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The Best Greek Islands for Couples - A comprehensive guide

Updated: Sep 20, 2023


Greek island picturing a church and the sea a romantic gateaway
The azure sea, source: Pixabay


The Greek islands are one of the top romantic destinations globally that provide idyllic beaches, wonderful resorts and hotels , tranquil villages and an uninterrupted view into the crystal azure seas.


Among the 6,000 islands in Greece , I have chosen five that I deem perfect for couples in 2023!


This guide is great both for younger and older couples, as I cover a wide range of activities and places that you can visit.


In this guide, Ihave included islands away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They are tranquil romantic places that offer a plethora of opportunities to the visitors. In addition, I have included a list of what to do, including the best beaches of each island, the night-life, the cultural explorations and unique ventures ideal for active people.


From Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, to the Ionian Islands, gorgeous spots await to be discovered by romantic couples.


So grab your bags and let's go!


The best greek islands for couples - an overview:

  1. Ithaca, Odyseuss land with stunning views of the azure waters

  2. Kythnos, a paradise of turquoise seas and hot springs

  3. Sikinos, the wild and untouched beauty

  4. Nysiros, a selenium landscape on Earth

  5. Kastelorizo, a colourful paradise

1. Ithaca

Ithaca's romantic beach
A wonderful beach in Ithaca, source: PixaBay

Crystal-clear waters, picturesque villages and green fields, this is Ithaca, a sparkling gem in the middle of the Ionian Sea. Ithaca is one of the best islands in Greece and the perfect place for a romantic holiday.


It is home to the renowned mythological hero Odysseus and it’s filled with places that are now an echo to by-gone eras. The main town of the island is called “Vathi”. It is a charming harbour with colourful houses and waterfront taverns, built in an amphitheatrical scheme.


Walking in Vathi the Venetian influence becomes obvious through the beautiful tiled houses, the palatial mansions and the scenic stone alleys.


What can I do in Ithaca?


Swimming and relaxing on the beach

First and foremost, you should try the cathartic experience of the smooth and cool Ionian summer sea.


There is a plethora of stunning beaches in Ithaca that offer out of this world views, making it the ideal romantic getaway.


While being under the sun do not forget to wear a sunscreen, check out my articles on: How to apply - and reapply - sunscreen with makeup and The 5 Best Sunscreens Under Makeup - Non Greasy without leaving a white cast!


Most of the beaches on the island can be reached by car and some others by sea or footpaths. “Lutsa” and “Dexa” are very close to the main town and they are suitable for your first dives.


Apart from these, try not to miss the heavenly “Sarakiniko”, the cosmopolitan “Filiatro”, the notable “Gidaki”, the picturesque sandy beach of “Aspros Gialos”, “Afales” with its dense vegetation and rocky shores, “Korvoulia” with its cool waters...


Also, if you are able to rent a boat, you can visit the “Platis Ammos” beach, “Kathisma”, “Sykia”, “Vukenti”, “Tria Moudia”, “Vathy Amoudi” or the Andri bay which looks like a fjord and is ideal for a romantic break.



Ithaca romantic beach for couples
A captivating view in ithaca's clear water, source: PixaBay

Enjoying traditional dishes, buying memorabilia and walking in the main town

After your bath you can enjoy your meal in one of the many restaurants and offshore taverns, while watching the view of the deep blue waters.


Some traditional dishes of the island's greek cuisine that you should try are, “Tserepa”, “Savoro” and “rovani”.


In the afternoon, when the temperatures are cooler you can buy memorabilia from the local shops and enjoy an ice-cream while walking in the beautiful town.


The night-life

Ithaca is primarily a tranquil and serene destination, with a focus on its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Its is not greek island renowned for its bustling nightlife scene or loud beach clubs.


However, in the vicinity of the port, you'll find a variety of bars that offer a more vibrant atmosphere. These establishments create a lively setting where you can visit with your loved one and soak up the seaside atmosphere.


