Greece Dodecanese Back

(250 n.m. from Piraeus)

Mountainous and peaceful. Few fishermen and sponge-divers inhabitants. Ideal for low-pressure holidays!

Interesting places to visit

  • Chalki or Nimporio, the amphiteatrically built capital .
  • The Belfry of St. Nicholas.
  • Chorio with its medieval castle and the monastery of the Cross; its feast is on the 14th of September.

Chalki has often praised in love-songs and its coins show that it was highly civilised in Antiquity.

Mention this!
In 1983 Chalki was declared an Island of Peace and Friendship of Young People of All Nations. On this occasion the Under-Secretariat of State of Youth and Sport, in co-operation with UNESCO, founded in the island an International Centre of friendship and co-operation among the young people of the world.

Castelorizo (Megisti)
(320 n.m. from Piraeus)

Small but heroic, the outer link of the wondrous Dodecanese chain. Since Antiquity it used to be called Megisti (maxima), but the famous castle Castello Rosso (red castle) which was built by the Knights of St. John of Rhodes, gave its name to the island.

Interesting places to visit

  • The Archaeological Museum, in the Old Mosque houses Hellenistic and Roman treasures, as well as objects of folk art.
  • St. Constantine and Helen's church.
  • The cave of Parastas or Fokiali full of stalagmites and stalactites.

The main town looks like descending to the sea.

In Castellorizo you will find a yacht refuelling station.