|When to visit||During the summer, anytime|
Papanikolis is only accessible by boat, either through an organized tour from Nidri or by hiring your own motorboat. Most tours last all day and include a visit to the village of Spartochori on Meganisi, as well as beach barbecues and the chance to snorkel in the crystal clear seas. If you’re sailing yourself, take a trip north to Alabaster Cave near Lefkada to see incredible stalactites.
During the Second World War, it’s believed the cavern was used as a hiding spot for Greek submarines seeking cover after attacks on Italian ships. Legend also has it that the cave was used by sailors to escape from fierce pirates in the Aegean Sea.
Papanikolis Cave has a huge chamber about 120 meters long and 60 meters wide.