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A quick guide to the islands of Scorpios and Madouri


Let’s explore two of the smallest Ionian islands with big history, Scorpios and Madouri.

Beginning with the famous island of Scorpios which, when the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis purchased in 1963, was essentially barren.

To turn it into a private refuge and playground worthy of the billionaire, Onassis imported 200 different types of trees, brought over sand from the island of Salamina, and bought a mountain on another island for the water supply. He also built a family compound of three residences, a helipad, and a small marina, in addition to harbor facilities to accommodate his beloved yacht, the Christina.

Skorpios hosted numerous high-profile parties, most famously Onassis and Jackie Kennedy’s micro-wedding in 1968.
After Onassis died in 1975, Skorpios was passed down to his daughter Christina; when she died in 1988, the island went to his granddaughter—and only surviving descendant—Athina.

In 2013, Athina sold Skorpios to the billionaire Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev for $153 million.

Rybolovlev’s plan was always to turn the island into a luxury resort. In December, Greece officially approved the project, which is expected to be completed by 2024. With an estimated cost of $200 million, the ambitious renovation plan includes a 5-star hotel, villas, a farm and vineyard, a spa, a sports complex, an artificial lake, a larger harbor to accommodate more yachts, an amphitheater, and a helipad. Plus, it was reported last month that Rybolovlev also plans to add facilities of “Davos-like standards,” for Skorpios to host conferences with UHNWIs.

Among the small islands that form the so-called Prince’s Archipelago, you can also find the small green island of Madouri which is about 400 meters and is located opposite the Port of Nidri.

In contrast, the nearby Madouri Island carries a more serene and poetic resonance. This small islet is forever linked to the renowned Greek poet C.F. Cavafy, whose ancestral home stands proudly on its shores. The island’s botanical gardens, meticulously curated by Cavafy’s heir, showcase a vibrant collection of flora, adding to the tranquil atmosphere.

Τogether, Scorpios and Madouri Island create a tapestry of contrasts—Scorpios with its exclusive allure and Madouri with its cultural richness. Both, however, share the common thread of being nestled in the captivating Ionian Sea, inviting travelers to explore the layered history and natural beauty that define this corner of Greece. Whether marveling at the opulence of Scorpios or reveling in the poetic heritage of Madouri, the allure of these islands resonates with those seeking a glimpse into the unique charm of the Ionian archipelago.

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