Even today, travelers to Greece can still find many destinations which literally are hidden treasures which retain their almost unspoiled beauty. As hard to believe as it may be, because Greece has such a long coastline, as well as almost innumerable islands, there still are a wealth of locations which would make one think that these places are off the map.
One such island without a doubt, is Trizonia, located in the Corinthian Gulf just 400 meters (1,312 feet) off the southwestern coast of the region of Fokida. The island is said to have been named for the sound of its crickets, which you can always hear singing away while you are there.
This is the famed island which, after visiting it in the 1960’s, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis attempted to buy — lock, stock and barrel — from the local people who lived there by offering them an enormous lump sum of money.
The locals refused, famously saying that this specific paradise was not for sale. Minas, a local restaurateur, shared with the Greek Reporter that occasionally the thought does cross his mind that “it would have been good if Onassis had bought it.”
The islanders’ refusal is what led Onassis later to buy the island of Skorpios in the Ionian Sea, which he made into his own personal Eden.
The island of Trizonia has been called by many a miracle of nature. While staying on the island, which is just 2.4 square kilometers, or barely one square mile, travelers can forget everything from the outside world, including cars, motorbikes, noise — and stress. Trizonia is also an island garden of sorts, boasting almond, prickly pear, eucalyptus, holly, plum, and olive trees, as well as pine and cedar trees throughout.
There are too many delights on this island to list. First of all, everyone gets around on bicycles, making the environment extremely quiet and peaceful. The sea surrounding it is very calm, with deep blue crystal-clear waters, almost demanding that you take a boat ride of some kind to explore its shores.
On top of these attractions, island residents are very welcoming to tourists — despite the cold shoulder they once gave to Onassis!
The restaurateur Minas told the Greek Reporter why he has chosen to live his life on Trizonia. “I was born and raised here, my father is from here, and the past two years he has been living here permanently.
“I don’t think there is a reason for me to live in Athens. I can’t live there, there is too much noise. I prefer my peace and quiet,” he explains, while adding that “in the summer there are at least 600-1000 people on the island, we have a marina for 650 boats, we have four restaurants that serve plenty of fresh fish and two cafeterias. I own the island’s after bar.”
The island only has 40-50 residents in the winter. However, Minas maintains that “in the winter it’s a bit difficult, it gets a bit cold, but if you have good company, good wine and good food, everything is fine.”
With a natural, unspoiled landscape that amazes visitors, its lacework of interconnected, continuous beaches, and sapphire waters, Trizonia and its singing crickets beckon to the discerning visitor who needs a break from the modern world.