Остров Меганиси


Meganissi (literally translated 'big island') is one of the 4 islands that form Lefkada in Ionian Sea, Greece. There are apr. 1060 people living there, mostly old men, fishermen and farmers. The island is one of the few not private islands in the area, and tourism has been taking place as part of the local development. 

Меганиси (от гр. Голям остров) е един от четирите острова, които образуват Лефкада в Йонийско море, Гърция. На него живеят около 1060 души, предимно старци, рибари и земеделци. Островът е един от малкото обществени острова (повечето в района са частни), а туризмът тук играе все по-значителна роля. 


My arrival at the port of Spartochori village was one of the things included in the day boat trip program. The options were either to go to the beach or to join a guided group and get to know more about this place. I didn't think twice and I joined the group that revealed some interesting facts about the island. Little did I know that there used to be a law in Greece that nobody could buy islands except Greeks. Surprisingly, this law hasn't been functioning for already 5 years (not sure what is the reason though).

Пристигането ми на порта на малкото селище Спартохори беше част от дневната разходка с корабче. Двата варианта бяха или да отида на плаж, или да се присъединя към група с екскурзовод. Разбира се избрах второто и не съжалих, тъй като разбрах доста интересни факти. В Гърция е имало закон, който позволявал купуването на острови само и единствено от гърци. Този закон не функционира от вече 5 години. 



However, it was the private island of the shipping magnate and one of the richest man in the world Aristotle Onassis. In the past the government didn't care much about this part of Greece, that's why people here used to feel isolated.  Briefly – after Onassis was sent to Greece, he needed sailors, and he wanted people to work for him, so for local people he was a man who gave them a job when they needed the most.

Въпреки този закон, Меганиси е бил един от частните острови на корабния магнат и една от най-богатите личности в света Аристотел Онасис. Накратко – след като е изпратен в Гърция, Онасис се нуждае от моряци и хора, които да работят за него. Местните си спомнят за него с уважение, тъй като това е бил човекът, дал им работа в момент, когато най-много са имали нужда. 


It's no surprise to anyone that Greeks use olive oil everywhere. The guide even told us that her grandmother used to give her bread with olive oil and sugar or honey when she was a kid. People on the island used to produce olive oil and wine for a living.

Не е изненада за никого, че гърците използват зехтин за всичко. Екскурзоводката дори ни спомена, че като дете нейната баба ѝ е давала хляб със зехтин и захар или с мед. Един от основните поминъци на острова в миналото било производството на зехтин и вино. 


I visited the local olive oil factory that stopped working 3 years ago. One of the gems here is that everything is organic. In the '80's the quality of the olives here was the best, but the quality of the olive oil the worst.  

Част от разходката беше посещение на местната зехтинова фабрика, която спира производство преди 3 години. През ’80-те качеството на маслините тук било най-доброто, но на зехтина най-ниското.


The process of preparing olive oil is very precise - olives have to be brought in 2 days after picking, otherwise on the 3rd day they go to the bin. Once produced, you have to wait 5 months to consume the olive oil. An advice I was given was to avoid buying olive oil from souvenir shops, so I didn’t.

Производството на зехтин е сложен процес. След като са събрани, маслините трябва да се донесат до фабриката след не повече от 2 дни, тъй като на третия се изхвърлят. Когато производството приключи, трябва да се изчака 5 месеца, за да бъде консумиран зехтинът. Посъветваха ме да не си купувам зехтин от магазинчетата за сувенири, затова и не го направих. 


Meganisi island has been a famous destination for Greeks. 25% of them are returning to the island, and it comes as no surprise to me. This hot day in September I walked the cobbled streets passing the white washed houses a couple of times. And indeed there were mostly old men who were actually very kind. After 2 hours of wandering, it was time to get on the boat and leave. A little piece of me left on Meganissi, and if I have the chance I’d definitely return one day.

