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Kastelorizo Island

 IMPORTANT FACILITIES for YACHTS AND BOATS ON CHARTER in Kastelorizo Island (Necessary needs and infrastructure for yachtsmen or generally for anyone who is on sailing vacation / yachting holidays onboard a sailing yacht or a motor boat).

Kastelorizo IslandTechnical assistance
FuelWaterProvisionsIceEngineerElectricianPlastic repairsWood works & repairsChandler storeSail maker (repairs)GSM Mobile Telephone COVERAGE
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RENT A CAR / BIKE in Kastelorizo Island (main town and port)

ELITE Tel. 28970 29246, http://www.elite-rentacar.gr/index.asp

HISTORY Information for Kastelorizo Island

Kasterorizo is an island with ancient history that can be traced back to the beginning of Neolithic period as cyclopean walls, now in ruins, and other findings have been discovered. The first inhabitants were the Pelasgians followed by the Minoans and the Mycenians, the presence of which we can admire in a great artifact, a gold chaplet, exhibited in the Archaeological museum of Athens. The prosperity of the island led to the colonisation of the Asia Minor. With great naval tradition and commercial activities, Kastelorizo’s history is similar to other Dodecanese islands with plenty of dominants like the Athenians, the Persians, the Macedonians, the Romans, the Knights of Saint John of Rhodes and the Turkish. By the end of the 19th century, sponge diving brought great wealth to the island and many schools such as the famous Santrapia School (for boys and girls) were founded and churches, such as the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, were built. As soon as the island was free from the Turkish, the French invaded Kastelorizo, soon followed by the Italians and the English. During that period, the population was considerably reduced as many people migrated to the rest of Greece, Australia and Egypt. What followed next was considered even more catastrophic as the island was twice bombarded by the Italians and the Germans leaving the castle area in complete ruins. The remaining inhabitants fled the island in fear of new bombings. The final reunion with Greece took place on 1948.

MUSEUMS AND other interesting SITES in Kastelorizo Island

 The Castle in the port. It was built on the ruins of ancient casttle, some thousands years old, in the 14th century by the Knights of Saint John and received its name from the red colour of the rocks.

Next to the castle are the ruins of a Turkish Hamam and a restored watermill.

The Lycian Tomb a church like grave built in the end of the 5th century beg. 4th century b.c. St Constantine and Eleni curch built in 1835 with granite brought from the temple of Apollo in the opposite site of Lycia in Asia Minor. Paleokastro 2 kilometers n.w. built in Byzantine times The Cyclopean Walls the ancient tombs.

The monastery of St. George of the mountain and the Archaeological Museum.

The Blue Cave which is the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. There are stalactites and stalagmites in this extremely beautiful cave which can only be visited by boat. There are of course other caves. The Island is a natural biological paradise. As there is no real interference with nature the island is housing a number of species of animal vegetable world and also the monachous seal.