The forgotten treasure of the Greek islands: Kastellorizo

The Greek islands… They are the home of myths and typical houses, sun, ouzo, history, and island-hoppers. But even those island-hoppers often miss Kastellorizo on their venture, and that’s a shame… Because Kastellorizo is most probably the prettiest island in the Dodecanese.

Kastellorizo - Meis

Sleepy, colorful and very serene

Kastellorizo is small. Even when you are only there for the day, you don’t feel the need to rush things to see as much as you can. There will be enough time to take a walk around the narrow streets and the typical harbor, enjoying one mesmerizing view after another.

Kastellorizo - Meis

Kastellorizo - Meis

Rich history of Kastellorizo

This small island has a rich history. Being so close to Turkey that you could swim towards it, it was at one point in its history also part of the Ottoman Empire. That is why – aside from the typical Greek churches and chapels – you will also be welcomed by a mosque with its minaret.

Kastellorizo - Meis

Kastellorizo - Meis

A stroll along the cobblestone path

As impressive as the view of the harbor with its traditional neoclassical mansions is upon arrival, leaving the harbor area for a stroll further afield will be very rewarding. Nature is stunning and the views all the way to Turkey are scattered with small islands drifting in the turquoise sea. There is charm in abundance, and when visiting out of season, the island is so serene that you will hear yourself breathe. Especially if you decide to take the climb up the stairs of the remains of the castle to enjoy the view.

Kastellorizo - Meis

In short, Kastellorizo is the perfect slow travel island. It has a rhythm of its own, peaceful and welcoming. It is so distinctly Greek, yet with its own character. The view of the harbor and the houses in amphitheater shape that surround it is endearing and inviting. Kastellorizo has a color of its own that has been shaped by its situation, its history, its people and the interplay of the light onto the always present sea.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Kastellorizo, then get ready to fall in love with Mediterraneo Megisti. This is the place where French Marie lost her soul many years ago. She turned this classic Greek building into the most delightful waterside boutique hotel. Are you looking for more information on Kastellorizo? Read what other travelers have to say on TripAdvisor and find more information on things to do in Kastellorizo.

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Kastellorizo is only a 20-minute ferry-ride away from beautiful Kaş. Check out the current timetables for the ferry to Meis or Kastellorizo here. You can book your ticket online on the same website. Do you still have questions? Send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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You’re in Greece, so try Greek things! Have an ouzo or a retsina, enjoy some grilled octopus, and ask a local fisherman to take you to the blue cave by boat. Would you rather join an organized trip? Check out this Meis tour from Get Your Guide.

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Kastellorizo is only a 20-minute ferry-ride away from beautiful Kaş. Check out the current timetables for the ferry to Meis or Kastellorizo here. You can book your ticket online on the same website. Do you still have questions? Send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You’re in Greece, so try Greek things! Have an ouzo or a retsina, enjoy some grilled octopus, and ask a local fisherman to take you to the blue cave by boat. Would you rather join an organized trip? Check out this Meis tour from Get Your Guide.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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