Vathy Harbor
Vathy Harbor
Meganisi is located in Greece
Location within the region
Coordinates: 38°40′N 20°47′E / 38.667°N 20.783°E / 38.667; 20.783
Administrative regionIonian Islands
Regional unitLefkada
 • Municipality22.356 km2 (8.632 sq mi)
Highest elevation
309 m (1,014 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Municipality926
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
310 83
Area code(s)26450
Vehicle registrationEY
Spilia Port

Meganisi (Greek: Μεγανήσι, literally "big island") is a Greek island and municipality immediately to the east-southeast of the island of Lefkada. The municipality includes the offshore islands of Skorpios (pop. 2 persons) and Sparti. The municipality has an area of 22.356 km2.[2]

The island has three villages: the central village of Katomeri and the ports of Vathy and Spartochori. There is also a harbour at Atheni Bay used mainly by fishing boats. Meganisi is connected with Lefkada by a car ferry service from Vathy and Spartochori. Meganisi has a school, a lyceum (middle school), an ATM, churches and a few squares (plateies). The island has no secondary school, so pupils attend the nearby school in Nydri, on Lefkada.

Some researchers, including Wilhelm Dörpfeld, believe that Meganisi was the Homeric island of Krocylea, which was part of Odysseus' kingdom.

Fanari Beach


Municipal districts


Historical population

Year Island population
1981 1,149
1991 1,246
2001 1,092
2011 1,041
2021 926
Atherinos Port

See also


  1. ^ "Αποτελέσματα Απογραφής Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2021, Μόνιμος Πληθυσμός κατά οικισμό" [Results of the 2021 Population - Housing Census, Permanent population by settlement] (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 29 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-09-21.