Megisti & Mandraki. The original settlement extended outside the Castle in the second half of the 19th century. It is amphitheatrically built and it currently consists of the districts Pigadia and Chorafia. See the mosque next to the lighthouse, the monument of the Unknown Soldier, the old municipal market and the church of St. George on the beach, with the watch which dates back to 1903. East of Mandraki is the second, smaller, port which is being developed. Over Mandraki stands the basilica of Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. The roof is supported by monolithic granite columns that were transferred from the temple of Apollo at Patara in Lycia, in Asia Minor.
Castle of the knights. The 14th century castle that dominates the edge of the harbour was built by the Knights of Ioannina. It is located on pre-existing Hellenistic platforms on Castello Rosso, the red rock. Climb up and see the stone bell-tower of St. Nicholas (15th century), the temple near the entrance of the bastion, with impressive icons from the 17th century BC.
The blue cave. It is considered one of the greatest and most beautiful underwater caves in Greece and it has a length of 155 metres. They call it cave of Parasta or Fokiali, from the seals (“fokies” in Greek) that visit it. You can get there by boat and its ceiling is 25 metres high. It has a lot of stalactites. You will find it in the south part of the island.
Palaiokastro. It is an ancient fortified village with buildings and tanks. It is estimated that it was built between the late Classical and early Hellenistic period. It is located 1 km from the airport and it is considered the most important archaeological site on the island.
The Lycian tomb. It lies beneath the castle and it is carved in the rock on the path Faros- Mandraki. It dates back to the 4th century BC and it indicates a relationship of the indigenous with the coasts of Lycia in Asia Minor, since there they worshiped the Lycian Apollo, which had the form of a wolf. Its construction and the ionic style façade refer directly to the respective tombs in Lycia.
Church of St George. It was built in the 19th century and it is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, located next to the monument of the benefactor Sandrapes. In the place of the present church there was once the post-Byzantine church of Saint George Malaxou or Psifiou (17th c.).
Museum of Megisti. The museum is housed in the "Konaki" which is considered a historic monument and during the Frank occupation its ground floor was an exterior rampart of the castle. Among the exhibits are the significant findings from ancient Megisti, items from the early Christian period, the Byzantine and the post-Byzantine period, but also uniforms and household items of a typical house of the 19th century. Tel +30 22460 49283.