Greece; The unknown Island of Lipsi


Lipsi (Leipsoi) is an island south of Samos and to the north of Leros in Greece. It is well serviced with ferries passing between Patmos and Leros and on the main route for ferries from Piraeus. Leipsoi is a small group of islets at the northern part of the Dodecanese near to Patmos island and Leros. The larger Leipsi-Arkoi archipelago consists of some 37 islands and islets of which only three are larger than 1 square kilometre (247 acres): Leipsoi (15.95 square kilometres (6.16 sq mi)), Arkoi (6.7 square kilometres (2.59 sq mi), part of Patmos municipality) and Agreloussa (1.32 square kilometres (0.51 sq mi), part of Patmos municipality). Only Leipsoi, Arkoi and Marathos are inhabited. Leipsoi is a municipality, part of the Kalymnos regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean region. The municipality has an area of 17.350 square kilometres (6.699 sq mi).

It is 173.2 nm from Piraeus and has 790 inhabitants (2011). The main island, the main island from which comes the name of this cluster is located between Patmos (10.2 nm east) and Leros (8 miles north) and a little east of the imaginary line that the It connects to the north Dodecanese.

Lipsi produces products, namely thyme honey (produced the traditional way), wine, cheese, dairy products (touloumotyri cheese, the local version of mizithra) and grapes. Also loom-woven fabrics, carpets and “fookadia” (cloth pouches used to strain cheese).

In the group of these small islands total area of ​​17 350 km² including islands: Arefousa, Manolis Islands, Grand Aspronisi, Long Aspronisi, Small Aspronisi, Quilt, Kouloura A Kouloura D South Aspronisi A South Aspronisi D Kalapodi Large, Small last, Lyra, cross, Pilavi, Psomou, Kaparonisi, Plate, Makronisi, Frank, Woodworm.

The surface of the main island Lipsi is 15.8 km², with a coastline from 36 km. The land consists of low hills (maximum height is the Boats with 277 m., followed by the plate with 200 m. height in the NW part of it) and small valleys. There are also coves (Fontana, Muscat, shipyard, beaches (Liendou, Platis Gialos, Katsadia, Tourkomnima, Chochlakoura) and rocky headlands (Gato, Monodendri, Glarokavos).

Points Of Interest

There are several churches and monasteries scattered around the island dedicated to a multitude of saints. These include the church of Aghios Nektarios, built in or about 1980 by father Nikiforos, the parochial priest of Lipsi at the time and a favorite baptistry for the inhabitants of the island.

Lipsi: Five reasons to visit the beautiful Greek island

The new season has just stepped foot in our doorsteps, so we welcome it with a few of our ideas on why your 2019 vacations choice should be Lipsi. It is obvious that a lot of travelers is going to choose Lipsi for the simple reason it provides an ideal climatic location with the appropriate facilities. Fair and square. There is another part of people though that have not decided yet, and they base their decision on what more a place has to offer so they can combine with good weather and lovely beaches. Let’s be honest. There are a lot of places that offer lovely beaches, cool scenery, and rich history and culture. So allow us to give you our top 5 reasons among the very many that pop in our minds.


The island is popular but YET unexplored.

Traveling in a such a destination during summer gives you the opportunity to still find low prices. In addition you will find a wide range of accommodations to choose from. The diversity of Lipsi is astonishing.

Do you fancy climbing rocks? You can! Do you like sailing in the most crystal clean blue waters you have ever seen and jump in the sea for a refreshing swim in a secluded beach you can only access with your boat? You can! Do you have a passion for hiking? You can. Lipsi is the ideal island.

The food is divine! Seriously!

Part of how we choose a place for our next adventure is the food. When it comes to food we are somehow held back, cautious and careful as to what kind of flavors are we going to meet in this new place we are about to visit. Greece in general is popular for its flavors and tastes. But in Lipsi flavors are divine.

There is always something going on.

Whether you are single, married, solo-traveler, or have a family Lipsi has something for everyone. There is always something taking place, especially during the spring-summer and autumn months. Festivities, cultural traditions, parties, music festivals, religious ceremonies and events are always in the agenda so it is highly unlikely you will not find something to do.

The island has a unique magnetism.

We do not want to sound romantic, and definitely not biased if possible, but once you decide to leave your hotel room and start exploring you will realize that the island has a certain feeling that grabs you. As a visitor you have the opportunity to get to know a place that writes history with big flaming letters all over it. Myths, legends, warriors, conquerors, pirates, love stories, and human passions are still part of the local everyday narrative which adds up to the feeling of the place.

How do we go to Lipsi

Access to Lipsi is possible from Piraeus once a week. But the rest of the days will not make it hard for you to reach the island as there is a daily connection with local ships and two catamarans of Dodekanisos Seaways with the neighboring islands, Patmos, Leros and Kalymnos, which are accessible by airplane and ship from Athens and Piraeus. Everyday is also the connection with the largest islands of the Dodecanese, Kos and Rhodes.
The well organized road network of the island with public transport offers regular services in every direction while taxis are available to serve you every 24 hours