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Islands of the North Dodecanese

Getting to Patmos, Lipsi, Arki and Agathonisi from Leros

The catamaran

There are two catamarans – Dodekanisos Pride and Dodekanisos Express. From Leros, they call at Lipsi and then Patmos, or at Lipsi and then Agathonisi, depending on day of the week, and season. Check the Dodekanisos Seaways website for details (available in Greek and English).

the Barbarossa trip boat in the harbour at Agia Marina, Leros

The Barbarossa is one of the trip boats that depart from Agia Marina harbour

Day trips

In Summer, there are boat trips departing daily from Agia Marina. You can go to Archangelos, Lipsi, Arki, the white islands (Aspronisia), Marathi, Farmakonisi and so on. Just stroll along the harbour in Agia Marina and see what is available.

the Patmos Star in the harbour at Agia Marina, Leros

The Patmos Star in Agia Marina harbour

Other boats from Agia Marina

These include the Anna Express (to Lipsi) and the Patmos Star (to Patmos). Either take a look at the boards in the harbour or call into the travel agency/ticket office just across the cobbled street.

Departing from Lakki

The ANEK ferry, Nisos Kalymnos, plies between Kalymnos and Samos via Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Arki, and Agathonisi. See an example timetable for f/b Nisos Kalymnos on this web page. Check in the ticket office in Agia Marina or Lakki for up-to-date information.

Here is a lovely page all about the Nisos Kalymnos which includes photos taken at some of the islands en route.

Natura 2000 – a green infrastructure to protect ecosystems

Natura 2000 is a Europe-wide initiative to protect wildlife and their habitats. All of the islands comprising Lipsoi, all of the islands of the archipelago of Arkoi and the whole of the island of Agathonisi are designated Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for rare and vulnerable animals, plants and habitats.

In addition, parts of these islands are also designated Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for rare and vulnerable birds because they rely on them for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration.

What does this mean? Well, hunting and fishing, and tourism and other economic and recreational activities must be managed in a sustainable manner so as not to adversely affect the rare species and habitats present in the area or prevent their recovery.

mending nets in the harbour on the island of Lipsi

Mending fishing nets on Lipsi © Marie Therese Magnan

Lipsi

This is a small island of 16 km2 and around 700 people live here. You can find more information at the Dodekanisos Seaways guide to Lipsi which has a photo gallery and some impressive 360° panoramas of churches, beaches and the port.

It is also worth checking out the information about the island of Lipsi on Greeka.com for another photo gallery plus photos taken by holidaymakers in and around Lipsi.

More photos on this Pinterest board about the island of Lipsi compiled by the people at Lipsi Cosmetics – a brand inspired by the natural beauty of the island.

Arki

The main harbour at Arki – a peaceful, traditional, small island

Arki

Arki – or Arkoi – is the name of the group of tiny islands north of Lipsi. Only the largest island, Arki (which gives its name to the group) is inhabited – by about 50 people. This website for the island of Arki has a useful little map as well as photos.

For more information, also see this website for Arki island.

sheltered anchorage off the island of Marathi

A sheltered bay on the island of Marathi © Janni Eklund/www.kalispera.se

Marathi

Marathi is a tiny island – just a few square kilometres – inhabited by 10 people (only 3 in winter!). It is actually part of the Arkoi islands but is well known to sailors in its own right because of its sheltered bays and welcome tavernas.

Here is some useful information about Marathi on a website by two Swedish people who have visited 65 Greek islands.

There are also a few photos of Marathi on this page about the islands of Arki and Marathi by Hans Huisman.

crystal clear waters off Agathonissi

Agathonisi (photo courtesy of www.hellastravels.co.uk)

Agathonisi

Agathonisi is around the same size as Lipsi – 14 km2 – but only has a population of 110-150 people. See Janni and Camilla Eklund's website for information about Agathonisi here.

And finally there is a little more info on Agathonisi from Hans Huisman's website.