The SpaceCovering a total area of 120 square meters it consists of a large main room of 60 square meters, an inner courtyard with access to a separate bathroom / WC. On the front is the large balcony with a lovely view over the village and the sea. The main room of 60 sqm with high ceilings and a traditional wooden roof contains a raised (2m high) double bed directly overlooking the sea,
In the inner courtyard under the shade, provided by the white-purple bougainvilleas, is another sleeping room an outdoor shower and a table with chairs.
The unique balcony of 30 square meters is exactly above sea level and has a breathtaking view - probably one of the best of the island- that will leave you speechless. You look straight to the harbor, the settlement and the open sea, heading to Rhodes, where you can admire the crystal clear emerald sea filled with colorful fishing boats, the quiet dusk, or the magnificent sunrise. There is a large table with sofas and a big umbrella that will enable you to enjoy endless moments of peace. Just below the house there is a small "beach" for direct access to the crystal clear waters of Halki. Guest AccessHow to come to Halki
The island of Chalki (Halki) is linked by boat with Athens (Pireas port) and many islands like Creta (Iraklio & Sitia), Karpathos, Kassos, Santorini, Anafi ((URL HIDDEN) Kos,Kalymnos,Tilos, Nisyros ((URL HIDDEN) )but mainly and most frequently with Rhodes.
The best way to reach Chalki is to fly to the International Airport of Rhodes, with one of the numerous charter or regular flights, and then catch a correspondence. Outside airport, taxis queue to take you to one of the ports from where you can catch a ferry that goes to Chalki.
Rhodes Town main port (14 kilometres from the airport), where you can catch the big ferryboat of ANEK Lines ((URL HIDDEN) Usually during summer time it departs three per week. On Sunday early in the morning at 4.30 am and on Tuesday at 22.30 and Thursdays at 11.00.
Kolona harbour (just opposite of the entrance of the old town of Rhodes).Dodekanisos Seaways with speedboats catamaran. Duration of the trip is 1 hour. every Tuesday and Thursday at 9.00. You can check the routes at (URL HIDDEN)
Kamiros Scala port (35 kilometres from the airport) where you can catch the daily small ferries (caiques). They go to Halki every Sunday at 9:00am and 18:00pm, Monday at 14:30pm, Tuesday at 14:30pm, Wednesday at 17:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 14:30pm. It is a 75 minutes trip. Often the caiques make daily excursions (especially during July and August) which depart from Kamiros Skala at 11.00 am. and return to Rhodes at 17.00 pm.
Another option for getting to Halki is a taxi speed boat. It can carry up to 22 people, the trip lasts about 45 minutes and the cost is around 250-300 euros.
To return to Rhodes you can use the same means of transportation.
The caique and speed boat owners some times alterate slightly their timetable. It is adviced to contact them or us and confirm the departure time when possible.
On request we can arrange your transportation from the airport to Kamiros Scala and vice versa.
If you wish to contact Chalki’s Port Police, teleph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). We are always at your disposal for any kind of help, in order to arrive at Chalki quickly and at the most easy way. Interaction with GuestsThere is, a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, oven, dishes, glasses, many cookware, blender, toaster, juicer, coffee machine etc), a dining table with 6 chairs, a living room with two sofas and armchairs as well as a spacious wardrobe. The NeighborhoodHalki island: the Hidden Paradise
Characterized by Unesco as the island of Peace and Friendship,Halki(Chalki, Khalki)is a jewel of an island, small and rocky, situated some 6 km (4 miles) west of the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese Archipelago. With an area of 28 km2 (11 sq miles) and a population of a few hundred people in the summer, it is one of the smallest inhabited islands not only in the Aegean but in all of Greece.
This unspoiled, unique, colorful and undiscovered by mass tourism fisher-island is lately seeing a steady flow of visitors who come for its relaxation value. Almost abandoned at the turn of the 20th century, when the sponge-fishing industry took a nosedive, Halki existed in forgotten silence for many years.
