Halki island is part of the complex of 12 islands (the dodekanese)located on the South part of the Aegean Sea, with no more than 300 habitants.
Nimborio, Halki’s only inhabitent place, were most apartments and hotels are, stretches amfithetrically around the port, creating a picture like scenery with old houses, some of them really majestic. The old Village , a settlement which has been abandoned many years ago, is situated under the medieval castle in the inner island.
Just recently there is an interest from Halki families to renovate their old houses, so there is a sparkle of life in the old Village. It was announced a cultural landmark by UNESCO and its architectural integrity is protected. Luckily Nimporio falls under the same law, therefore all renovations that have been made reserve and maintain the unique character of the Halki’s village.
The people of Halki are mainly fishermen or shepherds.The port indicates that with its colorful fishing boats. Another occupation includes the grocery stores, the traditional bakery and few taverns.
Recently many inhabidants are occupied by tourism and have changed many old buildings to hotels and apartments, which are great accommodations for the summer holidays.
Guests have the opportunity to eat fresh fish and to taste the most delicious thyme-honey in the country.
They can walk around the narrow stone paved streets with the boucambillies or you can even walk up to the Village”, visit the castle and the Byzantine church of Holy Mary. The church has a big feast on August 15th.
The biggest religious festival on the island takes place on August 29th for “Saint John Alarga”. The first day of the celebrations take place on a remote monastery up on the mountains on the West side of the island. The second and last at the port of Nimporio with lots of traditional dancing and singing.
Swimming at the crystal clear aquamarine water around the port and the various small beaches scattered in the island is an experience you should not miss. If you are adventurous enough you can take a boat ride around the island or even go further to explore the beautiful nearby island of Alimnia.