Kastellorizo is located approximately 70 nautical miles southeast of Rhodes Island and is nestled up against the Anatolian coast opposite the town of Kas. Kastellorizo has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers, and mild winters.
There are regular transport links to the island by both ferry and aircraft.
The Dodecanese Express catamarans run regular services to Kastellorizo from Rhodes during the Summer and take approximately 2.5 hours.
Olympic Airlines operates a small plane service from Rhodes Diagoras Airport to Kastellorizo year-round.
There are also regular ferry services from Kas.
Megisti-Kastellorizo is an ancient place that has been inhabited since Neolithic times. The stretch of civilisation can be seen in the inscriptions on the countless ruins, tombs and archaeological remains scattered across the island.
Part of the Kingdom of Rhodes, the island was subsequently ruled by the Romans and Byzantines. In 1306, the Knights of the Order of St John came and built a castle protecting Kastellorizo’s perfect natural harbour. In 1522, the island was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire and flourished as a trading port with the population increasing to around 10,000 by the late 19th Century.
The French came in 1913 and occupied the island throughout the First World War. Denied unification with Mother Greece, the island was subsequently occupied by the Italians from 1921, who constructed much of the civic infrastructure including the magnificent Agora. The island suffered terribly during the Second World War and was bombed extensively after the British occupation in 1943.
The island was finally unified with Greece in 1947, followed by a long period of recovery. Even today, behind the magnificent facades, you will see the ruins which are a constant reminder of both the glory and hardships of the past. The 1991 Italian film “Mediterraneo” gives an entertaining insight.
The island you see today is a magnificent mix of old and new from across the ages. Colourful neoclassical houses surround the picturesque harbour with its cafes and traditional restaurants. A visit to Deli Mediterraneo in the Agora is recommended to sample fine Greek wines and products. Relaxation is the main activity, with a boat trip to the famous blue cave and visit to the local museums a must.
The views from the top of the 400 steps are a must, as is a visit to the Paleokastro at sunset, and of-course the historic Monastery of St George of the Mountain. The more adventurous can arrange a guided walk among the limestone hills to see the island’s unique nature and history or take a boat trip the adjoining islands Ro & Strongili.
Megisti, Kastellorizo 85111,
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