The climate of Chalki is very dry and therefore very pleasant for vacationing. Normally the last rains fall by the end of April and start again at the end of October, providing ample opportunity for swimming in the meantime. The region is famous for long, sunny summers with temperatures ranging between 25° and 35° Celsius.
Halki is an “anti-stress” destination where bibliophiles, poets, writers, spiritually motivated individuals, religious walkers, romantic couples, families with kids or just people that want to get away from “it all”, swim in crystal clear waters, take a deep breath of sea breeze, sit by the port, hear and watch the fishing boats leave or return, hear the church bells inviting them to Liturgy, observe the night sky with the countless stars, and the glowing moon reflected in the sea. The days in Halki are filled with calmness, romance, sea dives, fishing, snorkeling, exploring the island, tasting the local Greek cuisine and enjoying the local aperitifs and wines.
The impressive Emborio (or Nimborio) is the only inhabited village of the island. A quiet fishing port village amphitheatrically built around the harbor with traditional island-style mansions of extreme beauty. Most of them are recently restored to their former glory. Made out of stone with colored shutters and white frames or entirely painted in bright colors, they signify the old prosperity of the island. Even those that are still in a state of disrepair – yet slowly being renovated – overgrown with weeds and decrepit, contribute to astonish the visitor. Car traffic is prohibited once the ferries have come and gone, so the waterside always enjoys a relaxing, vehicle-free setting.
Most commercial services and accommodation options are within 200m of the harbor. The streets of the village are paved with stones, and the village justifiably holds a leading position in the list with the most picturesque villages of the Greek islands.
The inhabitants, two hundred and fifty in total, are occupied with fishing, farming and tourism. Summer evenings are “filled with life”, but not with noise.
Cars are not needed and there is no pollution at all. The water is crystal clear even inside the “harbor” and the houses are built on the seaside, giving the unique opportunity to jump into the water even directly beneath your house.
Worth visiting in Emborio are: the church of St. Nicolas, the building of the City Hall, recently renovated; in front of it, the impressive Clock Tower (the clock was stopped years ago by the inhabitants because it was… too noisy);and nearby the only School of today, that constitutes a special and impressive building. Halki’s traditional house-museum is also nearby. From traditional embroideries and crochets to crockery, from the olden-day cooking utensils to the delicate yet beautiful decoration of the rooms, the traditional house of Halki opens a window to all visitors who wish to learn more about the lives of the people on this glorious and much loved island.
The “(URL HIDDEN) the heart of the village of Emborio and takes on the role of a market square: there, people gather to talk, drink coffee, play tavli (backgammon) or have a drink at one of the café-bars and pastry shops, or eat fresh fish and local specialties at one of the traditional tavernas enjoying the magnificent view to Halki’s colorful mansions and listening to the sound of the wind flowing through the masts of the sailboats moored at Halki’s small marina. Strangely enough inside this couple of hundreds of square meters you can find everything that you could possibly need at one of the supermarkets, local shops, pharmacy, and kiosk or at the traditional bakery.
Cars or motorcycles are banned in the center after 19.00 unless there is a boat coming or leaving. During August more traffic is to be seen caused by the many boats that are coming or leaving. There is not much of nightlife. Nevertheless the café-bars play, at a lower volume, international or Greek hits till the early morning hours. There are also two small sound isolated air-conditioned “clubs” where the younger ones transform the heat (or the alcohol) of the day into dancing sweat.
