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The Greek island of Kasos is one of the Dodecanese group of islands and lies in the south east Aegean Sea. The island is located to the south west of the island of Karpathos, between Karpathos and Crete. The small island, which measures around 50 sq. km, only has about 1,000 inhabitants and is quite mountainous with the highest peak standing at 550m above sea level. Worth exploring are the island's 5 villages which are: Fry, Agia Marina, Panagia, Poli and Arvanitochori. The island's port can be found in the village of Fry. The island has managed to retain its natural identity mainly because of the lack of large scale tourism. Visitors to the island will love the quality of its fish, locally produced cheeses and its friendly hospitality.
There are around 100 churches on the island which bears testament to the island's deep religious beliefs. Worth visiting is the church of Agios Spiridonas, the complex of six churches in Panagia village and the church of Agios Georgios, which is now regarded as the protector of the island.
The island can be reached by ferry via Piraeus, Crete (Siteia, Agios Nikolaos), Rhodes, Halki and Karpathos.
The Greek island of Chalki lies in the Aegean Sea and forms part of the Dodecanese group of islands. It is situated around 6 km to the west of the island of Rhodes and is the smallest inhabited island of the Dodecanese with a surface area of 28 sq. km and a coastline of around 34 km. The island's name is derived from the copper mines that used to exist on the island (Chalkos is Greek for copper). The island's economy was doing well at the end of 19th century, when Chalkites, the island's residents, developed navigation and a lucrative sponge industry. Chalki followed the historic course of Rhodes and was officially united with Greece in 1948. The world's youth nominated the island as the "Island of Peach and Friendship" in 1983.
The port, where the ferries arrive, is called Nimborio and is the only village on the island of any size. The port is shaped like a horseshoe around the bay.