Exploring the local culture

In the main town of Vathi there are plenty of historical and cultural places to visit, ones that will you bring you closer to the local civilization.


Museums and cultural buildings

There are two museums in Vathi, the archaeological museum and the Maritime - Folklore Museum of Ithaca. Both of these cultural organizations offer an insightful view into the island’s past and present life.


Moreover, there is a beautiful metropolitical Church, with its wood-carved iconostasis and the old bell tower.


Cave Of the Nymphs

This is the place where, according to the ancient Greek myth, Odysseus hid the gifts of the king of the Phaeacians Alcinous. If you are an adrenaline seeker, then this is the place for you!


Ithaca chappel quiet vacation for couples
A small chappel above the sea, source: Pixabay

Visiting the villages of Ithaca - the perfect day trip

Located just 3 km to the south of Vathi, there stands the charming village of “Perachori”. Perachrori offers a captivating panoramic view and an impressive Forest.


Further up the mountainside, you'll come across the medieval remains of “Paleochora” and the nearby “Marathia” plateau, that features the Arethousa Spring and the historical site of Korakos Petra.


Afterwards, you can make a stop at the small coastal settlement of “Aetos” to explore the ancient city ruins of Alalkomenes (circa 800 BC) or the renowned Castle of Odysseus, along with traces of the Cyclopean Walls atop the adjacent hill.


Continuing north along the scenic mountain road, you'll reach the mountain village of “Anogi”, adorned with the noteworthy Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos. The surrounding area boasts majestic scattered monolithic stones (known as menhirs), the tallest of which measures over 8 meters and is named “Arakli”.


The island's commercial hub thrives in “Stavros”. Nestled in the bay of Polis - the harbour of Stavros - lies a submerged ancient settlement, while the Homeric “Loizos” Cave can be found on the northern side of the sheltered port.


Finally, the popular resort centre of “Kioni” beckons with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, situated in an amphitheatrical layout within a welcoming bay, where the striking presence of three partially ruined windmills dominates the landscape.


Its plethora of villages and deep cultural heritage make Ithaca the perfect place for a couples holiday or


Adrenaline rushes

Moreover, there are many other activities that are available on this beautiful island.


A bot in ithaca, yachting for couples
Yachting in Ithaca's blue waters, source: Pixabay

Hiking

If you are a hiking enthusiast, you can embark on thrilling adventures along well-marked trails that meander through green hills, ancient olive groves, and captivating villages. The reward awaits at every turn with breathtaking views of the azure Ionian Sea and neighboring islands.


Yachting and sailing

If you are yearning to experience the freedom of the open sea, yachting and sailing provide unparalleled opportunities. Ithaca's picturesque coastline is adorned with secluded bays and pristine beaches. Rent a yacht, set sail, and discover hidden gems, anchor in incredible beaches , and plunge into the refreshing waters.


Cycling

For a cycling enthusiast Ithaca’s diverse terrain will be a dream come true. Traverse scenic roads and well-maintained trails, vineyards, and quaint villages, provide the tranquillity of the countryside.


2. Kythnos

The lagusi beach, romantic beach for couples in greece
The lagusi beach, source: UnSplash

Kythnos, nestled in the Aegean Sea and not too far away from athens ,is a paradise for couples, and perfect for greek island hopping too. It is a beautiful island renowned for its white houses, picturesque pebble alleys, small charming chapels, as well as windmills. In addition to this, Kythnos has a rich history dating back to thousands of years ago, with the ancient ruins still being visible to this day.


It is tone of the best islands for couples seeking a tranquil retreat, offering romantic strolls and idyllic landscapes.


The main town is called “Mesaria” and it provides many opportunities of exploring the local culture and civilization.


What can I do in Kythnos?

The island's picturesque shores offer a perfect haven for relaxation, with the mesmerizing sea stretching out before you. It is an idyllic destination where you can unwind and enjoy the tranquil ambiance while swimming in the crystal-clear waters.