Transport: Boats arrive and leave daily from or to Rhodes (1 hour) and three times a week from Athens and Crete. One mini bus, one taxi and water taxis are available at reasonable prices (rates per person)
Excursions: Beside the island’s excursions (beaches, castle, monasteries etc) the main destination offered for excursions is Rhodes (old town, Butterfly valley, Ancient Kamiros, Castle of Monolithos, Lindos etc) and the neighboring islands Alimnia, Karpathos, Kos, Nisiros and Tilos
Fishing: For a small fee fishermen accept visitors to accompany them for fishing on their “caique”. Caught fishes are consumed either on site at some makeshift barbecue next to the sea or packed to be backed at home. Tavernas allow the customers to bring their own fish and bake it for them
Local Kitchen: Fish, veal, pork and chicken cooked in the tasteful Dodecanese-Mediterranean way are served at the Tavernas. Pizza and Pasta also easy to find. Dishes are cooked in olive oil using local herbs. Many fruits and vegetables are available at the super markets as well. Try the local dishes: Halki pasta (with onions and goat cheese), Giaprakia (very small stuffed vineleaves), Halki shrimps (small unique shrimps caught around Halki), Stuffed Kalamari, Ofto (local lamb stuffed with minced meat, pine nuts, small pieces of liver, local herbs), yoghurt with Halki’s famous Thyme Honey. Halki is a fishermen island and there is daily plenty of fresh fish that you can either fish, buy or consume at the restaurants such as mullet, grouper, sea bream, cuttlefish, sword fish, small shrimps, squid (kalamari) and many others
1st of May : The inhabitants of the island scoot with their families in the fields, and especially in Pefkia, picking flowers, make amberjack wreaths and revel.
Eastern: Throughout the Holy Week, Easter is celebrated in Halki’s unique traditional way in an atmosphere of devotion, with a impressive procession of the epitaph, the two resurrections culminating in the burning of Juda’s effigy in the church yard of St. Nicholas on Easter Sunday.
St George: Especially celebrated in Alimnia where pilgrims are going from the previous days and sleep in the cells of the monastery.
St John of Melas on the 23rd of June where the first Halki’s honey of the year is collected.
The battle of Sikalies on the 6h of August. Those living on the left side of Emborio are “in war” with those living on the right side and figs, eggs, flower etc are thrown against each other. The “battle” ends with a dive in the sea in front of the piazza.
The 14th of August in the old village takes place one of the two major feasts of the island celebrating the Holy Virgin Mary. The Icon of the Virgin starts at St. Nicolas’ church in Emborio and is carried by women of the island to the church of the Holy Virgin at the OldVillage for the mass. After the Vespers comes the celebration and dancing.The feast continues the next night as well in Emborio.
The 28th of August at St.John monastery takes place the other major celebration of the island which continues as well the next night in Emborio.
The 14th of September at Stavros monastery just above the OldVillage. On the eve there are Vespers, Holy Loaves, and free food offered by the Church Committee or by individuals who want to offer something to their compatriots.
The 8th of October Archangel Michael is celebrated in the traditional way at Panormitis monastery and finally
St.Nicolas on the 6th of December in Emborio.
Nature: Halki is very dry and most of its water supply comes from desalination of sea water or from Rhodes. The rest is collected from the winter rain. During winter the island is relatively green and in spring you can see lots of rare flowers. But the summer is long in Halki and the lack of water is obvious. Nevertheless you can see hundreds beautiful white or colored bougainvilleas, fig trees, pine trees, prickly pears, cactuses and geranium that withstand the prolonged drought and combined with the wonderful old mansions give a superb spectacle.
Internet: Free WiFi Internet is available from the municipality as well as at the cafés and at many rental houses.
Telephones: Three mobile companies are accessible (3G) in Halki (Vodafone, Cosmote and Wind). Some call boxes exist as well, that accept phone cards available on the island.
Drinks: Beer, Wine, Whisky, Vodka, Gin and cocktails are mostly consumed along with the Greek ouzo and souma (local grappa).
Money: Currency is Euro. There is a Postbank and an ATM (cash mashine). Credit cards are accepted at a few tavernas only. Exchange is possible either at the Postbank or at one of the agencies.
Sports and watersports: Footballfield (5X5), Basketball and Ping Pong at the school.
Animals-Pets: Everywhere in Halki there are scattered sheep and goats. Some donkeys, plenty of dogs and cats as well. Pets are mostly allowed everywhere. Very often dolphins are following the boats to Halki, forcing passengers to capture the moment by endless photographing.
Rentals: There are no rental cars or motorcycles.
