The island, due to its small size, is easy for those who love hiking. It has routes with paved paths next to the sea. Equip yourself with the appropriate means, hat, food, and water and start your wandering. The most attractive hiking routes on the island are the route of only 900 meters from the Church of the Assumption in Kato Kimisis to the corresponding temple in Ano Kimisis. The stone-paved path next to the sea with the magnificent Aegean view will fascinate you. Another route that stands out is the one of 3.5 kilometers that starts from the settlement of Lipsi and ends at the deserted beaches of Monodendri and Turkomnima. Other routes that will make your trip more beautiful are from Osiomartyres to Moschato and from the settlement of Lipsi to the Castle.
Castle-ancient acropolis: in the southeast of the settlement and specifically on the hill of the Castle are the ruins of the ancient acropolis, where the visitor can see remains of ancient buildings, remains of fortifications, etc.
Ancient settlement: at the Kuselio site in the southeast of the village, there was an ancient settlement. Excavations have brought to light ruins of walls and other objects such as shells, tiles, etc. According to the data, the settlement was inhabited during the Classical Period, the Greco-Roman years, and the Early Christian Era.
The island has a safe marina for docking with the possibility of refueling boats with fuel and water and quite safe. At the same time, equally important points of the island for anchoring boats are Kouloura bay and Platys Gialos.
Lipsi are rightfully characterized as the Polynesia of the Aegean, as they consist of a cluster of 24 islands, of which 23 are uninhabited. Take a boat trip around these islets, and the experience will be unforgettable.
The proximity of the island to Patmos, make it an important religious place, where many visitors come to the island to worship at the temple of Panagia of Haros. It is a three-aisled basilica church with a dome of Byzantine architecture, which was built in the 16th century by monks of the Holy Monastery of Patmos. The miraculous icon, according to believers, is unique in terms of its design, as it shows the Virgin Mary holding the crucified Christ in her arms. In 1943, a woman offered white lilies to the icon of the Virgin Mary, which, as expected, withered. But every year in July, the dried lilies slowly bloom until the feast day of the Virgin Mary on August 23 and which the faithful consider as a miracle. On the day of the feast, thousands of believers come to the temple to worship.
Apart from Panagia of Haros, there are many churches and chapels on the island, and in fact, as is said, every family on the island has a church that takes care of it and maintains it.
The island of Lipsi is famous for its good wine. During your stay on the island, don’t forget to try the local wines in one of the wineries or in one of the tavernas, especially the sweet red wine of the Fokiano variety.
MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Nikiforio Museum: this is the ecclesiastical, historical and folklore museum of the island. It is in the center of the settlement and includes important exhibits such as marble capitals (4th century BC), burial finds, clay vessels, marble plaques, silver crosses, candlesticks, holy gospels, local costumes, etc.
Municipal Library of Lipsi: the library of the island, also known as the library of Odysseus Elytis, was founded in 1996 and has over 8000 books in its collection.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Festival of Panagia of Haros: every year on the eve of the feast of Panagia on August 22, a large festival is held on the island, attended by thousands of people both from the surrounding islands and from other regions within and outside the borders.
Saint John of Klidonas Festival: this is a custom that has its roots in antiquity and is revived every year on June 24 in honor of Saint John the Forerunner. According to the custom, the people of Lepsi light fires, the girls bring the so-called “unspoken water” to the square of the settlement and then a feast begins with dancing and songs. The silent water is related to the muteness of St. John’s father.
Wine Festival: the wine of Lipsi is special and for this reason the residents hold the Wine Festival every year in August where visitors can taste all the varieties of the island’s wine.
Festivals are also held on the island on September 6, in honor of the Transfiguration of the Savior and on August 15 of the Dormition of the Virgin.
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