Lipsi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
By boat: For so small an is land, Lipsi is well served from Easter to Oct with frequent connections; out of season, the fast services all stop, and the slower boats are reduced in frequency. From April to Oct the F/B Nisos Kalymnos, plies the route from Lipsi (via Patmos) to Arki, Agathonisi and on to Pythagoreion (Samos)—up and down in the same day—four days per week (typically Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun).
In the same seasonal period, Dodecanese Express catamarans and Flying Dolphin hydrofoils between them cover the Kos, Kalymnos, Le ros, Lipsi, Patmos route daily. To and from Piraeus there are generally two, occasionally three, connections per week (10hrs) year round.
Lipsi’s principal ‘resort’ hotel, open year-round with full facilities, is the Aphrodite Hotel (medium price) in Liendou Bay (T. 22470 41001/2; www.hotel-aphrodite.gr )
There is also the less glossy Kalypso Hotel, in the centre of the port promenade, which is functional and has its own restaurant (T. 22470 41242). Neither quite captures the simplicity of Lipsi however, and visitors may prefer to stay in one of the many rooms or studios for rent in the town, which represent a good and inexpensive solution.
To be recommended because they are both peaceful and set in small, flourishing gardens are: Studios ‘Anna’ (T. 22470 41126) and Kalymnos Studios (T. 22470 41102). They are set back a little way from the centre of Chora; but nowhere is exactly far on Lipsi.
The best fresh fish and simplest good Greek dishes, with out fuss or frills, are to be had at the inconspicuous Taverna Theologos on the western half of the harbour promenade; the octopus is prepared particularly well here. But it is generally difficult to eat badly on Lipsi:
Locals tend to favour the much wider selection of dishes at Karnagio (especially at Sunday lunch) which is the last taverna at the east end of the second bay of the port.
Lipsi is famous for its mávro krasí ("black wine") which is a dark, sweet, red wine of high alcoholic content, similar to vin" santo: it has even been supplied in certain periods to the Vatican as altar wine.
85 400 Leros: area 54sq km; perimeter 82km; resident population 8087; max. altitude 326m. Port Authorities: Lakkí, T. 22470 22224, Aghia Marina, T. 22470 23256. Travel and information: Lakki, Aegean Travel, T. 22470 26000, www.aegeantravel.gr, Aghia Marina, Kastis Travel, T. 22470 22140, www. kastis.eu
Lipsi Travel Guide