There is a plethora of beaches including, the famous “Apokrusi” and “episkopi, the secluded “kastela”, the dream like “gaiduromata”, “lagusi” with its wild scenery and the place where two lands meet: the “Paralia Kolona”, which is ideal for romantic day-trips.



Eating and strolling through the town

The main town of kythnos offers a variety of taverns and restaurants, as well as local shops where you can buy memorabilia, handmade creations and handy essentials.

Moreover, there are many more places where you can enjoy your meal, outside of the main town-near the beach, while listening to the waves and enjoying the island’s wild beauty.

Kythnos Beach, a romantic greek island for couples
A view from the beach, source: UnSplash



Merichas in kythnos, romance for couples
A beautiful wall painting in Merichas, source: Unsplash

The night-life

“Merichas” is the main hotspot for nightlife on the island, as it houses the majority of bars and cafes that cater to the high tourist activity attracted by the central port.

Situated along the coast, these establishments not only provide a sea view but also offer a wide range of menu options including breakfast, snacks, ice cream, desserts, sweets, refreshments, cocktails, and alcoholic beverages.


As the evening approaches, many of these venues undergo a transformation, turning into vibrant bars with lively music and a variety of drinks. However, it's worth noting that there are a few Bar-Clubs that exclusively operate during the night hours.



Cultural Exploration

Kythnos has a rich historical heritage deeply rooted in the past.

In the main town there exists the Byzantine Museum, in the post-Byzantine church of “Agios Georgios”. Also, there is a beautiful church of “Agios Savvas”, from the 17th century, with a remarkable wood-carved iconostasis.


Near “Kolona” beach, that I mentioned before, there also exist traces of the ancient market of the city, which was inhabited until Roman times. Also, there are remains of a wall, foundations of temples, altars and three caves that were used to collect water.

Talking about caves, do not miss visiting the “Katafyki” cave. It is one of the largest in Greece and there you can admire the rich stalactite and stalagmite decoration. Also, in the outdoor theater you can watch cultural events, that are organized regularly.



Thermal Springs

The thermal springs are the most renown place of the island. In fact, they are the only ones found in the Cyclades.


The springs exist in two different places: the first one, called “Agioi Anargyroi”, is located within a hydrotherapy facility, while the second one, known as the “Kaukasou” Spring, is situated approximately 50 meters away from the first and boasts a temperature of 52°C.


The springs are located where the medieval capital of Kythnos once stood, but it was devastated by the Ottomans in approximately 1570. In the “Kefalokastro” region (Cape Kefalos), you will have the opportunity to marvel at the captivating remnants of the “Oria” Castle, situated in a breathtaking location.




Kythnos, romance for a couple's vacation
A captivating view of Kythnos mountains, source: UnSplash


Adrenaline rushes

Diving

If you're an enthusiast of scuba diving, you can immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters and discover the fascinating marine life and stunning geological formations beneath the surface. Also, you will be able to explore hidden caves, like the “Kavospilia” ones and the “legamena”.


Hiking

If you like hiking, Kythnos offers a diverse range of trails that meander through picturesque landscapes, from rugged mountains to charming villages. You will embark on a journey to witness breathtaking views and immerse yourself in the island's serene atmosphere.


3. Sikinos


The sea in sikinos the best place for couples in greece
Watching the azure sea on sikinos, sourse: UnSplash

Sikinos is a small island of the north aegean sea. It is among the few Cycladic islands that strive to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape and resists the mass invasion of tourism, both to preserve its physiognomy, as well as to protect nature and its people.


That is precisely what sets the tone for the island. However, do not let the above seem unwelcoming and backward. In fact, it is quite the opposite!

The people of Sikinos are extremely hospitable, and the island has a strong cultural profile. They take care of the island's paths to make them easily accessible to visitors, they organize the “Days of Documentary" film festival every summer in open spaces of the island, and hold exceptional celebrations.


Moreover, the municipality provides free wireless internet access to residents and visitors.

Simply put, here you won't come to spend your days in 5-star hotels but to enjoy genuine contact with nature and the tranquillity it generously offers, ne of the best places to stay in greece for couples.


