Skorpios island is located right across Nidri village in Lefkada. Despite its small size, this island has become a true legend due to its impressive history. Verdant and bursting with life, Skorpios has been transformed from a strip of land in an unspoiled Paradise to a hub for jet setters and celebs. And the power horse behind this transformation has been none other than the Greek tycoon, Aristotle Onassis!
Over the passing of centuries, Skorpios island has changed its identity. From the Venetians to local winemakers, the Italians and then after World War II a prominent family from Lefkada, the island has “matured”. And then, in the 1960s, Aristotle Onassis discovered this rare haven of serenity and natural bliss. Since it came to his hands, Onassis tried to make his dreams come true. Whatever he envisioned, he put his mind and effort into accomplishing. And for that, he invested substantial resources and time. Bringing sand from the shores of Salamina, he turned the coastline into beaches of soft, silky sand. And he planted thousands of trees, to create an evergreen oasis. It is no wonder that Skorpios has been declared Natura landscape.
Throughout the year, celebrities visited Skorpios to spend precious moments of relaxation and invigoration in an idyllic setting. Onassis had also built emblematic mansions and thus provided deluxe accommodation to his guests. Holidays in Skorpios, an experience to treasure! This was a place to meet with other celebrities and jet setters, a place where the hottest parties were held. And at the same time, a place to exchange opinions and get inspired.
Upon visiting Skorpios island in Lefkada, Jackie Kennedy fell instantly in love. This was the cherished Heaven she had been looking for. And after everything she had gone through, she found a shelter. Her marriage with Aristotle Onassis enabled her to spend more time in the island, isolated from everything that could harm her or the ones she loved. Even though it was a temporary, short-lived shelter, it was still invaluable.
As the years went by, Skorpios island became less and less prestigious. The family of Onassis had suffered severe hardships. There was no room for happy moments, parties and festivities. And the last heiress of the family’s fortune, Athina Onassis, wanted to detach herself from a gloomy future. So she had no second thoughts in selling Skorpios. The current owner is a Russian tycoon, businessman and investor. Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the legendary island for his daughter, Ekaterina. Restoration works have begun and the family of Rybolovlev has already donated a great deal of funds to Lefkada. A new page has turned for the island, hopefully even more dashing than the previous ones!
Although special permit is required to access Skorpios, travelers are welcome to gaze at its sparkling charms on board one of the cruise ships sailing daily from Lefkada to the smaller islands nearby. Sail away in searches and find yourself in a place of genuine beauty and timeless elegance…watching as the legend unfolds!