The landscape of the island is comprised of low hills (the maximum height, in the northwestern part of the island, being no more than 277m. above sea level) and small fertile valleys. Picturesque bays (Lipsi, Fontana, Moschato, Limni, Tarsanas, Platys Gialos and Liendou), interrupt at intervals the rocky and precipitous coastline. Around the main island, 24 islets and 6 rocky peaks make up an impressive island group or "polynesia".
Lipsi are an ideal place for anyone who wishes to spend their holidays peacefully, away from the urban centers and to enjoy the sun, and the company of simple folk. There are many very beautiful beaches on the island: Liendou is a favorite due to its proximity to the main settlement, Kambo, Platy Gialos, Katsadia are Located in the south of island, Papandria, Hohlakoura, Tourkomnima, Xirokambos, Monodentro and Kamares are found in the north. The colorful town of Lipsi, with the white-washed houses and blue shutters, preserves its island character. In the main square of the town visitors will find taverns and cafeterias offering their fine local foodstuffs and beverages. At the center of the town, north of the church dedicated to St. John the Theologian, is situated (in a ground floor hall) the archaeological collection of Lipsi. There the visitor will view exhibits of findings of clay pot pieces and inscriptions both on tablets and columns, which are dated from the classical, Hellenistic and Christian periods. It is worth the trouble to visit the picturesque Panagia of Charou, which was built early in the 17th century and the surrounding islets-daily excursions and boat trips are organized - and walk along the paths, which criss-cross the island and direct the nature lover to idyllic places.
The history of Lipsi is inseparable from the history of a larger neighboring islands and especially that of Patmos. As were all the islands of the Dodecanese, Lipsi seems to have been inhabited continuously from pre-historic times until now. Inscriptions and clay pots dating from classical times were found in various parts of the island. Lipsi's neighborhood with Patmos leads us to believe that Christianity was brought to the island as early as the first century AD. The monuments belonging to the early Christian period are of importance. These are: a large three-chambered basilica with mosaic flooring and a baptistery, probably of the 5th century, situated at "Kouselio", remnants of walls, architectural remains and mosaic floors at "Katsadia". Today the churches of St. Spyridon and St. Panteleimon are also located at Katsadia.
Travel to Lipsi
Travel to Lipsi island, Greece: Lipsi is a secluded island, well-known for its tranquil vibes and picturesque spots. On this page, you will find out in which ways you can reach and explore this unique place!
There is a ferry connection between Lipsi and Athens, as ferries depart from Piraeus port about 3 times a week. However, the trip is quite long and it lasts approximately 9 hours. If you are travelling from Athens to Lipsi, then it might be more convenient for you to reach Leros by plane and then travel to Lipsi by ferry.
Apart from Athens and Leros, Lipsi is also connected by ferry with Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos and more.
There is no airport on the small island of Lipsi. The closest one is located in Leros. Leros Municipal Airport receives only domestic flights from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos". The flight from Athens to Leros lasts 50 minutes. Upon your arrival in Leros, you should take a taxi from the airport to the port and travel to Lipsi by ferry.