Visit Kasos and Armathia.
If you have ever wanted to travel to Greece you might have considered visiting one of the Dodecanese islands. Most tourists will travel to Rhodes, Kos or perhaps even Karpathos, yet did you know that you can also visit Kasos and Armathia? Located between Karpathos and Crete, these remote islands are still untouched and are therefore unharmed by tourists. Now is the time to visit Kasos and Armathia.
Kasos is a small island that looks like one huge rock floating in the Aegean sea. It has about 1000 inhabitants and 5 little villages all very close to each other. Take an airplane, a ferry or the Kasos Princess yacht to arrive. During a visit to Kasos you will either enjoy walking from town to town or you can take the local and only bus on the island to transport you.
The cozy and small harbor called “Boukas” is a lovely area for a Greek lunch. Boukas is the place that connects the people of Kasos as this was the sailor’s return. Try to visit Boukas after your exploration of the nearby captain village. Boats are standing in the middle of the street and they seem brought by helicopter as one has to wonder how the locals got them there.
The people of Kasos are proud boat builders, all wearing captain hats and having a smile on their face. Yes, the people are friendly. They are welcoming tourists with open arms as this might give the island a new income.
The people of Kasos have had a tough past. In the middle ages Kasos came in Turkish hands while they were the first to declare independence during the Greek war. As a result the Turks wanted revenge and many families got lost in a big fire. Only those who were hiding in the caves of this rocky isle survived. Now they have built up the villages again and the place has become a cozy and attractive surrounding. They can’t wait to show it to you!
Does Kasos attract you so far? Now let’s have a look at its neighboring isle Armathia!
The uninhabited Armathia is still a secret place, hence I can assume that you’ve never heard of this island before you started reading about it here on That Wanderlust. Only a 15 minutes boat, or in my case yacht, ride away from the Kasos harbor you can find this beautiful pearl.
Marmara is one of its clean sandy beaches surrounded by caves shaped by the ocean. Salt grows high walls against the rock formations of Armathia and it is as if you’re the first to ever set foot here. Time here passes at its own pace.
It’s deserted nowadays, but about 60 years ago 8 people used to live on Armathia. Even longer back it had about 100 inhabitants living of gypsum mining – Armathia had a mineral of which plaster used to be made. The people from Kasos say that Armathia even used to have kafenions and we know there is a chapel called Ypapanti that’s still intact.
However, even with a brief history, the main reason to visit Armathia is the beach and its blue-green waters.