Meganisi is a magical and stunning Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, just south of Lefkada. It’s known for its secluded beaches and traditional Greek charm, Meganisi is the perfect destination for holidaymakers seeking a relaxing and peaceful getaway. This hidden gem is often overlooked by tourists, making it an ideal destination for Vintage Travel clients looking to escape the crowds and experience an authentic Greek island. The island's rugged landscape, olive groves, and turquoise waters make it a true paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the best ways to experience Meganisi is by staying in a private villa with a swimming pool – we have six lovely villas, many of which have a larger than average sized pool. All have full air conditioning.

The island boasts many stunning beaches, from secluded coves to long stretches of sand, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience. One of the island's most popular beaches is Limonari, which is located on the southern coast and is known for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings – fantastic for snorkelling, or just relaxing with a book in hand. 

Meganisi is also home to a number of charming traditional villages, where visitors can immerse themselves in Greek culture and sample the local cuisine. The island's main town, Vathi, is a bustling small port with a range of restaurants, bars, and shops, making it a popular destination for visitors. From here you can also hire a small boat for further exploration of unspoiled beaches and hidden gems.

For those looking to explore the island's natural beauty, there are a range of hiking trails and scenic walks that offer breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. Whether it's a leisurely stroll through olive groves or a challenging trek to the island's highest peak, there is something for everyone on Meganisi.

Overall, it is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful and authentic Greek island experience. With its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and traditional charm, it's no wonder that this hidden gem is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination for discerning travellers.

Getting to Meganisi couldn’t be easier.  Simply fly into Preveza airport and take the short transfer/car journey to the port for a quick water taxi transfer across to Vathi on Meganisi – such a fun way to start your holiday!

Villages and towns in Meganisi

Situated on the north coast of Meganisi, Vathi is one of the three main villages on the island. In the picturesque heart of the village, nestled at the far end of an inlet, whitewashed houses and alleys back onto the waterfront, with a small number of churches waiting to be discovered.

Vathi is home to the island’s port, often full of moored yachts and boats during the summer season creating a truly cosmopolitan feel. The charming harbourside hosts a number of tavernas serving local food with stunning views out to sea. Take a stroll along the harbour to watch the locals bring in their daily catch, or hire a sailing boat to unearth those of Meganisi’s treasures which can only be reached by sea.

Capturing the attention of all visitors, Katomeri is home to many stone-built cottages and vast courtyards all wonderfully colourful with plants, flowers and bright windows, doors and walls. This typically Greek village full of traditional architecture and friendly locals is the main settlement of Meganisi. However, with just 500 inhabitants it is not crowded and retains its unspoilt village charm, largely untouched by modern development. With a handful of traditional tavernas and a bakery selling many local delights, the village is the perfect location to while away the afternoon or enjoy an evening meal.

Perched on a cliffside looking out over a tranquil bay filled with yachts, boats and passing flotillas, the quaint local village of Spartohori offers visitors an authentically Greek experience. Stone-built cottages and whitewashed houses combine with vibrantly flowered balconies, window boxes and courtyards to create a wonderful atmosphere while some the island’s most mesmerising panoramic views await admiration.

Downhill, around the natural port, a number of tavernas, minimarkets and little shops can be found and both the village and harbour are well known for serving tasty seafood dishes created daily from the fresh catch in the bay.

Getting to Meganisi

Travel Options

The nearest airport for our villas in Meganisi is Preveza Airport (code PVK). There is a choice of direct flights from several of the UK's principal airports.

Meganisi is one of the easiest smaller islands to get to, and on leaving Prezeva Airport you should arrive at your villa within an hour or so.

Transfers and/or Car hire, to/from Meganisi, can be arranged by Vintage Travel.

Transfer Info
Guests will be transferred by taxi/minibus from Preveza Airport to the port in Lefkada (approx. 50 mins) from where a sea taxi will take you on the short (approx 15 min) crossing over to Meganisi, where your hire car will be waiting for you at the port.
Costs are as follows (payable Locally):
Taxi: Preveza Airport to Lefkada Port - up to 4 passengers  €65 each way, Up to 12 passengers €100 each way
Sea Taxi: Lefkada Port to Meganisi - up to 5 passengers  €90 each way, additional passengers €10 each

Some clients opt for the above on their outbound journey and then catch the public ferry (see below) back to Lefkada, returning the hire car to the airport, for the return journey.

Collecting your car at Preveza Airport
You will collect your hire car at the airport and make your own way to Nidri Port on Lefkada for your short onward public car ferry crossing to Meganisi. We cannot prebook you on to this public ferry and you will need to buy your tickets at the port.  Further info can be found here. Please make sure that you allow plenty of time to get from the airport to the port.

If you need to place a 'hold' on your chosen property whilst you are booking your flights, we are more than happy to do this for you. We can book flights on your behalf if you would like us to, for this service we charge a fee of £30 for each return flight booked.

Fly from:

  1. Birmingham
  2. Gatwick
  3. Heathrow
  4. Manchester
  5. Stansted

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