The smallest of the Dodecanese islands is Kastellorizo which has a unique atmosphere with peace and tranquillity. The island is about 2 kilometres off the coast of Turkey and when you visit Kastellorizo you will immediately feel welcome.
With a permanent population of around 500, the islanders are always pleased to greet visitors. So, if you want to avoid the more crowded Greek islands, a trip to Kastellorizo is an ideal choice.
The way to visit Kastellorizo is either by ferry from mainland Greece/Rhodes, or take a direct flight from Rhodes airport. The port is the only town on the island with a long quay known as the Kordoni. Here you will find shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Beautiful neoclassical houses ring the harbour and as you walk along the edge you may spot a sea turtle. There are seven churches dedicated to St George and all of them are worth seeing. The Kavos headland at the end of the harbour features an ancient castle. If you can make it up the steps the views across to Turkey are stunning.
One interesting place to visit is the Museum of Puzzles which is one of the largest in the world. A fascinating place with interactive puzzles that will enchant and engage everyone.
Many people who visit Kastellorizo go for a swim in the Blue Cave which contains hundreds of stalactites. When viewed at the right angle, the sun lights up the cave in spectacular shades of blue. The entrance is almost invisible from the outside and is accessed only by boat. The safest option is to go with a local guide and the best time is early morning when the sun is low.
Beaches on Kastellorizo are small and you can access the nearest by walking. However, most are narrow with a little sand and pebbles and not really suitable for small children.
Swimming is mainly done from platforms although the small islands of Ro and Stroggyli can be reached by a local boat and these have better beaches.
Evenings on Kastellorizo mainly consist of eating and drinking interspersed with local Greeks who often spontaneously start dancing as the night wears on. The cuisine is traditionally Greek with lots of seafood but you can always find some International dishes in the restaurants and tavernas that line the harbour.
Visit Kastellorizo and you can enjoy a step back to a time when life was lived at a slower pace. A holiday on this unique island will leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready to return home and plan your next trip to Greece.