Meis, or Kastellorizo, is a must do day trip from Kalkan. This tiny Dodecanese island with its population of a couple of hundred, sits opposite the harbour of Kas and in the day time you could be forgiven for thinking it is uninhabited as the port town on the landward side can be a little hard to spot.
At night however the lights of the houses, shops and restuarants along the promenade twinkle enticingly across the moonlight bay. Kastellorizo has an interesting history of its own, governed by Rhodes, Egypt, the Venetian Doge and the Ottoman Turks. It’s 20th century history gets much more complicated with the little island passing through the hands of the French, Italians and the British.
The events leading up to and including the 2nd World War pretty much decimated the island and its population and the fact that there’s anybody there at all is a testament to the islanders determination to keep their community alive.
There’s quite a lot to see in Meis. The harbour area is charming with a warren of alleys and houses behind the pretty waterfront shops and restaurants. The churches, dedicated to a variety of St. Georges, provide landmarks to find your way around but you don’t need to know very much to enjoy the atmosphere. For those who like to know what’s what, Marina Pitsonis’s booklet, ‘Capture Kastellorizo’ tells the story of the island and fills you in on buildings of interest and walking tours.
WebLink: Meis Express