Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Kastellorizo
Port of Kastelorizo
Small, wind-protected port with numerous ferry-boat routes that connect the island with the Greek capital and many Aegean islands.
Town of Kastellorizo (Megísti)
The only island settlement hosts nearly 500 inhabitants & is built around its picturesque port, while its promenade hosts tavernas & cafés.
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.
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.
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.
Saints Konstantinos & Helen Church, Kastellorizo
Built in 1835 over an early Christian basilica ruins, it includes some gothic architectural elements.
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.
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.
Paleokastro Fortress, Kastellorizo
Oldest and probably most significant monument dating from the 3rd century BC that corresponds to the ancient settlement and the acropolis.
Kastelorizo Public Airport
This very small but super-functional airport connects the east-most Greek territory with Rhodes island and the Greek mainland.
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.
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.