Lipsi is a quaint island in the Dodecanese and is home to around 750 full time residents. Ideally situated between Patmos and Leros, it has managed to escape the grips of Greece’s island tourism epidemic and remains relatively unspoiled thanks to its geographical obscurity and scarce touristic connections. As a result, Lipsi has emerged as one of the most appealing holiday destinations for those seeking a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the main islands.
With a hamlet that encompasses the island from all sides like the tiers of an amphitheatre, the bay of Lipsi has a natural protectant that makes it feel secluded from the outside world. The island has managed to preserve its history and authentic culture through the centuries. As development and mass tourism have engulfed its northern counterparts, Lipsi offers itself to visitors who want to escape the chaos, make the most of the peace and quiet and seamlessly blend in with the hospitable locals.
Lipsi is characterised by an unspoiled natural landscape, untouched beaches, friendly locals, and crystal-clear waters that beckon on a warm summer’s day. The beaches are the highlight of the island. Most of them are unorganised with a rawness that is almost impossible to replicate on any other island in the Dodecanese group.
A lattice-work of rocky outcrops separated by beaches with crystal clear waters, Lipsi is home to pebbled and sandy beaches that offer endless hours of respite from the outside world. It is possible to go an entire day without seeing anyone on one of the secluded beaches in peak season – a key reason that the island has become a sought-after travel destination for naturists who are free to indulge their preference for no clothing without judgement.
The locals have managed to resist the influx of westernised tourist eateries by using their fresh local produce to create delicious, traditional recipes. The Aegean Sea provides ample natural treasures including prawns, crabs, oysters, octopus and cray fish that are utilised by the local restaurants in a range of seasonal dishes that can be accompanied by the local beverage of choice; Ouzo.