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  Agathonisi is the north most islet of the Dodecanese island complex.
  The coast configurations of the island are quite impressive. There are many beautiful and windless bays as are: Hohlia, St. George, Poro and Maistro as well as their small promontories.
  The surface of the islet is comprised of rocky and barren hills. Areas appropriate for agriculture are very few indeed. The vegetation cover is poor and bushy. The tree cover is sparse and the varieties are mainly olive, carob, almond, fig and prickly pear.
  Fresh water springs do not exist except for a few wells with brackish water. Water for the inhabitants is collected by way of rainwater cisterns that are filled by water carrying tankers in times of drought.
  The island of Agathonisi was named Yetousa in ancient times. According to contemporary researches today's name is the result of an etymological mistake from the plant from which the name is derived “Agathonisi”, i.e. Island of the Thorns.
  A few ancient relics that were found on the island allow us to surmise that Yetousa was inhabited from ancient times.
  The island was probably finally inhabited permanently in the middle of the 19th century by settlers from Patmos and Fourni. There is a witness of there being established on the island some five or six families in the year 1895.
  Today the population of the island is 112 people. After the incorporation of the Dodecanese to the rest of Greece, the island fell under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Patmos of the province Kalymnos, with the name of “Agathonisi” or Gadaros-“Donkey” (because the shape of the island resembles a donkey galloping towards the river Maiandros). In 1953 it became a separate community and has remained so until today.
  The oldest settlement is Megalo Chorio- “Big Village” with 80 inhabitants. The village has been built in such a way so that it is not visible from the sea, thus protecting it from pirates. Built in the same way and for the same reason is Mikro Chorio -"Small Village" with 15 inhabitants. The third and newest settlement is St. George with 15 inhabitants and is found in the innermost part of the bay from which its name is derived. Both the bay and the village were named under the church of St. George found there which also happens to be the parish church of the island. There are also five chapels built in various places on the island.
  The quiet life on the island, the calm, the hospitality of the locals, the cleanliness of the beaches and the fresh fish which a visitor is able to enjoy, since the cooking is done according to traditional recipes, all make Agathonisi an ideal place for those who wish for quiet holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist routes.
Manolis Makris, ed.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.

Agriolivadi is approximately 1.5 km from Skala. It has a long sandy beach with small pebbles. Sun beds and water sports are available. It also has a taverna and a beach bar. Its mainly shallow waters make it ideal for toddlers and the water is warmer than in most other beaches around the island.
There are some nice little coves at the northern part of the beach which are accessible only by boat or you can rent paddle boats and paddle there but only in good weather because the currents do get strong as soon as you reach the end of the cove.
Agia Thekla (Saint Thekla) is a little island opposite the cove. It is named after the church that was built on it. There is also a nice beach at the rocky island for those who can paddle out to it.

Little more than a beach, a few houses and two tavernas. Traditional, quiet, a small haven of green between sea and mountains. Convenient base for hill walking and rock climbing.

  This most western of the Dodecanese has had many names: Ichthyoessa (abundant in fish) in ancient times; Stampalia or Astropalia, as the locals call it today. The name Astypalaia means "old city".
  A mountainous island with an indented coastline concealing numerous delightful coves, Astypalaia (or Astipalea) in fact resembles two islands joined by a ribbon of land only 105 metres wide.
  The main village is Hora or Astypalaia, built up the side of a steep hill, and presided over by the massive, austere remains of a Venetian castle. Its small, square houses. painted white with brightly coloured doors and windows. follow the contours of the hill in an almost unbroken band down to the sea. So closely are they packed that the walls of the uppermost houses form part of the outer fortifications of the castle.
  A row of windmills on the pass of the hill provides an additional picturesque note. One enters the castle from the southwest side of the hill Inside it are two churches, dedicated to St. George and to the Annunciation (Evangelismos). The former contains a noteworthy carved iconostasis.
  Below the castle stands the 18th century church of Our Lady Portaitissa, one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese It too has an impressive iconostasis, covered with gold leaf.
  Livadia, Analipsi and Vathi are charming fishing hamlets on the south and north coast of the island, while among its many beaches, Tria Marmara, Schinontas and Vathi stand out.

