Day 4 of our Sailing and Hiking Tour takes us to the quaint island of Halki. Once declared the Island of Peace and Friendship. Before reaching its port, however, we set off for the deserted island of Alimia. We reach its first wide bay, where the main town once stood. This village was declared a protected settlement in 1978. There, we disembark in order to hike among its untouched treasures. We find ourselves wandering along forgotten trails as the island has been uninhabited since the Second World War. In Hellenistic times, Alimia was used as a point of anchorage and an observation point for the Rhodian fleet. At the time a tower was constructed on the highest peak of the island, on its eastern side and still survives to this day. Part of this Hellenistic tower was used for the construction of a Medieval Castle in 1475 by the Knights of Saint John, who had conquered The Dodecanese Islands in that era. Once we arrive at the second significant bay of the island, we have the chance to swim in its crystal clear blue waters, and then enjoy lunch on board our boat.
*The hike on Alimia Island is considered strenuous. If you or our guide decide not to go ahead with it for any reason, a visit to Alimia bay is an alternative, followed by lunch on board and then a wonderful walk on Halki.
In the early afternoon, we sail on to beautiful Halki. Its port resembles a postcard, with the colourful facades of its building, which once belonged to rich sailors. We finish off day 4 of our adventure with a lovely dinner by the sea.
Sailing: 20 N.Miles (approx. 3 hours)
Hiking: 6 Km (Actual Hiking time 2.5 hours)