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The last unspoilt paradise in the Dodecanese

Nefeli Hotel

Four luxury, furnished, private villas build on a hilltop area of 16000 m², with fruit trees and large independent gardens which are connected with traditional cobblestone paths. Nefeli Hotel is located in front of a magical site with a breathtaking view of the open sea
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Hotel Calypso

Hotel Calypso is a family owned hotel established by the Mangos brothers and consists of 10 studios, cafeteria and restaurant with nearby super market and hair dressing salon. The hotel is situated just 10 meters from the picturesque small harbour and 150 meters from the main ferry harbour.
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Galini Studios

Studios Galini are situated right on the quiet port of Lipsi island. They can sleep 2-4 persons and they are all fully equipped with a kitchen, a refrigerator, a bathroom, TV and air condition.
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Michalis Studio

7 spacious studios for 2-3 people just a few meters away from the port of Lipsi, close to the central square of the village. They are fully equipped, providing a hair-drier, an iron and a balcony looking out on the Port.
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Voulas Apartments House

For those who really want to get away from it all, and yet be 5 minutes walk from the beach and village. Our 2 apartments and large house have a sunny, harbour facing terrace and all 3 have their own individual entrance.
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Lipsi is an island like Greek Islands ought to be. It is completely laid back, pretty, gets on with its own life and makes few concessions to tourism except for the odd party of day trippers from Patmos or Leros.

There are no banks, no coach tours, no sunbeds on beaches and no most of the other things boasted by larger islands. What it does have is an old fashioned, traditional lifestyle, some very Greek tavernas, a couple of bars and some marvellous shingle and sandy beaches.

Lipsi is very small, fertile and covers an area of only 6 square miles, with a heavily indented coastline. Lying in its own archipelago of islets, just 8 miles from Patmos, your first impression is of an empty gentle, rolling landscape, dotted with tiny turquoise and white churches and enormous fields bounded by long straight stone walls.

This is a self-sufficient, farming and fishing island. There are more goats than people and donkeys are still a very popular form of transport although, sadly, now outnumbered by motorbikes. Lipsi also makes its own wine and cheese and cheese – a famous concoction using goat and sheep’s milk – which you can see drying in cages by the side of some of the houses.

Everywhere, you see the people tending the vegetables in their gardens and on their farms. The only settlement, the port of Lipsi, is dominated by the huge church of Ag. Ioannis with its blue dome and twin bell towers, which lies at the end of a sheltered sea lagoon surrounded by rolling hills. The harbourside road runs from a little church on the headland to the jetty for caiques and fishing boats, with houses, shops and tavernas in between.

Beyond this is the fishing port with little boats bobbing at anchor and fishing nets spread to dry on the harbourside. The older part of the town lies on higher ground behind the harbour and is reached by streets of steps up to the charming little square, next to the church, with a couple of cafes, the museum, and the post office.