Travel information on Lipsi in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Lipsi (also spelled Leipsoi) has a population of about 800
people, one town, and is only 5 miles (8kms) from one end to the other. For
many people this would mean it's the ideal Greek island, with nothing much to
do other than relax and enjoy the Greek way of life.
It does get quite busy in the summer with visitors -
relatively speaking, of course - but it's a lovely little island if you do want
to get away from it all. Visiting in spring or autumn is best, if you're not
fond of crowds and want a better chance to get to know Lipsi and its people.
Getting to Lipsi
Flights to Lipsi
Lipsi is too small to have an airport and the nearest island
with an airport is Leros. There are daily ferry connections from Leros to
Ferries to Lipsi
Leros is Lipsi's closest neighbour and there is one regular ferry
per day with a journey time of 50 minutes, and a fast ferry taking just 20
minutes six times a week. There are also six ferries a week from Patmos, taking
only 25 minutes.
If coming from Athens then there is only one ferry per week
and the journey time is 10 hours. Other options with daily ferry services are
Kalymnos (90 mins), Kos (4.5 hours) and Rhodes (5.5 hours).
Ferries in Greece
Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.
Lipsi Town is a pretty place of attractive buildings which
climbs up a hill from the port, with other hills all around. When you arrive by
ferry you take one look and you feel glad you've come here. The port gets
lively in the evenings, and the hardest thing you have to do is choose between
the fish tavernas that line the promenade.
Lipsi Town is also where you'll find the facilities,
including a bank, ATM, post office, travel agencies, taxis, bike and scooter hire, supermarkets,
a health centre and the police, who are based at the port. There's
accommodation and some good eating places, with a sandy beach a few minutes'
If you enjoy hiking there are plenty of beaches around the
island, some less than a mile from Lipsi Town. Many of the island beaches are
pebble beaches, so if you prefer sandy beaches then check before you commit
yourself to a day there. There are good sandy beaches at Kambos, about 15
minutes west of Lipsi Town and which has some shade, and at Katsadia, about 20
minutes in the other direction.
Don't expect much by way of facilities at any of these
beaches, so if you're going for the day be sure to take food and plenty of
water with you. Some do have tavernas which open up for the summer, but it's
best to play safe.
In summer a bus service goes between some of the beaches and
Lipsi Town, or you can get boats to take you and pick you up again.
What to Do on Lipsi
hike is to the church of Panagia tou Harou, which has great views and there's
also a beach down below it. Other than that the main activities are hiking,
swimming, sunbathing and generally hanging out and relaxing.
Where to Stay on Lipsi
Other Dodecanese pages
Travel information on Kasos in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Symi (or Simi) is a small island in the Dodecanese near Rhodes with regular ferry connections, hotels, rooms to rent, beaches, tavernas.
Travel and vacation information about the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Patmos, Halki, Tilos, Karpathos, Leros, Lipsi, Astipalea.
Wild Abandon by Jennifer Barclay and published by Bradt Guides is A Journey to Deserted Places of the Dodecanese islands in Greece, including Rhodes and Kos.
Tilos is a small island in the Dodecanese between Rhodes and Kos with regular ferry connections, hotels, rooms to rent, beaches, tavernas and ancient remains.
Patmos in the Dodecanese islands is famous for the monasteries of St John and the Apocalypse and on this page you can also read about flights and ferries
Greece Travel Secrets helps celebrate a feast day on Astipalia in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.
Nisyros is a unique volcanic island in the Dodecanese and easily reached on day trips from Kos Town and Kardamena.
Mermaid Singing by Charmian Clift is a fine example of 1950s travel writing about the Greek island of Kalymnos in the Dodecanese.
Leros is a sizeable island in the Dodecanese with flights from Athens, ferries from Rhodes and Piraeus, good beaches, restaurants and hotels.
Kos in the Dodecanese islands of Greece has good beaches and night-life, and archaeological remains.
Travel information on Kastellorizo in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Karpathos in the Dodecanese islands of Greece is noted for its traditions, its music, and mountain villages like Olympos.
Kalymnos in Greece in the Dodecanese islands is most famous for its history of sponge fishing, and see here information about flights and ferries.
Travel information on Halki in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Astypalaia in the Dodecanese islands of Greece is a largely unspoilt island with good beaches.
Arki is a small island in the Dodecanese close to Lipsi, with beaches and tavernas with rooms to rent and ferry connections with Patmos, Samos and Marathi.
Agathonisi is a small island in the Dodecanese with quiet beaches, a few hotels, pensions and rooms to rent.
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