Opposite to Methoni in Peloponnese is located the island of Sapientza. Sapientza considered to be one of the most beautiful islands of Messinia as it combines wild vegetation with amazing beaches. In the south side of the island exists a historical lighthouse built totally from stones in 1885. The lighthouse was built there to help the passing ships as the area was really dangerous and there have been a lot of shipwrecks.
The visitor can reach the top of the lighthouse by climbing the 75 stone steps! From there appears the famous rocky islet that is heart-shaped! The circumnavigation of the island does not allow the traveler to perceive the special shape of the island. Only aerial pictures reveal the secret of the island! This special Greek heart-shaped island is a very famous attraction among the photo albums of the world.
Sapientza is not inhabited. The island hosts rare species of birds and animals which are protected by several organizations. The most special animals there are the Cretan wild goats known as ibex, which were introduced to the island in 1986.
Originally published at www.cultour.gr on March 21, 2016.