WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?
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Reached by boat from Nidri, passing Skorpios, the contrast between the bustle of that busy resort and the quiet solitude of Meganisiís lonely bays and traffic free lanes couldnít 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 islandís main harbour is watched over by twin churches to bless those arriving and leaving.
Mythology tells us that King Tafios, a son of Poseidon, was the founder of the town of Tafion. Later, according to Homerís Odyssey, Ulysses gave his fleet to Mentor, the Tafion king at the time, when he left for Troy. Tafion is the island we now know as Meganisi. He would no doubt be comforted to see that there have not been a lot of changes to his beloved island since he was last there!
There are a number of beaches within walking distance of our accommodation. Spilia, close to the little port of Spartohori has a pebble strand, Ambelaki on the north coast is one of a string of beaches that can be reached by walking. Alternatively, caiques from Vathi can be taken there.
Another way to enjoy this remarkable island is to join one of the regular round island boat trips from Nidri which have the added attraction of visiting the famous shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassisí island of Skorpios and the other smaller islands. Other boats visit Ithaka, Kefalonia and the inner islands on a regular basis.
Walking is excellent on the island and the only real method of travel to truly reveal the wonderful views and perspectives of the island and to visit the tranquil and uncrowded beaches that are dotted around the island. Below some of the pathways or monopaths, steep cliffs are honey-combed with caves, only accessible by boat, some even large enough, so the story goes, to hide submarines during World War Two.
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.
This is real Greece!
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
You will be transferred to Nidri in Lefkada where you will be taken by private boat to Vathi, Meganisi. If applicable your hire car will be waiting for you at Vathi. Approx transfer time: 1 hour
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
British Airways: details to follow
Fly Monarch: 0871 940 5040
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.