The island has two settlements,“Alopekis” and “Chora”, the latter of which is divided into the Village and the Castle.


The Castle, built in the 15th century, was a fortified settlement at an altitude of 280m above sea level. Today, the only surviving part is the “Paraporti” on the square.


However, the medieval atmosphere is still strong throughout Chora, the main town is adorned with low houses, winding alleys, narrow passages, stone arches, and small courtyards. A quiet paradise for couples. Check out more quiet paradises here!



What can I do in Sikinos?

Enjoying the Beach

Firstly, one could never miss the opportunity of swimming in the island's stunning beaches.

“Alopekis” is the largest beach on the island, next to the port. It has umbrellas as well as tamarisk trees for shade. The waters are wonderful and shallow. “Dialiskari” is small cove with a beautiful sandy beach and it’s easily accessible too!


If you would much rather prefer a secluded beach, there comes “Ai Yanis”, with clear turquoise waters. Keep in mind that this wonderful area is accessible through a challenging path from “Episkopi. However, this romantic escape is definitely worth the trip.


A stunning gem of Sikinos, surrounded by cliffs and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island is called “Malta”. It is a small beach with turquoise, transparent waters and pebbles.


However, it is quite remote, and you will need to approach it by boat. If you enjoy hiking, allow approximately two hours to reach the beach for wonderful aquatic experiences.



A beautiful view of the beach on a greek island
A beautiful view of the beach, source: UnSplash

Eating and talking a walk

Sikinos has a wild and untouched beauty, accessible for everyone to admire. In this note, there is a plethora and restaurants and bars for both locals and tourists with outstanding views of the deep blue waters.


Make sure not to miss out on the island's traditional greek cuisine, including fava balls, stuffed kid, and pasteli—a classic Greek sesame candy.

Also, there are plenty of local products that can be bought from convenient stores, such as capers, vine beans, thyme honey, Sikinos wine, goat cheese, and dairy products.





The night life

In general, Sikinos is not a destination known for vibrant parties, beach events, or wild nightlife. However, you can leisurely enjoy your evenings at taverns in Chora or by the harbour. If you happen to come across a local festivity or wedding, the islanders might serenade you with traditional songs depending on the occasion. Additionally, there are a few bars available on the island as well!


Exploring the local culture

During your walks on the island, you will discover small gems, such as the “Temple of Episkopi”. It is a burial monument from the 3rd century BC, following the pattern of Roman mausoleums, with underground vaulted crypts that were later converted into a Christian church in the 17th century.


Next to it, there is a Byzantine chapel as well as the ruins of ancient buildings, walls, and fragments of vessel.


After your visit to Episkopi, be sure to stop by the island's winery, situated approximately 2.5 km away from Chora. The winery, operating within an eco-friendly vineyard powered entirely by renewable energy sources, welcomes visitors to explore its facilities.


Following a guided tour and wine tasting, you can indulge in a meal featuring traditional tastes, plentiful wine, and breathtaking views of the boundless Aegean Sea on one side and the vineyard on the other.


It is also worth visiting the Monastery of “Zoodochos Pigi” (Chrysopege) built in 1690, which was later used as a fortress to avoid pirate raids. It has the characteristics of a castle-monastery, with crypts, wine presses, secret passages, and loopholes. The monastery is open to the public in the afternoon (near the main town).


Another interesting stop is the Folklore Museum, housed in an old olive press, which includes objects from the island's folk tradition as well as tools for olive processing.


Particularly impressive too, is the Black Cave, the largest cave on the island, and one of the largest caves of Cyclades, which is only accessible by sea (it is Below the Monastery of “Chrysopege”.


And last but not least, the municipality of Sikinos, organizes the "Days of Documentary" film festival every summer in open-air spaces on the island.


If you happen to be there during the festival, it's worth attending a screening. Additionally, throughout the summer, they host exhibitions, various performances, and concerts featuring different genres of music to promote the local culture.


