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Arki

Amorgos

Size: 5km x less than 1km
Martian Risk: nil
Image:(c) www.arki-island.gr
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The idea of a 'Hidden Greece' is a somewhat moveable feast in that places that used to be unspoilt become, well..., spoilt.

So from time to time we rouse ourselves from our lethargy and add a new island to the 'programme'. In July 2019 Stephanie headed to Arki and Agathonisi to make sure they existed*, and then in September two of our regular clients braved both islands. They loved it. (Quotes in the description to the right ==> are from their report back to us.)

At less than 7 sq km in size, Arki is at this point the smallest island we feature. Out of season around 50 hardy souls live there excluding goats. There is no ATM on the island and cash is king.

Good wifi is also generally lacking but maybe this is a plus for those most attracted to the island. No buses - you walk or cadge a lift (bearing in mind there are no roads, only tracks).

Marathi - even smaller than Arki - is a fishing boat ride away and makes a great day trip. Ask at the tavernas - someone will be heading over. Two families, two fish tavernas. What else do you need to know?

ACCOMMODATION

Nikolaos Rooms

Nikolaos Taverna
Nikolaos Rooms
Nikolaos' Taverna is on the smaller harbour where the yachts moor. The comfortable, well-appointed rooms are about 60m up a 'short sharp hill' in a quiet spot. "Nikolaos, family and staff perfect, Good English, nothing too much trouble, room basic and clean, comfortable beds and pillows - Greek pillows used to be the most uncomfortable in the world. We ate breakfast and dinner there every day; food excellent." Two other tavernas nearby on the square.
S/C 2-3 persons

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Nikolaos Rooms

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Arki Taverna Nikolaos

Arki: the taverna at the harbour

Padelia is a small beach near the new port, beloved of Stephanie for its shade-giving tamarisks and its simplicity. A good place to watch the caiques and ferries come and go. And Captain Stefanis' taverna is within easy reach with the cheese pies.

Tiganakia, one of the most scenic beaches of the Dodecanese is walkable (45-60 minutes from the port) to the south of the island (but no facilities to speak of so take what you need with you). Indeed the island is good for walking in general- not well signposted but difficult to get lost and very special wide open spaces and views. And wonderful light.

Limnaria, is nearer - about 10 minutes away across the island to the east.
* They did.. read more at Stephanie's blog agreekoddity.com