Lihadonisia: A Hidden Treasure of Greece

The Lichadonisia Islands are a complex of small, lush green islands in northwestern Euboea, with a landscape that looks like a painting. They were formed after volcanic activity and much of the islands were submerged by an earthquake in 426 BC.

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Lihadonisia in Greek Mythology

The islands are associated with Greek mythology and were named after Heracles’ slave named Lihas.

According to legend, Deianeira, Heracles’ wife, felt betrayed and sent Lihas to Heracles with a poisoned robe. When Heracles, The Strongest Hero wore the robe, he began to suffer in pain, so he grabbed the servant and threw him into the sea.

The servant’s body parts were scattered everywhere, but Poseidon, the god of the sea, picked them up and turned them into small islands, now known as Lihadonisia.

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Evangelia Hatzitsinidou is the creator and author of which has been merged with She has been writing about Greek Mythology for almost twenty years. A native to Greece, she teaches and lives just outside Athens.