The small and peaceful island of Halki is the ideal destination for the ones seeking a few days of peace and quiet away from the busy cities. The beaches of Halki, such as Alimia, Areta and Trahia, have got golden beaches and crystal clear waters. The preserved buildings in Halki, the Agios Nikolaos church, the city hall, the watch tower are definitely a unique picture in the eyes of the visitors. You will most certainly love the hospitable locals, the noble beauty of the land, the amazing beaches and the delicious local delicacies. In Halki you will spend unforgettable holidays and you will enjoy every minute so wait no more, book your ferry tickets now.
The Port of Halki
Ferries depart regularly from the port of Piraeus for the Halki port and the journey, including stops at other islands, lasts about 18 hours. In fact, by booking your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr, your journey will be more comfortable and carefree. Nimporio, is the capital as well as the port of the island. The settlement of Nimporio is built amphitheatrically and its buildings will surely impress you. It is also said that the waters at the Halki port are crystal clear and you can even swim there.
Connection With Other Islands
Halki has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Anafi, Heraklion (Crete), Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Milos, Nisyros, Rhodes, Santorini (Thira), Sitia (Crete), Tilos.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Halki via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Transportation in Halki
Travelling is done on foot since there are no vehicles on the island. The distances are short and walking on the island is nice and pleasant. You can, of course, visit some beaches in a boat.
Halki is probably the only place in Greece, that not only doesn't have vehicles, but driving one is prohibited too! You can move across the island and enjoy the magnificent, virgin beaches and sights by your feet or by bicycle, or, if you are lucky, you may find one of the few donkeys and with little cost move in a more traditional way.
Without cars ...
Next to Rhodes, beautiful like a painting. The Peace and Amity Island welcomes its travelers with serenades and lyre, brilliant water-based events, distinct flavors, routes within the beauty and. .. without cars!
The ruins of Apollo temple stand out, in Pefkia, but also the cave, old hermitage, that is located in Elia, with paintings on the rocks, and Kameno Spilio, in Amiglai. Here, in 1658 the Venetian admiral Francesco Morosini exterminated the hidden inhabitants of the island by lighting fire to the mouth of the cave. Don't forget to enjoy your dives in Pontamo beach, with white sand and turquoise waters, but also in Aretta, Ftenayia, Yiali and Kania. You can also visit the island of Alimia by boat, with equally beautiful beaches.
It is worth mentioning that Chalki has been characterized as 'the island of heroes' during the World War II praised thanks to the battles and the blood of the valorous children, as the lieutenant Alexander Diakos and the captain Diogenes Fanurakis.
Nimporio, amphitheatrically built in the sheltered harbor, is a painting. Windmills, tiled mansions built by the expatriates and the captains, the neoclassical City Hall and the imposing Bell Tower of St. Nicholas with the rare wooden temple and the hagiographies of 1861, compose images of unique beauty!
Although small, Chalki hides special flavors! Taste ofto, bubbles, chub mackerel, kakavia, fried 'germans' and smarides of salted fish and seafood. The kulia in the shape of the shell and the makarunia are the famous handmade pasta of Chalki, served with cheese and sauce of onions, as well as the kuluria, cooked with fresh tomato or lentil. From cheeses taste sweet or salty cheese and the local axevotiriasto, while from pastries, xerotigana, donuts and figs filled with sesame seeds.
- Halki has many small beaches to swim, but only one is sandy and organized. Pontamos beach is one kilometer away from Emporios and has all the basic facilities and comforts, plus some excellent choices for a lunch or a dinner in a tavern by the sea.
- In "Ftenagia Restaurant", located on the homonym beach, you will enjoy the famous "pasta of Halki", a domestic recipe that you won't forget.
- You'll have the most perfect and romantic dinner on the island in a tavern located on Kania beach, just beside the sea's blue water and under the trees, enjoying unique sea-appetizers and traditional Greek recipes.
- In "Theodora Pastry Shop" you'll find extraordinary sweets and ice-creams made with passion and in very low prices.
Transportation across the island is made by foot or by bicycle. If there are kids or elders with you, make sure you know the course's conditions before you go and prefer to wear sneakers instead of sandals or flip-flops.
Despite its small size, Halki has a big number of visitors and passing through individuals during summer months. Beaches like Kania, Pontamos and Fentagia are crowded, so you better be there early in the morning, to find a good spot to sit.
The island doesn't provide many facilities, except of two pharmacies and a ATM cash machine, but there is daily coastal connection to Rhodes island, where you can find all the public services and a big market.
Happy Holidays in Halki!!!