Kastellorizo / Kastelorizo

Kastellorizo: Town buildings

Kastellorizo: Town buildings

You’re more likely to visit this Greek island when sailing in Turkey – it’s much closer to the Turkish coast than it is to any other Greek territory.

The island has been hotly fought over for centuries with the castle after which the island takes it name having been knocked down and rebuilt several times. There are still many ruins behind the town.

On the front though, it’s a mass of brightly painted mansions, many with wooden balconies, with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to occupy you. A walk up the hill is rewarded with excellent views of the Turkish coast.

For those seeking culture, there are a number of historic ruins, monasteries and churches to explore, along with a small museum.

Surprisingly , there are no beaches but you can swim off the rocks. Do also take a trip around to the south east of the island, where you can dinghy in to the Blue Cave.

Although Greek, there’s a long tradition of welcoming yachts from Turkey, and something of a disinterest in the usual formalities. However, I do recommend you check the latest situation with your charter company before visiting.

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