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OTHONOI ISLAND
THE UNKNOWN CAVE OF EROS
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GEOGRAPHY
The island of Othonoi is located at the westernmost point of Greece, northwest of Corfu, and belongs to the region of the Ionian Islands. It is part of the island complex of the Diapontian Islands and has an area of ​​10.8 square kilometers. Othonoi is the closest Greek island to Italy. They are 43 nautical miles from Cape Otranto in Italy, 48 nautical miles from Santa Maria di Leuca and 12 nautical miles from the NW coast of Corfu. The highest mountain of the island, which is Imerovigli, is at 393 meters. It has 392 inhabitants. The island has dense vegetation, while there are many olive trees, cypresses, fruit trees, vines, oregano, and other herbs. Also, it is one of the first migratory bird stations in SE Europe from Libya, thus having a rich fauna. There we meet white whales, bottlenose dolphins, white sharks, and monk seals among others. Finally, the climate of the island is mild, generally warm, and temperate.
HISTORY
In the 11th century AD the Franks conquered the island, while on the 12th it fell to the Venetians. However, it did not stop receiving pirate attacks from the Barbarians and Algerians. At the end of the 14th century, when Charles III of Naples was master of the island, he granted the usufruct of the islands of Othoni, Mathraki, Agios Stefanos, Ereikousa and Diaplo, to the knight Theodoros Skalitis as guardian. A black page in the history of Othonoi is the year 1537, when the pirate Barbarossa slaughtered the inhabitants of the island. After the Naval Battle of Nafpaktos in 1571, where the Turkish fleet was destroyed, the islanders began to move more safely. Paxinos and Epirotes later settled on the island, who then colonized Ereikoussa and Mathraki. Then, in 1815, the English conquered Othonoi, and there they sent their sick soldiers to recover thanks to the good climate of the island. Finally, the island passed definitively to Greek sovereignty on May 21, 1864. It is also worth noting that in 1875 67% of the island's professionals were sailors and another 13% were masters. Today, most habitants of Othonoi have immigrated to Athens, Corfu, and the USA. Mythology: According to mythology, this is the island that Homer calls Ogygia, and where Odysseus stayed for seven years, having fallen in love with the bride Calypso. So, this is the Channel of Love of Odysseus and Calypso. Name: In reference to the name of the island, it was originally Othronos (Hesychius 3rd century BC) or Thronos. In the 1st century A.D. occurs as Thoron in Pliny. It became known as Othonoi by Procopius in the 6th century A.D. Other names of the island are Fidonisi, because of the snakes that filled the island when it was abandoned, and Fanos.

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HOW TO GET THERE

By ferry from the village of Agios Stefanos Avlioton in Corfu and from the village of Sidari in Corfu. Also, in Othonoi there is a helipad at the location of Fanari, for emergencies

HOW TO GET AROUND

by vehicle, by boat or on foot

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