Skorpios, a small green dot of land in the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea -one of the Prigkiponisia- is the small island opposite Nydri at a distance of 4 nautical miles, which became known worldwide thanks to the much-discussed Aristotle Onassis.
He acquired it in 1963 abandoned, only to become a few years later the retreat of the Greek Croesus. This small paradise of 80 sq.m. with orange and lemon trees, cypress trees reaching almost the sea, a garden with flowers and a pebbled pier, lived golden ages hosting in its guest houses, which were created by the tycoon, kings, princes, etc. Representatives of the international jet set (in every sense of the word) streamed in Skorpios to wild parties that really made history.
In this island, indeed, the "wedding of the century", as it was described, took place, i.e. the marriage of Aristotle Onassis with Jacqueline Kennedy on 20 October 1968. Since his death in 1973 and onwards the decline of Skorpios has started slowly, with 2012 as the catalytic year, when the Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev acquired the island as a gift to his daughter for her birthday.
A magnet for visitors of Lefkada attempting to go around Skorpios –the entrance to the island is not permitted- to swim in its clear waters and take an idea (albeit imaginary) of the erstwhile golden eras and the glory of the past. Daily mini cruises depart both from Nydri and from Lefkada to Skorpios and other Prigkiponisia.