Katellorizo is the remote treasure of the Aegean
Katellorizo is a very attractive destination because of its originality, easy pace of living and the stark natural beauty. A Katellorizo, whose official name is Megisti, is a Greek island on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and popular tourist destination. The smallest of the Dodecanese Islands,…
Katellorizo is a very attractive destination because of its originality, easy pace of living and the stark natural beauty.
A Katellorizo, whose official name is Megisti, is a Greek island on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and popular tourist destination. The smallest of the Dodecanese Islands, it is 2 miles off the Turkish coast and borders Athens and Rhodes. The island, which became popular after screening of the 1991 ”Mediterraneo” movie, is estimated to have a population of about 300 people. Despite this, Katellorizo is famed for its warm temperatures, sumptuous seafood, crystal clear waters, hospitable people and breathtaking sceneries. You can get here by air, through Olympic Air, or using a boat or ferry. There are nearly no streets in the town and harbour, which makes it ideal for family holidays.
There are a number of must-see sites in Katellorizo accessible by foot or using boat taxis, such as the Cathedral of Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni, the Monastery of Agios Giorgis Vounou and the Lycian Tomb.
The beautiful Cathedral of Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni, one of the island’s most popular attractions, is a cathedral in Limassol named after the two patron saints of Katellorizo. Similarly, at Mandraki is the Monastery of Agios Giorgis Vounou, an old and abandoned monastery which offers a majestic view of Mandraki. In Castello Rosso is a 14th Century church called the Castle of the Knights of Saint John. This castle is believed to have been built in the 14th Century using stone remnants of previous buildings. Other attractions include the Lycian tomb, the only Lycian tomb in the whole of Greece, and which dates back to the 4th Century. Also just opposite Katellorizo is a small rock island, the Isle of Ro, named after its only inhabitant, the famous Lady Ro who died in 1982. If you would like to know more about Katellorizo’s rich history, then the Archeological Museum of Katellorizo is the place for you. Situated at the harbor of Mandraki, the museum exhibits artifacts such as religious icons and traditional costumes from the island.
Katellorizo is also famous for its natural attractions such as Azure Grotto, or the Blue Cave. This is one of Greece’s largest underwater caves estimated to stretch up to 96 miles. The cave derives its name from the deep blue hues it emanates. Although Katellorizo does not have any beaches, there are a number of swimming, snorkeling and diving sites with good sceneries and clear water. Divers should take advantage of cliffs and platforms such as at Nifti, Mandraki, Kavos and Plakes.
July, August and September sees Katellorizo celebrate three of its most important festivals; a celebration in honor of Prophet Elias in July, a celebration in honor of Virgin Mary in August and commemoration of the day of independence in September. Tourists should anticipate traditional music and lots of food and dance.