Kastellorizo


The island of Megisti is more widely known as Kastellorizo and is the southernmost point of Europe, laying just two nautical miles off the Turkish coast. The name Megisti (biggest) stems from its size as the largest of an archipelagos of fourteen isles that include Ro.

The island is ideal for hiking, but also offers a number of sights such as the castle of the knights of St John, the Lykian grave monument, and the famed Blue Grotto whose waters shimmer like a vast teal mirror flecked with thousands of reflections that illuminate that cave and countless stalactites and variously colored wild pigeons.

True to tradition, the island’s tavernas serve revithokeftedes (chickpea balls), youvarlakia (meat dumplings in thick egg-lemon sauce), stuffed goat, and salantourmasi (stuffed onions). Fresh fish and seafood dominate most menus.

Satisfy a sweet tooth with katoumaria (a large flapjack made with flour and butter, baked, then served dusted with sugar, cinnamon, and cloves) and strava, a type of baklava. 

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