In the south-east Aegean, somewhere between Leros and Patmos, lies a dazzling cluster of 24 tiny islands and six rocky islets called Lipsi. The heart of this miniature archipelago is Lipso, the only one of the islands that is inhabited, and the mythological home of Calypso, who detained Odysseus there on his journey back to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
A favourite summer destination for those who love the sea and the natural world, this floating speck of land may be small, but has landscapes of pristine beauty in abundance. It is an intoxicating mix of crenelated coastlines, small cedar forests, verdant vineyards, and enchanting churches, suffused with the aromas of Mediterranean plants and the sea breeze.
Lipsi is something more than a paradise for relaxation and meditation. As part of the Natura 2000 network, it is a magical gateway into a spectacular marine environment of inestimable ecological value, a place that celebrates the majesty of nature and is a welcoming haven for wild birds, dolphins, Mediterranean seals, and sea turtles. It is worth visiting by choosing one of the ferry tickets for Lipsi.