Tragonisi Islet | Mykonos | The Sacred Land where the Gods once Dwelled
Updated: Sep 24
George Papadellis | SG Head
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Mykonos is undoubtedly one of the most popular Greek islands, attracting millions of tourists every year. But hidden just a few miles south of Mykonos lies a small, secluded island that is equally beautiful but far less crowded.
That island is Tragonisi, and it is a must-visit for anyone looking for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the Mykonos crowds. Tragonisi (meaning Billy Goat Island) or else Dragonisi (meaning Island of the Dragon) is an uninhabited islet, about 3 miles away from the Kalafatis bay of Mykonos, well known for its caves. Visiting this islet protected under the Natura 2000 network is a unique experience when traveling to Mykonos.
Tragonisi has a rich history, dating back to ancient times when it was a sacred site for the worship of the god Apollo. Later on, it became a pirate hideout, and during World War II, it served as a military outpost.
Today, Tragonisi is uninhabited, but the ruins of its past still stand, including a lighthouse and a small chapel named "Madonna" (Panagia in Greek) that celebrates also the saints Varnavas and Vartholomeos.
Tragonisi can only be reached by boat and has a cove where boats can moor without strong winds. The best way to get there is by hiring a private boat or joining a guided tour. In general, tourists visit Tragonisi with small boats when the sea is calm.
The journey takes around 30 minutes from Mykonos and is well worth the effort, as crystal-clear waters and stunning rock formations make for a breathtaking approach. The cave of the photo is the most famous.
Upon arrival, visitors are immediately struck by the natural beauty of Tragonisi. The island is small, but there is still plenty to explore. Hiking trails wind through the rugged terrain, offering stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands. There are also several secluded beaches where visitors can swim and sunbathe in peace.
Tragonisi is also a haven for wildlife, with several species of birds and reptiles calling the island home. Visitors may spot falcons soaring overhead, or lizards sunning themselves on rocks. The waters surrounding Tragonisi are also home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles and monk seals.
Diving and snorkeling in Tragonisi island cave system is one of the most popular dives, easy to book. Experiences of this diving and snorkeling are: yellow sea anemones and monachus monachus monk seals (not seen in all periods). Divers must be very careful not to annoy the monk seals, as this is forbidden.
Escape the Crowds!
Tragonisi may be small, but it packs a big punch when it comes to natural beauty and tranquility. It is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the crowds and experience the unspoiled beauty of the Aegean Sea. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and diverse wildlife, Tragonisi is a hidden gem that should not be missed. Being in Tragonisi Mykonos on the 11th of June, you can also attend the traditional feast organized by the locals.