Villas in Meganisi

Meganisi, a serene oasis nestled in the azure Ionian Sea, is located just southeast of the iconic island of Lefkada, Greece. A short boat ride away from the bustling mainland, it is an inviting haven that promises tranquillity and natural beauty.

From the comfort of our exclusive villas in Meganisi, you have an entire island ready to be explored. Step out to enjoy scenic hiking trails weaving through olive groves and wildflowers, or embark on a leisurely cycle ride to discover hidden bays and secluded beaches. The island's three quaint villages, Katomeri, Vathy and Spartochori, offer a glimpse into the timeless Greek island life. Sample local delicacies at traditional tavernas, experience the warm hospitality of the locals, or simply immerse yourself in the mesmerising panoramic views from your villa's private pool.

A Vintage Travel villa in Meganisi not only provides a relaxing retreat, but it also serves as your gateway to the enchanting charm of the Ionian Islands.


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Meganisi, a captivating island in the Ionian Sea, is a unique holiday resort imbued with the authentic spirit of Greece. Tucked away southeast of its more renowned neighbour, Lefkada, Meganisi presents a tranquil alternative to the typical Greek Island holiday destinations.

This petite island paradise is renowned for its verdant landscapes, spectacular sea views, and traditional Greek charm. Its unspoiled natural beauty, ranging from azure blue waters to lush olive groves and wildflowers, has a tranquil allure that captivates its visitors.

One of the island's most striking features is its crystal-clear waters. With numerous secluded bays and beaches such as Agios Ioannis, Spilia, and Barbarezou, Meganisi is an idyllic destination for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Meganisi is also home to three picturesque villages, each radiating a distinct and endearing charm. Katomeri, the largest, boasts winding stone streets and traditional houses, while Vathy, a serene harbour town, and Spartochori, perched on a hilltop, offer stunning views of the surrounding Ionian Sea.

Famous for its tranquil lifestyle, Meganisi is a place where time seems to stand still. Here, you can enjoy slow-paced island living, indulge in local delicacies at charming tavernas, or explore historical landmarks such as the Papanikolis sea cave, a refuge for submarines during World War II.

At Meganisi, every day unfolds like a beautifully painted canvas - full of vibrant colours, scenic beauty, and Greek charm. It's an enchanting holiday resort that offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure in equal measure.

Travelling to Meganisi

Journeying to the idyllic island of Meganisi from the UK is a seamless blend of air and sea travel. Your adventure begins with a flight into Preveza Airport, serviced directly by several UK airports including Birmingham, Manchester, Gatwick, and Heathrow. Follow this link to find out more about airports and airlines that serve Meganisi.

Upon arrival at Preveza, a picturesque 50-minute drive whisks you away to the port of Lefkada. Here, you'll board a sea taxi that gently sails across the shimmering Ionian sea. Within a brief 15 minutes, you'll find yourself docking at the tranquil shores of Meganisi, ready to embark on your holiday.

Once you've settled in Meganisi, navigating this beautiful island can be done at your leisure. The island is compact and well-served by a reliable public bus service that connects the main villages of Vathy, Katomeri, and Spartochori. For short distances, walking or cycling offers a leisurely way to take in the island's scenic beauty. Additionally, local taxis are available, providing convenient transport across the island.

Picture Perfect Towns

Meganisi is home to a wealth of beautiful towns, each with their own unique character.


Nestled in the heart of Meganisi, Katomeri is a traditional Greek village that exudes a timeless charm. The village is known for its stone-built cottages, a testament to the traditional architecture of the region, interspersed with vibrant bougainvillaea and winding cobbled streets.

The village's quaint tavernas and local shops offer an authentic taste of Greek island life, while its central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the rest of Meganisi. A stay in Katomeri is an immersion into a tranquil world where unhurried living is the norm. View our villas in Katomeri.


Perched on the hills overlooking the Ionian Sea, Spartochori is a picturesque village that offers stunning views and a peaceful ambiance. Its elevated position gives a panoramic perspective of the surrounding azure waters and nearby islands.

The village is a labyrinth of narrow lanes, pastel-coloured houses, and vibrant local life. Spartochori's hilltop location is perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat with easy access to various hiking and walking trails. Its traditional tavernas serving delicious local cuisine and welcoming locals make Spartochori a beloved destination among those looking for an authentic Greek holiday experience. View our villas in Spartohori.


Vathi is a delightful seaside village located on the eastern coast of Meganisi. This charming harbour town is an oasis of tranquillity, lined with charming restaurants and cafés along the waterfront, where you can watch the gentle ebb and flow of the sea.