Adrenaline rushes

Hiking

The small size of the island makes it ideal for hiking. During your exploration, you will come across remnants of ancient settlements, Byzantine churches, unique beaches, mysterious caves, and a magnificent landscape that is also part of the Natura 2000 program.


If you want to enjoy a romantic sunset, the best spot is “Panagia Pantochara”, a small chapel dedicated to “Odysseas Elytis”, on the road from Kastro to Chrysopigi Monastery. On the hill of “Agia Marina”, you will also find the ruins of the ancient city.


Diving

Snorkelling in Sikinos offers a captivating glimpse into the island's vibrant underwater world. With pristine waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life, it's an ideal destination for snorkellers of all levels.


4. Nisyros


The greek island of Nisyros, quiet vacation in greece for couples
The beautiful white houses of Nisyros, source: UnSplash

Nisyros, a mesmerizing island in the eastern Aegean Sea, boasts a unique and captivating selenium landscape, and in our opinion, it is one of the best places in Greece. Being a volcano itself, it presents awe-inspiring geological formations that extend beneath its waters and across its land, that make it a perfect couples getaway.


Nisyros Volcano, destination for couples travelling
Nisyros' geological formations, source:PixaBay

“Mandraki”, is the main port and capital of Nisyros. It is a picturesque village situated amphitheatrically on a hill overlooking the Venetian Castle and the “Panagia Spiliani” monastery.


The island’s chora is made of scenic streets and squares, adorned with beautiful pebble floors (especially notable in Dolphin Square), and vibrant flower-filled courtyards.

The houses, either white or colorful, boast wooden balconies and are constructed with the use of volcanic rocks and lightweight stones.


What can I do in Nysiros?

Swiming

Of course, visiting the wild beaches and swimming in the crystal-clear waters is a must.

The beaches of “Mandraki” and “Pali”, located near the island's main town, are perfect for beginners to embark on their diving adventures. The renowned “Chochlaki” Beach stands out among the island's beaches, with its dark volcanic pebbles, cliffs, and a captivating cave.


Situated below “Panagia Spiliani”, it can be easily reached on foot from Mandraki.

Additionally, “Pachia Ammos” offers a serene retreat with its sandy beach embraced by verdant hills and white rocky cliffs. Its remote location adds to its appeal, making it an ideal destination for a couple.



Nisyros street walking couples, romantic
A small alley, source: PixaBay

Eating and talking a walk

In Mandraki, you can discover various options for eating out and having joyful experiences at seaside cafe-bars.


After your meal, you can take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Nisyros, adorned with beautiful pebble mosaics. In fact, there is a plethora of mosaics on the island. Making it even more charming than one could imagine.


The nightlife

The island's nightlife can be found in the "Little Venice" area in Mandraki, nestled in the shadow of the monastery. There are four or five beautiful cafés and bars that stay open late at night and reopen a few hours later for breakfast.


Exploring the local culture

The craters

How could I not include in the beginning of this section, the astonishing craters of the island? Nisyros, known as a volcanic island, is indeed abundant with craters.

The crater “Stefanos”, eerie and precipitous, offers the unique opportunity to witness the raw power of nature.


The thermal Springs

Additionally, a mere 1.5 km away from Mandraki, the island’s chora, one will find the Baths, a natural spring famous for its hot sulfur-rich waters, reaching a maximum temperature of 46ºC.



Nisyros' crater stefanos , destination for couples
Nisyros' crater stefanos, source: Pixabay

A natural sauna

In the beautiful village of “Emporios”, there is a remarkable cave that, influenced by the volcanic activity of the region, offers a sauna-like environment. It's definitely a fascinating natural phenomenon that adds to the island’s allure.



The Nikia Settlement on Sikinos greek island for couples
The Nikia Settlement, source: PixaBay

The “Nikia” Settlement

Nikia is a stunning village nestled on a hillside at an elevation of 400 meters. It offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the “caldera” area. Contributing to this otherworldly view, there are noble houses with colorful doors, and terracotta roofs, making it an ideal romantic getaway.


