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Halki is a small mountainous island with rocky soil of the Dodecanese with golden sand beaches where the traditional way of life “holds” even. Located west of Rhodes, just 5 miles from the cape of Monolithos. It is 35 nautical miles away of the main port, while is only 11 from Kamiros Scala. The area reaches 28 sq kilometres

Our beaches

paralia4Halki is decorated around with beautiful beaches, many of them accessible by walking while others with boats. The five beaches that you can easily walk to are Pontamos, Ftenagia, Kania, Giali and Areta.

 

1) Pontamos is the only sandy beach that you can walk to starting from the harbor, Imborio, and you will be there in 10 minutes. The road is asphaltic. Above the beach there are restaurants, canteen and umbrellas for sunbathing. (Available access by bus)

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2) Ftenagia is from the side of the hotel, behind the church of St. Catherine. Once arrived to the church walk down the rocks from the back side and you will see the beach. The beach is a little rocky beach with is on foot about 15 minutes. This beach is accessible by a car from the road with passes beneath the windmills, but is not asphaltic. There is a tavern and umbrellas for sunbathing. (Available access by bus)

Architecture of the island

IMG_2361Port of Niborio: Σituated at the foot of the mountain is the only residential area of Halki. The Italian architectural style houses and neoclassicals, two floors and tile roof, with five windows, large door on each floor and gable with “eye”, reach the beach and compose an image of island nobility.

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Bell tower of St. Nicholas (Nimporios) Built in arch ancient marbles from the Temple of Apollo.


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Chalkites living abroad donated it to Halki. In front of the town hall, an architecturally outstanding building with twin side scales and rich décor.

Post office: Built with the

Historical sites and monuments

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Fortress of the Knights of St. John (15th century) - located in the northeast of the island, over the well-preserved castle of the Hellenistic period and next to the ancient city ruins. (Available access by bus)

 

Burial monuments - more than 20 tombs and several findings were found in 1930 in the only one systematic archaeological survey conducted in the island.

History of the island

IMG_1908Halki has been inhabited since prehistoric years. For the origin of the name, according to the prevailing version it was named after the word “Calhoun” or “Halki”, which means purple. The other version is that it took its name from the copper-processing mines that existed there in ancient times (copper in Greek is “Halkos”). Geographer Strabo referred to Halki as “Halka”, while Thucydides as Halki.

According to mythology, the Titans were the first inhabitants, The Pelasgians lived on the island for many