A few years ago, we had an extended stay at the Greek island of Halki due to extreme winds. The unscheduled stop-over provided us with the perfect opportunity to start exploring the smallest inhabited island in the Dodecanese. We'll definitey be returning!
Some random facts and trivia abour Halki:
- The main town on the island of Halki is named Emborio, and is home to about 300 people year round. The population grows considerably during the summer as tourists flock to the island for a peaceful holiday break.
- There is no natural source of fresh water on Halki – and water shortages are not uncommon, especially during the heat of summer. The islanders rely on rainwater (collected in cisterns), a local desalination plant, and frequent tanker deliveries from Rhodes for potable water.
- The island's primary industry is tourism, followed closely by fishing.
- There's no airport on Halki, so the island can only be accessed by boat.
- The clock on the Halki town hall was disconnected because it chimed every 15 miuntes, disturbing the residents.
- Ruins of a medieval Kastro castle built by the Knights of St. John overlooks the the main townsite. The original settlement of Chorio lies just down the hill from the castle. And, just beyond the castle ruins, there's a small monastery called Panormitis, which is undergoing renovation. (We havent had the chance to visit any of these sites yet, but plan to on our next trip!)
- Halki is frequently referred to as "the island of peace and friendship", with statements identifying that it is a UNESCO bestowed moniker. But I can find no evidence ont he UNESCO site to support this. It's a pretty and fitting endearment though, so we'll stick to the tradition. :-)
We hope you enjoyed these photos from our visit to Halki in the Dodecanese region of Greece!