Doctors: One Doctor and one Nurse. Medication is available at the Pharmacy. Specialists like pediatrician and gynecologist come once a month. Halki has no dentist.
Siesta: The hours of the summer afternoon are reserved for resting away from the heat. The convention is to observe quiet time between the hours of 14.30 and 17.30.
Massage: Possible after appointment
Post Office: Mail comes and goes 2-3 times a week, sometimes more often during the summer period. Stamps are available at the Super Markets as well.
Getting AroundThe distances in Halki are small and nearly everything can be reached on foot. Nevertheless there is a bus and a taxi as well as a water (boat) taxi Other Things to NoteThe Beaches
One of Halki’s highlights is of course the amazing crystal clear water of the emerald blue sea. So beside the unforgettable swim in the harbor, it is worth visiting the three island’s main beaches that can be reached either by bus or taxi (1 to 2 minutes ride) or on foot (10-25 minutes walk) overlooking fig trees, prickly pears, bee boxes and the infinity of water beyond.
Pondamos, the largest beach, is in the way to the old village no more than 10 minutes from the port on foot. The beach is sandy and the water is shallow – ideal for kids.
Ftenagia and Kania beaches (north and south of the village) have sand and pebbles. Smaller and very cosy.
At those beaches the visitor can use a shower, rent a sunbed with umbrellas, have a coffee and breakfast or taste the local specialties at the beach tavernas.
Alternatively a water taxi can bring you to other, difficult to reach by land recluse beaches or neigh boring island Alimnia and pick you up later in the afternoon.
is a gorgeous double-beach on the namesake peninsula. Access is only by sea. It’s a tongue of land reaching into the sea and creating two beautiful beaches on the east and west of it.
is a pebbly deserted beach, on the south side of the island, after Trachia. Also accessible on foot (through the old village).
on the north side of the island, is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, with deep waters and rough mountains and rock formations all around.
Kelia tou askiti (ascetic's cellars)
with colorful waters on the north side of the island, before Areta. These “hermit’s cells” are located among the rocks and after a five minute climb you can admire 9th and 10th century frescoes painted by the monk who lived there.
on the north side of the island, after Areta, you can find these twin pebbly deserted but beautiful beaches.
Lefkos and Pyrgos
on the west end of the island, gorgeous, pebbly beaches, before the “Kefali” point.
Points of Interest
Horio (The old village)
The island supported a much larger population but following emigration in the mid-twentieth century the old capital of the island, Horio (Chorio), was almost completely abandoned. Nowadays the remains of the old town built below the ruined medieval castle of St. John’s Knights, create an amazing spectacle for the visitor and provide a fine opportunity for a quiet walk and a breathtaking view of the sea blending with the sky in the horizon.
Monasteries and churches
Halki has 360 churches and monasteries. Many of them are visitable. They can be reached either on foot, by bus or taxi and are particularly impressive.
St. Nicolas is the main church of Emborio, an exquisite architectural sample, built in 1861 with marble parts from the ancient temple of Apollo. It has the tallest belfry in the Dodecanese. The courtyard and the entire space surrounding the church are decorated with a superb mosaic of white and black pebbles masterly fashioned into different designs. There is a small upstairs museum with vestments, icons, silver dishes, bibles collected from various churches around the island. St Nicolas is the patron saint of sailors and fishermen and is celebrated on the 6th of December. Services are held every Saturday and Sunday. Anyone is welcome, just buy a candle (50c) and leave when you please.
The church of Panagia (the Holy Virgin Mary) just above the old village and under the castle that dominates the area. It is dated from (phone number hidden) and includes magnificent frescoes. Holy Virgin is celebrated on the 15th of August with festivities which attract people all over the Dodecanese.
Monastery of Ai-Yannis (St John). Situated at the high plateau (at 600 m above sea level) at the western end of Halki. More than 2 hours walk from Emborio or 15 minutes by bus or taxi. Visitor will appreciate the astonishing views all over Halki and much much further. It is possible by arrangement to stay overnight in one of the cells off the peaceful courtyard with its ancient spreading cypress tree. No charge is set – just make a donation. The caretaker of the monastery will provide food and drinks. At the end of August (29) it's the scene of a massive annual celebration, with friends and relatives of the islanders flocking to Halki to join in the party.
