The Diapontia Islands

A tucked-away island complex with jagged coastlines at the westernmost point of Greece. The Diapontia islands are located in the Ionian Sea, at the westernmost point of Greece, just 10 km away from cosmopolitan Corfu; they can be seen as a gateway to the Adriatic Sea and the rest of Europe. The Diapontia Islands consist of three bigger islands: Othoni, Erikousa, and Mathraki as well as nine uninhabited islets.

Othonoi

Othoni is the biggest island of the Diapontia complex with 560 inhabitants and is the westernmost point of Greece. It is 40 nautical miles away from Italy and when the atmosphere is clear the Italian Cape of Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca is visible. According to a legend, Othoni was the island of Ogygia, the island of nymph Calypso who seduced Odysseus and kept him prisoner for seven years before he escaped to Corfu on a raft.The most popular beach is Kalypso surrounded by high white rocks, snorkeling can be a surprise …A must-see is the cave of Kalypso…

Ereikousa

Erikousa island is the northernmost Ionian island and the second biggest island of the Diapontia complex with 400 inhabitants, just 6 nautical miles north from Cape Drastis of northern Corfu. The island was named after the shrub “Riki” which grows all over the island During October, the shrubs blossom and a thick purple ‘carpet’ covers the whole island. The island is verdant, full of myrtles, rosemary, and cypresses which reach the seashore. Porto is the only port of the island that has an organized and endless beach with shallow clear waters which attract many Corfiots. One of the most beautiful parts of the island is Pera Katergo, where a stone cross tells the story of a nautical disaster that happened there 100 years ago. Pera Katergo is the only area of the island covered by rocks. In the past, this hill was a local quarry, where workers used dynamite to detach stone in order to sculpt it.

Mathraki

Mathraki is the smallest of the Diapontia islands. It is located at the west of Corfu and just 4.5 nautical miles from Kavokefali of St. Stephanos. It looks as if it has emerged from the sea along with its ‘friends’, two huge rocks. Legend has it that these rocks, Karavi and Arkous used to be a Turkish ship and a boat full of bandits who sailed to rob the church of Saint Nicholas. The saint punished them by turning them into rocks and since then the ship and the boat are beaten by the waves.

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