This tiny, picturesque harbour village is located on the north east coast of Meganissi within a sheltered inlet. A low key, laid back atmosphere can be enjoyed here, and the village remains wonderfully traditional. Shops selling local crafts can be found throughout the little streets, whilst a few traditional waterfront tavernas are located along the harbour where you can relax with a meal and watch the fishing boats come and go. Vathi is also popular with visiting yachts, and a new harbour has been recently built a little further round the bay. Ferries to the nearby resort of Spartochori and the island of Lefkas also departs from Vathi. The resort is surrounded by forests of olive and cypress trees, offering plenty of great scenery in which to enjoy relaxing walks. Various rocky and pebble beaches can also be reached within just a short drive.View villas in Vathi
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In the three main villages are a few traditional tavernas serving a variety of home cooked dishes. It is a good idea to go into the kitchen when invited, have a good look at what is on offer and point to the dishes that appeal. Vegetarian dishes are usually on offer, along with grilled meat and fish and a dish of the day, not forgetting the popular Greek salad is always to hand. Local wines, beers and ouzo are great to accompany it all, whilst many of the local restaurants offer a fresh fruit dish, or a sticky pastry to round it off.
The nightlife of Vathi is largely focused around the waterfront, with a number of traditional tavernas, restaurants and cafés lining the harbourside. Specialities including good quality fresh fish and slow-cooked meats, as well as a host of typical Greek specialities will be on menu. Evenings are pretty low key and tend to be centred on good food, drink and company.
A delivery service is also available at the local supermarket so that your food shopping can be delivered straight to your villa.
Small boats are available in Spilia Bay and Vathy for excursions to explore numerous caves and secluded beaches with stops at private islands. Traditional wooden fishing boats are also for sea trips and for fishing.
Meganissi is an island of natural beauty, without many cars and noisy activities. Many footpaths cover the island and the narrow roads, which have little traffic, are ideal for walking.
Despite being small in size, Meganissi has plenty of beaches
Sea caves are the most important attractions in Meganissi with the famous Papanikoli Cave 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.
Hire a small boat for the day and search for hidden coves and beaches the island has to offer or travel around Skorpios and Lefkas where you can moor and wander the villages.
Wander the pretty little streets of Vathy which evoke other eras, the few cars which exist on the island, as well as the small bus which serves the entire island's residents and visitors, are careful when moving around. The island is ideal for walking along the many footpaths which cover the island and the narrow roads and it is especially ideal for all those who seek simplicity and authenticity.
The monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St John the Baptist) is the most important religious site visitors will meet in this green island. The historical monastery lies above the pebbly beach west of Meganissi and tradition has it that it was founded before 1477. It was destroyed by the pirates but it was rebuilt in 1800 by a nun who remained in the monastery until her death.
The architecture of Meganissi is based on traditional and natural landscape. The charming settlements consist of traditional Lefkadian houses built with plain materials from the island. The architectural colour is mostly apparent in the port of Vathy with elegant houses with their wooden balconies and the large French windows that express the friendly and appealing atmosphere that attracts many visitors.
Villa & Flights
2nd Oct - 10th Oct 2019
2 Adults, 2 Children
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