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The Paradise of the Dodecanese

Nature is the Absolute Master: Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Dry land, rocky terrain and exceptional beauty! This paradise is blessed with the finest of nature! It is a well-kept secret, a buried hidden treasure and a hideaway escape in the Aegean waiting for you to discover it. The pristine sceneries creates a mysterious contrast with the deep blue of the sea shadowed from rich combinations of colours surrounded from low and bushy vegetation. Nature is the absolute master in Arki, as the virgin landscapes overtake the three quarters of the terrain! Whatever Arki might lack in size, it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. A journey to this island will remain unforgettable! Are you ready to find a special sense of liberation in the rhythms of nature?

Arki

Best of Arki

The Capital of Arki

The Harbour of Arki is the sole village of Arki located southwest side of the island. The majority of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture and fishing. Actually, Arki is a small island complex that consists from the islands of Arki, Aspronisi, Avaptistos, Kalovolos, Marathi, Makronisi, Nisaki Psathonisi, Smineronisi, Tsouka and Tsoukaki. Arki is the largest island of the complex. It is worth mentioning that the three quarters of the terrain of Arki is still uninhabited. As the size of the island is just six square kilometres, it is highly recommended to discover it on foot

The Beach of Tiganakia

The Beach of Tiganakia is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Dodecanese. It is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters. Tiganakia is accessible through a path that starts from the main village of Arki.

The Festival of Panagia

The Festival of Panagia takes place on August 23. It is a traditional festival held in honour of Virgin Mary. The festival is accompanied from traditional music, food and wine.

Discover Arki

Scattered pieces of land in the Aegean, a miniature archipelago of deserted islands and rocky reefs form the utopia of Arki. As the size of Arki of tiny, there are just a few monuments to visit. The castle of Arki is located in a low hill on the west side of the village. The castle was constructed from a colony of Miletus in the 4th century BC while it was reconstructed from the Byzantines. On the northernmost tip of the island, one will have the opportunity to discover traces of a building constructed from the Italians. Other monuments include the cave of Votsi located in the area of Halaro. In 1943, the inhabitants of Arki found shelter on this cave from the bombardments of the Germans. The church of Panagia Pantanassa is the most important religious monument of Arki. The biggest traditional festival in honour of Virgin Mary is held in the church on August 23. All the beaches of the island are accessible from pathways, so make sure you bring comfortable shoes with you. The most beautiful beach of Arki is the beach of Tiganakia. It is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters. The beach is surrounded from rocks making it possible to swim even when there are strong winds. Other beautiful beaches include Limnari, Kapsaliasmenos and Padelia.

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About Arki

Travel Information about Arki

Arki is the biggest island of the small archipelago located on the east side of the Aegean close to the coast of Asia Minor. The island is surrounded from small rocky islands that constitute the cluster of Arki. These include Aspronisi, Avaptistos, Kalovolos, Marathi, Makronisi, Nisaki Psathonisi, Smineronisi, Tsouka and Tsoukaki. The highest peak of Arki is found at an altitude of 115 meters. Walking is the sole transportation method in Arki. It is an ideal island for the lovers of nature and exploration. The island has been declared as an important area from the European Network of Natura 2000. So, keep in mind that you have to respect and protect the environment! Discover Agathonisi through a photographic journey of Google!

Travel Information about Arki

By Boat: Arki is accessible by boat from the islands of Patmos. Ferryboats from Patmos operate to the island of Arki. The journey usually lasts forty minutes.

Best Time to Visit Arki

Although the island is distinguished for its tranquillity and pristine beauty, one should avoid visiting the island in August as it gets really crowded especially from sailboats, ribs and yachts!

Bird Watching at Its Best: Arki Isle

It is interesting to mention that Arki is the passageway of numerous migratory birds coming from Africa in the springs and travel to Europe. In the fall, the migratory birds go back to Africa! The most rare species that find shelter on Arki include the Hodden Crow Corvus Cornix and the Gull of Audouin.

Book and Novels Under the Sun of the Aegean

Reading your favourite book under the sun of the Aegean is just marvellous! So, make sure you bring your favourite book with you!

Escape from the World

Arkioi is an ideal destination for those looking for an escape from the real world!

It’s Sunset Time

On the hill above the main harbour of Arki, one will find the traces of the ancient acropolis of Arki. There, you will have the opportunity to admire the sun setting over the Aegean!

Participate in the Authentic Festivals of Arki

The Festival of Panagia takes place on August 23. It is a traditional festival held in honour of Virgin Mary. The festival is accompanied from traditional music, food and wine.

Sailing in Arki

The charming bay of Arki can accommodate up to twenty sailboats. The bay itself is deep enough in the middle. However, the seabed is sandy.

Taste the Fresh Fish of Arki

As the size of the island is small, one will find three to four taverns in Arki. The tavern of Manolis Trypas is considered to have the most delicious specialties. Also, the tavern of Nikolaos offers dozens tasty temptations while the tavern of Agelinios stands in its coolness and quietness with traditional dishes.

Whitish Explosion: The White Rocks of the White Island

Aspronisi is one of the most beautiful islands of the tiny archipelago! The white sand and turquoise waters of Aspronisi will fill you with moments of relaxation! Did you know that Aspronisi means the white island? It is also worth visiting the underwater caves of the island of Makronisi!

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Note: All the images are copyrighted from their owners. Please see Terms & Conditions. You can find the original images at the following links:

Aspronisi Isle: Element_Photography by Flickr

Makronisi Isle: Volker Steiner by Panoramio

Marathi Bay: Merle Layden by Panoramio

Marathi Sunset: Merle Layden by Panoramio

Octopus in Arki: Phil83 by Panoramio

Rocks: Official Website of Arki

Sailing: Moites74 by Panoramio

Sunset: Vangelis Doutsios by Panoramio