Locals will tell you this small island (just 8km long) got its name because this is where the beautiful nymph Calypso detained Odysseus, delaying his trip home to Ithaka, and his wife Penelope, by several years. It is certainly a good place to while away some time. The one village settlement is pretty and there are some great beaches to explore.
What to do Perhaps the best of the beaches is Hohlakoura, with its bright white pebbles and interesting rock formations. It’s a little difficult to get to, with the only road being a bit rough, so there are boat trips instead.
Where to stay Just a short walk from the town, Nefeli (studios from €60, apartments from €75) is a classy boutique hotel set above its own strip of sandy beach. Nice and peaceful, but near enough to the centre of things.
Where to eat Pefko taverna has an enviable location right on the sea, and the food matches the view. Nikos, the owner, is from one of the oldest families on the island, and is sure to come over to your table for a chat.

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