A new Odyssey: buying the perfect private Greek island

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by Mr Roaming 13 Comments

On the west coast of Greece facing Italy, in the idyllic Ionian Sea, where Ulysses’ famed island home of Ithaca is located, you can find 18 small island gems called the Echinades (Greek for sea urchins).

These islands have a long and colorful history – they were first given as victory prizes to leading Greek families by the Venetians after the defeat of the Turks, and changed hands through the years.

Hundreds of years later, these little pieces of land, along with the infamous Skorpios (Aristotle Onassis’ private island) have attracted the attention of the billionaire jetset: Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev and the Emir of Qatar. In fact, the Emir fell in love with this cluster of islands and decided to buy several, one for each of his children.

Oixia

 

Oixia – one of the Echinades purchased by the Qatari Emir for an undisclosed amount

Oixia – one of the Echinades purchased by the Qatari Emir for an undisclosed amount

 

Petalas

 

One of the Echinades islands – sailing paradise

Petalas – One of the Echinades islands – sailing paradise

 

Skorpios

 

Skorpios – once Onassis’ private retreat was purchased by Russian billionaire for $156 million

Skorpios – once Onassis’ private retreat was purchased by Russian billionaire for $156 million

Skorpios – with a helipad, a marina and the tombs of Aristotle Onassis and his son

Skorpios – with a helipad, a marina and the tombs of Aristotle Onassis and his son

Undoubtedly, these new playgrounds of the rich and famous will continue to intrigue and entice visitors who will sail past their crystal shores in hopes of a glimpse of the highlife. And just maybe, the new owners will continue the tradition of the glitz and glamour of days gone by when Aristotle Onassis hosted presidents, kings, businessmen and even his own wedding to Jackie Kennedy.

13 Responses

  1. HG says:

    I did not hear that Skorpios was for sale! What a treasure. It is amazing to see what money can buy – your own little piece of heaven. Beauty!

  2. Elliot says:

    These islands are stunning. There is no question after looking at the these pictures why these little islands are so highly desirable.

  3. Reddit says:

    II have visited the Ionian Sea where these islands are many times. It’s the paradise for sailing. This region of the Mediterranean is fabulous. Lucky are the news buyers! But there are so many others that we visit: Zakynthos, Caphalonia, Ithaca, Corfu!

  4. Dyra says:

    Just in time for the summer some more beautiful islands to dream about in the country with the two thousand islands. I love Greece – thank you for such a great posting and pictures.

  5. Shay says:

    I have visited the Ionian a few times – beautiful islands. It’s no doubts they were so desired. Beauty!

  6. Chris says:

    The beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. It truly is the sailing paradise of the Mediterranean.

  7. wadw says:

    THe rich and famous – your posts (between the lux cars and these island) will definitely break the bank! Great going Mr. R!

  8. Gary says:

    The Ionian Sea is stunningly gorgeous. No wonder these islands are so highly valuable. And the sailing is one of the best in the world over there.

  9. David says:

    I visited Lefkada recently for a wedding. MOst of these islands are scattered around that are which is simply fantastic. No wonder these islands are being grabbed by the rich and famous!

  10. Damy says:

    I wonder if there are any more for sale in Grece (not that I could afford any) but it sounds like Grece is the word these days. I want in on the action.

  11. whitlier.walter says:

    That part of the Ionian Sea is the best part of the Mediterranean bar none!!!

  12. SS says:

    Ionian Sea and Grek islands the best. It’s fully comprehensive that they are very popular for sale.

  13. d.h. says:

    Can anyone imagine anything more romantic than owning your very own Greek island? This is incredible.

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