The Mystery Island

skorpios-island-greece1_1In amongst the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece lies a tiny little island called Skorpios. It’s a private isle, made famous for being the place where Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis married former first lady of the White House, Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

skorpios-island4_0The Onassis family purchased the island in 1962 for a reported £10,000 and made it their private retreat. In the years since Aristotle passed away it has become the resting place for him, his son Alexandros and Christina his daughter. Also, stewardship has gone through the family to eventually be sold most recently to the daughter of a Russian billionaire, Ekaterina Rybolovleva.

The island itself is something of a mystery. Covered in lush rainforest that was planted by Onassis, with a few sandy beaches (one of which was manmade using sand from Salamis Island) Skorpios has had few visitors in the last couple of decades. This makes it one of the most unique of the Greek islands and somewhere the Greek Odyssey team would love to visit!

A Bit About Aristotle

Aristotle Socrates Onassis was born on January 20th 1906 in Smyrna, Turkey. He died March 15th 1975, two years after the tragic death of his son in a plane crash He was a Greek shipping magnate and over several decades amassed what was at the time the world’s largest privately owned shipping fleet. He was an incredibly astute businessman and was one of the wealthiest men on the planet, and also thanks to his interesting personal life, Aristotle became very famous.