Kastelorizo


Kastelorizo (Greek Μεγίστη or Megisti) is located only about 3 kilometers off the Turkish coast and 130 kilometers east of Rhodes. Although the Greek name translates as "biggest" Kastelorizo is actually rather small. It's the easternmost island in Greece and part of a group of little islets. Kastelorizo is in fact the biggest of them. None of the other islets is inhabited.

Kastellorizo - The Village
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Kastelorizo has an area of 9 km˛ and a triangular shape. About 200 people live there. The island came under Greek rule in 1947 as part of the Paris Peace Treaties. Turkey until this very day is not particularly happy about the island being Greek but then this applies to a number of islands off the Turkish coast. There always is a bit of tension between the two countries and they certainly won't become close friends anytime soon.

The Turkish would like to get the island back but as long as the island is inhabited they can't do much. That's the very reason why Greece pays a lot of subsidies. They want to make sure the people stay on Kastelorizo. It may seem a little odd but there is a good reason. By the late 19th century almost 15.000 people lived here. This number is since declining and - as mentioned earlier on - now down to a couple of hundred. The Greek government had to take action.

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The most interesting thing to see on Kastelorizo is the significant number of sea caves. Most famous is the so called Blue Grotto. It's actually much larger than the one in Capri but not nearly as famous. When in the morning the sunlight is reaching into the grotto you can see spectacular reflections in the cave.

Since the island is far off the beaten track it is a little paradise for all sorts of animals. Especially seals and big turtles are popular with the few tourists that make it here.

The only village on Kastelorizo is Megisti. There are a few small pensions and private rooms for rent. You'll find all you need; shops, restaurants and cafes. If you like friendly people in a quiet place this remote island is perfect for you. It might be hard to get to Kastelorizo  but it worth's the effort. There are two ferries a week from Kastelorizo to Rhodes and daily flights from the tiny airport to Athens. The flights form Kastelorizo to Athens only operate during summer. Accommodation can get tight on Kastelorizo. It is a good idea to book ahead. The Megisti Hotel you can book here.

Depending on the political situation you can also go from Kastelorizo to Turkey. You should probably ask the local fishermen about that.

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