A wonderful story that encompases our area.

The myth of Calypso and Odysseus is a well-known tale from Greek mythology, primarily found in Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey.

Calypso was a nymph, a beautiful and immortal goddess of the sea, who resided on the island of Ogygia. (Modern day Othoni) 

When Odysseus, the legendary Greek hero, encountered her, he had been shipwrecked during his long journey home from the Trojan War.

Prior to meeting her, Odysseus passed by the Diakopo channel which is on the way to Othoni, and next to Mathraki. The channel is between tow unihabited islands, Diapolo and Diakopo. On each side of the channel there were sirens forcing a spell on Odysseus and his men. 

The Sirens, are mythical creatures who inhabit these two islands. They possess enchanting voices that lure sailors to their doom with their irresistible song. However, Odysseus, aware of the danger, orders his men to plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast of his ship so that he can hear the Sirens' song without succumbing to its temptation.

Onward to Othoni Island....

Calypso, captivated by Odysseus's charm and longing for companionship, welcomed him into her home and offered him immortality if he would stay with her forever. However, Odysseus remained determined to return to his wife, Penelope, and his homeland, Ithaca.

Despite Calypso's pleas and attempts to seduce him, Odysseus remained steadfast in his desire to leave. Eventually, the gods intervened, with Zeus sending the messenger god Hermes to Ogygia to instruct Calypso to release Odysseus. Reluctantly, Calypso complied, providing him with the means to build a raft and continue his journey.