The island’s capital, built in 1840 around the harbour of Bouka, is a charming sight with its elegant stone mansions and captain’s residences. Make a stop at the memorial commemorating the Ottoman massacre of its inhabitants in 1824.
Kasos’ largest village is a striking location, with picturesque streets, lovely old captains’ houses, and scenery that recalls the Cyclades.
The Monastery of Saint George
This striking monastery in Hadhies, which dates from 1690, is one of the island’s largest sites of pilgrimage. Its church contains an intricately carved wooden icon screen and some excellent religious paintings.
Above the narrow lanes and dry-stone walls of today’s village, it is possible to see the remains of the ancient acropolis and carved tombs dating from the 4th century BC, when this was the capital of the island.
The Cave of Ellinokamara
This major natural attraction is also of historical interest. The islanders used to seek refuge here during pirate raids, while longer ago, from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period, it was a place of worship.
The Six Chapels
Built in the village of Panagia in the 18th century, this row of tiny, conjoined churches is an extraordinary cultural monument and a superb example of Byzantine-style architecture. Each is dedicated to a different saint and according to legend, they were intended to exorcise six aerika (disease demons) that had appeared in the area.
This uninhabited island north of Kasos is a secret paradise with a long history. Its dazzling white scenery, the result of its rich gypsum deposits, give it a romantic aura. Come and swim at the famous Marmara, among the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean, with its fine white sand, turquoise waters, and colourful seabed. It is accessible only by boat.
The Folklore Museum
A traditional dwelling in Arvanitohori now displays a collection of household objects and authentic works of folk art that reveal what life here was once like.