Quaint, peaceful and set right at the end of the road - a real get away from it all destination. Stay in an apartment or small house, enjoy a choice of three quiet beaches with good snorkelling, stock up at the one mini-market or passing mobile shops, eat in a choice of half a dozen tavernas. Good base for walking or doing absolutely nothing and nice for small children.


Grikos bay is situated southeast of the island. It is approximately 4.5 km from the port in Skala.
The road runs parallel to the coast making walking to and from Skala very beautiful and popular especially for joggers.
The bus stops by several times a day leaving you 50 meters from the beach.
Grikos is a popular settlement during summer because it is more quiet than most towns around the island especially during high season (august).
Its beach is the longest of the island with crystal clear waters and tamarisk trees for shade. Tragonissi (“ram island”) populated only by goats and a goat herder, faces the bay protecting it from bad weather (except SE winds) and making it perfect for yachts and boats to stop by or moor on the jetty that has a depth of 2 meters.
Most of Grikos has a view of Petra (or Kalikatsou as most locals know it) which is like a monument of Grikos.

  The Capital of the island is "Pothia" with its colourful, two storey houses and its traditional island character. The town has been built amphitheatrically, with a population of 11.500 living in its densely constructed neighbourhoods.
  Its harbour, being well sheltered fro all winds, is considered one of the most important island harbours in Greece offering organized Marina services.
  Various Municipal buildings were constructed by the Italians between 1930-35 in a Venetian style, and adorn the seafront along with a variety of shops and cafes. There are countless churches displaying many valuable and beautiful icons by various well-known Kalymnian artists.
  In Pothia one can also find the local Archaeological Museum, which is housed together with bequests made by Nikolaos Vouvalis, a local benefactor. The recently set up Maritime Museum as well as the Folk Art Museum containing exhibits from Kalymnian everyday life and customs are both along the sea front road.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality of Kalymnos tourist pamphlet.


Kato Kambos or Kambos beach is the most popular beach on the island, it is considered the place to be and be seen and is loved by families with young children for its shallow warm waters.
It is mainly a sandy beach with small pebbles. It offers taverns and cafes and is organized with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports.
There are also tamarisk trees for those who prefer natural shade.
The beach is exposed to S and SE winds but is still pleasant even when windy.


Lambi is renowned for its rare multicolored pebbles. There used to be hills of them but the pebbles are so beautiful it is hard to resist making a collection of them which means hills have been flattened out.

The word Lambi means shining and is derived from the sun reflecting against the beautiful stones and the clear waters of the bay.

The beach is long and has tamarisk shrubs for shade. It can be reached by turning left at the junction after Kambos beach. If walking it takes around 25 minutes from Kambos Beach.

There are usually boats (caiques) that leave from Skala around 10AM and take about an hour. Being on the north side of the island it is open to meltemi winds so boats are not always available for this location.

It's also a pleasant location for lunch and dinner. The taverns are on the beach and serve food in a peaceful atmosphere.

There are also the remains of the old settlement Platys Gialos and the church of the Transformation (Metamorphosis) which is from the 16th century and considered as one of the most important sanctuaries of the island.

  Situated between Patmos and Kalimnos. Leros is an island of small fertile valleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves and pretty beaches Leros’ topography has given rise to many villages. The most important is the capital. Agia Marina - united with two other villages. Platanos and Pandeli, on the back side of the hill - a collection of little white houses, neoclassical buildings and narrow alleyways It starts at the seaside and gradually climbs up the sides of the hill, whose summit is dominated by the sombre remains of a Byzantine castle. Of special significance during Byzantine times, its shape is that given it by the Knights of St. John, who arrived in Leros in the 14th century. Still standing today are the circuit wall and the church of Our Lady within it L.aki, 3 kilometres south of Agia Marina is the islands port. It is built at the back of a deep, practically enclosed bay, whose mouth is only 500 metres wide This is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the Mediterranean Alinda, Xirokambos, and Partheni are charming seaside villages, while you'll find wonderful swimming at the beaches of Agia Marina, Pandeli, Vromolitho, Alinda, Laki, Merikia, and Xirokambos, to name a few.


