You may be forgiven for not having made acquaintance with Kastellorizo previously, but once visited, never forgotten. This beautiful little island is the jewel of the Dodecanese and is the southernmost of the Dodecanese islands.
With a little under 300 inhabitants, Kastellorizo is open and ready for business all year round, offering its visitors, peace, tranquility and plenty of heartfelt hospitality. There are no beaches here which is why the water is crystal clear and a deep azure. If you fancy a dip in the sea to cool off, there are plenty of steps along the harbour to enable you to do so. You will see turtles swimming right up to the quayside and if you’re very lucky you may glimpse one of the monk seals.
Kastellorizo offers much in the way of nightlife for the more relaxed visitor. There are no noisy bars or clubs, but the wonderful array of tavernas that stretch out along the quayside stay open late into the night serving traditional Greek food and fresh fish.
Kastellorizo is the last stop on the Blue Star from Athens, so we recommend a flight to Rhodes and then a connecting flight (daily in high season) to the tiny airport
There are only one taxi and one minibus down to the harbour, but as it is such a short trip, it doesn’t take long to ferry all the passengers down to the square, which is the drop off point as no traffic is allowed on the quayside. The connections by boat run to two or three crossings from Rhodes a week making this island ideal to hop to Symi, Karpathos, Chalki or Kassos.
*(NB. Some ferry booking systems still refer to it as Megisti or as it is transliterated from Greek it is often spelled with one L)
A very small, friendly and intimate island where nothing is too much trouble. Once you have walked up and down the harbour front and said Good Morning (Kalimera) to the locals, you pretty much know everyone! Less than 2km to the resort of Kas in Turkey, Kastellorizo offers plenty of boat trips. A must see is the fantastic Blue Cave where you can see the stunning stalactite formations.
Kastellorizo is steeped in history which was once called Megisti.* On foot you can visit the island’s museum, the Lycian tomb, the castle built by the Knights of St. John and if you want to keep fit you can climb the 401 steps to the St. George monastery (although the locals suggest you take the taxi up and walk down) If you did decide to make the journey on foot in the hotter weather it is advisable to take plenty of water with you and go up early morning.
There is a water taxi that will take you around to the nearby St Georges cove where you can relax on a sunbed; and plenty of trips to the stunning Blue Cave and the nearby island of Rhodos.
Blue Cave brilliant YouTube presentation by Kevork7. Sit down and enjoy!