Kastelorizo – a Hidden gem on the Borders of Greece

Kastelorizo is a Greek island that is the smallest, and perhaps one of the prettiest, of the Dodecanese group of islands in Greece. It is located at the most eastern edge of Greece, abour 120km from the island of Rhodos and it is also called by its ancient name of Megisti which it retained until the Middle Ages. This tiny island blend of Greek and Turkish history in an idyllic setting, far away from mass tourism.

The small island of Kastelorizo it is also internationally known as the striking setting of the acclaimed Italian movie Mediterraneo.

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Kastellorizo richly deserves its fine reputation. Its little port town, the only settlement in the island, is of pristine beauty, reminiscent of better-known Symi near Rhodes. Brightly painted Neoclassical houses are picturesquely crowded on the shore and hills around one of the finest harbours in the East Mediterranean.

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As a small fishing island, Kastelorizo has today only about 500 permanent inhabitants, supplemented in summer by returning exiles. You can easly reach the island from Rhodos by Ferry. While there I definitely recommend to the short boat trip to Kastellorizo’s “Blue Grotto”, a sea-cave that is lit by the reflection of the sun from the sea bottom every morning, filling the space with an unearthly blue light!

The island’s only populated area is in and around the picturesque village of Kastelorizo which and is characterized by its narrow cobbled alleyways and traditional colorful houses.
You can visit most parts of the island only within a few hours, take a swim in the crystal clean water and have a bite in one of the taverns there.

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All photos taken by Lisa MacLean

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