Mathraki is the smallest of the Diapontia islands. It is a diminutive, but insurmountably beautiful, island where time has stopped and life flows calmly because the few inhabitants of the island know that they have everything they need. It is located west of Corfu and is 4.5 nautical miles from the Cape of Kavokefali at Agios Stefanos.
It appears as though Mathraki emerged from the sea accompanied by two huge rocks. Legend has it that the rocks, Karavi and Arkous, as they are called, were a Turkish ship and a boat full of robbers who set out one day to rob the church of Agios Nikolaos. The Saint punished them by turning them to stone and since then the boat and the ship have been lashed by the waves.
With dense flora and its many scattered, small settlements connected by picturesque paths, Mathraki is truly enchanting.
Its port is Plakes, which is connected to Corfu, from the ports of Sidari and Agios Stefanos. Its two villages, Ano and Kato Mathraki, are built on both ends of the island. Mathraki has two hotels with picturesque views and authentic tavernas. There is little tourist traffic, as the island only relatively recently acquired electricity.
Visitors can follow the small stone trails along the entire length of the island to explore and to enjoy the magnificent views that combine abundantly floral meadows and olive groves with the endless blue of the sea.
Tradition has it that many years ago Mathraki was burnt down and derived its name from the coals or anthracite, which in Greek are ‘athrakia’.
The beautiful sandy beach of Portelo, with its crystal clear waters, dominates the largest part of the northeastern side of the island. The waters here deepen very gradually, while the northwest coast is considered a paradise for divers and spear fishermen. On the south coast is the picturesque fishing port of Apidia, from where wonderful sunsets can be enjoyed.
Also worth visiting is Fyki Bay, with its sandy beach and the islet of Trachia which is situated opposite. Kontrakas, an old port with a picturesque settlement is postcard pretty too.
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