Only six kilometres from Nidri (Lefkas) by regular ferry. The ferry operates every day, but there are more services in the summer. From Nidri the ferry usually goes first to Spilia Bay, below the village of Spartohori (about 20 minutes). It then continues along the North coast of the Island to Vathi (about 10 minutes) before returning to Nidri.
With a population of less than 2000 people, the Island of Meganisi offers complete relaxation in a typical Greek atmosphere. Here, there is no need to fill your days with activities. Laze by a beautiful pool with lovely views over the surrounding countryside; take a slow stroll down to the beach, or sip an Ouzo with the locals in the village taverna.
If you do feel more energetic, there are various walks and cycle rides around the Island varying from the good coast road connecting the villages of Katomeri, Vathi and Spartohori to a variety of footpaths and goat trails to more remote parts of the Island.
Spartohori, perched high above Spilia Bay, has a couple of minimarkets, little shops and tavernas. Reached by a 10 minute walk up the road or steps, it has spectacular views across the sea to the mountains of the mainland. Spilia Bay has a harbour which is popular with yachts and passing flotillas, and a couple of efficient tavernas. At the end of the bay is a nice beach and a waterfront taverna.
Vathi is a tiny port on the Northeast coast of Meganisi. In a sheltered position at the end of an inlet, it has a few waterfront tavernas that are ideal for sitting with a drink and a Greek salad and watching the ferry and fishing boats come and go.
Katomeri is only 1 km inland from Vathi but offers a taste of 'real Greece'; a truly traditional village with a few friendly tavernas, a bakery, and a tiny petrol station.
More about Meganissi Island
Meganisi is a picturesque island of the Ionian sea, 4 nautical miles southeast of Lefkada.
It is the largest island of a complex (skorpios, Thilia, Kythros and more), composing the ministrative district of the Municipality of Meganissi (Taphion), called Tilevoides. With an area of 19,85 square Kilometers, Meganisi belongs to the province of Lefkada and has three scenic villages with unique beauties: Vathi, Katomeri and Spartochori which consist the main settlements of the island with a total population of 2,000 inhabitants.
The traditional architecture, the hospitable residents, the quite life, the magnificent sceneries, the picturesque bays with the fish taverns, the restaurants and entertainment shops, the splendid view, the green landscapes and the crystal waters, create an ideal place for the summer holidays.
Aghios Ioannis, Spillia, Pasoumaki, Ambelakia, Atherinos, Faros, Limonari, Elia, Loutrolimni and Bereta are the most well known beaches of the island which along with Papanikolis and Giovani Caves are worthwhile a visit.
There is a regular connection from Nydri, situated 16 Klm south of Lefkada on the east coastal zone. Meganisi lies a distance of 4 nautical miles from Nydri and 1,5 nautical miles from Skorpios. There is a ferry-boat connection and regular connections from Nydri to Meganisi (Cave & Vathi). There are also daily ferry-boat connections to Ithaca and Kefalonia.
During the ferry-boat trip that lasts 25 minutes, the visitors can enjoy the breathtaking view to the many islets scattered around Meganisi such as Madouri with the old family house of the greek poet Valaoritis and the islet of Skorpios, still owned by the famous Onassis family.
Meganisi has a good road network and local transportation. The island, overwhelmed by many local and foreign visitors every year, provides an excellent sea tourism development and accommodation services such as hotels, rooms to let and apartments. You can also find surfing activities at the beach of Aghios Ioannis, reach the Caves by sea bicycle while the area around the island is ideal for sailing. You may also enjoy a caique tour to the Cave of Papanikolis as well as a round island tour.