Monastery of Palarniotis (or Panormitis) housing an idyllic small Byzantine church with a ceiling painted with stars and its magnificent view over the whole island.
Monstery of Panaghia Megalochari, an ancient church with frescoes of inestimable value.
Impressive are also the monasteries of St Varvara, St Lefteris, St Nektarios, St Anargyri, St Panteleimonas, Sotiros, Stavros and many others.
When visiting Halki, take the opportunity for some long but rewarding walks and discover some of the more than 360 country chapels. Halki is a rocky island 12km long and 3.5km wide. During summer it is rather barren, but the early months of the year bring grass and flowers in the mild weather after the winter rains.
Just above the settlement, and on the south side, there are three windmills that offer a panoramic view of the island, and can be seen from almost everywhere. Just 10 minutes walk.
Τhe old village (Horio)
The ancient capital of Halki (up till early 19th century), now mainly ruined, is built on the slopes of the hill, below the Castle for the fear of the pirates. Inhabited since antiquity, replete with buildings that reflect the past prosperity of the land.
(40 minutes walk)
At the peak of the mountainside, ten to fifteen minutes up the hill above the old Village, is located the old Castle (Kastro). It was erected by the Knights of St. John during the 14th-15th century, on top of the ancient Acropolis of the Village. The coat-of-arms of the Grand Master D’ Aubusson (phone number hidden)) can be seen on the inside spaces among other coats-of-arms. The northern and eastern walls survive, and within them the small church of St. Nicolas. The view from the castle is unique.
On the western side of the mountain is located the monastery of St. John (‘the far’) a site ‘in-the-heart’ of all Halkites, and a destination of many visitors.
(more than 2 hours walk)
Around Pefkias plateau on the way to St. John’s monastery, have a look at the Κeefes, small or large stone enclosures, huts, or storage spaces, used by the shepherds and farmers for themselves and their animals. You will feel like you have traveled back in time. You can also visit the temple of Apollo at Pefkias valley: Very little remains of the ancient ruin, as stones were used in other buildings, notably the base of the church tower of St. Nicholas. Half an hour walk northeast from Emborio.
Remains of houses and villages of ancient times can be seen all around the island since Halki has a rich history and was inhabitant since the very old years. Unfortunately there has never been a systematic archaeological excavation so precious ancient stones with ancient inscriptions are found everywhere in Halki either used for building or abandoned in the fields.
The Municipality of Halki includes several uninhabited offshore islands, the largest of which is Alimnia to the northeast. It was inhabited up until the early ’60s by a number of families now settled on Halki, but is now deserted but for sheep and goats. The village is mainly ruined, though the St George church is maintained and used for occasional festivals. Above the village is the small ruined castle, affording glorious views over the beautiful double bay and across to Halki. Alimnia has a memorable wartime history as a valuable naval base, and remnants of the occupation of first the Italians and then the Germans can be seen. Alimnia has a narrow necked deep bay which is like a lake and the Italians used it as a submarine base, closing the entrance with a steel mesh gate. Excellent sandy and pebble beaches.
After the 1950s when the population of Halki dwindled, the beautiful houses in their special large-windowed Venetian style, influenced by the architecture the sponge fishermen saw in their travels around the Mediterranean, began to decay. A number of the stone shells are not ruins, but simply unfinished properties which had to be abandoned when the owner had to move elsewhere for his livelihood. Their ownership passed to generations whose lives were based in another country, and the sharing of property among siblings often meant that no one could agree on the fate of their crumbling asset far away.
The remains exude class but also create a sense of sadness when realizing how many of these beautiful houses have now been abandoned.
They stand proud, however, with their back seemingly resting on the bare mountains, which in turn surround the small town providing an air of grandeur and an appealing sense of mystery.