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Vathi

Vathi, Meganissi

Lying on the north-east coast of the island of Meganissi and nestled within a sheltered inlet is the tiny village of Vathi. Quiet and relaxed, the hub of the village is the pretty harbour where you can watch fishing boats bringing in fresh produce that will be served at the tables of the tavernas close by. Vathi also enjoys a beautiful countryside setting, with the bay surrounded by wooded hills and picturesque olive groves.

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Aside from the harbour, highlights of Vathi include charming shops selling local crafts and some fascinating chapels. There are also several pebble beaches within short distance of the village. Most of Meganissi's sights are not too far away, seeing as the island covers just 20 square kilometres.

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Perfect for active holidaymakers

Take the short, scenic walk to pebbled Pasoumaki Beach with natural shade provided by the coves and trees that back the shore. The water here is extremely clear, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It's a relaxing and relatively uncrowded spot to relish a couple of hours by the sea.

Hire a bike and you can reach Katomeri, the island's capital, in around 10 minutes. Park your bike and enjoy leisurely walks through quiet streets adorned with beautiful flowers and past whitewashed cottages and attractive, stone-built houses with their red-tiled roofs. Stop in at the bakery to sample delicious local pastries.

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You can be on the island of Lefkas in less than 30 minutes after taking a boat ride from Vathi. Nidri is one of the main resorts here and yet still retains much authentic Greek village character. You can hire a motorboat to head out from pebbled shores on to the sea and soak up views of the surrounding hills covered in pine forests. Also stock up on groceries from the numerous shops and mini-markets in the town.

The village of Spartochori is around a 10-minute drive away and overlooks the island's second port, after the one at Vathi. It's a lovely village, with winding, cobbled streets lined with traditional stone houses and several souvenir shops run by friendly locals. There's also a good choice of tavernas by the harbour to stop in at for a seafood lunch. Further along from the harbour is Spilia Beach with its stretch of white pebbles that leads down into beautiful clear waters.

Best restaurants in Vathi

Unsurprisingly, most of Vathi's restaurants are found by the harbour, giving you the very best views over the sea as you enjoy your meal. Many are traditional tavernas serving classic Greek dishes and plenty of fresh fish and seafood.

Traditional Greek food by the waterfront at Tsikali

Be greeted by friendly service as you enter Tsikali, then feast on delicious and generously sized traditional dishes. The menu revolves around meat rather than fish and seafood, with rabbit and goat featuring heavily. Much of the produce, including the fresh vegetables, are sourced directly from the owner's farm in the hills.

Dine under exotic trees at To Meraki tou Manoli

On a warm evening, choose a table by the bay at To Meraki tou Manoli and watch as the sun sets gently over the sea. Fish and seafood dishes available here include grilled octopus, oven-roasted sea bass and seafood souvlaki. Also on the menu are lamb chops and goat. The wine list is extensive, with the house red highly recommended.

Fantastic fresh fish and seafood at Aperanto Galazio

Right on the beach and with stunning views of the bay, Aperanto Galazio is a laid-back and picturesque spot to have lunch or an evening meal. The tavern offers a range of popular Greek dishes, such as traditional salads made with fresh tomatoes and local Mizithra cheese, fried squid and grilled sardines.

Enjoyed the relaxed Greek atmosphere at Big Blue Restaurant

With a charming blue-and-white theme and in close proximity to azure waters, Big Blue Restaurant certainly lives up to its name. As you listen to Greek folk music gently playing in the background, dine on grilled sea bream, fried anchovies or calamari that's cooked to perfection.

Nearest airport to Vathi

Preveza/Aktion International Airport – 30 miles Preveza/Aktion International Airport is located on the Greek mainland to the north of Meganissi. The drive from the airport to Lefkas Town takes around 25 minutes, with the ferry journey to Vathi between 25 and 40 minutes.