The beautiful capital of the island, a protected settlement, wins visitors over as soon as they set eyes on its unique seafront with its colourful early-20th-century mansions. It is worth discovering architectural treasures such as the Town Hall and the New Market, two jewels from the period of Italian rule, and the Santrape Boy’s School, a neoclassical building from 1903 modelled on the University of Athens. Now a primary school, it shares a wonderful pebble mosaic courtyard with the cathedral.
The Castle of the Knights of Saint John
The best part of the island to enjoy the view of the port and the the beaches of Asia Minor. Built in the 14th century on top of the red rock (Castell Rosso), the island's once imposing castle is alive through its gleaming ruins.
The Monastery of Saint George of the Mountain
This 18th-century fortified stone monastery dominates the hill leading up to the Castle, and there are magnificent views from its courtyard. The church is decorated with an early-Christian mosaic floor, while in the catacomb is a fresco of Saint Charalambos that dates back to the 18th century.
Kastellorizo Archaeological Museum
Housed in the historic “Konaki” building, an architectural jewel in the picturesque “Kavos” neighbourhood, the museum reveals the history and culture of Kastellorizo through finds dating from the ancient, Byzantine and modern periods, as well as craft items and traditional costumes.
The Blue Grotto
The largest underwater cave in Greece is a spectacular sight with its huge, vaulted cavern, numerous stalactites, and deep turquoise sea. It is also known as the “seal cave”, as it is often visited by Mediterranean seals.
At the citadel of the island’s ancient settlement, which dates from the 3rd century BC, the fascinating ruins of ancient buildings and water cisterns can still be seen. Inside the archaeological site is the Church of Saint Marina, a good place from which to watch the sunset.
The Church of Constantine and Helen
This impressive church of 1835 is particularly notable for the twelve granite columns supporting its roof. These are architectural members that were transferred here from the temple of Apollo, in Patara of Lycia (Asia Minor).
The Lycian Tomb
Carved into a rock below the Castle, this iconic 4th-century burial monument testifies to the island’s contact with the Anatolian region of Lycia, where the god Apollo was worshiped as a wolf.