This time of year I’ve felt myself harking back to my trip to the Greek Islands to visit a client on Kastellorizo (Castellorizo) last year. The scene for the 1991 Oscar winning movie Mediterraneo, Kastellorizo is renowned for being low key and less commercialised than many of its sister islands. The perfect place to indulge in some uninterrupted R&R, the island is rugged, mountainous with steep cliff coastlines dropping into crystal blue waters, and there is only one town, which is characterized by its slender houses with wooden balconies and Anatolian windows.
One of the easternmost islands in the Greek archipelago, Kastellorizo less than half an hour from Turkey so can catch a boat to the mainland and shop for Turkish wares. Deserted after World War II, it’s regained popularity in recent years because of its non-commercialised, untrammeled, environs.
We were there working last year, and the weather was cold, so I didn’t get to enjoy all the sights and experiences the island has to offer, but in the port you can swim with the Caretta Caretta sea turtles, but that’s definitely on my to do list when I return.
What we did get to do was enjoy plenty of the local fare as it was so chilly that we spent a lot of time holed up in a little restaurant with a cozy open fire called Alexandra’s Restaurant. The grandmother made fresh dolmades each day from vine leaves picked straight from the vine and they were the most delicious thing. If you do happen to visit, make sure you mention the crazy ladies from Australia who sat in their restaurant keeping warm for hours on end. They’ll know who you are talking about!
If you’re looking for a party holiday, Kastellorizo isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for somewhere to indulge in a big chill out, enjoy breathtaking natural beauty, and do some island hopping, it’s definitely a must-visit.