Among all the Greek islands, Kastellorizo is the farthest one to Greece and the closest to Turkey. I guarantee that you will fall in love with this island the minute the ferry enters in the harbor and you see those pastel coloured houses alongside the sea. I went to Kastellorizo last summer for the first time and once I started to talk about it with friends, I realized that each one of its visitors has left this tiny island with good memories.
The easiest way to go to Kastellorizo is by taking the ferries from Kaş, a seaside city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. There are two companies operating the ferries and it takes about twenty minutes to go from Kaş to Kastellorizo. The moment everyone in the ferry gets up from their chairs and starts to take pictures of the colorful houses and the historical mosque you should know that you are almost there. The harbor is in the center of the island so you may start to walk along the seaside without wasting any time. I recommend you to have a nice cold frappe at Meltemi Cafe before you jump in the water. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the sea, as there is a good chance that you might see a caretta looking at you.
There are no beaches on the island. But if you are looking for deck chairs and an umbrella, you should go to the Megisti Hotel, where you can get all of these for only three euros. If you want to stay on the island for a couple of days, Megisti is definitely one of the hotels that I would recommend.
A must-see in Kastellorizo is the Agios Georgos Church. You can get there by following the signs of “castle” after a short walk up the hill.
To Stay – I would recommend either the Mediterraneo or the Megisti Hotel near the sea.
Another tip before you go to Kastellorizo – watch the Oscar awarded movie “Mediterraneo”.
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