KASSOS

Located between Karpathos and Crete is the southernmost island of the Dodecanese; a grey naked rock suddenly emerging from the white-water sea to survey the most turbulent passage of the Greek seas, the strait of Kassos and Karpathos. Kassos owes its name to the rough sea and hard weather conditions: the Phoenician name Kas means the foam of the stormy sea and ideally portrays the wild natural beauty as well as the tenderness of the people of Kassos. This remote island remains one of the most enchanting and best hidden secrets of the Aegean.

Home to sea captains, majestic Kassos boasts about its grand nautical history. From Homer’s era and the participation of the island’s warships in the Trojan War to Kassos great contribution to the Greek Revolution. From the times when its shipyards were building Kassos’ renown sail boats to the 18th and 19th century when the island’s commercial fleet would reach the far side of the world, bringing wealth and riches back to Kassos.

The island’s unique personality has its roots on this strong nautical tradition. The cosmopolitan soul of the locals and their adherence to their primordial traditions; The island’s unique culinary culture with influences coming from as far as Asia Minor and Egypt but also Italy and America. But, most of all, the warmth of the people who welcome and greet all visitors: “Na s’evro” they say! "So glad to see you!” And they open their door and their heart to you overwhelming you with their intense feelings and building everlasting bonds of friendship.

The heart of the trading activities and administrative functions of Kassos beats at Fri, the capital and home to the island’s only harbour. Built in 1840 in an eyebrow shape around the picturesque harbour of Mpouka with its colourful fishing boats; an old pirate hideout. A jewel of islanding popular architecture with stone-built, pastel mansions and eye-catching, exquisite captains’ houses. A beautiful listed building from the 1900’s , the old town hall, houses the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Collection of Kassos. A landmark at Fri, the imposing church of Agios Spyridonas, the island’s patron saint, with its impressive belfry and the beautifully ornamented wooden screen that dates back to the 19th century. In front of the island’s Town Hall is the Monument of the – known locally as – the Holocaust Day, built in memory of the Massacre of Kassos civilians by the Turks in 1824.

  • view_headlineSights and routes in Kassos

    Ancient cities embraced by earth and stone. Countless churches built on the naked grey mountaintops overlooking the great blue sea. Rocky frilled shores battered by the foamy waves of the Aegean. Kassos is a true ode to untouched and pure beauty.

    • Built in a crescent shape, Poli, the ancient capital of the island takes you on a journey through time on the marvellous fortification of the ancient acropolis and the carved tombs of 4th century BC. Walking around the narrow dry stone streets is an experience you will never forget.

    • Spread on the mountaintops, Agia Marina is the largest settlement on the island. You will be captivated by the stunning mansions and the beautiful captains’ houses that seem untouched by time. The picturesque alleyways, the beautiful blue-domed churches and the well-preserved windmills make up a characteristic Cycladic scenery.

    • From Agia Marina, a trail leads to the sacred cave of Ellinokamara. An important place of worship from the Mycenaean era to the Hellenistic period, but also a natural lair for pirates, this cave has been hiding archaeological treasures that are now revealed.

    • The blue and white monasteries of Kassos. Agios Georgios (1690) in Chadies with the rare icons and the elaborate wooden iconostasis; home to one of the largest feast on the island; the monastery of Agios Mammas (19th century) resembles a Byzantine castle overlooking the Libyan Sea.

    • In the village of Panagia, the large captains’ houses bear witness of the island’s old nautical glory while the church of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Koimesis Theotokou) with the beautiful pebbled mosaic floor and the elaborate iconostasis is an awe-inspiring sight. On the island’s highest point, stands a magical cluster of six small churches built in the 18th century and arranged one next to the other. According to tradition, the churches were built to exorcise the spirits of six sprites that lived in the area.

    • Built in the 16th century at the base of the mountain and at the far end of a fertile valley is Arvanitochori that stands out for its sublime mansions and white houses with blooming gardens. One of these traditional houses has been converted into Kassos Folklore Museum which offers a unique presentation of the local way of life through everyday objects and folklore items. Don’t forget to stop at the village’s main square where you will find the famous “Maroucla” café. After that, take the trail to the fairytale church of Panagia Potamitissa, built high on the mountain inside a natural cave.

