If you are looking for a summer destination in Greece, which will allow you to take with you only the absolute necessities, then Kastelorizo is the ideal place for you. A pair of slippers or trainers, a few comfortable clothes, swimsuits, sunscreen and a camera are enough to allow for the most memorable experience.
Kastelorizo, the smallest of the Dodecanese islands, is the most eastern island of Greece, barely one nautical mile from the Turkish shores.
The island has become more popular in recent years among tourists looking for an isolated place in the Dodecanese, partly thanks to the 1991 Oscar-winning Italian movie Mediterraneo, which is set on the island during the Second World War. Audiences were entranced, not only with its beauty, but also with the open-heartedness, laid-back ambience and positive energy that shone through on celluloid.
First impressions are important, and you will be immediately entranced by the attractive harbour front of the main town. Lined by elegant mansions, cafes, tavernas and shops, closed to any form of vehicle with more than 2 wheels and surrounded by imposing hills that are unusually floodlit at night, the island will captivate you.
Although Kastelorizo is devoid of beaches, it is possible to swim from the rocks at Agios Stefanos, a 40 minutes walk north of town. The main harbour is unpolluted, so a quick dip from the terrace of Hotel Kastellorizo is also a must. An abundance of marine life, including monk seals, will interest those keen on snorkelling.
Walkers who hike the zigzag set of stairs to the heights above town, will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Turkish Anatolian coast. Onward paths from here continue towards peaceful monasteries and the ancient citadel of Paleokastro. Boat trips from the main harbour include the stalactite infested grotto of Perasta, the islet of Rho, and a fascinating day trip to Kas in Turkey.
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