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.
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.