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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Scorpios - Onassis island

I have seen pictures of Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy alighting on the island from the yacht bearing Onassis's daguhters name "Christina", I have followed the tragic history of both families and often wondered about this little island paradise and now many many years later I came across it and swam to its beaches. The island of Scorpios is legendary in the life of one of the richest men in the world at the time- Aristotle Onassis. His origins were in Asia Minor and he made his wealth in Argentina and then eventually back in Greece as one of the biggest shipowners of all times.
His one and only son, Alexander was killed in the plane he was piloting and his daughter Christina lead a tormented and unhappy life eventually dying in Argentina under mysterious circumstances. Onassis himself died in 1975 and the only person left of the family is Athina Roussel, his grandaughter who now also lives in Argentina very much away from the public media.
The notice warns bathers and boaters that this is a private island so they cannot alight but beaches and the sea in Greece are public so effectively boats moor in its waters and swimmers swim to its beaches but guards will stop you from going further.
I wonder who ever comes to the island ? It is beautiful and green with lots of vegetation and protected areas.  It is a place which seems to be tinged with sadness, but perhaps that is my own take on it.

We also visited the cave of Papanicolaou who was a Greek fighter who took refuge in this stunning cave and caused great damage to German war boats.


  1. Is it not a private island? Interesting!

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