LIADI (Island complex) LEROS
The island complex of Liadi consists of two islets (Liadi and Plaka) and three skerries.

  Not far from Patmos is a group of tiny islands, known collectively as Lipsi. They cluster round the largest. the onry one which is inhabited. Lipso or Lipsi.
  Here you will find beautiful sandy beaches and translucent waters. The island is so small that you can go everywhere you want to on foot. The hamlet on the protected natural harbour is composed of spotless whitewashed houses, while its mini-piazza boasts tavernas, ouzeri, cafes and other eateries.

Geographical position:
   Lipsi are a cluster of islets in the southeastern Aegean and are found north of Leros and east of Patmos. Their collective name is taken from the name of the largest island Lipsi or Lipso, which is comprised of two landmasses, joined together by a narrow 400m. wide neck. The total area of the cluster is 17.3 square km. The name of Lipsi is a very ancient one. With the form of the name "Lipsia" it is encountered on ancient inscriptions.
Geophysical description:
   The landscape of the island is comprised of low hills (the maximum height, in the northwestern part of the island, being no more than 277m. above sea level) and small fertile valleys. Picturesque bays (Lipsi, Fontana, Moschato, Limni, Tarsanas, Platys Gialos and Liendou), interrupt at intervals the rocky and precipitous coastline. Around the main island, 24 islets and 6 rocky peaks make up an impressive island group or "polynesia".
History- Monuments:
   The history of Lipsi is inseparable from the history of a larger neighboring islands and especially that of Patmos. As were all the islands of the Dodecanese, Lipsi seems to have been inhabited continuously from pre-historic times until now. Inscriptions and clay pots dating from classical times were found in various parts of the island. Lipsi's neighborhood with Patmos leads us to believe that Christianity was brought to the island as early as the first century AD. The monuments belonging to the early Christian period are of importance. These are: a large three-chambered basilica with mosaic flooring and a baptistery, probably of the 5th century, situated at "Kouselio", remnants of walls, architectural remains and mosaic floors at "Katsadia". Today the churches of St. Spyridon and St. Panteleimon are also located at Katsadia.
   At the turn of the century the inhabitants numbered some 200 persons. Today Lipsi has 606 persons, although during the summer season the population increases dramatically due to the visitations of emigrants returning from the U.S.A., Canada, and Australia, Germany, Attica and Rhodes and because of, the tourists, both foreigners and Greeks alike. The locals are occupied with agriculture, animal farming and fishing. All the local products are of exceptional quality. In the south of the island are wineries, which produce the delicious local black wine. The main activity however is tourism, infrastructure for which is satisfactory and is continuously being upgraded. Water is in short supply, however recent works including the sinking of wells, construction of a reservoir and a new water supply network meet the needs of the local and visitors.
   The settlement of Lipsi is situated roughly at the center of the island, deep along the windless bay of the same name. The public services available are a transient police station, customs house, pre-school, primary school, high school and a senior high school. Other settlements are: Kouselio, Katsadia, Panagia of Charou and Platys Gialos. Today the island of Lipsi, together with the surrounding islets, constituted the municipality of Lipsi, which is under the administrative jurisdiction of the province of Kalymnos.
   Lipsi are an ideal place for anyone who wishes to spend their holidays peacefully, away from the urban centers and to enjoy the sun, and the company of simple folk. There are many very beautiful beaches on the island: Liendou is a favorite due to its proximity to the main settlement, Kambo, Platy Gialos, Katsadia are Located in the south of island, Papandria, Hohlakoura, Tourkomnima, Xirokambos, Monodentro and Kamares are found in the north. The colorful town of Lipsi, with the white-washed houses and blue shutters, preserves its island character. In the main square of the town visitors will find taverns and cafeterias offering their fine local foodstuffs and beverages. At the center of the town, north of the church dedicated to St. John the Theologian, is situated (in a ground floor hall) the archaeological collection of Lipsi. There the visitor will view exhibits of findings of clay pot pieces and inscriptions both on tablets and columns, which are dated from the classical, Hellenistic and Christian periods. It is worth the trouble to visit the picturesque Panagia of Charou, which was built early in the 17th century and the surrounding islets-daily excursions and boat trips are organized - and walk along the paths, which criss-cross the island and direct the nature lover to idyllic places.
Traditional Foods, Sweets, Beverages
Foods: cheese pie, lentil keftedes, kouloures (rye and wheat, kneaded seven times), kalamari (rerved with dark rice or stuffed), mezithra cheese, pan-fried pies, cheese in oil or brine, spinialo, goat with potatoes or pasta, olives (black, green), olive oil (made from koronaikes olives and of exceptional quality).
Sweets: pougkaki (fried or oven baked), xerotigano or dipla, moustalvria-petimezi (made from grape syrup). Thyme honey, dried figs, syrupy fruits (tomato, grape, quince).
Beverages: Fokiako sweet black wines, white wine or black which can be semisweet or dry (it is the private produce of individual wineries).
This text is cited December 2002 from a tourist brochure of the Municipality of Lipsi