The central square of Porta, known as the heart of Nikia, is adorned with a unique elliptical design on its pebble-paved floor, meticulously crafted by “Paschalis Paschalakis”, a renowned local artisan from the 19th century.


Moreover, one of Greece's most beautiful churches, the “Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos”, can be visited in this square.


Nikia is also home to significant monasteries, including the “Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologian” and the 17th-century “Monastery of Panagia Kyra”.


The old Castle

“Palaiokastro”, situated just a short distance from Mandraki, is the ancient acropolis of Nisyros. This remarkable site boasts well-preserved and imposing Cyclopean walls, making it one of the most impressive ancient constructions in the Aegean region. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to breathtaking views and a sense of absolute tranquillity.


The impressive volcanological museum

The Volcanological Museum is in fact the only one of its kind in Greece and the entire Eastern Mediterranean region. Housed in the former primary school of Nikia, this state-of-the-art and interactive museum is open year-round. Here, you will gain comprehensive knowledge about the volcanoes of Greece, discover the birth of Nisyros, and marvel at volcanic rocks with unusual names and colors.


Festivals

Nisyros hosts its biggest celebration on August 15th at “Panagia tis Spilianis” in Mandraki, with preparations starting from August 6th.


There are also festive events on the same day at “Panagia Kyra”, as well as on August 23rd for the “Enniameri of Panagia”.


Additionally, on September 14th, a grand celebration takes place in Mandraki for the Feast of the Holy Cross, featuring a lively feast with roasted goat, barley, loukoumades (honey balls), and wine.


Not only these, but festivals are held on June 21st (Agios Nikitas), June 30th (Agioi Apostoloi), July 27th (Agios Panteleimon), and September 26th (Agios Ioannis).


5. Kastelorizo

Kastelorizo a view of the blue sea romantic destination for couples in greece
A captivating view of Kastelorizo, source: Unsplash

Kastelorizo a captivating island of small size, possesses both stunning natural beauty and a rich historical heritage. Its charming harbour, adorned with neoclassical houses bursting with vibrant colors, perfectly complements the azure hues of its surrounding turquoise waters. This idyllic setting makes Kastelorizo one of the best islands for couples yearning for a romantic vacation .


Apart from the city situated at the harbour, there are no other populated areas on the island. The need for paved roads is minimal, except of the one connecting the city to the airport. Kastelorizo relies on its natural network of pathways and a few dirt roads, primarily leading to the scattered chapels and churches scattered throughout the island.


What can I do in Kastelorizo?

Visiting the beach

Kastelorizo is not characterized by conventional sandy beaches, except for a petite shoreline nestled in the shade of Mandraki.


Instead, the captivating waters await exploration at renowned sites such as the “faros”, “Kavos”, the majestic Cape of “Megalo Nifti”, “Chasapeia” (former abattoirs), “Agios Stefanos”, the enticing “Naulakas”, and the captivating “Plakes”, where smooth rocks gracefully descend into the azure embrace of the sea.


Visiting the blue cave

A true gem of the island is the mesmerizing Blue Cave, also referred to as the “Parasta’s Hole”. It stands as one of the grandest marine caves in the entire nation, offering a wonderful opportunity for a romantic trip.


Kastelorizo  greek island for couples
Taking a walk on Kastelorizo, source: Unsplash

Eating and taking a walk

When it comes to dining in Kastelorizo, there are several options available to satisfy your culinary cravings. The island offers a variety of restaurants and taverns that serve both traditional Greek and international cuisine.


One of the highlights of dining in Kastelorizo is the fresh seafood. Being a small fishing island, you can expect to find an array of delicious seafood dishes, including grilled fish, octopus, calamari, and prawns.


After your meal or in the afternoon, you can enjoy your walk in the chora, which is a picturesque and compact town with colorful houses, narrow streets, and stunning views of the sea.


