Lipsi is a great day-trip idea (or a destination on its own)

Lispsi is one of those tiny, sometimes forgotten, islands in the huge list of Greek destinations. Many believe that more popular islands have become too crowded or even too expensive. They look for remote places in the Ionian (such as Paxoi) or the Aegean (for instance Antiparos). Others give a chance to less visited places in the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of them. If still doubtful about giving the island a chance, you might want to make it a one-day visit from a nearby destination. With no direct daily connection with mainland Greece, the closer islands of Patmos, Leros, Rhodes, Kalymnos, and Kos are the best gates to Lipsi. If you depart from Patmos, it will be easy to reach Lipsi in a short time. Quietness, ferry connections, great food… all reasons proving that Lipsi is a great day-trip idea (or a destination on its own!).

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Fishing port, Lipsi.

About Lipsi

Lipsi is a cluster of islets located in the southeastern Aegean, east of Patmos and north of Leros. Their collective name comes from the largest island Lipsi (also Lipso), a territory made of two comprised landmasses joined by a narrow neck. The landscape is made of low hills and valleys. Its rocky coastline is regularly interrupted by shallow bays.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Fishing nets on the pedestrian area by the port.

There are almost no cars and few roads on Lipsi. Life on the island develops along the pedestrian waterfront area, with a quaint fishing port where very colorful boats move to the rhythm of soft waves. This unique settlement, also known as Chorio, boasts simple taverns, interesting ouzeries and traditional fish restaurants where locals and visitors gather for long chats, a few drinks, and live music.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Church of Agios Konstantinos, Platis Gialos Beach.

The beaches of Lipsi are of a unique beauty, and some of them rather solitary. Being the island so small,  it’s also quite easy to cover most distances on foot or with a bike. The island is ideal for a romantic holiday, for those in search of peaceful seaside spots or even for families with children. The island is completely safe, and delicious local food complete the attractive landscape of Lipsi.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Fishing boats on the shore.

Places to see in town

Even being so small, there is an impressive amount of churches, monasteries and small chapels all over the island. Many locals often claim that every family of Lipsi could have a church of its own. All of them are worth a visit, either because they are located in dramatically beautiful settings or because they treasure valuable icons and hide religious legends.

Lipsi great day trip

A hike through the hills of Lipsi will take you to Koimisis tis Theokou, an austere, Byzantine structure, probably built between the 7th or 8th Century AC. Here you can see a holy icon of the Virgin, reputed to be miraculous and with a bizarre motif, depicting the Holy Virgin holding a crucified Jesus.

If you are short of time, though, try a visit to the church of Koimisis tis Theotokou. It’s on the bay that dominates the area of the port and surrounded by a greenish landscape. Several natural springs spread all over the area.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Colorful scenes of Lipsi.

Lispsi, a Great Day-Trip Idea (or a destination on its own!)

In town, it’s also possible to find the Archaeological Collection of Lipsi. It exhibits clay artifacts and ancient inscriptions on columns, dating back to the Classical, Hellenistic and Christian periods. Excursions to nearby islets and inland hikes lead visitors to experience the most idyllic natural scenarios.

Beaches

Once on the island, don’t miss some of the beaches. Most of them within a short walk from the port or if not, close enough so as to arrive with a taxi or renting a motorcycle.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Kampos.

Kampos 

The beach of Kampos is about 10 minutes on foot from the port. Many consider it one of the most beautiful sandy shores on Lipsi. Its clear, shallow waters attract mostly families. Trees offer the much desired shade during the hottest months in summer. It’s quite a wild place, yet many visitors choose the area for its convenient location and calm atmosphere.

Lispsi is one of those forgotten gems of the Greek destinations. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Platis Gialos

We loved the seaside area of Platis Gialos. It might be the most famous spot, yet that doesn’t mean it’s crowded. Being about 6 km from the port, not everyone find it accessible (though it is!). A very convenient tavern is the only organized structure you’ll find.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

The kids enjoying Platis Gialos all for themselves.

No sunbeds nor umbrellas, but the most pristine waters, wild ducks and tricky sand mixed to pebble that turns into the finest surface once you’re in the water. A must-see in Platis Gialos is the church of Agios Konstantinos, not always open but with a façade picturesque enough for pictures.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Platis Gialos.

Other beaches to visit

Moving to the south, Tourkomnima is a pebble beach with very clear water. A rather lonely area across from a small chapel on top of the rocks that adds a romantic touch to the landscape.

Not far, Hoxlakoura is the largest beach on the island. The location has white stones and (… again!) the water is crystal clear. If you’re still not tired of wandering around, give Lientou a try. With postcard-like turquoise waters, the shore is protected from the winds, making it also a favorite for families.

Lipsi a great day-trip idea

Lientou Beach.

Where to eat on Lipsi

Taverns and Local Restaurants 

Two of my favorite places include Pefko, a tavern that displays a genuine local gastronomy with very affordable prices. They serve excellent yet simple dishes, mostly fish and fresh seafood. They also propose an extensive variety of salads and the regular dishes of the Greek tradition. A second place you can’t miss is Yiannis, a restaurant facing the bay. Yiannis offers not only great local dishes but also a magnificent view of colorful fishing boats. Ask for the dish of the day for a quick option.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Pefko, taverna on the waterfront.

 

Lipsi a great day-trip idea: Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Yiannis Taverna.

Ouzeries

On the seaside you can also find different ouzeries. In these traditional type of Greek tavern the local drink, Ouzo, is a popular option. Ouzeries also serve different kinds of mezés, or small dishes with mouth-watering ingredients. In many places they are so rich and abundant so as to substitute your meal.

Lipsi a great day-trip idea: Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Octopus and Ouzo by the sea.

A popular choice that perfectly pairs with your glass of ouzo is octopus, delicious in fresh in salads. One of the best places to try octopus is right in front of the sea. Stis Vasos tou Asprakis, or simply Aspraki, is a popular place. There, we enjoyed excellent ouzo, fresh seafood, live music and a friendly atmosphere.

Lispsi is a great day-trip idea or destination on its own. Give a chance to less visited places of the Dodecanese, Lipsi is one of those places.

Fresh octopus.

Other local specialities include cheese and pan-fried pies. Popular dishes are also lentil keftedes, kalamari with dark rice and cheese in oil. Thyme honey, dried figs, and spoon preserves from local fruit are delicious bites to try for breakfast or after a meal. 

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If you are planning a trip to Lipsi don’t miss this opportunity: I’ve written a full guide of Patmos, which includes a whole chapter dedicated to Lipsi. Whether you choose to visit the island with a day-trip from Patmos or decide to make it your next holiday paradise, this Favoroute guide will prove useful! It includes maps and real time links, thorough descriptions, and many valuable local tips.

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The guide also features:

  • 5 day itineraries to take you around Patmos and Lipsi
  • (Offline) maps filled with favorite spots and landmarks
  • Practical destination information (how to get in and around, emergency numbers, and more)
  • GPS showing your position on the map
  • Top places to try local dishes
  • Accommodation recommendations
  • Up-to-date info synced onto your phone and tablet

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