This picturesque bay has become one of the most popular beaches on the island. It's a sandy beach with some small pebbles. Τhe water is almost always calm due to the protection offered by the facing island of Agios Giorgios (St.George) named after the small church that's on it.

The island is at a swimming distance with a small sandy beach that awaits you, but there is usually a draft and some extra effort is needed at some points (not recommended for the unfit).

It's 12 kilometres from Skala and about a 35 minute walk from the bus station on Kambos beach. To get there you take a right at the junction at the end of Kambos beach and go up the hill. Turn left at the top of the hill and after about 3 kilometres to your right is the down hill asphalt road that takes you to the beach.

There is a tavern there that supplies you with your basic needs.

A lively, friendly resort set along the tree-lined coast road and a popular base for families and climbers. The wide sand and shingle beach is great for sunbathing, swimming and water sports. Plenty of places to stroll, shop and eat until late at night, some stylish bars, two internet cafes and a few clubs - all used by locals as well as visitors. A wide choice here of hotels and apartments - most with sea views.

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.

Small natural cove with a sand and shingle beach facing west. A real suntrap by day and very quiet in the evening, with just one beach taverna. The road from Myrties is not long but it is hilly. Worth the effort, though, especially as it passes the picturesque harbour of Melitsahas, which is full of fishing boats and activity around them. No wonder the couple of tavernas here specialise in fish!

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.


Meloi beach is one of the closest beaches to the port of Skala.
Being only 2km away, it’s a 15-minute walk making it very popular with people who have no transportation. It’s a sandy beach with tamarisk trees for shade.
The islands camping site is only 20 meters away from the beach offering a popular restaurant and a mini market.
There is also a traditional Greek tavern and a dock for shallow mooring.

Τhe village nestles into the slopes and base of a tree-clad valley with a dramatic backdrop of mountains. Don't miss the breathtaking seascapes from the top of the hill on approach from the Pothia road. There are a few shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, a shingle beach that's rarely crowded and a jetty that is the departure point for 'taxi' boats and cruises. Catch the view from here of sunset over Telendos, gold and crimson across a fiery sea.

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.

NERA (Small island) KALYMNOS
A tiny island off the coast near Vlihadia. Just a jetty, a taverna, a beach and the Church of the Cross. The latter is part of an old monastery, but the monks are long gone. These days you'll find only peace and quiet, the scent of mountain flowers and herbs and a clear turquoise sea. It's very inviting.

  Patmos, in the eastern Aegean Sea, is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese.
  The morphology of the terrain is interesting: short, bare hills alternate with small stretches of flat ground. Its irregular coastline is punctuated with dozens of capes and indented with picturesque little bays and harbours. Although the climate is dry and north winds frequent, the island is bathed in sunlight 3000 hours out of every year.
  Lying at a distance of 161 nautical miles from Piraeus, Patmos has an area of 34 square kilometres and measures 25 kilometres from tip to tip at its logest point.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality of Patmos tourist pamphlet (2000).


