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About Kastellorizo

Just two kilometres from the Turkish coast, Kastellorizo has a very different feel from most Greek islands. One of the least-visited of the popular Dodecanese, it’s a wonderful land of bright turquoise waters, sandy beaches and arid hills. The island’s fascinating history is another big draw, with ancient fortresses, domed churches and colourful villages. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kastellorizo embodies this heritage perfectly, with beautifully decorated rooms in a historic home.

Occupied in turn by the Venetians, the Turks, the French, the Italians and the English — and then bombed by German forces during the Second World War — the island has a turbulent history, and a rich culture of mixed influences. Kastellorizo’s largest town is a maze of red-roofed houses painted white, yellow, pale blue and pink, clustered around a blue bay studded with bobbing fishing boats. Its architecture feels far more Eastern than most Greek islands — best appreciated on a guided tour or relaxed amble with an ice cream.

Venture up to the ruined 14th-century Castello Rosso, admire the Byzantine Church of St George, and delve into the wonderful Museum of Kastellorizo over the course of your visit. To the west of town, you’ll find the remnants of an ancient acropolis, too. Soak up the sunshine at the beach, or take boat trips out to impressive sea caves, including the dazzling Blue Grotto. Cool off with a dip in the sea mere metres from the best place to stay in Kastellorizo, before sipping a sundowner on the terrace.

The Best Places to Stay on Kastellorizo

For Boutique Charm

  • Mediterraneo is a colourful boutique hotel with seven bold, individually designed rooms overlooking the sea in one of the least visited corners of the Dodecanese. Sea swims are just steps away, and the friendly hosts whip up delicious Mediterranean breakfasts each morning. Bliss.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Rhodes International Airport and take a 4-hour ferry or 2.5-hour catamaran across to Kastellorizo. Alternatively, fly into Turkey's Dalaman Airport or Antalya Airport, and take a short 20-minute ferry from Kas, on the mainland. One of Kastellorizo's charms is that it takes a little more effort to get to -- but it's very much worth the wait.
  • There's plenty to see in Kastellorizo! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm summers, with temperatures reaching around 27°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For cooler climes, travel in April, May or late September, when you can also find great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Kastellorizo

  • Mediterraneo Kastellorizo 7 rooms from £104

    Beach Life  -  A colourful old mansion boasting a terrace where one can flop straight into the sea from
    Hideaway  -  With just seven rooms and an island setting this is perfect for complete escapism
    Sights nearby  -  Take a boat trip to the island's famous Blue Grotto or hop on a boat to Kas for the day - just a few miles away
    Remote  -  One of the least known islands in the Dodecanese, just 20 mins by boat from Kas, Turkey

    A colourful boutique hotel in a less visited corner of The Dodecanese. The seven rooms are uniquely styled. The garden rooms boast Ottoman-style platform beds while the suite's terrace is just steps from the sea. Meditteranean breakfasts are served and dinners can be arranged. A tranquil hideaway. See More

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