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Lipsi is a small group of islets that belongs to the Dodecanese complex, located between the islands of Patmos and Leros. This island cluster took its name from Lipsos, the largest and only inhabited island.

Lipsi island has relaxing beaches, rocky landscape, and outstanding natural beauty. This tiny island has a well kept natural port with ferries connected to the other islands of the Dodecanese and the port of Piraeus. The long port promenade is lined by many fish taverns and lounge cafeterias, the only nightlife options on the island, as there are no bars or clubs.

The best place to totally relax and unwind from the daily routine, most beaches in Lipsi are unorganized. They can be reached on foot, by a public minibus that makes the tour of the island, or in private/ rental means. The most popular beaches are Lientou and Kambos in a walking distance from the main town, but there are also many other gorgeous places to swim.

Today, the permanent population of Lipsi is 700 inhabitants. Due to the remoteness from the Greek mainland and the lack of works, the island suffered a large immigration wave in the past decades. Most immigrants left to Australia but continued to support their homeland with donations. In fact, most public works on Lipsi, including the road network and the reconstruction of the church, were completed with donations.

The permanent inhabitants of Lipsi today deal with fishing, agriculture, and tourism. This is not a cosmopolitan destination but a peaceful location with transparent waters and natural setting. In fact, trekking is very usual in Lipsi and trails to pass by lovely chapels and private beaches.

A popular festival on the island is the panigiri of Panagia Harou, the protector church of Lipsi. This is an important event for Lipsi and pilgrims from neighboring islands are also coming. It celebrates on August 23rd and the icon of Virgin Mary is said to be miracle working. The special thing about this icon is that Virgin Mary holds Jesus Christ, not as a baby in her arms, but she holds the wooden cross with crucified Jesus on it. That is why she is called Panagia Harou, which means "Virgin Mary of the Death".


1 Reviews
  • christen34 29 Feb 2012
    Best closure before getting home
    The last stop of our island hop trip few summers ago in Greece: 2 nights in Patmos, 3 nights in Leros and 3 nights in Lipsi. Then we took the ferry and back to Athens.

    The distance between these three islands is very small and usually the ferry doesn't need more than an hour to get from one to the other. In summer, there are daily ferries with Dodekanisos, not only the other ferry companies.

    From Lipsi I remember a very picturesque port with a long promenade and grilled fresh fish smelling from the taverns. Theologos is a good fish tavern. From the church above the village, you get great view to the Aegean. The good thing about Lipsi is that you can walk to the beaches.

    Our apartment was on the way from the town to Lientou, so the beach was only 10 min walk. From the port, there is also a mini bus that goes to several beaches around the island. We didn't take the bus, we rather hired a bike for a day and made the tour of Lipsi. You will not need more than 2 hours to drive round the island.

    This was the best closure for our trip to Greece that summer, really nice and peaceful, all we needed before going back to our crazy reality!