Lipsi, Hidden Gem of the Dodecanese



Fishing boats on the shore of Lipsi (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Lipsi, a rather tiny and isolated island of the Dodecanese, is one of those perfect Aegean islands to visit in order to get away from stress and routine. Since there is no direct daily connection via mainland Greece, the closer options to get there would be from other Dodecanese islands such as Leros, Patmos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, and Kos.

Octopus on the seaside promenade (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Lipsi is a cluster of islets located in the southeastern Aegean. The collective name comes from the largest island of all, Lipsi, which is formed by landmasses joined by a narrow neck. Low hills and valleys, as well as a rocky coastline and several bays, are part of the landscape of Lipsi.

Fishing boats (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Cars and roads are not common on the island, therefore most of the action takes place along the pedestrian seafront promenade. A small fishing port and different tavernas can also be found, as well. In the town (Chorio), one can taste the famous octopus recipe of the island in one of the many ouzeries or fish restaurants available. At night, these venues turn into meeting places where people can to go for a drink and live music.

An ouzerie (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Being a small island, it is quite easy to move around by bike or by foot, on Lipsi. Despite its size however, there are many churches and monasteries on the island. Locals even say that it’s possible that every family of Lipsi could have a chapel of their own.

A hike through the hills of Lipsi will take you to this very austere, Byzantine structure, probably built between the 7th or 8th Century AC, that treasures a holy icon of the Virgin, reputed to be of miraculous powers and with a bizarre motif, depicting the Holy Virgin holding a crucified Jesus.

Koimisis tis Theokou; an austere, Byzantine church dating back to the 7th or 8th century AC,  hosts a holy icon of the Virgin Mary holding a crucified Jesus. The church is on the bay that dominates the port on a green field, and is surrounded by a greenish landscape with natural springs.

The Archaeological Collection of Lipsi, in the main village, showcases clay artifacts and ancient inscriptions from the Classical, Hellenistic and Christian periods.

Beaches of Lipsi (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Most of the beaches of Lipsi are close to the port. The ones that are further away however,  are still close and easy enough to reach by taxi or motorbike.

One of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island — Kampos, with clear and shallow waters, lots of natural shade and a calm atmosphere — is ideal for families with kids.

The seaside view of the island (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Platis Gialos; although one of the most well known beaches, is not as crowded as one might expect.  Here it is easy to spot wild ducks wandering around in and out of the sea. The church of Agios Konstantinos, right behind the beach, although not always open, is one of the prettier spots of the island.

Another must-see place is Hoxlakoura, one of the largest beaches in Lipsi, with white pebbles and crystal water, loved by adults and kids alike.