Kastelorizo island is an idyllic destination that offers a unique sense of tranquility and relaxation. The island is famous for its nautical tradition and impressive architecture. The name Kastellorizo comes from its castle, Castello Rosso, erected by the Knights of St. John. Called also Megisti, its ancient name lasted until the Middle Ages, when the knights of St John built the castle. The port of Kastelorizo is the unique settlement on the island (divided into three smaller areas, Pigadia, Mandraki, and Horafia) and is quite famous for its picturesque houses that are built amphitheatrically around the small port’s bay. Its two-storeyed neoclassical houses with the wooden balconies on the waterfront and the majestic domes of the churches certify the previous prosperity of the island. The most important monument on the island is Paleokastro, constructed in the Byzantine times. In the yard of the castle, there are two churches, Panagia Kastrou and Agios Stefanos. Also, it is worth visiting the Castle of the Knights of Saint John, the Lycian Tomb, and the Blue Cave.
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