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The picturesque Dodecanese Island of Arki lies in southwest Greece. Found in the Aegean Sea, the charming islet is popular with yachters and those looking for a quieter experience to the tourist hotspot, neighbouring islands. The close proximity to other Aegean isles makes it the ideal spot for island hopping sailors.
Overlooking the stunning harbour area are the ruins of an ancient acropolis. The old stones on this hillside vantage point is the perfect place to take in the beautiful sunset, over the crystallised Aegean waves. The dry and rocky island is largely uninhabited, with coverage mainly made up of olive trees and shrubs. However, the beach provides crystal clear waters to swim, with views of the nearby idyllic isles. With around 50 local inhabitants there is a small supermarket to buy amenities.
Despite being small in size, the Port of Arki provides a number of services to neighbouring islands. Throughout the week Arki offers one trip to each of the Dodecanese destinations through Dodekanisos Seaways.
Lipsi is a Greek island that is one of the Dodecanese group of islands and lies between the island of Patmos and the island of Leros. The island, which can trace its history back to prehistoric times, is the largest island among a complex of smaller islands and islets and collectively form part of the Natura network. The island as we know it today was founded in 1669 by a Cretan named Illias and was later officially united with Greece in 1948. Popular attractions on the island include the Church of Aghios Ioannis, Theologos which is located next to the Town Hall and Museum. Contained within the church you can see the icon of Panaghia the Mavri (the Black Madonna) which dates back to around 1500. Also of interest to visitors is the Ecclesiastical Folklore Museum which contains some ecclesiastical relics and a small archaeological collection. Also of interest is the Panaghia of Haros, which dates back to 1600, which is situated around 1.5 km from Lipsi Town and is where you can see the only icon in Greece depicting the Virgin Mary holding the Crucified Jesus in her arms instead of the infant Jesus.