The Nisos Megisti Museumis housed in a two-storeyed building with a courtyard, up on a hill overlooking the harbour. The building has quite a history.
In the museum are various objects and collections from the island detailing it's history.
Unfortunatly, it is forbidden to take photo's inside the museum, but you are allowed to photograph the building it's self.
Most activity - what little there is - is centred around the harbour. Its a pleasant place to wander - won't take too long and soon you'll be chilling out at one of the waterfront cafes for a frappé or a lazy lunch - such is life on Megisti for day trippers. if staying longer then a local book can be bought detailing some 8 walks around the island. You have to be here really early for boat trips to the blue grotto - adverts we saw stated departure times at 8.00am - no wonder it seemed quiet!
In the centre of the harbour through some archways was an indoor market - guess this is where the morning fish catch is weighed and sorted out. Through the arch on the other side was a shady cafe - looked much cheaper than the waterfront ones but it wasn't open and anyway didn't have the nice water views.
It doesn't take too long to wander around Megisti - its more a place for chilling out at a harbour side cafe and lingering over a fish lunch. There a handful of houses behind the harbour in various states of repair or disrepair as the case may be - the war bombings in 1943 and a fire in 1944 are the main culprit for this. As ever in Greek island there are cats around and these cute kitties were snoozing on the step, escaping the heat in the shade.
There are several churches of note on Megisti:
Just behind the waterfront is the church of Ayios Yeorgios you Pigadhiou (St George of the well).
The square near to the zig zag white steps is has the the church of St George of the Horafia (Ayios Yeorgios tou Horafiou) which was also known as St George of Loukas (Ayios Yeorgios tou Louka) after its principal benefactor, Loukas Santrape and also a church dedicated to Sts. Constantine and Helen with its three nave basilica, dating from 1835.
Many descendent of Megisti emigrated to Australia to escape the wars, but never forgot their roots. Various houses are named/dedicated to former inhabitants - some who returned an played a major influence on regenerating the area.. One of the squares is also called Australia Square.
Climb the stairs cut into the cliff face behind Megisti town for spectacular views over the harbour and the Turkish coast. If you suffer from vertigo take a deep breath before starting the journey back down!!!
The old fish market is an open building not really in use today as from what I gather most of the fish is sold direct from the boats.
Interesting all the same