KASOS

Essential guide to the island of Kasos

Kasos is the southernmost island of the Dodecanese somewhere between Crete and Karpathos. As you approach the boat, it gives you the impression of a wild and gray mass that rises in the middle of the sea with an area of ​​66 sqKm and coastline 59 km.
As soon as the boat approaches, the impression changes and the landscape becoming mild and pleasand. Arriving to Fry, which is the port and capital of Kasos. You will find hotels, rooms to let, taverns, small supermarkets and even some bars. When you are in Kasos you are back in the 60’s when tourism had not yet discovered in Greece (or vice versa). When Xenios Zeus was still “worshiped”, when the smiles of the people came from deep down, when, wherever you went to eat, you did not just eat well, but at home well!

The inhabitants are about 1,000 and are mainly engaged in livestock and fishing and less in agriculture. You will be impressed by the number of unpaved fields and by asking the locals you will find that there were no young people to work them. During the Revolution, its population reached 12,000. After the Holocaust and the occupation of Kassos by the Italians in 1911, they had dropped to 6,700. According to the 1917 census, the population of Kassos reached 1,855, as many emigrated to free Greece and Egypt. By 1930 the population had shrunk even further, to about 1,200. The island, apart from Fry, has four other settlements: Agia Marina, Poli, Panagia and Arvanitochori.

VILLAGES

FRY THE CAPITAL AND PORT OF KASOS: There are two versions of its name. In the first, it is from the shape of an eyebrow that it has. On the other hand, it is a corruption of the word Othris. The settlement was founded in 1840 and in the first years there were shipyards along the beach of Frydio, in which the famous wooden Kasos sailboats were built. In Fry there is the picturesque fishing port of Bouka, corresponding to that of Naoussa in Paros. Next to it is the church of Agios Spyridon Trimithountos the Miracle Worker, who is the patron saint of Kasos and celebrates on December 12. To the west, about 500 m., Is Emporios, the old port of Kasos with its small sandy beach, which is the “official” beach of the island.

FRY

There are two versions of its name. In the first, it is from the shape of an eyebrow that it has. On the other hand, it is a corruption of the word Othris. The settlement was founded in 1840 and in the first years there were shipyards along the beach of Frydio, in which the famous wooden Kasos sailboats were built. In Fry there is the picturesque fishing port of Bouka, corresponding to that of Naoussa in Paros. Next to it is the church of Agios Spyridon Trimithountos the Miracle Worker, who is the patron saint of Kasos and celebrates on December 12. To the west, about 500 m., Is Emporios, the old port of Kasos with its small sandy beach, which is the “official” beach of the island.

POLI

It is the oldest settlement of Kasos, built at an altitude of 200 on a hill. There was an ancient acropolis and tombs of the 4th century BC have been excavated in the area. See the Byzantine church of Agios Onoufrios, which dates from the 12th century.

AGIA MARINA

It is an extensive settlement (and the most populous of Kasos), above Fry, with several districts. Formerly it was the capital of the island and was the seat of the Council of Elders.

ARVANITOCHORI

It is about 3 km from Fry and is built on a small fertile plain. According to tradition, Arvanitochori was inhabited in the 16th century by Arvanites who came to Kasos after the desolation of the island. A popular tradition, however, wants the name of the village to come from a captain resident of Arvanitochori, who dressed in Arvanitika costumes. In the center of the village dominates the church of Agios Dimitrios -the cathedral of Arvanitochori-, built in 1864.

PANAGIA

It is the village with the captain’s houses on a hill above Emporios. Of course most of them are abandoned today, but even so, they are beautiful. Here is HELD the biggest festival of Kassos, every August 15, in the church of the Assumption of the Virgin (1896), from where the settlement took its name. And here you will see the most photographed part of Kassos: the famous six churches. These are six churches built in a row, namely Agios Charalambos, Megali Antoniou, Agia Kara (Beheading of Timios Prodromos), Agia Varvara, Agios Ioannos and Agios Nikolaos, Archbishop of Myron of Lycia and Miraculous. It is said that at that point there was an ancient temple of the nymphs.

BEACHES

Too many and nice, but unfortunately you will not be able to get to most of them, unless you have a boat So, apart from Emporios and the small beach in Fry next to the port, there is a small beach in Agios Konstantinos and, a little further, the four consecutive pebble beaches of Antiperatos. To the south is the large beach of Helatros in the bay of the same name, which is not caught by any weather. On the opposite island of Armathia there is an excellent beach and there are boats to take you there.

WHAT TO SEE

The monasteries of Agios Georgios in Hadies and Agios Mamas, protector of the flocks. The first has a large guest house.
The caves of the island, Ellinokamara with the cyclopean wall at its entrance and Stilokamara with its many stalactites.