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Calypso's Island

Aspri ammos beach, Othoni island, Greece

Yachts from the Adriatic and Ionian converge at cliff-lined Othoní, the largest of the three Diapontia Islands. It’s Greece’s westernmost point, only 43km from Italy’s Cape Otranto, and allegedly Homer’s Ogygia, where Calypso kept Odysseus as her plaything for seven years (although Gavdos and Lipsi claim the same).

Ammos port, Othoni island, Greece

With its secretive coves and transparent blue green waters, Othoni is beloved by sailors. The port of Othoní (or Ammos, which serves as the port, main beach and centre of action) has taxi boats to take you to the island’s artistically eroded cliffs and grottos, including the one used by Calypso as her love nest, lapped by a turquoise sea. It’s near the spectacular cliff-lined white sands of Aspri Ammos the island’s only other sandy beach, lapped by a turquoise sea. The seemingly clement waters hide two sunken steamships that you can explore with the local dive company.

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Diapontia Islands

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by 3brothers1sister, Katechis303