Holidays in Lipsi island
Lipsi is a cluster of small islands, which dominates the southeastern Aegean Sea, on the edge of the Dodecanese complex. The largest and only inhabited island of the group is Lipsi or Leipso, which is thought to be the legendary Orygia; the island of Calypso. The charming, simple Chora of Lipsi, the low hills, the olive groves, the ravines and the pristine shores are the main features of this island.
Chora of Lipsi is lazily perched on a hill and extends to its natural harbor. Visit the center of the village with its whitewashed houses and cobbled, winding streets. Major attractions are the Nikoforeio Ecclesiastical Museum, the Archaeological Collection of Lipsi and the Library "Odysseas Elytis". At the highest point of the island, there is the Castle of Lipsi. There, you will see the remains of the citadel, as well as ancient tombs. Moreover, in Kouseli site there are the foundations of an ancient temple. Amongst the religious monuments of Lipsi, the church of Agios Ioannis with its blue dome and two bell towers, Panagia tou Charou (the Lady of Death) and the churches of Kato Panagia and Pano Panagia (Assumption) dominate.
In this small island, several events and festivals are annually organized. Perhaps the most popular is the Wine Festival, held annually in August which includes feasts with music, dancing, traditional dishes and plenty of wine.
The island of Calypso, with its unpretentious charm and intact Aegean color, is ideal for tranquility and relaxation lovers.
If you wish to avoid long distances choose the cosmopolitan beach of Liendou.
On the southeast coast of the island Katsadia and Papandria beaches unfold. From Papandria it is worth swimming up to Lyra islet (about 200 meters). Within walking distance the pebbled beaches of Chochlakoura and Xerokampos lie. West of the harbor, you will find Campos and Elena beaches. A little further away, perhaps, the most beautiful beach in Lipsi, Platis Gialos, with its turquoise waters and golden sand unfolds.
Those who love tranquility and isolation will immediately fall in love with the beaches of the eastern coast, among which Kamares, Monodendri and Aspros Kavos stand out.
In the western part of Lipsi, you will find the secluded Koimisis (Assumption) shore. Alternatively, you can visit the neighboring, uninhabited islands and discover their caves and pristine beaches with beautiful waters.
- Makronisi Island
- Patmos Island
- Leros Island
- Kalymnos Island
- Touloumotyri cheese
- Myzithra Cheese
- Fava balls
- Squid stuffed with Black Rice
- Thyme Honey
- Spoon Sweets
- Local Wine
How to get there
Travelling by boat
You can travel to Lipsi by boat, from the port of Piraeus, on the Blue Star Ferries line.
For more information on the itineraries visit the company’s site:
Connections with other ports
The island of Lipsi is connected by boat with the islands of Kalimnos, Kos, Rhodes, Astypalea, Patmos, Leros, Agathonisi, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Kastelorizo.
During your stay in Lipsi, you can be served for health issues:
Regional clinic of Lipsi, Tel: (+30) 22470 41204
Useful phone numbers
Lipsi Port Authority: (+30) 22470 41133
Police Station of Lipsi: (+30) 22470 41222
Regional clinic of Lipsi: (+30) 22470 41204