Located in the Dodecanese just off the coast of Rhodes, Halki (sometimes spelt Chalki) has been largely untouched by mass tourism. This makes it a great place if you’re looking for a flavour of life on a traditional Greek island. Because of its size, it is also sparsely populated, which makes it the perfect place to relax whether be a short trip from Rhodes or for an extended stay. In this article we’ll tell you why this is a great place to relax and experience the quiet island life of traditional Greece.
Halki is way too small to have its own airport and therefore you have to get a ferry, in the past these ferries were infrequent which is perhaps why it remains untouched by mass tourism, but as they improve this may change. This is all the more reason to go experience it now while you can. Getting the ferry does add to the experience and as you come into harbour you’ll see the picturesque orange tiled buildings stretching up the hillside like a theatre. This stunning entrance is the first impression you get of the islands port and largest town Nimporio.
Whilst on another island Nimporio would be considered small, on an island of only 300 people it is the largest by far. The town has many tavernas, cafes and restaurants which line the waterfront and make for a relaxing place to sit and watch the world go by. There are few roads on the island and only two taxis, but luckily nowhere is too far to walk. There are many hiking trails which are perfect for those looking to explore the island on foot and get stunning views of the island and the glistening sea which surrounds it.
If you’re wanting to lie down and catch some sun, Halki has a number of lovely beaches which can accommodate you. With only two that are partly organised you can find plenty of secluded spots to soak up the sun or relax with a book. The only sandy beach on the island can be found at Pondamos, which has some sun loungers and umbrellas. Located just 10 minute’s walk from Nimporio, the small inlet it sits in provides cover from the wind making the waters calm and a perfect place for children to play. Also nearby to Nimporio is Ftenagia which you will pass if you come from the south as it is a small cove in the same bay. Despite being nearby it is still small and can be secluded. For beaches a bit further afield you can visit Kania to the northeast, Trachia in the south, which has a view looking up to the old medieval castle at Horio or to St George Beach named after the church which stands looking over it.
We hope this has showed you why, if you want a small, quiet island Halki is the choice for you whether it be a 1 night stay from Rhodes or something more extended. To find out more about the rest of Greece, take a look around our website or call us on 01157843388. If you know where you’re looking to book call us, email email@example.com or fill in our contact form with what you’re looking for. Don't forget to follow us on social media to find out the next Destination of the Week and for all your Greek Holiday needs. If you've been to Halki, where was your favourite place? What was the best thing you did or do you think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments or on social media, just click the buttons below which take you to our social pages
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