Places to Visit in Kastellorizo Island
Kastellorizo (also known as Megisti) is famous for being the island where many Mediterranean movies were shot, especially “Mediterraneo”. With an area of only 10 square kilometers, the island is the farthest island of the Dodecanese, as it is only 2 kilometers from the Turkish coast. You can find below the places to visit in Kastellorizo, in brief, as a list so you may plan your holiday making sure that you will not miss any of them.
Lady of Ro’s real name is Despoina Achladioti. Lady of Ro made the islet famous for planting the Greek flag on the island every day until her death in 1982. There is a statue of Lady Ro in the main square of Horafia.
Palaiokastro, meaning old castle, was built on the ruins of a Doric castle and is the island’s oldest monument. There are several chapels and churches in the area where the castle is located.
The Lycian tomb of Kastellorizo island dates back to the 4th century BC and is located at the entrance of the port, under Castello Roso. It is well-preserved from the outside, and its interior is also in very good condition. Typical features of this type of tomb are a façade and are described as Doric because it resembles the columns and roof of Greek Doric temples.
Horafia, meaning “fields” in Greek, was the area of cultivated fields overgrown with population and economic wealth in the 19th century. This small district has been the religious and cultural center of Kastellorizo as it has four churches and two schools.
Monastery of St. George of the Mountain
George of the Mountain is surrounded by a square courtyard and contains a small church, some cells and utility rooms. Inside the monastery, when you descend ten steps, there is an interesting underground cellar dedicated to St. Charalambos. In the cellar there is an imposing water point emanating from a spring.
Castello Rosso or the Castle of the Knights of St. John, the island is named after this castle. st. John’s Crusader Knights’ castle dates back to the 14th century. It was built on top of the red rock (Castello Rosso) overlooking the harbour. The name is derived from the Venetian Castel Rosso, meaning Red Fort.
Saint George of the Island
A little further from Mandraki harbor is the small St. George chapel and the small St. George islet and the big bay with its turquoise waters. It is an ideal place for swimming and snorkeling.
Blue Cave Galazio Spileo
The cave, which is 50 meters long, 30 meters wide and 25 meters high, is known worldwide for its magnificent light blue color of the water and its rich collection of stalactites. The light blue color produced by the sunlight reflecting on the interior of the cave creates this striking phenomenon.