Kastellorizo

  • Meyisti EL
  • Megisti EL
  • Castellorizo
  • Kastelorizo DE
  • Kastellórizo FR
  • Castelrosso IT
  • Kastelórizo ES

Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Kastellorizo

A panoramic photo of the Port of Kastelorizo.
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Port of Kastelorizo

Small, wind-protected port with numerous ferry-boat routes that connect the island with the Greek capital and many Aegean islands.

Tables of cafeterias across the seafront promenade of Kastellorizo.
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Town of Kastellorizo (Megísti)

The only island settlement hosts nearly 500 inhabitants & is built around its picturesque port, while its promenade hosts tavernas & cafés.

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The front side the inner yard and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Kastellorizo.
↗ NE   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Kastellorizo

Housed since 1984 in building that its ground floor was part of the Agios Nikolaos castle and its 1st floor added in the 19th century.

A picture of the Medieval Castle of Kastellorizo and building of the settlement around it.
→ E   < 1km

Kastellorizo Medieval Castle

Medieval fortification erected on a 46-meter rock with older fort remains. It has full supervision of the two ports and provides an amazing view.

A photo showing the rock-carved Lycaean Tomb on the island of Kastellorizo.
→ E   < 1km

Lycaean Tomb, Kastellorizo

A rock-carved tomb of the 4th century BC that is unique in European territory and it is similar to the synchronous Lycaean Tombs of Asia Minor.

The exterior and the front side of the Saints Konstantinos & Helen Metropolitan Church on Kastelorizo.
↘ SE   < 1km

Saints Konstantinos & Helen Church, Kastellorizo

Built in 1835 over an early Christian basilica ruins, it includes some gothic architectural elements.

The front side and the main entrance of the Santrapeia Civil School of Kastellorizo.
↘ SE   < 1km

Santrapeia Civil School of Kastellorizo

A neoclassical building of 1903 donated by Loukas Santrape serves for more than a century as a school for the children of the island.

The exterior walls and the main entrance of the Monastery of St. George-of-the-Mountain on Kastelorizo.
↓ S   ≈ 1.5km

Monastery of St. George-of-the-Mountain

Uninhabited monastery built at 1759 on the hill 410 steps above Kastellorizo village. It offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

An overview of the Paleokastro Fortress on the island of Kastellorizo.
← W   ≈ 2km

Paleokastro Fortress, Kastellorizo

Oldest and probably most significant monument dating from the 3rd century BC that corresponds to the ancient settlement and the acropolis.

The small main building of Kastelorizo Public Airport.
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↙ SW   ≈ 2.3km

Kastelorizo Public Airport

This very small but super-functional airport connects the east-most Greek territory with Rhodes island and the Greek mainland.

A picture taken inside the Blue Cave of Kastellorizo where the dazzling blue color of the reflected sun is visible.
↙ SW   ≈ 4.2km

Blue Grotto (Cave), Kastellorizo

On the southeast coast of the island, a sea cave that is the most impressive attraction of the island and can be visited only with small boats.

Strongyli Megistis Island

Uninhabited islet of the Kastelorizo (Megisti) complex and the easternmost part of the Greek territory.

A picture showing the small island of Ro west of Kastelorizo.
← W   ≈ 11.9km

Ro (Rho) Megistis Island

Islet west of Kastelorizo (Megisti) famous for the story of the Lady of Ro, the only resident who was raising the Greek flag daily for decades.

Questions & Answers about Kastellorizo

Why Visit Kastellorizo?
  • Traditional mansions amphitheatrically built at the port compose a great scenery.
  • Relaxing holidays mean car noise absence since the only road makes cars useless.
  • The film Mediterraneo (1991) was filmed on the island.
What is Kastelorizo, Greece?

The Greek island of Kastelorizo is the easternmost part of Greece and Europe. Officially it is called Megisti, and is the largest in a cluster of 14 small islands and islets. Its current name derives from the Venetian castle of the island, the Red Rock or Castello Rosso in Italian, which was paraphrased. The island became famous throughout the Oscar-winning movie Mediterraneo in 1991, which was filmed in Kastelorizo. Kastelorizo's stunning beauty ​​and hospitality compose a very special destination that appeals to those seeking a relaxing holiday. The island ​​can be reached by air, or by boat, as the island is connected to the port of Piraeus and Rhodes.

What are the crucial points of the history of Kastelorizo?

Despite its small size, the island of Kastelorizo (Megisti) has a great history, which started from the Neolithic era. This was proved by the excavations which have brought to light very important parts of ancient temples, sections of walls, tombs, and other significant findings. Similar to the history of the other islands of the Dodecanese, Kastelorizo ​​united with Greece in 1948, after about 10 years of Italian domination era where experienced great development, and population explosion reaching with 15,000 inhabitants. It was its great naval tradition that brought commercial development, but Kastelorizo ​​suffered enormous damage from bombing during the Second World War, and this was the end of its prime.