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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

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Year Population
1991 606
1981 574

Geographical Data

Type of location: Islands to visit
Other Names: LIPSO (Known as:)
Postal Code: 85001
Tel +30 22470
Altitude: 277 meters
Longitude: 26o 45' 08.79" E
Latitude: 37o 18' 04.39" N
Area: 15,975 km2

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