Diapontia islands is a complex of three small beautiful islands. They are located north-western of Corfu and you can reach them by boats from Sidari, the little port of Agios Stefanos and from the port of Corfu. Nature has given to these islands exquisite beauties. Dense vegetation, marvelous lacy beaches, marine caves and graphic settlements create this earthly paradise. It is worth visiting them and live moments of calm and unconcern in these isolated islands that only during summer time their residents see people walking in the streets.
Let's get to know them better.
Erikousa is located in the open of Sidari and seems like a part of Corfu that is been disconnected. It's a verdurous island with cypresses, myrtles and bushes reaching the beach and offering their shadow to bathers. Its clear beaches with crystal waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. Porto is the main settlement of the island. Here, you will find the small port and the homonym organized beach. The graphic settlement of Porto has 200 permanent residents. It has a hotel and some rooms to let for those wanting tranquil vacations. Characteristic of this island is the old windmill on the top of the hill over Porto. It is worth visiting the churches of Erikousa and the locations Paleokaliva, Fiki and Dentra. Don't leave out swimming in Bragini, a magnificent beach in a verdurous location.
Othoni is the biggest of the three islands in the complex in a long distance from Corfu. It is located 14n.m. from it and very close to the shores of Albania.
Characteristics of this island are the impressive rocks and the numerous marine caves that are a pole of attraction for divers and offer unforgettable rows to visitors.
According to mythology Ottoni is identified as the legendary island of Calypso, the Muse that kept Odysseus prisoner for seven years. The Cave of Calypso, one of the most important sites of the island, makes the visitors' imagination rise for what Odysseus went through.
The main settlement of the island is Ammos. Here you will see the small port that boats anchor. Horio, Dafni, Kasimatika and Deletatika are some of the villages you will see while touring in the island. Othoni have about 150 permanent residents. There is a hotel, rooms to let and taverns that serve fresh fish and recipes of the local cuisine.
Mathraki is the smallest and southest of the three islands. It is 6km far from Agios Stefanos. The first settlements of the island were established by the residents of Othoni and Paxi.
The island's port is in Plakes, which however have no organized settlement. Small graphic settlements you will see in Benatika, Geatika and Karagioulatika. It is worth walking along the old port, Kontolaka and enjoy nature.
Swim in the wonderful beaches and your sight will be full of unseen pictures from the forests and the deep blue Ionian waters.
One of the characteristics of the island are the gigantic rocks inside the sea. The locals name them Karavi and Arkousa. According to the legend it is a Turkish ship and the boat with robbers that were going to loot the church of Saint Nicholas. But the saint petrified the ship and the boat near the shore that are until today.