Nisos Megisti Travel Guide
The Old Fish Market
The old fish market is an open building not really in use today as from what I gather most of the fish is sold direct from the boats.Interesting all the same
Nisos Megisti museum
The Nisos Megisti Museumis housed in a two-storeyed building with a courtyard, up on a hill overlooking the harbour. The building has quite a history.In the museum are various objects and collections from the island detailing it's history. Unfortunatly, it is forbidden to...
Most activity - what little there is - is centred around the harbour. Its a pleasant place to wander - won't take too long and soon you'll be chilling out at one of the waterfront cafes for a frappé or a lazy lunch - such is life on Megisti for day trippers. if staying...
Fish Market Hall
In the centre of the harbour through some archways was an indoor market - guess this is where the morning fish catch is weighed and sorted out. Through the arch on the other side was a shady cafe - looked much cheaper than the waterfront ones but it wasn't open and anyway...
It doesn't take too long to wander around Megisti - its more a place for chilling out at a harbour side cafe and lingering over a fish lunch. There a handful of houses behind the harbour in various states of repair or disrepair as the case may be - the war bombings in 1943...
Churches of Megisti
There are several churches of note on Megisti:Just behind the waterfront is the church of Ayios Yeorgios you Pigadhiou (St George of the well).The square near to the zig zag white steps is has the the church of St George of the Horafia (Ayios Yeorgios tou Horafiou) which was...
Many descendent of Megisti emigrated to Australia to escape the wars, but never forgot their roots. Various houses are named/dedicated to former inhabitants - some who returned an played a major influence on regenerating the area.. One of the squares is also called Australia...
Fish Tavern Athena: Fresh fish, great cook, nice atmosphere
You'll find the tables of this restaurants dotted along the central section of the harbour.There is a barbecue outside, and if you come at the right moment you'll se Vagelis, the owner and cook, working hard the prepare fillets of absolutely fresh fish.The fish is grilled...
To Paragadi: Fantastic local food
This restaurant, on the harbour front, serves wonderfully fresh food, with a lot of seafood going of course.The owner is a very cheerful guy who is very helpful
Lazaraki's: Lazy Lunch
There are several cafes to enjoy a lazy lunch on the waterfront. Lazaraki's is the name of the one we went to - located virtually in the middle and had like a jetty out into the harbour - by the time we had finished there were yachts moored up on either side!Rather than...
We travelled to Meis or Megisti by express ferry boat service from Kas in Turkey. The journey takes about 40 minutes across to the picturesque harbour port of Megisti and cost 20 euros return. Coming from Turkey we had to hand our passports in and we received them back on our return to Turkey. The ferry had comfy bean bags to sit in for the journey on the top deck and ordinary seating below. The boat leaves Kas harbour at 10.00am and returns at 15.30pm - ample time for a wander around and a lazy lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Caretta: Wonderful variety here
This little shop has a wonderful selection of local craft.
Monika, the owner is a very friendly person willing to chat and explain anything you ask.
She also runs the Caretta Rooms and Apartments in the same building
Written Apr 25, 2010
Phone: 0030 2246049056
Sea urchin paradise
Be very careful getting into the sea anywhere around the coast of Megisti - the sea is wonderfully clear and excellent for snorkelling (I saw an octopus in the harbour) - but sea urchins love it, probably consistently more urchins per square metre than anywhere else in Greece!!
Written Jun 19, 2004
Snorkelling gear or regret it!!!
I know it's heavy but take your snorkelling gear - when the sea is this clean and this clear, it would be a crime not to sea the underwater world!!!!
Jelly shoes and something to sit on!!
Bring sea/jelly shoes to get in the sea. The are NO BEACHES (not even pebbly ones) so access to the sea is always over rocks, sometimes urchin infested!!
Due to the lack of beaches, a bed roll might come in handy just to sit on betwen dips in the wonderful clear sea!
Those white steps!
As we approached Megisi we noticed a white line going up the hill - I had done some research and knew there were white steps climbing up the hillside..but I didn't think it would climb that high...i was wrong, they were those white steps! The steps are known as kondilakia.
Even with a short climb you will be rewarded with great views over the island and especially the harbour. It was a bit like a small version of Symi, but not so terraced. The step are soon discovered towards the back of the harbour - just head behind the house and climb white...
Whats in a name?
Kastellorizo has been called many different names in its history including, Castelrosso (the French called it Chateau-Roux), Castello Rosso or Castel Rosso, and Castel Ruggio. Its name was given by the medieval Knights of Rhodes and was inspired by its towering red cliffs...
Climbing those Steps
Ok I knew those steps had to be climbed to get the aerial views over the harbour I coveted. Really wanted to climb all the way to the top where there is a plateau for great views over the island. However it was mid morning by now and so hot - not the ideal activity in the...
Megisti is very much a fishing village - as we wandered around we saw fisherman, nets hanging out to dry, ladies preparing shrimps for lunch later in the day and bigger fish such as sea bas was hanging up ready for grilling later in the day.
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