hour wait to get to Meganissi.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2018 Published on: 17 September 2018
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