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|THE ISLAND OF KASOS OR KASSOS IN GREECE|
Kassos or Kasos is a 49 km2 large island in the group of the Dodecanese islands. It is situated 7 kilometers southwest of the better known island of Karpathos, in between Karapthos and Crete and it is the most southern island in the group of Dodecanese islands. The first impression you will get from the island is that it looks rather wild and inhospitable, since it is quite gray and emerges steeply from the sea.
Kassos has around 1100 inhabitants and because the island has not that many ferry connections the tourism level is low. Sometimes the ferries from Crete that are on their way to Karpathos and Rhodes also make a stop at Kasos island. From Piraeus there is a ferry connection with Kassos three times a week and the trip takes about 19 hours. There are also connections with the towns of Agios Nikolaos and Sitia the island of Crete (3 times a week, respectively 5 and 2.5 hours), with the island of Rhodes (3 times a week, 7 hours) and the nearby island of Karpathos (four times per week). Always check the schedules of the ferries because they change from time to time.
The island Kassos was already inhabited in the Minoan and Mycenaean time and according to the legends, their ships also helped in the war against Troy. In the Middle Ages it followed the history of Karpathos and many other Greek islands and came in Venetian and Turkish hands. In the 18th century Kassos was a rich island with a large merchant fleet. During the Greek War of Independence in 1821 Kassos was the first island that declared independance and the Turks and the Egyptians took revenge on the island. They burned the entire island and murdered almost the complete population of Kassos. At that time about 12.000 people lived on the island, so a multitude of the number of people living there now.
The island of Kassos has three harbours. There is the old ferry harbour at Emborio at 1 km distance from the capital of the island and an new ferry harbour a little north of the capital. The capital is called Fri and here you find the third (small) harbour for the traditional wooden fishing boats and the yachts.
Most of the mountainous island Kassos is barren and dry and the population is concentrated around the capital Fri and a couple of small villages that lie closeby in its backland. The old capital of the island is called Agia Marina. This village and the village of Panagia behold some old 19th century mansions, but much of the buildings here are in a bad state or in ruins. In Panagia you can find six churches. The highest point on the island is Mt. Prionas which reaches 550 meters.
The village of Poli is placed on the site of an ancient city (which included an acropolis). On it's location you can now find a Byzantine church. Also interesting is the church in Arvanitohori which is partly built into a rock.
Kasos doesn't have a lot of good beaches that can be reached on foot. There is one on the west side of the capital near Agia Marina and there is an organized beach in Emborio. During high season there are occasional caïques (wooden boats) going to the small islet of Armathia, which is situated north of Kasos. On Armathia there is a good sandy beach. There are a couple more beaches in the west and the south of the island. Roads on Kasos are scarse, so a large part of the island is extremely quiet. Tourists can walk over the hills of the island.
|Hotels on the island of Kasos or Kassos - Galanou View|
Galanou View offers self-catered accommodation with panoramic views of Kasos and the Aegean Sea. It is located in Fry, port town and capital of Kasos, only 400 metres from the port and 500 metres from Kofteri Beach. The studios of Galanou are spacious and air conditioned, each including a kitchenette, seating area, bathroom and furnished balcony. A fridge, kettle, kitchenware and table are included. Galanou View offers a spacious stone-paved yard with furniture, where guests can relax and enjoy unobstructed sea and area views. Kasos Airport is 800 metres from the property. The island's traditional taverns, cafes and shops can be found a mere 250 metres from the hotel. The beach and village of Emporios are also at 800 metres. Free pick-up and drop-off service is provided from the port or airport, upon prior arrangement with the hotel. Parking on site is also free of charge.
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|FERRIES TO AND FROM KASSOS - ISLANDHOPPING FROM KASSOS|
From Kassos there are regular ferries (as well normal as socalled "superfast ferries") to the town of Piraeus on the mainland and to other islands in the surroundings, such as Crete, Karpathos and several islands in the Dodecanese group.
You can check the times and prices and if you like you can book a ticket ahead on the site of Ferries in Greece. Especially if you want to be on a superfast ferry during the high season this could be a good plan.