Megalonisi (Crete)

Megalonisi (Greek: Μεγαλονήσι, "big island") is an uninhabited islet off the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete in the Libyan Sea that hosts a lighthouse.[1][2][3] The islet is in a bay between the capes of Lithino and Kefalas, at Kommos, and close to Gortyn which was the ancient capital of Crete. It is administered within Heraklion regional unit.

Native name:
Megalonisi is located in Greece
Coordinates34°55′23″N 24°48′00″E / 34.923°N 24.8°E / 34.923; 24.8Coordinates: 34°55′23″N 24°48′00″E / 34.923°N 24.8°E / 34.923; 24.8
ArchipelagoCretan Islands
Regional unitHeraklion
Population0 (2001)

Group of isletsEdit

Archaeological site of Kommos

There is a group of four islets in the bay including Papadoplaka (to the west), Megalonisi (with the lighthouse), Mikronisi (also known as Agios Pavlos), and Trafos.


  1. ^ Finegan, J. (2014). The Archeology of the New Testament: The Mediterranean World of the Early Christian Apostles. Routledge Library Editions: Archaeology. Taylor & Francis. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-317-60505-8. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ Heikell, R.L. (2018). Greek Waters Pilot. Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Limited. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-78679-115-3. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. ^ Laffineur, R.; Greco, E. (2005). Emporia: Aegeans in the central and eastern Mediterranean : proceedings of the 10th international Aegean Conference. Emporia: Aegeans in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean : Proceedings of the 10th International Aegean Conference. Université de Liège, Histoire de l'art et archéologie de la Grèce antique. p. 93. Retrieved 19 May 2019. Many Cretan isles, islets and rocks have modern lighthouses today: e.g. Mikronisi, Konida, Paximada, Kavalos, Chrysi, Megalonisi, Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Elaphonisi, Grambousa and Souda.