As you wander through the Chora, you'll come across traditional Greek architecture and well-preserved buildings that showcase the island's rich history. The iconic “Megisti” harbour serves as a starting point for your walk, with its waterfront lined with fishing boats and charming cafes.


Venturing further into the town's maze-like streets, you'll discover hidden gems at every turn. The narrow alleyways are adorned with colorful flowers, and you can find quaint shops selling local crafts, souvenirs, and handmade items.


The night-life

While you won't come across bustling bars or discos in this area, there's still an enticing nightlife to experience. Imagine savoring the enchanting summer nights at charming taverns and cozy cafes scattered across the island. And fear not, for there are a handful of hidden gem bars that await your discovery.


Exploring the local culture and experiencing adrenaline rushes

Paleokastro

Paleokastro, situated on the hill of “Vigla”, is an ancient fortress built upon the remains of the Doric acropolis from the 4th century BC.


Throughout its history, it has been inhabited by various civilizations, including the Knights Hospitaller and the Italians during World War II.


Despite the passage of time and interventions, remnants of its fortifications, carved cisterns, sections of buildings, and even 19th-century churches still stand.


To experience the grandeur of Paleokastro and admire panoramic views of the island and the sea, there are two options: an easy road access or a more challenging trek on foot.


The Castle of the Knights and the Lykian Tomb

Perched on a hill east of the harbour is the Castle of the Knights, also known as the Castle of St. Nicholas. Its current form dates back to the 15th century, as it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history.


The Cyclopean walls indicate that it was initially fortified by the Pelasgians, and later inhabited by the Dorians, who likely gave the island its name, “Megisti”. Over the years, the castle came under the control of the Byzantines and later, in the 14th century, the Order of the Knights of St. John, who reconstructed it.


Beneath the Castle of the Knights lies the intriguing Lykian Tomb, dating back to the 4th century BC. It is a chamber-like tomb with an impressive façade carved into the rock, while the interior clearly displays the burial platforms on two levels. Adjacent to the castle, there is an old Turkish hammam (bathhouse) and a restored windmill. The ascent to the tomb is steep, but the panoramic view of the harbour alone makes it worthwhile.


The archaeological museum

Housed in a section of the medieval Castle of St. Nicholas in the neighborhood of “Kavos”, the Archaeological Museum exhibits artefacts from the periods of the Knights' rule, Ottoman rule, ancient Christian era, ancient inscriptions, funerary columns, pottery, ostraka, lamps, amphorae, and more.


It also showcases 17th-century frescoes from the Church of St. Nicholas, portable icons, objects of craftsmanship, designs and photographs of Byzantine monuments on the island, as well as ethnographic exhibits such as traditional costumes, embroidery, ceramics, folk art, and a representation of the island's popular kitchen in the western section.


In addition to the ethnographic section of the museum, there is also a Folk Art Museum housed in the old mosque, which was previously a church dedicated to St. Paraskevi.



Agios Georgios tou Vounou Monastery

The "Agios Georgios tou Vounou" monastery on Kastelorizo greek island for couples
The "Agios Georgios tou Vounou", source: UnSplash

The “Agios Georgios tou Vounou” Monastery is a must-visit destination for its tranquil and mystical atmosphere. Despite being abandoned, it still retains its enchanting allure.

Inside the monastery, visitors can admire the remarkable mosaic floor adorned with ancient Christian designs. A fascinating feature is the presence of a hole within the church, leading to the crypt of “Agios Charalambos” and a natural spring.


To reach Agios Georgios, one must climb around 400 steps and follow a picturesque path from the Chorafia neighbourhood. The stunning views along the way help alleviate any fatigue, making the journey even more rewarding.



 

Last thoughts


From historical sites and archaeological museums to picturesque villages, stunning beaches, and tranquil atmospheres, each island has its own charm and character. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, cultural exploration, natural beauty, or all of the above, these islands provide a diverse range of options.


Exploring their history, enjoying local cuisine, taking leisurely walks, and immerging in their crystal-clear waters, will create unforgetable memories for you and your special someone.


 

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