Lefkada Island, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, is often linked to love (through myths linking the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, to the island) and is believed by many to be the home of Odysseus (Ithaca) in Homer’s Odyssey.
This large island (35 kilometers, or 22 miles, long) and the surrounding smaller islands are very popular yachting destinations. Adjacent to Lefkada on the southeast is Skorpios (Greece’s largest privately owned Island) which was formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis and has a beach known as Jackie’s Beach, which was her most popular spot on the island for swimming. Also nearby and popular for yachting is Meganissi Island.
Nydri (also spelled Nidri) is the most popular tourist resort on the island; we anchored for two days just outside the harbor, between Leftakda Island and Skorpios. While it has a small permanent population (800), Nydri is chock full of harbor-side restaurants and many tourist-oriented shops on the main street (High Street).
The Papanikolis Cave is named after the Greek “Papanikolis” submarine that reputedly used the cave on the southwest end of Meganisi Island as a hideaway. The cave is the second largest in Greece and has a huge volume. Being 30 feet deep, it is believed that the Papanikolis submarine would tuck up inside this mammoth cave after its blitzkrieg attacks on the Italian armada.
We had a delightful al fresco lunch at Errikos restaurant on Meganisi Island.
Skorpios, the private island of Aristotle and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, is now leased to a Russian oligarch for 99 years. His daughter is reputedly living on the island and throws many jet-set parties on the island.