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Lipsi is a small Greek island forming part of the Dodecanese, located east of Patmos and north

of Leros. It gives its name to a minor archipelago of which it is

the biggest (16 square kilometres) and only inhabited island. It is

still a little visited island but exceptional from a naturalistic point of view. Indeed, much of

the landscape is unspoiled and

the visitor can encounter farmers riding atop their mules. Outside

the island’s only town, throughout the hills, there are numerous

small blue and white chapels,

built by the islanders as ex-votos.

The town and beaches

Beyond the many bays, fishermen in their boats catch the fish that will be served in the pretty seaside restaurants. Most cafes and taverns serving seafood appetizers are found along the shore, while the islanders’ residences are perched around the hill, surrounding the village's church. With the island being so small, one can easily walk to the many beaches and bays. The entire coastline is a chain of bays and natural ports, while it is a pleasure to venture inland onto the various footpaths, immersed in the scent of thyme and oregano.

 

There are several small picturesque churches scattered around the island worth visiting. Tradition has it that there used to be one church for each family in the old days. "Panagia tou Harou" is the oldest one boasting interesting byzantine architecture.


The easiest beaches to reach are by no means the least attractive! The lovely Kampos Beach is just in front of Nefeli, shaded by a thick row of tamarisks.

A bit further away is the magnificent sandy Platis Yialos Beach- delightful sandy stripe of land on turquoise-colored waters- and the Katsadia Bay, both having seaside restaurants and reachable with the town bus, which stops just in front of the hotel. Kohlakoura -widely admired for its flat white pebbles and scenic caves, Xirokambos and Tοurkomnima Beaches are all beautiful and located on the island’s east coast. A dirt road leads to the isolated but extremely beautiful in their wilderness Monodendri and Kamares Beaches, which can be reached by moped. A walk to the Hermit’s House, on Kimissi Beach, and up to the 15th century monastery, is not to be missed for the stunning views it offers.