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The Uknown Greek Island Onassis Almost Bought

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Trizonia: The Uknown Greek Island Onassis Almost Bought. Credit: Davide Mauro/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Even today, travelers to Greece can still find many hidden treasure destinations which retain their almost unspoiled beauty, such as Trizonia, the small island that Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis almost bought.

As hard as it may be to believe, because Greece has such a long coastline, as well as countless islands, there remain a multitude of locations where one may feel as if they 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.

Aristotle Onassis once tried to purchase the Greek island of Trizonia

The island is said to have been named for the sound of its crickets, which can always be heard singing away.

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 Greek Reporter that occasionally, the thought that “it would have been good if Onassis had bought the island” does cross his mind.

The islanders’ refusal is what later led Onassis to the purchase of the island of Skorpios in the Ionian Sea, which he made into his own personal Eden.

There are no cars or motorbikes on the island

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 leave the outside world, including the cars, motorbikes, noise, and, most importantly, all the stress, behind them.

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 Onassis once received from them!

The restaurateur Minas explained to 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,” he said.

He adds that he doesn’t want to live in Athens due to the noise pollution there, since a peaceful environment is important to him. “I prefer my peace and quiet,” he explains, while adding that “in the summer, there are at least 600 to 1000 people on the island, and we have a marina for 650 boats.” According to Minas, four restaurants that serve plenty of fresh fish, and two cafeterias, are located on the island, besides the bar that Minas himself owns.

The island only has forty to fifty 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 its sapphire waters, Trizonia and its singing crickets beckon to the discerning visitor who needs a break from the modern world.

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