Meganisi is an island between Lefkada and Etoloakarnania. It is the largest island of the Prigiponisia Islands complex in Lefkada, that’s why it is called so. It has an area of 22,356 sq. km. and a population of 914 inhabitants according to the 2021 census. Meganisi also belongs to the wider complex of Tilevoides Islands.
Meganisi also belongs to the wider complex of Tilevoides Islands. In ancient times and specifically in the time of Strabo, Meganisi was called Tafos or Tafias and belonged to the so-called Tafioi Islands, along with the other islands between Acarnania and Lefkada, such as Kalamos (formerly Karnos), Kastos, Atokos and Arkoudi.
During the Bronze Age, it was the centre of Tilevoes pirates, who were also called Tafioi by the ancient name of Meganisi and had dominated the surrounding sea. With the decline of the Tilevoes pirates, Meganisi followed the historical course of Lefkada until today. According to the urban legend, the Papanikolis Submarine had its secret base in a sea cave in Meganisi during the Greek-Italian war. This cave is still open to the public.