Exceptional if you are after a genuinely relaxing holiday with an authentic Greek Isle, the small day fishing town of Vathi offers the likelihood to escape from all of this, with a peaceful and picturesque base. The tiny island of Meganissi, in the Ionian Ocean, remains unspoilt and undeveloped, with all the destination around the north-east coast in the island boasting a sleepy pace as well as a very standard setting. Vathi is the capital and certainly one of the island’s two ports, operating because the principal arrival point for the ferries that cross from neighbouring Lefkas, with the little harbour flanked by two chapels which in turn serve to welcome guests onto Meganissi. There’s a beautiful setting here, that has a number of tavernas and cafes lining the colourful small waterfront, and a backdrop of lush green hills adding towards the delightful allure in the resort.
Just a kilometre inland lies the traditional hamlet of Katomeri, which displays a slice of sleepy Greek life, and dotted along the shore are appealing small beach-fronts and hidden coves, fantastic for a lazy day by the seaside. The coastline is known for its scenic backdrop, quiet white-pebble sandy beaches and especially crystal-clear seas, and the undeveloped nature of the island indicates loads of peaceful and undisturbed beaches. Very cheap last minute all inclusive here have a mixture of days spent relaxing on the coast, and exploring the beautiful countryside, residence to trails and mule paths which in turn cross the island.
When to go
The tourist season in Vathi runs from April to October, with the peak season months of July and August being the busiest on Meganissi. This period sees the most holidaymakers and visitors for the compact angling hamlet, thanks towards the boats and ferries which bring day-trippers from Lefkas each morning. A escape in either May or alternatively June gives the quietest time for you to come, and sees the gorgeous Greek countryside in bloom, whilst in the finish from the season, the weather is still stunning, with cooler temperatures meaning more comfortable conditions. A low-season getaway supply the suitable time for outside events and touring the island.
Climate in Vathi
Vathi enjoys a generally Mediterranean climate, and sees hot dry summers and simple wetter winters. Early season temperatures are about 24C in June, rising to 29C in June, and may attain 32C in July and August. The sun could shine for 13 hours at this time, and the seaside temperature stays around 24C – 26C. Summers expertise practically no rainfall, as well as the island enjoys pleasant night-time highs of around 20C. Weather in September and November remains warm, with temperatures in between 224C – 28C, as well as the sun nevertheless shining for up to 9 hours every day.
Getting the most effective deal to Vathi
For the very best discounts to Vathi, avoid travelling through the busy months of July and August, which can be high season throughout Greece. Being the most best-selling time for different groups, demand is higher at this time, and all inclusive family holidays usually get booked up nicely ahead of time, whatever the price. You’ll find much cheaper bargains throughout the quieter low-season months of May, early June, September and November, and generally better availability all round. Getting flexible and departing in the very last minute may often indicate outstanding bargains, so look at our offers beneath, and visit our late specials web page for the really greatest prices to Vathi this year.
Airport and transport have to know
Fly to Preveza Airport (PVK), with direct charter flights from London Gatwick or perhaps Manchester – a three.5-hour journey from the UK. From Preveza, which can be positioned within the Greek mainland, it is a 30-minute drive over the floating causeway to Lefkas, followed by a boat ride across to Meganissi. Boats and ferries leave from the main harbour, Nidri, with the crossing to the destination taking just 25 minutes. Transfers are integrated on package all inclusive holidays to Vathi.
Once around the island, you could get about by catching certainly one of the local water taxis, or ‘caiques’, which travel up and down the coastline from Vathi, and even take a boat trip over to Kefalonia or perhaps Ithaca. You can easily rent a boat or maybe a moped from the town, nevertheless car hire is only obtainable from Lefkas. There is actually a neighbourhood bus service from Vathi, which runs to Spartochori and Spilia, and travels along the coast to numerous beach-fronts
Very best sandy beaches in Vathi
The beaches about Vathi are mainly pebble, backed by olive groves and pines, and situated in a quantity of quiet bays and inlets around the north coast. All boast a attractive option with extremely limited amenities, and are identified for spectacularly clear blue-green seas. As some are only accessible by boat, the harbour town is actually a fantastic beginning point for exploring the coast. Here are our picks for the very best beach locations in and around Vathi.
Best coastline for sunbathing – Megalo Limonari
Megalo Limonari lies just 1km south of Katomeri, and is accessible by foot or alternatively bike, or perhaps by boat from Vathi. The biggest of two beach locations which sit with a cove in the finish of a winding road, Megalo Limonari provides a extremely quite fine sand and shingle stretch, backed by olive trees and pines.
Very best beach-fronts for things to do – Spilia
Positioned in the island’s other port, Spartochori, this pebble coastline within the bay gives not merely a great base for a day’s sunbathing, but several boat trips around the coast, and the likelihood to get a leisurely drink or alternatively meal correct around the waterfront.
Very best seaside for isolation – Fanari
Just a short stroll from Vathi may be the small pebble coastline at Fanari – extremely quiet and that has a breathtaking option. There’s an abundance of organic shade right here, thanks to the lush green backdrop, with this deserted stretch providing the likelihood for a peaceful day in the beach whilst on Meganissi.
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