Остров Меганиси е една от най-известните дестинации за самите гърци – 25% от тях се връщат на него, което не ме учудва. В този горещ септемврийски ден няколко пъти обиколих павираните улички, подминавайки варосаните къщи в бяло. И наистина по пътя си срещнах само възрастни хора, но пък бяха доста любезни. След 2 часа беше време да тръгваме. Малка част от мен остана там обаче. Ако имам възможност, с удоволствие бих се върнала отново. 


Остров Меганиси Остров Меганиси Reviewed by Stanislava E. on 9/12/2016 Rating: 5

27 comments:

  1. Morning Sany! Wish I was there right now, what a dreamy island! Its so picturesque and bright, love the colors all around, u took some gorgeous photos! Have a good week Sany, kisses! xo

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    1. Thank you Lilli! The island is very cute and charming.

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  2. I really enjoyed your introduction to and photos of Meganissi. This sounds like the type of inside spot that more locals frequent than tourists and I can see why. I was recently reading an article on visiting other islands in Greece other than the major ones and it sounds like that's what you've been doing. I'm also not surprised to hear that they use olive oil so liberally. I actually prefer good olive oil on my bread over butter or anything else. It just bring out the flavor of the bread and vice versa. Have a lovely week Sany!

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    1. It's not as touristic as other majot Greek islands, and to me this is great. I haven't tried olive oil on bread over butter, isn't it too greasy? Thank you for your comment, Rowena!xo

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  3. I love learning about all these places through you and this is another amazing post. Do you think the law about 'only Greeks can buy the island' was banished in order to bring in foreign investment to assist Greece economy?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Maybe. I assume that it is something related to the Greek crisis.

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  4. Such a neat place! You are so lucky to have seen so much of Greece. Thanks for sharing these places with us.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. It's awesome that Greece is so close to Bulgaria!

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  5. Hi Sany! I really like your photos of Meganissi - that "big island" looks really charming and peaceful place, especially these narrow streets, which are surrounded by trees with pink flowers are so, so lovely, I have no doubts, why Greeks are returning here. What about weird laws in Greece, I have never heard about the one, you mentioned, but personally I have heard about different one - I'm not sure if this law is valid, but when someone when someone builds a house and haven't finished roof, he does not have to pay property tax, so a lot of houses in Greece are unfinished. :)
    Have a lovely evening, dear friend!

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    1. Haha, I had no idea there is such a law in Greece:) Sounds funny!

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  6. This was lovely to read Sany, and now I want to just go visit Meganissi. One of my old flatmates from uni was from Greece and he always brought back loads of olive oil and culinary items from home. I grew up using olive oils a lot becuase of my mum. I love it. Have a great start to the week. :) /Madison
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    1. Olive oil is the healthier option, so good for you Madison!

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  7. How beautiful and breathtaking! Love your photos! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  8. Beautiful photos, it looks like such a charming island! x

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  9. I can imagine how much more popular this place will become over upcoming years, it looks beautifully calm and tranquil there - your photography really captures that :)

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    x

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  10. Have a lovely evening, dear Sany! :)

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  11. Направо се замечтах! Гърция си остава моя любима дестинация, прекрасни плажове и малки островчета с типична и неповторима архитектура! Записвам си мястото за задължително, благодаря, че сподели тези прекрасни снимки и информация :))

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    1. Благодаря ти, Цвети!:)

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  12. It seems to me that I were on that tour with you :) What a charming picturesque island with so many cute details from pomegranate trees to colorful houses. I just love places like that. I had no idea about the whole thing related to private islands. I always learn something new from you. Here in Spain it's also common to have a bread with olive oil, usually for breakfast. It doesn't surprise me that people are very kind there. How can you not be when you live in such a charming place... ;)

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    1. I am very happy that you enjoyed this post, Tijana!

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  13. This just looks like the most idilic, perfect place and I would love to visit one day. I would definitely have joined the trip too as I really enjoy exploring new places and it seems like somewhere that would be so intersting to visit :) x

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  14. I visited the factory for cold - pressed olive oil. For them it's almost all about the food

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  15. So much beautiful views, cozy little houses and plenty of flowers - looks so peaceful!

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