    • The islet of Armathia, across the north shoreline of Kassos; A secluded paradise with tremendous history from antiquity to the mid-twentieth century. Walk among the ruins of the old houses, the small church of Ipapanti, on the trail of the old gypsum mines that brought wealth to the locals and enjoy a swim in the exotic turquoise waters of Marmara, a lovely beach with fine white sand that is among the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.

    • Kassos’ beaches . Pebbled and remote; small realms of secluded and primeval beauty with strong exotic touches in turquoise. Ammouas and Antiperators to the north. The famous emerald cove of Helathros to the south that is ideal for windsurfing. Hohlakia, Avlaki with underwater caves, and Trita with the arched rock of Tripitos. All beaches on the south part of the island are accessible by sea

  • view_headlineWhat’s not to miss...

    • Watch the sunrise from the church of Agia Kiriaki; it’s an experience no traveller should miss.

    • Visit the dairy of the Vonaparti family in Agia Marina, famous throughout Greece for some excellent cheeses of Kassos (sitaka, elaiki, armirotyri, drylla, kaouli and more).

    • Take any of the hiking trails to the mainland where you will see the famous mitata, the shepherds’ stone huts.

    • Experience the unique tastes of Kassos cuisine in the island’s traditional taverns and cafes. The legendary kasian cabbage-leaf dolmadhes, cinnamon pilaf, kolokythopoulia (stuffed zucchini blossoms), roikia (wild greens), boustia and bobaria (lamp entrails stuffed with rice and minced meat), skaro (fish), makarounes with sitakia (type of penne filled with cheese), and pies (xylikopites and moschopougia).

    • Attend a traditional local feast, an authentic expression of the islanders’ spirit through traditional music performed on lyres and lutes, narrative songs (mantinades), dances (sousta and zervos) and discussions in the form of poetic improvisations.

  • view_headlineTravelling to Kassos

    Travel to and from Kassos with ANEK LINES. Enjoy a comfortable journey with one of the leading passenger ferry operators in the Mediterranean.

    ΑΝΕΚ LINES connects Piraeus and other popular destinations with Kassos through the Cyclades, Crete and Dodecanese route (Piraeus, Milos, Santorini, Anafi, Heraklion, Sitia, Kassos, Karpathos, Diafani Karpathos, Chalki, Rhodes) with port-to- port itineraries. The company offers top quality service and authentic Cretan “philoxenia” on board.

    The modern fleet and highly trained crew of ANEK, promise a pleasant on board stay, meeting the needs and demands of the modern traveller. ANEK ferries have spacious cabins of all categories, comfortable and air-conditioned all-user areas with many entertainment options, modern stores, gourmet restaurants and café -bars.

    ANEK highly values gastronomy and offers exquisite menus based on authentic Cretan products and tastes of the Cretan cuisine. All ΑΝΕΚ ferries offer 24hour internet service (wi-fi and Internet Corners) at designated areas.

    Discover our best prices for ferry tickets and unique offers for passenger tickets and cabin accommodation throughout the year.

  • view_headlineArriving at Kassos

    ANEK ferry arrive at the port of Fri, the capital of Kassos. You can get around the island on the municipal minibus. There are also two taxis and cars available for hire.

    Boats and sea taxis connect the capital of Fri with some of the most remote beaches on the island as well as the surrounding islets.

  • view_headlineUseful telephone numbers

    ΑΝΕΚ LINES – Central Reservation Dept: 0030 210 4197400 Kassos Maritime & Tourist Agency: 0030 22450 41323, 0030 22450 41495 Kassos Port Authority: 0030 22450 41288 Kassos Town Hall: 0030 22450 41277 Police Station: 0030 22450 41222 Kassos Municipal Airport: 0030 22450 41444 Kassos Health Centre: 0030 22450 41333 Kassos Post Office: 0030 22450 41255 Taxi Service: 0030 22450 41278, 0030 22450 41158

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