Called the pearl of the Aegean, the small island of Chalki, off the west coast of Rhodes, is a must for Greek island afficianados. Roughly an hour’s journey from the almost fairytale little port of Kamiros Skala, Chalki has a pleasant harbouside with a choice of about 10 mostly traditional tavernas and cafes, with a bakery and small supermarkets as well as a few tourist-orientated shops. The sea round Chalki is known for its exceptional clarity.
The harbour town, Nimborios, is known for its surprisingly grand 2 and 3 storey Venetian style buildings, its Byzantine bell tower, the 19th century church of St. Nicholas which also has an impressive bell tower, and the Town Hall with an adjacent clock tower donated by expat Chalkians.
Inland from the harbour, a medieval castle stands on the site of an ancient acropolis, overlooking the now completely uninhabited old village of Chorio. The main sandy beach, Pondamos, which has sunbeds and a taverna, is about a 15 minute walk from the harbour. The sea round the island is known of its expectional clarity. Chalki is a paradise for walkers, with many trails and 360 old chuches and chapels dotted round the island.
Designated the Island of Peace and Friendship by UNESCO is 1983, Chalki has become a popular holiday island for those wanting to escape to a simpler place and time. Chalki comes to life for religious festivals, especially its John the Baptist celebration round 29th August when Chalkians return from places as far flung as American and Australia!