Sapphire-blue waters, sumptuous seafood and laid-back locals… Kastelorizo is Greece just as you’d imagine it. If you’re after a peaceful getaway amid gorgeous natural surroundings, this lesser-known island lives up to its official name: Meyísti, meaning “greatest”. Hemmed in by rugged limestone hills, the eponymous port village is the centre of local life. For a taste of the easy-going pace, amble arm in arm with your other half along the waterfront, which backs onto rows of quaint buildings dotted with colourful balconies and wooden shutters. It’s the perfect spot for a lazy lunch, as you’ll find lots of small eateries serving fresh grilled-fish dishes. The fact that there are no cars on the island only adds to the air of tranquillity – and your relaxed state of mind.
For a languid afternoon activity, you can go swimming with your mates and make some new ones – loggerhead turtles are known to frequent Meyísti’s crystal-clear waters. Just don’t slack off too much or you’ll miss Kastelorizo’s absolute must-see: the Blue Cave. Glowing with an otherworldly azure hue, this humongous underwater grotto is popular with divers and day-trippers alike.
For the coolest places to chill in, you can choose from high-end hotels, modern apartments and cosy B&Bs.
When to go?
If you want to steer clear of sizzling temperatures as well as pumped-up prices, July and August are best avoided. Any other time between May and October is ideal, as the island is less busy. You’ll enjoy a more special sense of seclusion and get better accommodation deals to boot.
Where to stay?
Megisti Hotel – Kastelorizo, Greece
Not only does the Megisti make the best mojito in town, it boasts the only private swimming area in Kastelorizo. This, coupled with amazing views of the harbour, is why Booking.com guests give it top marks for location. If you want to stay classy without breaking the bank, this hotel’s for you.
Agnanti Studios – Kastelorizo, Greece
Agnanti’s apartments mix the best of old and new. Booking.com guests love the cosy, traditional décor and the modern appliances that provide a comfy self-catering stay. Throw in a sea-facing balcony, sun terrace and proximity to local taverns (close, but far enough away to not keep you awake), and you have yourself quite the holiday!
Karnayo – Kastelorizo, Greece
Just a few short steps from the sea, this charming B&B is set in a traditional house in Kastelorizo village. Its rustic rooms are chock-full of character, with decorative fireplaces, wood-panelled ceilings and brightly tiled bathrooms throughout. Booking.com guests liked host Nektarios’ attention to detail and the rooftop dining area.