Why You Should Visit the Island of Lipsi

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die grosse Kirche auf der Insel Lipsi in der AegaeisLipsi (Leipsi) in the Dodecanese island group is one of those islands that is easy to miss. At just 8 km in length, people assume that there won’t be enough on this island to find enough activities to pass the time.  In reality, the exact opposite is true. The island constantly takes travelers by surprise because of its gorgeous scenery and laid back lifestyle. Overall, it doesn’t get the same volumes of people that many of the larger Greek islands do, but this doesn’t seem to matter – you can easily get lost in this island paradise. Here are some really good reasons why you should seriously consider spending some time here:

Lipsi Village

There is certainly no shortage of gorgeous villages to explore on this island. It’s one of the reasons why it’s so easy to get lost here! Lipsi Village is where most of the island’s activities are concentrated. Aside from the fact that basing your stay here is highly practical, it’s also a stunning village and well worth your time to explore. Meander through the streets and observe the intimate details of Greek village life. Since the village hugs the harbor, there are also some gorgeous views of the sea. Be sure to visit the Panagio tou Harou Greek Orthodox Church to enjoy the beautiful architecture and also take in the stunning view that the church has. Don’t forget your camera because both the church and sea look absolutely stunning from this vantage point.

Local Cuisine

Like most places in Greece, the local cuisine here is truly spectacular. Aside from the traditional Greek diet, which involves plenty of fresh produce, local seafood, and other delicious treats, you can also find items in specialty shops that are unique to the island. If you get a chance, pick up a jar of honey that has been made from thyme flowers and definitely sample some mzithra cheese, which the island is particularly known for. There are several tavernas, cafes, and restaurants located in the main areas. Ask the locals for advice as to which ones will give you the best meal.

Stunning Beaches

When people do visit the island, they seem to spend endless amounts of time on the beach, especially during peak season. The major beaches are scattered throughout the island, but since the island is only 8 kilometers long, they’re all easily accessible to the main village. If you only have time to visit one of the beaches, you won’t want to miss Kambos Beach, which is one of the most picturesque on the island. Other beaches include Elena Beach, Katsadia Beach, and Platis Gialos Beach. They’re all well worth a visit!

Aside from giving guests a great experience, Lipsi does have a rich history that dates all the way back to Ancient Greece. In fact, it was even mentioned in the Odyssey. This is the island were Odysseus was hed up by the nymph, Calypso, who wanted to claim him as her husband. In a way, this is the effect the whole island has on travelers. Even though a nymph isn’t responsible for it, this is one of those islands where people keep coming back for me.

 

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