Vathi's distinct feature is its beautiful marina, where colourful fishing boats are interspersed with
luxurious yachts, creating a striking tableau against the Ionian Sea. A visit to Vathi isn't complete without sampling the freshly caught seafood served in the local tavernas. The village is also a great starting point for sea excursions or a relaxed day at the nearby sandy beaches.


Meganisi is home to an array of stunning beaches, each offering a unique allure. From secluded coves to family-friendly shorelines, the island's beaches are as diverse as they are beautiful. Framed by lush landscapes and the azure Ionian Sea, these beaches offer an ideal setting for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling. Here’s a selection of some of our favourites:

Agios Ioannis Beach

Situated on the western coast of the island approximately 7km south of Katomeri, Agios Ioannis Beach is a hidden gem. This secluded spot is known for its dazzling white pebbles and crystalline waters that span shades of turquoise and blue. Surrounded by a thick pine forest, it offers an idyllic setting for those seeking peace and solitude.

Spilia Beach

Located in Spartochori, Spilia Beach is a delightful natural harbour featuring calm, clear waters that are perfect for swimming. It’s a picturesque bay with a small jetty, where boats tie up and tavernas offer delicious meals with a view. Its mix of sandy stretches and shaded spots make it an excellent choice for families.

Fanari Beach

Just a short 3km journey north of Katomeri, you'll find Fanari Beach, a true jewel of Meganisi. Renowned for its stunning surroundings and crystal-clear waters, this beach captures the true essence of the Ionian beauty. The coastline here is not sandy, in keeping with Meganisi's characteristic charm, but instead it's adorned with small, round stones that are pleasing underfoot.

Things to Do

Meganisi is more than just a tranquil island getaway; it is also a treasure trove of unique experiences and sights. From historical landmarks to adventurous outdoor pursuits, the island offers a wide range of activities to complement its natural beauty.

Papanikolis Sea Cave

One of the most captivating attractions on Meganisi is the Papanikolis Sea Cave. Named after the Greek submarine that used it as a hideout during World War II, this is the second-largest sea cave in Greece. Accessible only by boat, the cave offers a unique adventure. The echoing silence, the spectacular stalactite formations, and the ethereal blue-green water create an otherworldly atmosphere that leaves visitors in awe.

Church of Agios Ioannis

The Church of Agios Ioannis is a charming 11th-century chapel located in Katomeri. Nestled amidst lush vegetation and olive trees, this historical landmark exudes an aura of tranquillity. Inside, the church's frescoes and traditional Greek Orthodox iconography provide a glimpse into the island's rich cultural heritage. The panoramic view of the Ionian Sea from the church's courtyard adds to the serene ambience, making a visit here a calming and enriching experience.


With its scenic trails and calm roads, Meganisi is a paradise for cycling enthusiasts. Bike rentals are available throughout the island, offering a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the island at your own pace. Cycle through the traditional villages, discover secluded beaches, and navigate paths through the island's olive groves. The relatively flat terrain and the pleasant Mediterranean climate make cycling an enjoyable activity for all ages and fitness levels.

Whether you're seeking historical insights, natural beauty, or active pursuits, Meganisi offers a variety of experiences that cater to diverse interests and ensure an unforgettable holiday.

Traditional Food & Drink

Meganisi, like the rest of Greece, is a paradise for food lovers, offering a gastronomic journey steeped in tradition and local flavours. With its Mediterranean climate and fertile soil, the island produces an abundance of fresh ingredients that are central to its traditional cuisine.

The island's restaurants and tavernas showcase a range of Greek culinary classics. Expect to see a variety of mezedes, small plates for sharing, often starting with creamy tzatziki, tangy taramasalata, and dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs. Main courses typically feature fresh seafood such as grilled octopus, calamari, or a simple yet flavourful dish of fresh fish drizzled with olive oil and lemon.

Moussaka, a hearty layered dish of eggplant, potatoes, minced meat, and béchamel sauce, is a popular choice, as is Souvlaki, skewers of marinated pork or chicken served with pita bread. For those preferring vegetarian options, Greek salad or Horiatiki, made with ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and a generous slab of feta cheese, is a refreshing choice.

Locally produced olive oil and olives play an integral part in Meganisi's cuisine, adding their distinctive flavour to many dishes. Honey, a staple in Greek cuisine, is often used in desserts like Baklava or drizzled over Greek yoghurt.

A meal in Meganisi is typically rounded off with a glass of Ouzo, a traditional Greek anise-flavoured spirit, or a cup of strong, aromatic Greek coffee.

With its focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and simple preparation methods, the traditional cuisine of Meganisi is a celebration of the island's bountiful produce and culinary heritage.

Meganisi is home to an array of stunning beaches, each offering a unique allure.