THE ISLAND OF
OTHONI - CORFU
GREECE GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
The island of Othoni
is located 11.5 miles off the northwest coast of Corfu.
It is the western
most part of Greece with an area of 10.8 sq. kilometers.
administratively belongs to the "state" of Corfu, but is located only 43 miles
off the cape of Otranto, Italy.
Its land is mostly
mountainous, abundant with olive trees, beautiful beaches and 13 small villages dispersed
throughout the island.
The island has
followed a historical course parallel to that of Corfu. It has been under Venetian,
French, and English domination before it was annexed by Greece in 1864. Although it is not
clear when the island was first inhabited, the current residents bearing the last name of
Katehis, Argyros, Kassimis, Mastoras etc., arrived on the island in the year 1571. They
resettled from mainland Greece and the island of Paxi, off the southern coast of Corfu.
The first inhabitants settled on the northern most part of the island and obtained the
last name Katehis after the verb "kateho", which in Greek means "I
possess". With time, as the population of the island grew, certain families began
cultivating land in the nearby islands of Erikoussa and Mathraki. Eventually some of these
families permanently settled on these islands. This explains the common last names,
culture and traditions that exist between these three islands even today.
The history of Othoni has been one
of constant immigration of its people. The "Othoniotes" have always closely
associated themselves with the sea and most of them have been excellent merchant marines.
In the past four decades the majority of the island's population has emmigrated to the
nearby island of Corfu and Athens. An even larger number of people has settled to the
United States always maintaining close ties with their background.
BRIEF TOUR OF
||Although the island has lost the
majority of its permanent population, "Othoniotes" are now rediscovering the
natural beauty and tranquility that their island offers. As an escape from today's highly
demanding world, the island offers the ideal environment for those that can appreciate
relaxation, fishing, hunting and getting together with old "buddies".
|During the past
couple of decades the island is being slowly discovered by tourists for its crystal clear
waters, sandy beaches and exotic caves. On the western part of the island, one can visit
the cave of "Kalypso" and the popular beach of "Aspros-ammos" by boat
only. Another attraction on the eastern most part of the island, is the historic
lighthouse built in 1872. Adjacent to it, you can visit the ruins of a Venetian fortress.
For those that like hiking or even biking, we recommend a visit to the traditional village
||The island has four beautiful
churches of Byzantine architecture and their feasts they attract many visitors....At the
main port of the island, the town of Ammos, one can find tavernas, bars and hotel
accomodations. With the help of local fisherman, a delicious seafood menu is provided in
every taverna. The local police station, medical center and post office are also located
HOW TO GET
*From the town of Corfu: By the
ferry-boat "Alexandros" every Tuesday and Saturday leaving the port of Corfu at
6:30am (length of trip; 4 hours). Additional one-day cruises provided by the same
ferry-boat every Sunday during the summer time.
*From the port of Agios Stephanos,
Corfu: by boat every Monday and Thursday (length of trip 1 hour and 30 minutes)
*From the ports of Sidari and Roda,
Corfu; tourist boat trips throughout the summer.(length of trip; 2 hours).