While many people travel to the bigger islands in this part of Greece, there are some serious small gems in the Dodecanese Archipelago! We visited Halki as a nice relaxing break after two weeks on Rhodes and couldn’t have loved it more. From the gorgeous beaches to its historic castle towering high above the town, Halki is a must-visit island in Greece!
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Getting From Rhodes to Halki Greece
You’ll be happy to know that the boat from Rhodes to Halki only takes 30 minutes! However, it is a little tricky to get there. First, you’ll need to grab the bus from Rhodes town to Skala Kameiros.
The bus picked us up from the Church of Eyaggelismos at Mandraki at 8am and it was a 45 minute drive. From Skala Kameiros we got on the 9:30 ferry and were on Halki Island by 10am! You can book the bus and boat as a combined ticket with Alko Ferries.
Colorful Port and Restaurants of Halki Greece
Pulling into the port of Halki is an indescribable feeling. When you first see the colors of the buildings reflecting off the clear blue Aegean Sea you will instantly fall in love! The port is small, but it doesn’t lack any flavor or local charm.
We stayed two nights right in town and loved sampling the restaurants and cafes on the water. All have gorgeous views of the boats and it’s easy to spend a night out just admiring the views.
We recommend hitting the Dimitris Bakery for breakfast and heading to one of the beaches for lunch. For dinner, we loved our meal at Black Sea! Still, most restaurants on the water have similar menus. All will boast fresh seafood, meat, and traditional makarounes pasta.
Beautiful Halki Greece Beaches
Potamos and Ftenagia Beach
There are three main beaches on Halki Island that are within walking distance of town. Potamos is the closest and will only take you about 10 minutes to get to by foot.
If you thought the water was crystal clear in the port wait until you see this white sand beach! Nick’s Taverna is the perfect place for lunch or to grab an ice-cold drink in between swimming.
Also, don’t miss out on Ftenagia Beach. It’s about a 15 minute walk and features a small taverna and sunbeds. We didn’t get a chance to go here, but are so excited to see it on our next trip!
Kania Beach Halki Greece
Another must-see beach in Halki Greece is Kania. This one will take you at least 40 minutes to walk to, and while it is paved the incline is not so fun on a hot day.
If you don’t feel like walking there’s a taxi from town that cost around 8 Euros. The best way to get to Kania Beach is actually by boat from the main port. We paid 5 euros each way, but it’s best to confirm the price before taking off.
Kania is a rocky cove with a beach bar and restaurant sitting behind it. We had the perfect day there after hiking Halki Castle, and found some shaded chairs to dip in and out of the water from.
The chairs are free if you eat lunch at the restaurant, and considering it’s one of the best on the island it’s a deal! If you’re hungry order the grilled squid stuffed with feta and a greek salad.
Trachea Beach Halki Greece
Another of the Halki beaches to see if you have time is Trachea. The only way to access it is by boat. A smart idea if you want to see Trachea and some of the more secluded beaches is to take a boat tour from town. The unique peninsula creates two separate beaches that are fun to swim at on Halki Island in Greece!
Adventure to the Halki Castle
Our Halki Greece Travel Fail
Do your best to pull yourself away from the beaches for a couple of hours because the Halki Castle is worth it! You can walk up the paved road to the castle, but if you do go early. We made the mistake of hiking in the heat of the day and wished we had paid a few Euros for the local taxi.
It took about an hour to get to the top and we were so sunburnt by the time we got up there. Lesson learned! You can actually arrange for the driver to bring you both ways and wait for you as you explore Halki Castle.
Once you reach the top of the paved road you’ll still have a steep climb to Halki Castle. That’s because there’s an ancient abandoned village of Chorio to hike through! It’s at this moment we realized how much history Halki Island Greece truly has.
The old village was built on the backside of the mountain to evade pirates, and the architecture dates back to 4th century B.C. Our favorite part of Chorio was seeing the thrones of Zeus and Hekate. These rock-cut benches are over 2,200 years old and demonstrate the importance of the settlement during Hellenistic times.
The massive castle and church above were built during the time of the Knights of St. John, but the population of the small town increased during the reign of the Ottomans. If you can believe it, people actually lived here all the way up to 1830 and slowly moved away as piracy ended.
Halki Castle and Island Views
Take your time walking up the winding steps of Chorio before entering the medieval castle. The Halki Castle was built by the Knights Hospitaller around the site of the ancient acropolis.
From the period of 1309 to 1522 they fortified this area as it was a great vantage point over the Dodecanese Islands. Inside you’ll find the Church of St. Nicholas and incredible views over Trachea Beach and Halki town.
Spend the Night on Halki Greece
While some travelers only visit Halki as a day trip, we can’t advise you enough to stay overnight here! We spent two nights at Halkis Muses and had an amazing experience. Our apartment was right in town and just steps from the water and ferry pick up.
This made it the perfect location to explore the castle and Halki beaches. To fully enjoy this magical island, you’ll want to be there for dinner and sunset.
Have any questions about Halki Greece or want to share your own travel tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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