Built around a natural harbour, the island’s capital is also its only settlement. Admire the whitewashed houses with their blue doors and shutters, and the cobbled streets with a wonderful view of the port and the picturesque fishing boats in the marina.
The Church of the Virgin Mary of Haros (Death)
Constructed in 1600 by monks from Patmos, this simple Byzantine church is famous for its remarkable image of the Virgin Mary holding the crucified Christ rather than the baby Jesus. There are a number of antiquities in the churchyard.
The ancient acropolis of Lipsi once stood at the top of Kastro Hill, the island’s highest point. Today, there is an archaeological site there, where the remains of some buildings can be seen.
The Church of Saint John the Theologian
This magnificent church dominates the centre of Lipsi Town and its courtyard has a good view of the port. Constructed from hewn stone, its distinctive blue dome and twin belltowers can always be picked out from afar. It houses the 16th-century icon of the “Dark” Virgin Mary, as well as a collection of archaeological finds.
The island’s trails
Lipsi has unique hiking trails that go through landscapes rich in Mediterranean vegetation and suffused with the scent of cedar trees and the sea breeze. It is worth taking the 900-metre paved footpath from the Church of the Dormition (at Kato Kimisi) to the church at Ano Kimisi.
One of the most exotic locations in the Aegean, this group of three islets east of Lipsi offers an arresting spectacle of high shale rocks, white beaches with smooth pebbles, and blue-green waters. The fantastic sea around the islands is perfect for underwater exploration.