The island

Traditional alleyways take you wherever you need to get to and small narrow roads for the few cars on the island are a clue that this is somewhere you need not rush around, instead take the time to relish your surroundings and marvel at the beauty of a place, the one Ionian island where time really does seem to stand still.

Reached by boat from Nidri, passing Skorpios, the contrast between the bustle of that busy resort and the quiet solitude of Meganisi’s lonely bays and traffic free lanes couldn’t be more marked. With just three or four villages, hardly more than hamlets in reality and almost no tourist development, this is the perfect island to escape from the stresses and strains of a busy life. Even the entrance to Vathi, the island’s main harbour is watched over by twin churches to bless those arriving and leaving.

Meganisi is one of the most picturesque and peaceful in the Ionian. Having a population of less than 2,000 it is also one of the smallest.