Holidays in Kastelorizo island
At the eastern end of the Greek territory, just a breath away from the Turkish coast, beautiful Kastelorizo stands; a place which seems to have sprung from a fairytale! Houses with colorful facades and colored doors and windows, narrow and labyrinthine streets (the famous halata), picturesque churches and chapels, under the watchful eye of the Castle of the Knights, create a cinematic scene!
You can walk through the unique, well preserved settlement of the island, with its beautiful, colorful houses that surround the picturesque harbor. The image of those colorful houses with the tiled roofs, is reflected in the calm waters of the harbor, seems to have sprung from an imaginative painter’s canvas! Major attractions are the restored mosque and the Archaeological and Folklore Museums. In Kastelorizo traditional village you will find picturesque cafés, taverns famous for their fresh fish and few bars.
In the western part of the island there is Palaiokastro; the ancient citadel of Kastelorizo. There, tanks and parts of buildings and walls are preserved. In Palaiokastro yard, you will see the church of Our Lady of the Castle as well as Agios Stephanos church, which are associated with an amazing mosaic floor.
A great attraction on the island is the Castle of the Knights of Agios Ioannis, known as Castello Rosso, which dominates the top of an imposing red rock. At the foot of the castle the Lycian Tomb, which is carved into the rock, lies. Below the castle, you will see the trademark of Kastelorizo; a huge, red heart, bearing the inscription "Faith-Hope-Love", which penetrates an anchor.
During your stay in this tiny island, it is worth visiting Agios George tou Vounou, the abandoned monastery, which stands on a hilltop. The climb can be a bit tiring, but the view will reimburse you for the effort! Within the church, there is the catacomb of Agios Charalambos.
Do not forget to visit the magnificent Blue Cave, also known as Parasta or Fokialis Cave (named after the seals which live there). The shades created on the water by the few rays of the sun, the wonderful colors reflected on the walls and the towering dome with stalactites compose an image that seems to have sprung from a fantastic world! The Blue Cave is only accessible by boat.
During your stay in Kastelorizo, you should visit the islet of Ro, known for the famous Lady of Ro; islet’s unique habitant, who used to rise the Greek flag for decades. It is also worth visiting the island Stroggyli, where a lighthouse is located.
A special experience is to visit the Turkish town of Kas. There, the scenery changes; luxury boats and sailing ships moored in the marina as well as massive hotel complexes create an image which has nothing in common with the peaceful Kastelorizo nearby. You can go to Kas on Fridays, so you can visit the town’s famous bazaar.
The acritic island of Kastelorizo; this tiny land; standing proudly opposite to the Turkish coast, with its "deafening" quiet and peaceful image of the picturesque harbor will travel you to a bygone world, which seems to have been trapped in time! Inevitably, this island will seduce you...
In Kastelorizo you will not find the classic beaches of the Greek islands. On this island, swimming is a special and unique experience! Harbor’s bay is ideal for diving, while, in Mandraki there is a very small beach. Plakes beach with the deep, clear water is only accessible by boat. A unique experience is swimming in the idyllic Blue Cave. Bring your sea mask along with you to discover the wonderful, rich underwater world of this cave. Alternatively, you can visit the neighboring islets of Ro, Stroggyli and Agios Georgios and swim in their turquoise waters, in a peaceful and secluded environment.
- The Castle of the Knights of Agios Ioannis known as Castello Rosso
- The abandoned monastery of Agios Georgios tou Vounou
- The Blue Cave known as Parasta or Fokialis Cave
- The restored Mosque
- The Folklore Museum of Kastelorizo
- Santrapeia Urban School
- The Church of Agios Constantinos and Agia Helena
- The Church of Agios Nikolaos
- Ro Islet
- Chickpea balls
How to get there
Travelling by airplane
To reach the island of Kastelorizo, you can fly from Eleftherios Venizelos - Athens International Airport, with either Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airlines, with a stopover at Rhodes.
For more information on the flight schedules to Kastelorizo click here.
Travelling by boat
You can travel to Kastelorizo by boat from the port of Piraeus, on the Blue Star Ferries line, as well as from Rhodes port.
For more information on the itineraries visit the company’s site:
Connections with other ports
The island of Kastelorizo is connected by boat with the islands of Kalimnos, Kos Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Rhodes.
Transfer within Kastelorizo Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the local bus, as well as taxies, which can take you as well to/from the airport and the port.
During your stay in Kastelorizo, you can be served for health issues:
Community Clinic of Kastelorizo, Tel: (+30) 22460 49267
Useful phone numbers
Kastelorizo Port Authority: (+30) 22460 49270
Kastelorizo Airport: (+30) 22460 49250
Police Station of Kastelorizo: (+30) 22460 49333
Regional clinic of Kastelorizo: (+30) 22460 49267
ΤΑXΙ: (+30) 6938739178