Ereikoussa, Ionian Islands
The northernmost Ionian island, Ereikoussa is a person of Corfu’s a few satellite islands, recognized collectively as the Diapondia. Only eight miles and a 1- to 2.5-hour ferry journey or 35-minute non-public boat ride from Corfu, Ereikoussa is ringed by two primary sandy seashores, Porto and Bragini. The interior of the five-mile islet is fragrant with cypress and olive trees, and full of wild lilies in spring and the purple-heather named reiki, which provides the island its title, in tumble. An undiscovered paradise, Ereikoussa has a few little hotels, together with the Erikousa Lodge and the Acantha Boutique Lodge, an grown ups-only home, both equally brief walks from Porto seaside and a handful of rental homes from Hip Away Villas or Vrbo. Most of the vacationers on Ereikoussa are descendants of the islanders who emigrated to The united states and return to devote the summer months swimming and scuba diving in the surf or biking and hiking on the turf. If you crave more activity than that, take a day journey to neighboring Othonoi and hike to the lighthouse, and take a look at the postcard-excellent village of Vitzsentziatika to consider in the perspective of both Italy and Albania in the distance.
Private yachts from Patmos and the occasional day journey boats from Lipsi or Leros sail to Marathi so the sunlight-seekers aboard can swim in the crystal-crystal clear waters bordering the island. But when they depart, the only souls remaining on the isolated hideaway are the dozen hardy persons who dwell here (and dwindle down to three in wintertime) and the adventurers who find refuge in the rooms they rent. All of the island’s motion, these as it is, is centered on Marathi seaside. Which is in which you are going to locate a few tavernas that offer you rooms, such as Pantelis Marathi, operate by the Emilianos household, who came to the island in 1977 and by no means left. The identical clan also manages very simple, ocean-watch properties for lease, bakes the bread served in their taverna, and sources the ingredients chef Katina cooks from close by islets: tomatoes from Leros, dairy from Arki, fish from the sea. There’s just one blue-domed church devoted to Agios Nikolaos, the patron saint of sailors, lots of birds and goats, and very little to do but read and chill out, earning this the perfect place for philosophers, romantics, fugitives, or any person hunting to get lost for a when. (Just make sure to leave a handful of days buffer concerning Marathi and your flight property if it’s windy, the excursion boats you’ll acquire to go again and forth to one of the greater, neighboring islands like Leros, Lipsi, and Patmos will not sail.)