Travel to Lipsoi and Arkoi, the hermitages of the Aegean
Inside the Dodecanese complex, on the east side of the Aegean and a stone's throw from Patmos are Lipsoi and Arkoi, two small island clusters of the sea, which with their endless natural beauties and the absolute calm and serenity that characterizes them, are transformed into two small earthly natural paradises and an unsurpassed alternative holiday setting, offering unique images and experiences to everyone.
With Lipsoi being the only habitable island in the cluster of islands composing them, a set of pristine beaches and picturesque coves compose the lacy coastline that surrounds the island. A colorful feast of white and blue is the settlement of Lipsoi, with its traditional houses, its picturesque alleys and the church of Agios Ioannis the Theologian, with the blue dome and the two bell towers dominating the main square, surrounded by taverns and small cafes.
And while the ancient Acropolis of the settlement reflects its historical past, Panagia tou Charou, with its exquisite miraculous image and the absolute view to the Aegean, shocks all the senses, and the amazing beaches of Lipsoi, Lientou, Kampos and Elena, are peaceful shelters for every visitor. Absolute calm and serenity are offered, generously, at the Arkoi, through their turquoise colors and authentic physiognomy, which hospitably welcome visitors to their picturesque sheltered harbor, Porto Augusta. Historical and religious monuments are scattered in the hinterland of Arkoi, with the Hellenistic castle and Panagia Pantanassana gathering the greatest tourist interest. Beaches of primitive beauty, such as Tiganakia beach and hiking trips inland, will ideally complete the acquaintance with these two beautiful islands, parts of a peaceful earthly paradise.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in Lipsoi and Arkoi offers a wide variety of delicious and tasty dishes. Fish and fresh seafood, octopuses, squid and lobsters are the leaders, while the cheese products of the islands are famous, especially feta and xinomyzithra. The local sweets are also exceptional, with the "sweet pouch", with leaf and almonds, sprinkled with powdered sugar or syrup stealing the show.
When to visit Lipsoi-Arkoi
Visit Lipsoi and Arkoi during the summer season, combining your trip with a swim in the beautiful beaches of the islands and other nature activities.
Moving from/to Lipsoi-Arkoi
Transportation in Lipsoi-Arkoi
Go by air to Samos, Kos or Leros and from there by boat go to Lipsoi. The island is directly connected by ferry to the port of Piraeus and the other islands of the Dodecanese, Kalymnos, Kos, Patmos, Leros and Samos. For Arkoi you can travel by air to Rhodes, Kos and Leros and then by boat to Patmos or Lipsoi. By boat, Arkoi is connected, daily, with Lipsoi and Patmos.
Transportation in Lipsoi is typically on foot due to the small size of the island, with a rental motorbike or with public buses, which lead to the most remote beaches of the island. In contrast to Arkoi, the presence of vehicles is extremely limited. Discover the beauties of Arkoi on foot or with your own motorbike, since there is no public transport or motorbike rental office on the island.