Οι ντόπιοι ονομάζουν συχνά την Πέτρα Καλικατσού (είναι ένα είδος μικρού κορακιού - καλιακούδα, κάργια - που συνήθιζε να φωλιάζει εκεί).
Η διάσημη Πέτρα δεν έχει φιλοξενήσει μόνο κοράκια αφού την εποχή του Αγίου Χριστόδουλου ήταν ερημητήριο.
Χειροποίητες σκάλες, μια δεξαμενή νερού και ένα αποχετευτικό σύστημα είναι όλα ορατά και λειτουργούν ακόμη σήμερα.
Τα συναισθήματα όσων ανεβαίνουν στην κορυφή της Πέτρας είναι έντονα, αλλά διαφορετικά για τον καθένα. Ιδιαίτερη προσοχή χρειάζεται στην ανάβαση, ειδικά εάν είναι βράδυ.

Η παραλία της Πέτρας είναι οργανωμένη με ψάθινες ομπρέλες, ξύλινες ξαπλώστρες και καντίνα. Είναι μία φυσική παραλία από χοντρές πέτρες που ξεκινάει απο την Πέτρα και συνεχίζει προς το νότιο τμήμα του νησιού. Εκεί αρχίζει μια δημοφιλής παραλία γυμνιστών, το Πλακί, με βότσαλα και μικρές πέτρες και ενα αλμυρίκι για να σε ξεκουράσει απ’τον ήλιο.
Εκεί που τελειώνει το Πλακί ξεκινά μια σειρά μικρών κόλπων και παραλιών με βότσαλα, αρκετές από τις οποίες είναι δυσπρόσιτες.

This barely inhabited island lies in the waters between Kalymnos and Kos. It boasts an idyllic sandy beach in a sheltered bay, lined with traditional tavernas and perfect for swimming, paddling or splashing about. In the middle part of the day during summer the beach can be busy with day trippers - at other times it's blissfully tranquil. A local ferry runs daily from Pothia and some picnic cruises stop there.

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.


Psili Amos is a sandy beach. It's a 20-30 minute walk or 40-60 minute boat ride from Skala. So it's not something people will do every day. It is especially crowded in high season (August) on Sundays, because of locals spending their day-off there and the tourists. The walk is over two hills and a small mountain on a well-trotted donkey track, so the chances of getting lost are unlikely. Walking there around midday should be avoided because it gets hot and tiring especially for the elderly, children and the unfit.
On windy days people spend their day playing with the waves that get around 0.5 to 1 meter high. On a calm day people will need a spray for the flies which can become a little annoying.
The beach is divided in half (unofficially). The furthest from the tavern is the nudist half.  Although nudism is prohibited on this holy island, on some beaches it is tolerated. On the side of the tavern (which is the side you will be entering) you do not meet nudists.
There are also stone wind stoppers built by passing campers who camp under tamarisk trees. They have built six of these and many of them have been coming here for years.  Some of them just come for Psili Amos and don't leave the beach until it's time for them to leave the island.
The beach is taken care of by a family that owns the tavern. The food is cooked with fresh ingredients, especially the goat-stew.  For the people who plan to spend the night and want dinner, they need to inform the tavern to prepare enough portions.

In 535 AD, Kalymnos experienced a huge earthquake, with tremors that lasted 14 days. As a result, the old capital of Kellaris was lost under the sea and little Telendos became a separate rocky islet, lying off the west coast. This timeless, traffic-free haven is now reached by regular bus boats from Myrties. Several beaches (one for nudists), good fishing and walking, waterside tavernas, lots of local colour - all make this an irresistible place to recharge the batteries.

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.


Vaghia waters are said to be the coldest on the island. It is a pebble beach with tamarisks for shade and often quieter than most easily accessible beaches.

It is 7 kilometers from Skala and only 1km from the bus station on Kambos beach, from there it takes about 15 minutes on foot.

The road to Vathi winds between a lunar rockscape and the sea. Watch out for goats on the way! Stop at the top of the approach hill for a magnificent vista of the turquoise fiord leading into a peaceful valley of orange and tangerine groves. At the harbour are tavernas and rooms, some Archaic remains and a surprising freshwater pond stuffed with fish. Inland, it's like the land that time forgot. Narrow lanes to wander or drive, atmospheric old buildings, orchards and small farms.

This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below.


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