Have you ever heard of Pasha Island? It’s one of the many hidden gems of Greece, where hundreds of islands and islets dot the coastline. Some are so obscure that they have their own stories, have few or no residents, or have been deserted. Most islands, islets, and rocky outcrops are in the Aegean Sea, and many are unfamiliar to most people. That’s the case with a small island near Chios Island with a curious name: Pasha! This island belongs to the island complex Oinousses group and has some very special inhabitants.
Pasha Island: The Greek island that has for residents only... dogs and donkeys
The island of Pasha Oinousses or Passas as it is written is also called Panagia. This island is the second largest islet of the Oinousses complex located northeast of Chios. Specifically, it is located east of Oinousses, very close to the coast of Asia Minor. It is a small islet with an area of only 2.5 square kilometers.
What makes the island stand out, even more, is not its name or its small area but the fact that apart from the few trees it has on it, dogs and donkeys live there! As far as the island's buildings are concerned, there is the Church of the Holy Pilgrimage of Zoodochos Pigi of Panagia Oinousses island. There is also the National Guard "Panagia" which belongs to the 96th High Command of the National Guard Battalions. What also stands out is the lighthouse of the island which was built in 1863 by the French Company of Lighthouses. Its height reaches 8.5 meters and its focal height is 75 meters.