Lipsi, a tiny Greek island in the Dodecanese archipelago, ranks as one of the top 10 alternative travel destinations in the world for 2022, according to Girovagate.com, one of Italy’s largest travel blogs.
“Those who, like us, are constantly looking for authentic Greece should note this name: Lipsi,” the article, published on Friday, stated. The small island, it said, will leave you “speechless for its wild beaches and clear sea,” adding the island is well-known for its cuisine and sea excursions.
Girovagate.com also noted Aspronissi, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece, as one of its recommendations for tourists to visit when on Lipsi.
What you need to know about Lipsi, Greece
There is no direct daily ferry or air connection to the island via mainland Greece, so the options to get there would include a ferry trip from other Dodecanese islands. The following Greek islands provide connections to get to this island paradise:
Lipsi is not just one island, but actually a cluster of islets located in the southeastern Aegean. The collective name comes from the largest island of all, Lipsi, which is formed by landmasses joined by a narrow isthmus.
Low hills and valleys, as well as a rocky coastline and several bays, are part of the landscape of Lipsi.
Cars and roads are not common on the island; therefore most of the action takes place along the pedestrian seafront promenade. A small fishing port and several must-visit tavernas can also be found, as well.
In the town, Chorio, one can taste the famous island octopus dishes in one of the many ouzeries or fish restaurants there. At night, these venues turn into meeting places where people can to go for a drink and live music.
Being a small island, it is quite easy to move around by bike or even by foot on Lipsi. Despite its size, however, there are many churches and monasteries on the island. Locals even say that it’s possible that every family on Lipsi could have a chapel of their very own.
Sights on the Greek island of Lipsi
Koimisis tis Theokou, an austere Byzantine church dating back to the 7th or 8th century AD, is home to an icon of the Virgin Mary holding a crucified Jesus. The church is on the bay that dominates the port, surrounded by a lush landscape with natural springs.
The Archaeological Collection of Lipsi, in the main village, showcases clay artifacts and ancient inscriptions from the Classical, Hellenistic and Christian periods.
Most of the beaches of Lipsi are close to the port. The ones that are further away, however, are still close and easy enough to reach by taxi or motorbike.
One of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island, Kampos — with clear, shallow waters, lots of natural shade and a quiet serenity — is ideal for families with kids.
Platis Gialos, although one of the most well-known beaches, is not as crowded as one might expect. Here it is easy to spot wild ducks cavorting in the sea. The church of Agios Konstantinos, right behind the beach, although not always open, is one of the prettier spots anywhere on the island.
Another must-see place is Hoxlakoura, one of the largest beaches in Lipsi, with white pebbles and crystal water, which is loved by adults and youngsters alike.
The other top 10 destinations in the world
The Girovagate list also includes Lapland, in Finland, and Seville, Spain.
The United States’ many national parks, such as California’s Death Valley National Park and Yosemite National Park, are listed as among the best places to explore, if you are interested in nature and the outdoors, as a whole. Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is also listed as something tourists need to see if they are to go to the western US.